Letters: Waiting in line

Doesn’t Canada Post have a responsibility to its customers to ensure the community boxes are tamper proof?

Garry Harder of Bell Locksmith displays the replacement parts needed for vandalized residential complex mail boxes.

Editor, The News:

Re: Mail boxes targeted for ID (The News, April 29).

My wife and I run a small online business and ship through the Maple Ridge branch of Canada Post every day. Long lineups have become a regular occurrence at this branch over the past few months due to an influx of customers reporting broken-into mailboxes or picking up their mail due to a break-in.

From what I overhear, many of these break-ins involve community boxes. I find it amusing but not surprising that Canada Post has no stats on this, and the RCMP’s report of 70 break-ins in Maple Ridge over the past three months is just the tip of the iceberg, as undoubtably many break-ins go unreported.

Doesn’t Canada Post have a responsibility to ensure the community boxes are tamper proof? If they cannot provide this assurance,  they should cancel their plans to do away with home delivery.

Also, I have seen my shipping costs more than double in the last two years, which makes it increasingly difficult for our business to compete in the U.S. and global markets. And now I have to wait in line every day to mail our orders.

David Vockeroth

Maple Ridge


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