'Tis STILL the season to steal mail, frustrated locals respond
There are dozens of reports of mail theft since the pre-Christmas rise in thefts, including several reports of where mail or contents from a delivered package were stolen from unlocked mailboxes near the front porch or street. Some even reported that the thefts happened mid-day.
Several El Dorado County resident reported that they found bunches of mail in isolated areas with anything that looked like it might have money or gifts cards opened and the rest abandoned.
One mail theft investigator said, "It's important to make sure mail isn't being left in the mailbox for long times and if so, that someone is watching out for it — either a resident of the household or a neighbor."
He advised residents to pay extra postage for tracking purposes and be home when the package arrives to avoid a possible theft.
"Also, locking mailboxes are much safer than one that has a hanging door on it," he added.
Most older residences in the county have standard rural mailboxes that have no security features.
Karen Burns wrote on a Facebook site called 'El Dorado Watch' about her frustration and response, "Tired of getting mail stolen? I purchased this from mail box shoppe and took it to Pollock Pines post office and they gave this lock box the ok!!"
Karen noted that she had bought, and installed, a locking mailbox by a company that makes a retrofit solution. The company makes affordable inserts that can be quickly installed in most of the non-locking mailboxes in El Dorado County.
The company Karen ordered from writes:
Locking Mailbox Insert
This locking mailbox insert adds a locking compartment to any ordinary standard mailbox. Constructed from 14 gauge steel with a stainless steel hinge. Two keys included. Mail gets pushed through slot. Slot bent inward to help prevent a hand reaching in to steal your mail.
These are not vaults, but they do protect mail from a casual thief and it will offer an excellent visual deterrent. Once a mail thief sees your lockbox, he'll probably move on to an easier victim.
PRICES: LOCKBOX ONLY (mailbox itself not included)
Small Size - $59.00 each
Measures approx 5.75" wide x 4.75" high x 18" deep
Slot size: 5.75" wide x 1.25" high
Mailbox opening must be at least 5.75" wide (L-R)
Medium Size - $69.00
Measures approx 7.5" wide x 5.75" tall x 18.5 " deep
Slot size: 7.25" wide x 1.5" tall
Mailbox opening must be at least 7.5" wide (L-R)
Large Size - $79.00
Measures approx 10.5" wide x 7.5" tall x 21" deep
Slot size: 10.5" wide x 2" tall
Mailbox opening must be at least 10.5" wide (L-R)
Do-it-yourself: Attaches inside your existing mailbox by drilling one hole in your mailbox floor and then fastening the lockbox in-place by tightening just one screw (screw included). This special screw uses a lock-nut that cannot be loosened from the underside.
Below we picture the small locking mailbox insert. It is the only one we sell that has a side flag cut-out. It has been our experience that only the small unit needs the cut-out.
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