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Mailbox theft on the rise

West Kelowna residents are on edge after a rash of break-ins at their Canada Post mailboxes. They are worried about identity theft and concerned for their Mother’s Day cards and tax refunds. 

Three different mailboxes were broken into last week, with full doors and individual boxes busted open at the various locations.

Boxes along Bartley Road and Lenz Road were broken into Friday night. Annabel Stanley says this is the second time in two years her mail has been stolen.

“On Friday night is when they all got crowbarred open. And then on Saturday, all of our unimportant mail was scattered all across the road,” she says.

The location of her mailbox is on a deserted stretch of Bartley Road, something she has pointed out to Canada Post, while suggesting her mail might be safer if the mailboxes are moved.

“If we moved our postboxes around closer to Lenz Road, at least there are houses out there,” says Stanley.

“And it’s a dead end road and people would have to be really serious about going into the boxes there. Whereas where we are, we have no lights there, it's completely secluded. I suggested to Canada Post that we move to a slightly better location as a deterrent.”

The boxes currently being used on Bartley Road are single units with multiple boxes but one door that can be opened to access them all. Mailboxes on Lenz Road are separate to each individual lock, making it more difficult for thieves to access a large amount of boxes in a short period of time.

“On Lenz they have more private boxes, and it only looked like half of them had been opened, not all of them. And with ours it’s so easy, they just jimmy the whole door.”

Stanley also suggests Canada Post put some kind of alarm on the door that would only trigger when someone other than a Canada Post employee attempts to open them.

More mailboxes on Pooley Road in Kelowna were broken into over the weekend.

If anyone else has had their mailboxes robbed, please contact us at [email protected]

 

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