Nova Scotia

Port Williams family demands locked post box

Many people fight to keep their mail delivery to rural boxes, but that's not the case for one family in Port Williams.

MacPhersons say they're 'held hostage' by vandals who destroy their mail

The family says their mail is exposed to vandalism because it's not in a secure box. (CBC)

Many people fight to keep their mail delivery to rural boxes, but that’s not the case for one family in Port Williams.

Lorraine and Ross MacPherson’s mail is put into a box directly across the street from their home. But they say their exposed mail is terrorized by vandals.

Lorraine MacPherson says their mail has been thrown into the ditch or stolen.

"We’re held hostage," she said. "We can’t even go away overnight because our mail is sitting in an open box."

She said her neighbours face similar problems — one found their cheque in a pond, others were stolen.

What’s frustrating, she said, is that people who live just down the road have free and secure locked boxes at the post office.

"They can have their mail stay there for a week if they wish," she said.

Canada Post said the boundaries for rural route delivery and locked boxes were decided years ago.

In an email to the CBC, Canada Post spokesman John Caines said just like the phone companies, "boundaries are set for service provided whether it is long distance calls or mail delivery. In this instance the customer does not live within the boundary for delivery to a post office box."

The MacPhersons have the option of renting a locked box for $160 a year. But MacPherson said that’s creating a two-tiered mail system because her neighbours don’t pay anything for the service.

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