BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — After dozens of mailbox thefts, many Bakersfield neighbors say they’re frustrated that more isn’t being done to stop the break-ins.
A U.S. Postal Service inspector said his department is working on better security, but that effort takes time.
He also said the problem is bad and getting worse.
Postal Inspector Jeff Fitch said there were about 20 reports of break-ins at local community mailboxes last year between April and June. In that same period this year, they’ve had 65.
“That’s three times as many,” he said. And, Fitch said there have been thefts from other types of mailboxes, and those have doubled locally in that same time frame.