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Super mailboxes aren't safe: Langley township councillor

01/27/2014 02:10 EST | Updated 03/29/2014 05:59 EDT
Langley township councillor Steve Ferguson isn't happy with the Canada Post's super mailboxes in his community.  Ferguson says they have been broken into at least ten times in the last year and a half.  He can no longer use his box and now drives ten kilometres to pick up his mail at a depot.

In December, Canada Post announced it will phase out urban home delivery, replacing it with the community mailbox system. 

Ferguson questions whether super mailboxes will be secure enough once the transition happens.

``They should bring in equipment that's (CPTAD) Crime Prevention Through Community and Safety Police designed. They should work with our police.They should work with us. We have to have a product at the end of the day that works and should be safe for people using the mail.``

Canada Post says the company is in the process of replacing Ferguson`s super mailbox and is also replacing boxes in high risk areas with reinforced mailboxes.

A CBC investigation in July,  found more than 4,800 reports of community mail box theft in 130 B.C. communities between 2008 and 2013.

In December, RCMP reported they were investigating 53 mailbox thefts in the south Okanagan including 53 separate thefts in Oliver and additional thefts, Cawson, Keremeos and Kaleden over a three week period.

Postal workers rally

Meanwhile, the union representing postal workers is holding rallies across Canada to protest the looming cuts.  B.C. postal workers will rally at noon in Victoria. Workers want plans to raise the price of stamps, and to cut home delivery and 8,000 jobs reversed.

Canada Post says if it doesn't make the cuts, the corporation will face a billion dollar deficit by 2020.  

The president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers` Victoria local, Janet Barney, who is also a mail carrier, says she doesn't`believe it.

``Canada Post is making money. You know, it's like we have to do something before, you know, it goes broke, and it's not broke. It's working. It's what, like, 17 of the last 18 years we've been making money.``

Yesterday hundreds of postal workers protested the proposed cuts in front of the Prime Minister's office in Ottawa. Canada Post says it will phase out home delivery over the next five years.

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