Customers of the Hollywood Way post office in Burbank will no longer have 24 hour access to the branch’s lobby beginning March 2 thanks to a rash of break-ins.
In at least the past two months, the location has been the target of a series of break-ins where someone has forced their way into the branch’s post office boxes. One instance that happened earlier this month saw around 100 P.O. boxes either vandalized or broken into, according to U.S. Postal Services spokeswoman Evelina Ramirez.
“The burglary and vandalism has been consistent, and it’s become a safety issue for not only our employees but our customers,” she said. “A decision had to be made.”
According to Ramirez the new lobby hours will be from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 5 a .m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays.
Besides eliminating 24-hour access to the lobby, she said additional cameras have been installed at the post office to provide more coverage of the P.O. boxes.
Because the incidents occurred at a post office, Ramirez said the criminal investigation will be handled by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service rather than the Burbank Police Department.
“We just really hope this will stop the vandalism and thefts,” she said. “Of course, you never know, but we’re doing everything we possibly can … to ensure the sanctity of the mail is preserved.”