Homeowner takes measures to prevent mailbox break-ins
SAN ANTONIO - One woman took matters into her own hands after thieves continued to target cluster mailboxes in her Northeast Side neighborhood.
Bianca Waters said in the past 18 months the amount of mail cluster box break-ins in her neighborhood, near Stahl Road and Judson Road, have continued to increase.
"Nothing is done. It seems like we're on our own here," Waters said.
Each time, postal workers come to fix them, but that doesn't deter the criminals.
"It should be a postal matter making sure our identities are safe, that our mail is delivered in a proper way,” Waters said.
She said she has grown so frustrated with the lack of response from USPS.
"We upgraded our security system, so we put up a bunch of security cameras and I have one on the side of the house pointing right at the cluster box,” she said.
Her family has also put up a bright light to shine on the boxes.
According to the Postal Service, between October 1st and March 1st, more than 1,000 cluster box units were vandalized in San Antonio. USPS encourages people to pick up their mail daily.
"The US Postal Inspection Service does offer a reward of up to $10,000 for any information that leads to an arrest and conviction of mail thieves. If you have information about this type of crime, call 1-877-876-2455 to report tips.