Inspection Service crackdown recovers $75K worth of lost equipment

inspectorFrom USPS News Link:

Postal Inspectors and Postal Police Officers recently recovered almost $75,000 worth of missing mailing equipment in a single day, part of an ambitious crackdown on the theft of USPS property.

Lost Mail Transport Equipment (MTE) — including pallets, letter trays and tubs — cost the Postal Service $120 million in 2013. Postal Inspectors investigate and seek prosecution when individuals steal, sell or knowingly misuse MTE.

The recoveries occurred on a recent day in June, when Postal Inspectors and Postal Police Officers visited 72 recycling facilities and scrap yards in New York City. The team also issued 28 warning letters.

The sweep was part of Operation Zone Impact Policing (ZIP), which is managed by Anthony Pisani, a physical security specialist in the Inspection Service’s New York Division.

Operation ZIP focuses on recovering MTE when prosecution isn’t feasible. Pisani dispatches “recon teams” to look for MTE at recycling facilities and scrap yards and take corrective steps if they find it.

The teams work with district transportation managers to take the recovered equipment back to postal facilities.

If you spot MTE where it shouldn’t be, call the MTE hotline at 866-330-3404 (anonymous tips are permitted) or report it via email.

  • Troy

    Want to recover our equipment? Start with UPS. I pick up empty tubs they take from there customers many times a weeks. We spend money on the tubs and money picking them up and get nothing in return. As the security guard says, they like your hods better then thiers.

  • Pelican boy

    Nobody steals more from the USPS than customers printing their own postage. Underweighted packages, using a copied label over and over, misuse of media mail etc. The Post Office basicly does nothing about it. Remember the goal is insolvency !!!!! As far as the tubs , go to any flea market and see how venders carry their goods.

  • Connie

    Go to any major mailer site. Any garage sale. Any scrap yard. Anywhere.

  • Ben.Frank.Len

    Astounding! Way to go there, Inspection Service. You’ve really made a huge dent in recovering MTE.

    However, $75,000 is actually .0625 percent of $120 million.

    To visit those 72 junkyards and recycling facilities, the Inspection Service probably spent more money in gas, travel, lodging, food, per diem, etc than what they “recovered.”

    Are we throwing away dollars to pick up pennies?

  • Marcus1956

    Warning letters that will scare the thieves off.