Attacks on Mail Carriers Increase – Trend Blamed on Rise in South Florida Identity Thieves
Friday, June 28th, 2013 @ 2:09AM
Sun-Sentinel, June 23, 2013
By Paula McMahon Staff writer
It’s not only the glaring sun and the threat of dog bites that South Florida’s mail carriers must contend with as they go door to door delivering the mail — sometimes they come under physical attack from the people who live along their delivery routes.
From criminals intent on committing identity fraud to customers with poor anger management skills, letter carriers say they have noticed an increase in such attacks in recent years.
Mike Gill, the president of Branch 1071 of the National Association of Letter Carriers which represents workers in Miami-Dade, southern Palm Beach and most of Broward, said his members have reported an increase in assaults, though not a dramatic one. Gill said he thinks some of it is linked to the rise in identity theft.