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Mail theft hits Chilliwack again

Police in Chilliwack are once again turning their attention to thefts from community mailboxes.

Chilliwack RCMP received three reports of mail theft in Yarrow on Feb. 20. In each of the thefts the suspect or suspects gained access by prying open the doors and stealing the contents of each box.

The Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment of the RCMP, assisted by Canada Post, have been actively investigating a number of mail thefts in the area over the past several months.

Not unlike elsewhere in the Lower Mainland, mail theft continues to be a problem. Local Mounties say they have taken a proactive approach utilizing various investigative techniques, which includes a partnership with Canada Post investigators.

via Mail theft hits Chilliwack again – Chilliwack Times.


Now, India Post to sell biscuits, photo frames and mugs

CHENNAI: After introducing auxiliary mail services in an attempt to salvage its sinking fortunes, India Post will now sell biscuits, photo frames and mugs. After opening in Bengaluru and Mysore, Chennai’s first Post Shoppe will come up at the head post office on Anna Salai next month.

Postmaster general Merwin Alexander said the store would also sell pens, markers, gum, books and souvenirs with the India Post logo.

It will be located next to the multiple counters for postal and banking operations, so that customers can pick up stationery, and more.

Read more: Now, India Post to sell biscuits, photo frames and mugs – The Times of India.


Belfast postman jailed for stealing from letters on his round

Belfast Recorder Judge David McFarland sounded the warning as he jailed Ciaran O’Neill for four months after he was caught in a covert sting operation.

O’Neill (26), of St Matthews Court in the Short Strand, east Belfast, pleaded guilty at Belfast Crown Court to four counts of theft and one of fraud.

O’Neill – who has 26 theft convictions – was a part-time worker at the Royal Mail sorting office in Tomb Street between April 2012 and July 2012. Suspicions were aroused when two people who lived near each other on his delivery route complained they did not receive concert tickets they had been expecting.

Read more: Belfast postman jailed for stealing from letters on his round –


Thieves crack Canada Post ‘superboxes’ in Surrey BC

The end of Canada Post’s door-to-door service has introduced a new problem in Surrey, B.C.: a rise in community mailbox break-ins.

Thieves have apparently figured out how to break into Canada Post’s supposedly high-security "superboxes," leaving residents’ mail vulnerable.

Surrey resident Julie Parker says her community mailbox has been broken into three times since autumn, with the latest break-in coming on Wednesday. The multi-compartment mailbox was still broken and taped up on Saturday.

via Thieves crack Canada Post 'superboxes' in Surrey, B.C. | CTV News.


Deutsche Post to create thousands of jobs on lower pay

According to Reuters, Deutsche Post will expand its package delivery service using lower paid employees. The company says that the wages it pays its existing postal workers are too high to be economically viable in the competitive parcel business:

deutschepostThe company plans to create 10,000 new jobs at the parcel business by 2020, a figure which could rise to around 20,000 by 2025, it said on Thursday.

The additional jobs will offer pay based on collective wage agreements for the logistics sector, rather than Deutsche Post’s more generous in-house agreement, putting the company on collision course with workers’ representatives.

via UPDATE 1-Deutsche Post to create thousands of jobs on lower pay | Reuters.


Union welcomes Montreal hearings on elimination of home mail delivery by Canada Post

MONTREAL, Jan. 19, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ – The City of Montreal’s public hearings about the consequences of the elimination of door-to-door delivery are being applauded by postal workers, who have been calling for broader community consultations since Canada Post first announced its cuts.

"Canada Post executives certainly did not consult adequately with Canadians prior to cutting their services," said Denis Lemelin, National President of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, who will be presenting the union’s brief on Tuesday, January 20th.

Alain Duguay, president of CUPW’s Montreal Local will also be presenting on the following evening, Wednesday the 21st.

"We hope these hearings about the impact on the public, especially seniors and people with reduced mobility, will persuade Canada Post to reconsider this disastrous plan," said Duguay.


Royal Mail gives stamp of approval to Isle of Wight-inspired Lewis Carroll

aliceTHE work of Isle of Wight-inspired writer Lewis Carroll has been commemorated in a series of stamps released by Royal Mail this week.

The stamps are based on the characters of Carroll’s children’s classic Alice in Wonderland, which some experts believe were inspired by Lewis Carroll’s frequent visits to the Isle of Wight, when he mixed with the creative greats of the Victorian Era in Freshwater.

It marks the 150th anniversary of the publishing of Alice in Wonderland.

Read more: Royal Mail gives stamp of approval to Isle of Wight-inspired Lewis Carroll.


Safe stolen from Bonshaw PEI post office

BONSHAW – Queens County RCMP are investigating a break and enter and theft at the Bonshaw Canada Post Office.

Some of the items stolen include a large floor safe and its contents, cash, postage stamps and Canadian and U.S. money orders.

It is believed the theft happened sometime between Jan. 10 at 1 p.m. and Jan. 12 at 9:40 a.m.

via Safe stolen from Bonshaw post office – Local – The Journal Pioneer.


Queensland postal worker charged with stealing gift cards from mail

A Longreach postal worker has been charged after allegedly stealing gift cards from mail she sorted.

Police say the 46-year-old woman tried to use a gift card that wasn’t hers on January 4.

That led to officers executing a search warrant, which uncovered another 21 gift cards in her possession.

It is believed they had been collected between October 2014 and January 2015.

via Postal worker charged with stealing gift cards from mail.


India Post Office Starts Core Banking Services

HYDERABAD: People holding accounts with a post office can now operate their accounts from any other post office and also online.  The department of posts, AP Circle, launched Core Banking Services (CBS) on Thursday, offering online banking, mobile banking and SMS alerts. ATMs will be opened in another six months.

The services can be availed at 82 of the 95 Head Post Offices located in the sibling states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, and the remaining 13 also will be shifted to the CBS platform by the first week of February.

Inaugurating the Core Banking Services, BV Sudhakar, chief postmaster-general, AP Circle, said that they would be enabling the CBS through 2,438 Sub Post Offices by June this year. ATMs will be opened in another six months.

He said post offices would also offer cashless service. People can use debit cards of any bank to draw cash up to Rs 1,000 at 63 post offices. Areas where there are no banks or ATMs will be given priority to launch the service.

via Postal Department Starts Core Banking Services – The New Indian Express.