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Mail Delivery Halted Over Rising Crime in Seattle



In a Nutshell:

  • Mail delivery in southeast Seattle, disrupted due to a string of mail thefts and equipment security concerns, is expected to resume. The USPS halted deliveries for almost 900 customers last week amidst rising city-wide crime rates.
  • USPS and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service have launched the Joint Project Safe Delivery initiative, aimed at reducing letter carrier robberies, preventing change of address fraud, and countering counterfeit postage, amidst escalating crime rates nationally.
  • Seattle’s Mayor Bruce Harrell has implemented measures to enhance public safety, including a plan to boost police numbers. Efforts appear to be yielding results, with an 18% decrease in violent crimes in the final quarter of 2022 compared to the same period in 2021.

Mail delivery in southeast Seattle is set to resume following a spate of mail thefts and “equipment security concerns” that disrupted services for nearly 900 customers.

The United States Postal Service (USPS) halted deliveries in the 98118 ZIP code last week, directing residents to pick up their mail at a local annex.

The issue comes amid escalating crime rates in Seattle, which in 2022 experienced a 15-year high in violent crimes and recorded its second-highest number of firearms seized by the Seattle Police Department.

Robberies of postal carriers across the U.S. have also surged, quadrupling over the past decade with 496 incidents involving weapons reported in 2022.

USPS has initiated improvements to the affected equipment and assured that all mail would be delivered to residents as usual.

“We appreciate the patience and understanding of the community as we work to preserve the safety and sanctity of the mail,” USPS spokesperson Kim Frum told Newsweek.

USPS, in collaboration with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, has rolled out expanded crime prevention measures under the Joint Project Safe Delivery initiative. This aims to minimize mail theft, improve employee safety, and strengthen consumer protections.

Meanwhile, Seattle’s Mayor Bruce Harrell is spearheading initiatives to enhance public safety, including launching the Comprehensive Police Recruitment and Retention Plan to increase police numbers.


These efforts seem to be paying off, as the last quarter of 2022 witnessed an 18 percent decrease in violent crimes compared to the same period in 2021.




  1. test

    May 19, 2023 at 1:34 am


  2. Carol

    May 19, 2023 at 6:30 am

    Well, what are they gonna do about it? It’s a federal offense instead of the FBI sneaking around and checking everybody else’s emails and whatever and money and whatever this is a federal offense so where is the FBI and the DOJ let’s find out OK

  3. Doug Litchfield

    May 19, 2023 at 8:19 am

    One would be better served with a pony express rider brandishing his trusty Colt. Oh, this is Seattle who implement safe spaces around any can on a stick.

  4. Namer

    May 19, 2023 at 10:42 am

    The stopping of mail delivory to that zip code obviously the result of racial bigotry.

  5. Old Man

    May 19, 2023 at 11:33 am

    “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds, except in the case of areas where robberies occur.”
    Solution: Have residents pick up their mail at their local post office. Problem solved.

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