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As letter carrier robberies increase, does USPS need more police?

June 20, 2024

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CHARLOTTE — We told you about four separate robberies of mail workers earlier this week, and numerous similar attacks since 2021. Some postal workers feel it’s getting worse, but is outdated data contributing to the problem?

“It should be where we fear coming in to work,” said, Karen, a postal worker who was robbed at gunpoint in March.

“I don’t think people realize these keys open up so many boxes,” Karen said.

She’s referring to the letter carriers’ keys that open mailboxes.

“They think it’s just on my route. They open up several boxes, and it’s your information, a lot of your information out in the hands of someone you don’t want.”

The U.S. Postal Service has been aware of these attacks since before the COVID-19 pandemic, but new numbers show robbery cases have increased nearly seven-fold from 2019 through last year

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