Austin has seen an increase in mailbox break-ins across the city over the past year, with eight happening in the last week in North Austin’s Great Hills neighborhood, U.S. postal service officials said.
A U.S. Postal Service Inspection Service spokesman said postal officials plan to upgrade the boxes to safer, stronger ones, but break-ins are happening faster than the boxes can be replaced.
Postal inspectors say they have seen an increase in reports of break-ins, with the most coming from North Austin and South Austin neighborhoods. Thieves typically use screwdrivers, crowbars and hammers to pry the boxes open, said Mike Sullivan, a Postal Inspection Service spokesman.