Rural area mailboxes are vulnerable to vandalism because they are usually isolated, located on public thoroughfares, and frequently not visible to the box owners from their homes. City residential mailboxes are vandalized to a lesser degree.
To a youthful offender, vandalizing a mailbox may feel like a harmless rite of passage. If he happens to get caught, however, he could face local jail time, fines and community service. However, this could well be just the start of his troubles.
Mailboxes are considered federal property, and federal law (Title 18, United States Code, Section 1705) makes it a crime to vandalize them or destroy any mail deposited in them. Postal Inspectors treat mailbox vandalism as a federal offense. Violators can be fined up to $250,000, or imprisoned for up to three years, for each act of vandalism. To protect your mailbox and any mail that may be inside it, immediately report theft, tampering, or destruction of mail or mailboxes to your Postmaster or to the Postal Inspectors online. Your cooperation helps us
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