So before leaving on my trip (please don't rob my apartment), I went to USPS.com and requested a hold on my mail. I had to enter my name, address and phone number and VOILA! My mail will be held. No verification of who I am, just easy as that.
Now, though I am greatful for the ease and short notice of my request, does it strike anyone else as odd that all you have to do is type someone's name, address and phone number into the system and the US Postal Service will start witholding their mail? Good practical joke to play on someone as long as they aren't expecting anything important.