LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – We often hear of crooks breaking into community mailboxes, but over the long weekend they went one step further and took off with the entire mailbox.
Several people living on Limestone Arch Avenue in Mountain’s Edge are without mail service for a few days after thieves unbolted a 16 unit community mailbox over the Memorial Day weekend. “I was kind of surprised to see that they took the whole mailbox,” Russ Bowman said.
CHICO, Calif. -Vandals broke into a Chico neighborhood mailbox and stole all of its contents.
Neighbors claim it happened sometime between Thursday night and Saturday morning. Pat Standley has lived on Admiral Lane for more than eight years. She said she has never experienced anything like this.
“My first reaction was anger,” said Standley. “I was really mad, you know, thinking who would do this?”
Standley said that on Saturday morning she went to get the mail and noticed all of the doors were open. She thought the mail woman was in between drop-offs until she realized the postal service was not around.
NEW YORK — Depending on where you live, the checks you put in the mailbox may not be as safe as you think. Anyone who lives in large buildings or complexes that contain mail rooms could be a target of mail fraud and identity theft.
U.S. Postal Inspector Glen McKechnie review surveillance footage from inside a mail room where a suspect stole mail and used it for identity theft.
U.S. postal inspectors caught one criminal in the act. Surveillance footage shows the suspect taking advantage of a flawed system for how mail is handled in large buildings.
“The subject began stealing personal identifiers and names and dates of birth of individuals in that building,” explained U.S. Postal Inspector Glen McKechnie.
People in a Lancaster, California neighborhood are facing off with the U.S. Postal Service, after thieves ripped open and vandalized their community mailbox.
Kristen Sheils tells the I-Team that she and her 11 neighbors have been unable to receive mail deliveries since vandals damaged their cluster box unit, or CBU, in April.
While they once could walk just a few blocks to retrieve their mail from the CBU, residents now have to drive 20 minutes each way to collect their mail from a U.S. Postal Service sorting site.”It’s just a huge inconvenience,” Sheils said.
The USPS says it has offered to replace the box, but only on the condition that the residents sign an agreement that would make them financially responsible for any future damage.
Update: CBC News reports that a Canada Post spokesman has denied that the corporation has changed its plans, and that delivery conversions will continue as scheduled
OTTAWA- Canada Post’s plan to end door-to-door delivery on Hamilton Mountain has apparently been put on “indefinite hold,” according to the union representing postal workers. While this decision has yet to be confirmed in writing by Canada Post Corporation, postal workers were cautiously optimistic.
“At this point, we can only speculate, but we think the actions of Hamilton residents have had an impact,” said Terry Langley, President of the Hamilton local of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW).
Hamilton postal workers were informed yesterday by Canada Post managers that no new date for the end of door-to-door delivery would be scheduled at this time.
Since Canada Post’s cuts were announced in 2013, almost 600 municipalities and municipal organizations, including the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Big City Mayors Caucus, have raised concerns about the elimination of door-to-door delivery. Hamilton city staff estimated that mailbox conversion would cost the city at least $2 million in administrative costs alone.
Many Hamilton residents have fiercely opposed the removal of their home delivery. One retiree, Henry Evans-Tenbrinke, occupied his mailbox installation site for days, making international headlines.
“We can and should insist that our profitable post office consult with us before cutting services,” said Mike Palecek, National President of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.
The union says that postal cuts will remain a federal election issue for the Conservative government.
Residents are being forced to pick up their mail at a post office due to broken mailboxes.
The residents at the Fairington Village Condominiums in Lithonia, which is about 20 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta, call the conditions unfair.
“I mail all of my stuff to my mom’s house because I’m so fearful of what could happen if I mail it here,” resident Chris Scretchen said.
No one is receiving any mail and they haven’t for weeks. In fact, mail is for the birds around here because tenants have been told to go to the post office to pick up their letters and packages, but only on Saturday’s between 1-5 p.m.
Canada Post’s decision to end home mail delivery faces a revolt in the cities.
When the plan was first announced two years ago, many Canadians were indifferent.
Postal workers objected. But that was to be expected. Letter carriers’ jobs are on the line.
Groups representing seniors and the disabled also took to task Canada Post — and the Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
They argued that in Canada’s densely populated cities, the elderly and inform would find a daily trek to the community mailbox particularly difficult.
Canada Post said it would try to accommodate them.
Now the Crown corporation is running into an entirely different kind of buzz saw. Residents of older cities like Toronto and Montreal are beginning to realize that once home delivery is eliminated, large, unsightly community mailboxes will have be erected in their areas — possibly right in their front yards.