THE BRONX, N.Y. — Did you ever hear of mailbox fishing? Most people haven’t, but it’s a growing problem in the Bronx.
Thieves tie a long string to a glue covered object, such as a crushed water jug and then drop the sticky object through the mailbox door.
According to Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., “at nighttime they come and they’ll pull up the string and everything that stuck to the object will be theirs.” The mailbox fishers are hoping to catch envelopes containing checks and credit cards.
Last November the Bronx Post Office removed over 100 of the blue collection boxes with the pull down doors.
They were supposed to be replaced with boxes that have narrow slots at the top to put in your mail.