Briarcliff to Crack Down on Mailbox Vandalism [POLL]

Village manager said mailbox damage sprees have "just gone on for too long."

A recent spike in the number of mailboxes damaged or destroyed in the overnight hours has prompted the Village of Briarcliff Manor and the to send out a stern warning to perpetrators.

"Many people at times thought of this as a kids' prank—well it's not," said Village Manager Philip Zegarelli. "It never was it should not be. It has gotten out of hand; it's malicious."

Zegarelli said he receives "calls almost every day" reporting mailbox damage in the village, which he finds "very frustrating."

"It's really an assault on people's private property," he said. "I saw a metal mailbox and stand and it looked like it was completely hacksawed off."

Briarcliff Manor Police reported receiving four reports of mailbox this morning, which are believed to have occurred sometime between 11 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. this morning on South State Road and Long Hill Road East.

"It's not just one person," Zegarelli added. "What it appears to be is one person drives and there is another person in the passenger's side with a baseball bat or some sort of club that bashes mailboxes up and down streets."

Historically, he said, the trend has been going on in the village for "decades."

"Of late, it has increased," Zegarelli said. "People are literally ripping people's mailboxes out. This is punk-like. This is an assault."

The village police are constantly patrolling the streets, though "It's very clandestine and it's tough to crack into this, but we are going to try," he said.

"The only way to really do this is for everyone to be more alert and to pass information onto us," he urged. "It tends to hit a peak right now around graduation time, but it's out of hand. Parents and neighbors—they have to understand that this is an absolutely crazy issue."

If you see any suspicious activity in the village, call the police at 941-2130, Zegarelli said.

"We are not looking for names, but just tell us what you see and when it happens so we can try to respond," he said. "It's more than just vandlism—it is destruction of personal property and we will let police come up with the arrests for this. This is not a prank anymore."

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Bruce June 22, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Perhaps the village should put some motion detector infra red video cameras up on power poles and or in some trees and try to catch the license plate numbers of the perps. Confiscating one or two cars and putting them up for auction should send a loud and clear message. (to Mom & Dad at least!) That or put the perps in county lock up for a week or 10 days to clue them in to reality! Either way if they are caught they should pay for new mail boxes and or poles. Then make sure to let everybody in the public schools and town news papers and local TV news know who did it. Nothing like public humiliation to shock some sense into people.
Arthur Vecchiotti June 24, 2012 at 11:39 AM
I have lived here since 1957. Our mailbox has been smashed at least ten times over the years. I would like to see stiffer penalties for this, as well as disclosure of who did the deed. Maybe school suspension, community service, or some form of penalty is in order.
Jenny DB July 03, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Mailbox baseball is practically an art form in some parts of the country. If you are sick of replacing your mailbox, get a vandal proof mailbox like Mail Boss! It weighs 40 lbs and is made of 12 gauge steel... won't be destroyed and offers a little 'punishment' to the vandals to boot! http://www.mailboss.com/blog/mailboss-the-mailbox-baseball-cure/


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