April 10, 2018 -- There have been reports of mail theft in the neighborhood. Those incidents have been reported to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS.)
Other nearby neighborhoods have also reported theft of mail in recent weeks. The rash of criminal activity does not seem to be isolated to La Buena Vida Estates.
Postal Inspectors say vigilance and prevention are the best responses to potential mail theft, and here are some tips from the USPIS so you don't become a victim of mail theft.
- Know our letter carrier's schedule and get mail as soon as possible after it's placed in your mail box. Mail is usually delivered in our neighborhood between 11:00 and 2:00.
- Don't use your own box to post outgoing mail. Take outgoing mail to the sub-station at 6460 E. Grant Road, or place outgoing mail in a blue collection box. The closest mail drop/blue box to La Buena Vida Estates is at River Center, in the parking lot in front of Walgreens. The box is collected at 3:00 P.M. Monday thru Saturday.
- Replace your vulnerable standard rural-style mailbox (like the one illustrated at the top of the photos) with a box designed to thwart the "quick grab." Mail thieves don't want to spend any more time than the few seconds it takes to snatch mail from easy-to-access mailboxes.
- Instead, install a mail box with a key-operated baffle to a hidden collection well that the mail pieces fall into when delivered by the letter carrier. The lower photo shows an example of this kind of mailbox.
- Don't hesitate to call 911 to report suspicious activity in the neighborhood to the Pima County Sheriff.