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Chicago postal workers among the most endangered in country, data shows

May 24, 2024
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CHICAGO (WLS) — From frigid temperatures to scorching heat, Chicago’s mail carriers already have challenges when delivering mail citywide. But these letter carriers are constantly at risk of a growing problem that has nothing to do with weather: the risk of being robbed at gunpoint.

In fact, Chicago’s postal workers rank among the most endangered in the entire country at risk of robbery, records obtained by ABC7 show.

U.S. Postal Service employees faced nearly double the number of robberies last year compared to the year before, according to U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) data obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.

The stark reality lives in the back of many postal workers’ minds as they constantly look over their shoulders walking their neighborhood routes

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