Mailbox break-ins have continued in Prospect Heights.
The problem began about a year ago, when mail began to be removed from mail boxes along Prospect and Park places as well as along Pacific and Dean Streets near Carlton Avenue.
"We were all finding each other’s mail at different points of the day," said resident Les Ramsey, who often saw unopened letters strewn about in people's yards, on sidewalks or in the street near his Prospect Place home.
Residents assume the thief is looking for finanacial documents—Ramsey discovered that a letter sent to him from American Express never arrived. However, as Ramsey noted, “It’s very hard to identify what you haven’t gotten."
The problem has improved for residents in the Underhill-Prospect Place area as they began to take matters into their own hands.
"Everyone is taking precautions now," Ramsey said, who noted that he now has his mail thrown through a gate that people without a key cannot access.
But in other areas, the problem has continued.
On Nov. 12, dozens of pieces of mail was found scattered on Dean Street between 6th and Carlton and on Carlton between Pacific and Dean streets.