CHICAGO (TOC) — A grainy photograph of an unsolved USPS armed theft final November on the South Facet is only one instance of what the I-Workforce has recognized as a rising risk to postal staff.
There have been 7,000 stories of violent crimes towards postal staff within the final reported 12 months, in accordance with the Nationwide Affiliation of Postal Supervisors.
Postal service officers are asking for assist in a Chicago incident, circulating a $25,000 reward alert for data resulting in 4 masked suspects who robbed a letter service at gunpoint on Nov. 22, 2021.
The bandits escaped in a late mannequin Jaguar F-Tempo SUV after the stickup on South Champlain in Park Manor, in accordance with investigators.
It’s not the primary excessive profile theft of postal staff right here.
In September 2020, a letter service was shot a number of instances and critically wounded on 91st Avenue whereas on her route. The 24-year-old girl was hit by drive-by attackers.
The earlier March, a letter service in Brighton Park was wounded in gang crossfire.
Though onerous knowledge is difficult to come back by from postal authorities, the I-Workforce has obtained a letter from the nationwide president of the Postal Supervisors Affiliation to the U.S. Postmaster Basic.
It was simply written in December and states armed robberies, shootings and mail thefts “are usually not one-off occasions.” The affiliation chief states, “They’re a part of a wider effort typically linked to gangs and prison networks aimed toward stealing, altering and cashing checks to amass private data from stolen mail to commit id theft.”
In response to the postal supervisors’ govt, “We can’t enable these sorts of assaults upon carriers and different postal staff to proceed.”
Postal staff face rising “threats, assaults and homicides” in accordance with incident monitoring by the Postal Supervisors Affiliation.
Late final 12 months, they mentioned postal inspectors investigated 4 separate capturing incidents focusing on staff. 4 died and a fifth particular person was severely wounded.
Because the hazard grows for USPS staff, mail theft can be an rising concern. These reported instances have greater than doubled in a 12 months’s time, in accordance with the affiliation.
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