Informed Delivery: new system helping residents track mail

A United States Postal Service employee from Johnstown was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury for stealing $147 from 53 pieces of mail. (MGN Online)

A new delivery notification system is helping to keep packages safe from pirates this holiday season.

It's called informed delivery and it's a free service offered by the United States Postal Service.

It allows you to track your mail before it leaves with your carrier.

“It allows you preview the letter mail coming to your mailbox and it alerts you that these are the things you can expect in your mailbox later in the day,” said USPS spokeswoman Karen Mazurkiewicz.

It also makes tracking your packages easier. -- not only the ones you may have purchased online, but also boxes sent by others.

“All of our tracking is live, so when you see a package that has been delivered to your porch and it’s tracked and scanned and delivered, it alerts you in the system and it allows you to get that off the porch,” Mazurkiewicz said.

It's easy and free to sign up as long as you can prove you live where you say you do.

“Once you do that,” Mazurkiewicz said, "you can either download the application on your phone, or go on the computer to the website and what you will actually see is a gray scale image of letter mail, but then you also get a link to what packages might be coming to your address.”

6 News asked locals what they think about the program, and they said this is a great way to keep packages safe especially during the holiday season.

“I always worried about my mail being stolen. We have problems with that in my neighborhood,” said Johnstown resident Ronald Yasko. “I think it is a very good idea. I would be more than willing to sign up for that, especially now around the holidays when there is a lot of packages”

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