HAPPY VALLEY, Ore. — People in a Happy Valley neighborhood had their mailboxes broken into two months ago, and as the holiday season approaches, nothing has been fixed.
“A pipe wrench or a pair of channel locks, they can grab a hold of it, they can twist them, boom, they’re in,” said Guy, one of the neighbors. “It’s not the first time it’s been broken into, but they did the most damage this time.”
KATU made a few calls and sent emails for some answers. Peter Hass, a spokesperson from the U.S. Postal Service provided this statement:
“The Postal Service apologizes to Happy Valley area customers for any inconvenience caused as a result of this criminal activity. The U.S. Postal Service as well as the impacted customers are all victims in these acts of theft and vandalism. Postal Service maintenance personnel repair or replace damaged boxes as quickly as possible. In regards to the customer who contacted you and his neighbors, the Postal Service regrets the amount of time it has taken to repair their delivery and collection box and will work to have a new box ready for delivery as soon as possible.
In terms of your inquiry regarding the number of damaged boxes, the Clackamas Post Office, which also provides delivery to Happy Valley, utilizes and maintains 747 neighborhood delivery boxes. Fewer than 1 percent of those 747 boxes are currently out of service as a result of vandalism. We should also note that some delivery box units served by the U.S. Postal Service are privately installed, such as in apartment complexes or commercial strip malls. Maintenance of such boxes is the responsibility of the owners, not the U.S. Postal Service.”