The U.S. Postal Service has suspended postal services in a California beach town plagued by homeless camps after the agency claimed its postmen had been attacked in recent months.
The first incident happened in Santa Monica on January 19 when a postman was attacked by a broomstick swinging person near the intersection of 14th Street and Arizona Avenue, three blocks from the beach.
The airline was reportedly not injured in the attack, CBS News reported.
Several months later, residents of the neighborhood received notifications from the USPS informing them of the suspension of delivery service to all addresses along the 1300 block of 14th Street.
The statement explained that “several carriers have been assaulted and threatened with assault by a person who has not been located or apprehended.”
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The 1300 block of 14th Street in Santa Monica, pictured, is the scene of at least three assaults on postmen in recent months, the USPS said
A worker in the United States Postal Service (USPS) loads packages from his truck. Mail service has been suspended in a Santa Monica neighborhood due to recent assaults on postmen
USPS spokeswoman Natashi Garvins confirmed that there have been three separate incidents in the area involving three separate letter carriers over the past several months, according to Fox News Digital.
“This is an unusual but necessary step to protect our employees,” Garvins said before refusing to go into detail.
But only one assault has been officially reported to authorities, CBS News reported.
Meanwhile, the USPS has still delivered parcels in the neighborhood despite the warning, but the delivery of paper mail has stopped and residents have to pick up their mail in person at their local post office on 7th Street.
The intersection of 14th Street and Arizona Avenue in Santa Monica, where a postman delivering mail was attacked by a resident with a broomstick
On Monday, it is still unclear when the suspension will end.
A spokeswoman for the Santa Monica Police Department told the business that the department first became aware of the USPS suspension of service Saturday.
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service said it ‘is aware of recent reports of suspicious activity against mail carriers in Santa Monica, California’, according to a statement to Fox News Digital.
‘Post inspectors are currently investigating the incidents and can not comment further at this time.’
‘Postal inspectors urge anyone who observes suspicious activity involving the U.S. Mail to report it to local police and to postal inspectors at 1-877-876-2455.’
The news comes after dozens of homeless people had to be removed from a camp in nearby Los Angeles city center – after residents and business owners complained that the area was plagued by crime ranging from sexual assault to open drug use, vandalism, fires and prostitution.
During the week of April 2, the total number of violent crimes in Los Angeles increased by seven percent, with robberies up over 17 percent and assaults up over four percent.
Crime, in which the suspect was listed as homeless, has risen by 31 percent in Venice over the past year, according to police statistics, analyzed by NBC News. Homeless crime victims rose by 83 percent over the same period
‘We see fights almost daily. There is drug use out in the open, there is semi-nudity when urinating and defecating under a tree. We have had our bikes stolen, there are fires, there are needles everywhere and the children at the school are exposed to it all, says a resident.
The homeless population has grown like mushrooms in Venice. A 2014 census showed that only 175 people lived hard. Five years later, the number was more than 1,200. But it’s over the last few months that things have gotten out of control
The cluster of about 30 remaining people were relocated from the Little Tokyo neighborhood, a few blocks from City Hall, in the latest in a series of clean-up efforts to relocate homeless people into temporary housing and confront the staggering level of homelessness in the city of Angels, where 94 percent of residents say the problem is a serious problem.
Sanitation staff worked out at night to clear debris left on the street after volunteers helped move people and some of their belongings.
This is the second review of Toriumi Plaza in recent weeks. Last month, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority moved 55 people from the camp to shelters, leaving only 25 to 30 people to be housed, reported FOX11.com, City Councilman Kevin de León, who said.
Previous cleanups have targeted the Echo Park and MacArthur Park areas.
In a recent poll conducted by the Los Angeles Times, the city’s homelessness crisis was named the biggest concern among residents, ahead of affordability or traffic, air quality and climate change.