NYC’s Iconic Blue Mailboxes Headed For Extinction As Thefts Rise

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 New York’s iconic blue mailboxes are headed for extinction after being long-time targets for thieves who fish out envelopes containing cash and checks using glue-covered bottles and rodent traps as bait, WCBS 880 AM reported.

Related: Toms River Police Investigating Reports Of Stolen Mail

New York’s iconic blue mailboxes are headed for extinction after being long-time targets for thieves who fish out envelopes containing cash and checks using glue-covered bottles and rodent traps as bait, WCBS 880 AM reported.

Manhattan Chief of Detective Bill Aubrey said last year, “You have the person who actually does the fishing, and then at the end, you have the person cashing the checks.”

Approximately 7,000 mailboxes in New York City are being retrofitted with mail slots only large enough for letters, meaning if you need to mail a padded envelope or a small package, you will need to make a trip to the post office.

The USPS calls the new mailboxes the “Cadillac” of mailboxes.

The NYPD has seen the number of fishing incidents drop dramatically as the new mailboxes have started to be installed.

Last month, the Toms River Police Department also warned about “mailbox fishing.”

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