US Postal Inspection Service installs cameras in Sugar Land community mailboxes to deter thieves

SUGAR LAND, Texas (KTRK) – The United States Postal Service Authority plans to install cameras in some community mailboxes in Sugar Land and other surrounding areas to try to identify individuals who are trying to type stealing mail from residents.

The Sugar Land Police Department told ABC13 it has received at least 18 reports of mail theft in the area since Thanksgiving 2021.

This includes at least one Postal Service (USPS) employee having their keys robbed and a number of different instances of mail going missing in mailboxes, said Doug Adolph, a police department spokesman.

Russell Dunlap, a Sugar Land resident, said some people in their community have added signs that there is 24-hour video surveillance monitoring the boxes, but it hasn’t stopped thieves from breaking into the community mailboxes. copper in some neighboring areas in the region.

“We’ve seen a lot of reports of mailboxes being hacked with keys so nothing was broken,” says Dunlap. “But they were left open, then people’s mail went missing and it went on for a long time.”

This week, the police department confirmed it was working with the US Postal Inspection Service, which plans to install cameras at some community mailboxes to try to identify intruders and who might be. are copying or stealing carrier keys.

“They will become an important tool for us,” Adolph said. “An investigative tool that allows us to identify suspects and then have them attach to our existing license plate recognition cameras that we have deployed around the city to help clear a number of cases. this.”

A spokesman for the US Postal Inspection Service sent the following statement to ABC13 on Thursday:

“I can confirm that the check service is working with the Sugarland Police Department, as well as other local law enforcement partners, with ongoing efforts to combat mail theft. is using a variety of investigative and preventive tools to identify and arrest individuals responsible for these crimes.To maintain the integrity of those investigations, the screening service does not can provide more details, such as the location where those tools are being used.If any community member believes their mail has been stolen, they can report it to USPIS by calling our hotline, 877-876-2455 or visiting our website, .”

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