Dog owners have been worrying after receiving post through their letterbox marked with a “P”. While some homeowners have speculated as to what it might represent, others have voiced concern that it could be linked to something sinister, endangering their pets, reports The Mirror.
One Reddit user fretted: “It’s what thieves use to mark your house to let others know you have expensive dogs.”
While another tried to lighten the mood by saying: “Very subtle Wordle clue – takes five days then you just rearrange them. Never right.”
But it turns out there’s nothing to fear as it has nothing to do with criminal markings and is is not a postal worker’s attempt to make their ill feelings towards you known.
In fact, the “P” is an important signifier allowing your postal worker to do their job correctly and efficiently, making sure you get all your deliveries on time.
Clearing up the entire situation, a postal worker on Reddit told users that the “P” just helps them and their fellow postal workers track when there are parcels coming.
They said: “You had a packet/parcel. Stops us from forgetting about it!”
Echoing their message, another postal worker added: “It’s the postie’s way of reminding themselves that when they come to post your letter there’s also a parcel for you.
“That’s so they don’t post your letter then find out halfway down the street they forgot to knock and give you your parcel.
“Or sometimes they’ll write P10 or something on the previous letter – that lets them know they have a parcel for next door (number 10) but no letter.”
For those concerned about their pet’s safety, the RSPCA has shared advice on how owners can protect their cats and dogs from theft.
A statement reads: “It’s heart-breaking when a loved family pet is stolen.
“If there have been reports of pets being stolen in your area, our advice would be don’t panic, but it is wise to be extra careful.”
What you can do to help reduce the risk of your pet being stolen:
Never leave your dog outside a shop on their own
Train your dog to come back when called
Do not leave your dog on their own in the garden
Get your dog microchipped
It is vital to keep your contact details up-to-date
Keep recent photographs
Take care when choosing someone to care for your dog
Neuter your pet
Put a collar and tag on your pet
For more information about preventing pet thefts, visit the RSPCA’s website.