‘Don’t post cash’ alert

York Press: . .

With the festive season upon us, a timely reminder may be appropriate regarding the risk of sending money, or other items of value, by the normal postal system.

This came home to me recently, on the occasion of my son’s birthday (he lives in a different part of the city) when five cards, posted by relatives in different parts of the country, failed to arrive. Two of these contained cheques and two cash.

One turned up about a week after posting, the money having been removed and the envelope resealed with Sellotape. It is fair to assume that, after the passage of more than three weeks now, the other four cards will not appear, and that clearly an act of theft has taken place.

The Post Office will not act on reports of undelivered mail until the elapse of 15 working days from posting, although after I reported the arrival of the opened envelope details were taken which, I was told, would be passed to their security section for investigation.

What this involves I am not sure, but it was implied that there would be little or no chance of identifying the culprit and the Post Office is not responsible for the lost money.

Cheques can be cancelled but, as cheque books are rapidly disappearing from usage there is now a greater temptation to send cash through the post. In the society in which we live this is clearly not a sound option.

Richard Carr, Station Road, Upper Poppleton, York.

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12:21pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Tug job says...

Anyone who sends cash through the post is asking for trouble - common sense.
Anyone who sends cash through the post is asking for trouble - common sense. Tug job

1:03pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Buzzz Light-year says...

Royal Mail is on the skids. Best not to post anything with them anymore. Courier firms are becoming cheaper and more reliable. TNT are already a big player in mail delivery.
Royal Mail, The Post Office, they've had their day... and you know why? Because just like they are trying to do with the NHS the govt ran it down like an old pub to be converted into apartments.
Shame.
Royal Mail is on the skids. Best not to post anything with them anymore. Courier firms are becoming cheaper and more reliable. TNT are already a big player in mail delivery. Royal Mail, The Post Office, they've had their day... and you know why? Because just like they are trying to do with the NHS the govt ran it down like an old pub to be converted into apartments. Shame. Buzzz Light-year

2:32pm Thu 12 Dec 13

oscarz says...

Scum! unbelievable! how and why can this happen! what about the so called security measures in place to stop it in the first place? Yes I am aware that huge amounts of mail/parcels gets posted everyday! but so what? this Country is just like a 3rd world nation now!
Scum! unbelievable! how and why can this happen! what about the so called security measures in place to stop it in the first place? Yes I am aware that huge amounts of mail/parcels gets posted everyday! but so what? this Country is just like a 3rd world nation now! oscarz

3:14pm Thu 12 Dec 13

ColdAsChristmas says...

It's been known before and happened to me but even so, I think the Royal Mail on balance is safe, Deliveries to the wrong address is going to be an issue, especially if that wrong address is the home of low life who will not re-direct.
Nobody anywhere has yet put up a good case to do away with the cheque, other than to aid bankers profits. The cheque would be the answer but Royal Mail need to start investigations long before 15 days.
Also, consider Special D or Registered post. These items are tracked.
The choice is yours but as always you pay for it!
It's been known before and happened to me but even so, I think the Royal Mail on balance is safe, Deliveries to the wrong address is going to be an issue, especially if that wrong address is the home of low life who will not re-direct. Nobody anywhere has yet put up a good case to do away with the cheque, other than to aid bankers profits. The cheque would be the answer but Royal Mail need to start investigations long before 15 days. Also, consider Special D or Registered post. These items are tracked. The choice is yours but as always you pay for it! ColdAsChristmas

11:34pm Thu 12 Dec 13

roadwars says...

I send £20 notes to all of my friends and relatives every year, usually around £1500 worth but none of them ever get to their destination...
...Blaming the postal service has been a convenient excuse for over 100 years...
I send £20 notes to all of my friends and relatives every year, usually around £1500 worth but none of them ever get to their destination... ...Blaming the postal service has been a convenient excuse for over 100 years... roadwars

12:00pm Fri 13 Dec 13

oscarz says...

I send £20 notes to all of my friends and relatives every year, usually around £1500 worth but none of them ever get to their destination...

Are you been serious? I hope for your sake you are not!
I send £20 notes to all of my friends and relatives every year, usually around £1500 worth but none of them ever get to their destination... Are you been serious? I hope for your sake you are not! oscarz

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