Vacant Notices: Invitation for Crime?
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Some Indian Wells residents say the post office may inadvertently be contributing to crime in their city.
They blame the vacant notices the postal service is putting on mailboxes of vacant homes.
The Indian Wells community has many year-round residents, but also some who leave during the summer.
The US Postal Service puts cards on their home's mailboxes when they're gone.
Dale Anne Clark lives in a peaceful Indian Wells neighborhood, but she's worried these cards could increase crime.
"Recently we've had robberies, some homes were broken into and some cars were broken into."
Some residents worry the vacant notices poking out of the mailbox could be an invitation to crime.
"This was an advertisement for people who might want to break into homes that the homes are vacant," said Clark.
The community's management company contacted the post office about these notices.
"They basically said well, you live in a gated community in Indian Wells and security is your responsibility, and we've been doing this for 20 years and we're going to continue to do it, and I've lived here since 1998 and I've never seen this notice," said Clark.
Some neighbors took matters into their own hands.
"We've contacted the homeowners which are away and if they want us to remove these forms we do, and yet then they go and put another one in," said Clark.
We called to speak with the postmaster Tuesday, and even stopped by Wednesday.
But they wouldn't speak with us about this.
Dale Anne knows what she'd like to see happen:
"Not to put these in people's post boxes at the street level, I mean it's crazy," said Clark.
A postal spokeswoman who did speak with us on the phone speculated these notices are being used because the postal staff in Indian Wells may be new or temporary.