Mailboxes all over the District of Kent were broken into on Wednesday, April 15.
The problem is not unique to Agassiz, with thefts taking place all across the Fraser Valley recently.
“There is an increase in reported mail theft this month,” reports RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Mike Rail.
Boxes were hit at Striker’s Corner, along Morrow Road in Agassiz, on the Lougheed highway and at several other locations.
Canada Post did not respond to media questions, instead sending an email stating, “We take these matters very seriously.”
The email, written by Carley Smith, manager of media relations for Canada Post, went on to write that criminals are determined to break the law, regardless of the target.
“It takes an equal level of determination to deter and stop those who commit property crimes and we, at Canada Post, are committed to do everything possible to support the police in their efforts to do so,” wrote Smith.
No details were provided on the number of mailboxes broken into or the amount of customers affected, nor whether any of the mailboxes were the newer, reportedly safer model of mailboxes.
A resident affected by the mailbox theft at Striker’s Corner says it is a “terrible situation.” She doesn’t want her name in the paper for fear of targeted attacks by the thieves. She is angry at the “heartless, low-level criminals” who conduct such crimes.
“I feel for everybody affected,” she says. “You feel for the families, for the senior getting the pictures of the grandkids – it’s not acceptable.”
RCMP encourage everyone to protect their mail by collecting mail daily, contacting Canada Post if you plan to go away and have them hold your mail until you return, and to never send cash in the mail.
Anyone with any information regarding suspicious activity around or, theft from, mailboxes is asked to contact the Agassiz RCMP at 604-796-2211 or, should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).