LATEST UPDATE Jan. 28, 2016: A member of the homeowners association of the condominium building at 1010 N. Kings Rd. alerted WEHOville this morning to a mailbox break in yesterday by someone who appeared to be using a U.S. Postal Service master key.
This brings to 23 the number of such break-ins reported to WEHOville by its readers. Neither the USPIS nor the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station will say how many buildings have been broken into or where they are located.
Representatives of the USPIS have told Mayor Lindsey Horvath that they are replacing the apartment and condo building “master locks” that give mail carriers access to buildings. However at a recent meeting with the public at the condominium building at 906 N. Doheny Dr., representatives of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service offered only advice on protecting one’s mail, such as promptly moving it, and speculated on who the thieves might be (drug addicts). They refused say that steps, if any, the postal services is taking to better secure the mail carrier master locks that give access to apartment and condo buildings.
The rash of break-ins here and in other areas of Southern California apparently is the result of the failure of local Post Offices to secure master keys as required. As a result thieves are able to make copies of those keys and enter residential buildings and open their mail boxes.
WEHOville invites readers to continue to alert us to incidents in which people carrying U.S. Post Office master keys or copies of keys have broken into apartment and condo buildings to steal mail. These thefts not only mean your valuable mail is lost. They also mean thieves have access to important information that can help them hack your bank account. And they mean obvious criminals have access to your apartment’s front door.
We also encourage readers to reach out to their federal representatives, whose contact information is below, and ask what they are doing to hold the U.S. Postal Service accountable for these break-ins. And we encourage readers to continue to contact members of the West Hollywood City Council and ask them to take official action on the matter in the form of a resolution condemning the U.S. Postal Service for its inaction and demanding that our federal representatives take action on this matter. The Council also should ask the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, which is working with the Postal Inspection Service, to provide more detailed information, including the addresses of the buildings that have been broken into so that their residents can take steps to protect their property and themselves.
Meanwhile, WEHOville will continue to provide an updated list here of buildings whose residents say they have been broken into. If your building has been broken into by mailbox thieves, please send the address to Henry@WEHOville.com.
Here are the addresses of buildings in and around West Hollywood that WEHOville readers have identified as having been broken into by mailbox thieves:
1) 8811 Burton Way
2) 718 N. Croft Ave.
3) 855 N. Croft Ave.
4) 928 N. Croft Ave.
5) 8440 DeLongpre Ave
6) 906 N. Doheny Dr. (twice)
7) 964 Hancock Ave.
8) 1260 Havenhurst Ave.
9) 8530 Holloway Dr.
10) Holloway Dr.
11) 1010 N. Kings Rd. (four times)
12) 1250 N. Kings Rd.
13) 1539 N. Laurel Ave.
14) 1200 Olive Drive
15) 884 Palm Ave.
16) 939 Palm Ave.
17) 851 San Vicente Blvd.
18) 7949 Selma Ave.
19) 7941 Selma Ave.
20) 1203 N. Sweetzer Ave.
21) 8535 West Knoll Ave.
Contact information for West Hollywood City Council members
Contact them and ask that they contact the U.S. Postal Service’s district manager and U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff and Senators Barbara Boxer and Diane Feinstein and demand that those federal representatives take action to ensure that the U.S. Postal Service reports the extent of the mailbox theft problem, the addresses of the buildings affected, the steps it will take to protect its master keys from theft in the future and when and where it will install new master locks.
— John D’Amico. firstname.lastname@example.org
— John Duran. email@example.com
— John Heilman. firstname.lastname@example.org
— Lindsey Horvath. email@example.com
— Lauren Meister. firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact information for federal representatives of West Hollywood residents
Contact the following elected officials and demand that they take action to ensure that the U.S. Postal Service reports the extent of the mailbox theft problem, the addresses of the buildings affected, the steps it will take to protect its master
keys from theft in the future and when and where it will install new master locks.
— U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, 28th Congressional District. 2411 Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20515. Telephone: (202) 225-4174. Go to the Congressman’s contact page — http://schiff.house.gov/contact — where you will find a form to fill out to transmit an email message.
— U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, 112 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. Telephone: (202) 224-3553. Email: Senator@boxer.senate.gov.
— U.S. Sen. Diane Feinstein, 331 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. Telephone: (202) 224-3841. Email: Senator@feinstein.senate.gov.