Kahuku post office the latest hit by mailbox thefts

There’s been another post office break in, this time on the North Shore.

It’s the latest in a string of thefts as post office boxes in Kahuku were broken into Wednesday night. Weeks ago, break-ins were reported at post offices in Waianae, Nanakuli and Haleiwa.

Laie resident Ken Macatiaj purchased his P.O. box 10 years ago. “A mailbox outside your home? You never know, someone could come by and easily access it. Having a P.O. box, we have that sort of assurance our mail is secure,” he explained.

But because of recent break-ins, Magatiaj isn’t so sure. “There’s no bounds now. They’re breaking into anything they could get.”

This rash of P.O. box thefts are nothing new.

A spokesperson from the U.S. Postal Service said that the Honolulu office has made arrests involving P.O. box break-ins in the past.

Stealing mail is a serious federal felony — you face five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

“It does bring up a question of what preventive measures we should be considering,” said Macatiaj.

We asked the USPS spokesperson if it will consider additional security measures at all of Hawaii’s post offices. “We cannot publicly discuss specific security measures in place at post offices,” was the reply, “but it is something we are constantly evaluating for every post office in Hawaii.”

Certain locations already have security measures in place. The Nanakuli post office has a lock on the door in order to access your mailbox after hours, but it’s been broken for months. The property manager is reportedly working on having the lock repaired.

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