Unfortunately, people traveling down roads in western Douglas County will also see beat up mailboxes or empty posts with boxes on the ground.
Some would say the 1986 Rob Reiner movie “Stand By Me” which featured young people hitting mailboxes with a ball bat made this activity an accepted rite of passage for teenagers. For people experiencing the senseless destruction of private property, it is neither cute nor funny. And, it is expensive. Depending on type of box, replacement may be $100 or more.
Recently, there is a new worry. A neighbor found mail scattered on the road on either side of their mailbox. Some of it was open. With the prevalence of identity thief, perhaps it is time for law enforcement and postal inspectors to start taking this activity seriously. Violating personal mail and mailboxes, is a crime that should not be tolerated.
According to information published by the USPS, “mailboxes are considered federal property, and federal law (Title 18, United States Code, Section 1705), makes it a crime to vandalize them (and to injure, deface or destroy any mail deposited in them). Violators can be fined up to $250,000 or imprisoned for up to three years for each act of vandalism.”
According to the USPS, if your mailbox is hit, do the following:
1. Call your post office
2. Call the sheriff or police department
3. Log on to The Postal Inspection Web site and file a report. If you feel you have lost mail, try to get as much information as possible to fill in the forms.
Finally, young people should be alerted one night of “fun” could follow them a lifetime.