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A Boston University Student’s Mom Claims Mail From Parents is Being Stolen

A Boston University Student’s Mom Claims Mail From Parents is Being Stolen

“Boston University said the BU Police Department is currently working with the U.S. Postal Service and actively investigating the issue”

The mother says that greeting cards which may contain cash or gift cards are being targeted for theft and not reaching students.

WCVB News reports:

Mother of Boston University student says mail from parents is being stolen

The mother of a Boston University student is calling for answers to her claim that mail being sent from parents to students on campus is being stolen.

Ann Lauristen, of Long Island, New York, said she became suspicious after her daughter did not receive two separate greeting cards mailed to her by family last semester.

Lauristen then discovered through Facebook that other parents of BU students were dealing with the same problem.

“I’m absolutely sure it’s being stolen,” Lauristen said of the missing mail. “What all those things had in common was that they were greeting cards, and many of them had either cash or gift cards inside and it was a pretty startling pattern.”

Lauristen then asked parents of Boston University students across the country via Facebook to send a card to their children living on campus directly from a U.S. post office, and not to enclose any cash or gift cards.

The high school math teacher dubbed her effort the “2022 Boston University Great Greeting Card Mail Experiment.” She said that 18 of 44 cards mailed out by parents did not make it to the students.

“When all was said and done, the results came in around 40% of the mail wasn’t arriving, and that was alarming,” Lauristen said.

In a statement sent to NewsCenter 5, Boston University said the BU Police Department is currently working with the U.S. Postal Service and actively investigating the issue.

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“Lauristen then asked parents of Boston University students across the country via Facebook to send a card to their children living on campus directly from a U.S. post office”

Yeah, like the theft is happening at 100 different originating POs across the country.

In my day, mail distribution was performed by students working in individual dorms. The downside was obvious. One year, a block of renewal credit cards mailed out by the Student Center bookstore (which sold a lot more than books) went mysteriously missing, then ended up having lots of jeans and sound systems charged to them.

I doubt the math teacher parent had the single point of departure (the US Post office) as the target for the thefts. Having all parents mail from the same source eliminates the added ‘noise’ in assessing results from looking at the post office, the ups store, the whatever place you mailed from.

The likely point where they go missing is the school post office as you said, but adding in a large number of sources for mailing would make it harder to assess ‘both’ ends of the mail transaction.

Police are advising my area to use the drop box at the post office. It seems mail thieves are dropping mouse glue traps attached to string to steal mail from mailboxes on the street.