Thursday, May 12, 2011

Mail Carriers Robbed at Gun Point in Chicago

The Chicago Sun-Times reports, "Even though their jobs regularly place them on foot in some of Chicago’s roughest neighborhoods, the men and women who deliver mail for the U.S. Postal Service will tell you they usually feel quite safe."

"Whether it’s out of respect for the service the mail carrier provides or out of fear of the consequences of interfering with them, mail carriers have long been treated as off limits by the same predators who might normally pose a danger to anyone else walking down the street with a bag full of potential goodies," writes reporter Mark Brown.

All of sudden, though, that seems to be changing according to Mark.

At least five mail carriers have been robbed at gunpoint in the Chicago area since the beginning of the year.This follows a series of less violent thefts from mail carriers on the last year,

Mark goes on to pen, "Nobody can say whether the targeting of mailmen is just another sign of desperate measures in a bad economy or part of some criminal strategy, but it’s prompting the union that represents mailmen to appeal to the public for help in watching their backs."

Shown above, cover of the 1954 British boy's adventure book, Joey and the Mail Robbers by Reginald Alec Martin.

To read the entire article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM