Community mailbox theft rising as Canada Post set to end home delivery

Canada Post has offered to change locks on community mailboxes after a string of robberies in Surrey, British Columbia.

“We’ve been broken into five or six times,” Surrey resident Christine Larsen told CBC News. She fears more robberies may lie ahead.

Frustrated by poor security features and the possibility that thieves are now using proper keys to break into boxes, Larsen and other Canadians are concerned about their privacy and  personal affairs.

Canada Post said it is investigating mailbox theft.

CBC’s own investigation uncovered thousands of community mailboxes being targeted across Canada – especially in B.C.

These latest incidents may amplify concerns about Canada Post ending its home delivery service and opting for community mailboxes that may be targeted by thieves.

Canada Post is set to begin phasing out home deliveries this month. The corporation will announce later this month the first group of neighbourhoods that will transition to community mailboxes.

Canada Post announced in December 2013  that it would be ending door-to-door service.

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