Canada Post ‘superboxes’ in Surrey raided by thieves
WATCH: As Canada Post slowly eliminates door-to-door mail delivery, there are more problems with theft from even so-called “anti-theft” community mailboxes. John Daly reports.
A number of Canada Post superboxes in Surrey were broken into this week, the latest setback in the organization’s plan to phase out home delivery.
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“These are stronger, but we have found some already that they’ve founded a way to break into them,” says Alvaro De la Cruz, a Shop Steward for Canadian Union of Postal Workers.
“If I see any customers I say pick up your mail on a daily basis. If they keep coming and seeing there’s no mail, then it’s not worth their while.”
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The boxes were broken into in the Rosemary Heights area of Surrey. RCMP are investigating, but there have been no arrests made.
The superboxes are being targeted through the outgoing mail slot, with thieves then wrenching open both doors from the inside.
“Canada Post is trying to get a better system, but they break in with a sledgehammer, they have to be really noisy, but people aren’t listening for it,” says De la Cruz.
“They pry this open, they get a stick in, and they’ve got the mail.”
In a statement, Canada Post didn’t say how they would fix the deficiency, but that they would work at making them safer.
“This is a criminal matter and we are working closely with police. Should anyone have any information, we ask that they contact Crime Stoppers or contact local police,” said Anick Losier, Director of Media Relations for Canada Post.
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