I hope you are all well. I am writing this post to inform you about a disturbing incident that occurred last night in our neighborhood. One of our community's mailboxes was vandalized, and the act was caught on camera. The footage shows a pick-up truck (what appears to be) intentionally ramming and knocking over the mailbox located on the East side of 156th Street. The mailbox was not taken. It is currently in the possession of the HOA until repairs can be made to it sometime next week.
You are affected if your address falls within these ranges:
13945 - 13972 SE 156th St
14007 - 14020 SE 156th Ct
Our mail carrier, Brian, will have all of your mail held at the post office on 116th in Renton if you wish to go pick them up. Otherwise, they will be delivered in bulk once repairs have been made. Please share this information with your neighbors who may be affected but does not have access to this forum post and may not have the most up to date information.
Some facts about the incident:
1. Cooperation with Authorities: First and foremost, we have reported the incident to the local authorities, providing them with the video evidence. Cooperation with law enforcement is essential in identifying the perpetrators and holding them accountable for their actions. The more evidence we can gather, the better chance we have of bringing those responsible to justice. We will be pressing charges if the assailant is caught.
2. Sharing the Video Footage: In addition to involving the authorities, we urge all residents who have cameras that point in the direction of that mailbox to review your footage in the event that you have captured something that may be more useful to the investigation. If you do, please contact the HOA immediately by sending an email to MapleRidgeEstatesHOA@gmail.com. We will keep your information and involvement private if you wish.
3. Neighborhood Watch Program: We believe that an active and vigilant community is essential in maintaining a secure environment. As such, we encourage you to utilize your Neighborhood Block Captains (Kathy Higa for MRE and Kristine Beaver for VP) if you see anything suspicious or have any questions.
4. Strengthening Mailbox Structures: We recognize that some of the mailboxes in our neighborhood might not be as resilient as we would like them to be. As a preventive measure, we are evaluating the durability of our current mailbox structures and looking into reinforced materials or designs that can withstand potential vandalism attempts. If necessary, we will work with local authorities and postal services to ensure compliance with relevant regulations.
5. Reporting Incidents Promptly: In case you witness any act of mailbox vandalism or have experienced it personally, please do not hesitate to report it to the local authorities and share the information with your neighbors and the HOA. Reporting promptly increases the chances of apprehending the culprits and preventing future incidents.
Remember, this is our community, and we all play a crucial role in protecting it. Let's stand together, united against mailbox vandalism, and create a safe and secure neighborhood that we can all be proud to call home.
If you have any additional ideas or suggestions on how we can tackle this issue, please share them in the comments below or submit a contact form from the website. Together, we can make a difference!
Thank you for your cooperation and commitment to our community's safety.