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Seattle crime forces Postal Service to halt deliveries for zip code

Seattle crime forces Postal Service to halt deliveries for zip code


Mail theft in Seattle reportedly pressured the United States Postal Service to pause deliveries for a whole ZIP code to pause this month, in response to native studies. 

The Postal Service introduced mail supply for the 98118 ZIP code resumed Tuesday after supply was halted since final week for “lower than 900” residents, The Seattle Times reported. Residents within the ZIP code have been informed to select up their mail from the native publish workplace whereas supply companies have been paused. 

“Due to the rise in mail theft and vandalism we shall be holding all mail on your deal with. We should not have an actual date of when all grasp locks shall be changed,” an indication on a mail container close to within the Columbia neighborhood of town learn, in response to KING 5. 

Residents who spoke to the outlet mentioned they weren’t alerted to the pause in deliveries by the Postal Service, solely discovering the halt by speaking to neighbors or seeing Facebook posts in regards to the pause. 

Apartment buildings’ administration additionally allegedly let residents know that thieves had stolen a grasp key, which the Postal Service makes use of to open assortment containers, out of doors parcel lockers and cluster field items, in response to KIRO 7. 


Residents within the ZIP code have been informed to select up their mail from the native publish workplace whereas supply companies have been paused. 
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“Mail supply to lower than 900 residents in components of south Seattle was affected final week due to gear safety considerations. Improvements to the affected gear have been made, and all mail was delivered to the impacted residents,” Postal Service spokesperson Kim Frum informed Fox News Digital on Thursday when requested in regards to the pause. 

“We admire the persistence and understanding of the group as we work to protect the protection and sanctity of the mail,” she added. 

During the pause, residents reported ready in lengthy strains at their native postal annex, with some ready no less than an hour, KING 5 reported. 


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Robberies of postal carriers throughout the nation has quadrupled over the past decade.
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Robberies of postal carriers throughout the nation has quadrupled over the past decade, in response to information offered by the Postal Inspection Service to the Associated Press earlier this month. Robberies of the employees usually embrace stealing their grasp keys, also called arrow keys, however the Postal Service declined to inform the AP what number of such keys are presently in use. 

Last yr, the Postal Service shut down deliveries in a Santa Monica, California, neighborhood after a string of assaults towards carriers. 

Earlier this moth, the Postal Service and United States Postal Inspection Service introduced it was broadening its security measures to curb mail theft and higher shield carriers from assaults. 


USPS trucks behind a fence.
Earlier this moth, the Postal Service and United States Postal Inspection Service introduced it was broadening its security measures.
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“As crime rises, so do the threats towards our public servants,” Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer Louis DeJoy mentioned in a press launch. “The women and men of the Postal Service are strolling our nation’s streets daily to satisfy our mission of delivering mail and packages to the American individuals. Every Postal worker deserves to work in security and to be free from focusing on by criminals searching for to entry the general public’s mail.”

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