Bakersfield post offices busy as people ship for Christmas

34 million packages are estimated to be processed

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - December 16th is considered the single busiest mailing day of the year. Nearly 300 packages are said to be processed every second, as people rush to get their holiday gifts and cards delivered before the mailing deadline. 

"A lot of people over the weekend, they got their cards all ready to go to their loved ones," explained Lynda La Force, the Bakersfield post master. 

To accommodate the holiday rush, the Kern County post offices have made adjustments that you should be aware of- carriers may be getting to your house a little later than usual or earlier in the morning. 

But the holiday season is not just considered the most busy time of the year for mail, it is also considered the most dangerous. 

Authorities say that package theft increases substantially during this time, particularly on mail that is left when no one is home. 

The key to preventing theft is knowing the tools that you have. According to the post master, the USPS always delivers it to the person unless the mailer requests otherwise. 

For the mailing procrastinators, there is still some time left. The deadline for First Class and Priority Mail is this Friday, and next Monday is your last chance to get stuff to its destination via Express Mail. 

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