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Waihee Road in Kahaluu is like most neighborhoods around Oahu. But lately, thieves have chosen this street to strike.
They’re not busting through homes when families are away. Instead, their target is in plain view — the mailbox.
“It’s a shame what we live in now, that someone would go around and do that to someone. It’s low for someone to steal your mail,” Kahaluu resident Stan Miller said.
The Kahaluu Neighborhood Board has reported a recent rash of mail theft there and in nearby neighborhoods.
“Quite a bit. I think it’s almost the whole street this is happening,” Kahaluu Neighborhood Board Member Art Machado said.
U.S. postal inspectors take the crime seriously. They have a standing $10,000 reward for information on mail theft.
“You don’t know unless you’re waiting for something and a lot of times you get those credit card applications in the mail and you don’t even know they’re coming, and there goes all your info right there,” Miller said.
Thieves appear to be targeting mailboxes that are easy to open and residents say this isn’t the first time.
“They were telling me they found my mail and I had no idea I was missing any mail,” one man said.
He didn’t want to reveal his identity, but was alerted by police a while back that his mail was scattered in the street.
“Ended up being credit card applications and junk mail,” the man said.
Luckily, nothing suspicious has popped up on his credit history.
It’s also happened on Machado’s street.
“At that time, what we did was formed a neighborhood watch. Those programs work,” Machado said.
Here are some tips:
- Don’t leave mail in your mailbox overnight
- Get a locked curbside mailbox
- Drop mail at the post office or hand it to your mail carrier
Anyone who suspects their mail was stolen should report it immediately to their local postmaster.
For more information, call 1 (877) 876-2455 or visit this website.