An iconic symbol of America could be leaving its position at United States Post Offices around Louisiana and across the rest of the country. You're probably familiar with the large blue collection boxes that are stationed outside many postal facilities, right? Well, in the very near future, you might not have that container to drive up to and drop off your mail.

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I am sure your next question is along the same lines as my next question, "Why is the post office doing away with something that appears to be working"? I guess the operative word in that question would be "appears". While the collection boxes do appear to work just fine to law-abiding postal customers it's against the ne'er do wells that the collection boxes have met their match. 

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You probably missed the announcement earlier this year that was made by the United States Postal Service regarding the installation of some 10,000 new high-security collection boxes. Those boxes would be placed at locations deemed "high-security risk areas". In other words, there are some places in the state and around the country where people like to break into mailboxes and steal things.

Now, not all of the collection boxes will be replaced. So, if your Post Office still has the older style collection boxes a few months from now congratulate yourself. You must live in a good neighborhood, or at least a neighborhood where people don't steal from the mailboxes.

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Also, the Postal Service is replacing a large number of "arrow locks" on collection panels and multi-boxes around the country. Thieves have figured out how to manufacture keys that can open those boxes that you usually see around apartment complexes or buildings with multiple tenants. Many of those locks and receptacles will be updated with electronic locks. More than 50,000 of the "arrow locks" are set to be replaced within the coming months.

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