Latvian postal service urges public to sort out mailboxes

Latvian postal service Latvijas Pasts (LP) has registered approximately 170,000 addresses that either do not have mailboxes installed or are inadequate for the delivery of mailings. Residents are urged to sort out the mailboxes so that shipments and letters can be delivered, Latvian Television reported on June 21.

Postman Eduards Paļšins told LTV that he encounters situations where it is impossible to leave the consignments daily. When it is not possible, he leaves a note with an invitation to arrange the mailbox so it complies with regulations.

“The main thing for the mailbox is not to be damaged so it can be locked. It should be at an acceptable height, about 1.65 meters, and so that it is available and visible.”

The mailbox must also be large enough to accommodate an A4-size sheet and must be waterproof. Residents also have to think about their pets so they don't disrupt the post delivery.

“There have been cases where dogs are aggressive. Sometimes dogs walk outside the yard. [..] There can be a lot of injuries,” the postman said.

LP spokeswoman Gundega Vārpa said that last week, a post office worker had been bitten for the third time this year: “There are different myths and theories about why dogs like or dislike postmen, but the fact is that even if the owner thinks the [dog] is very sweet and never attacks anyone, we ask that you watch the dog and prevent it from coming into contact with the postal worker because the behavior of the animals is unpredictable."

The Latvian Post Address Register contains more than one million addresses. Of these, approximately 17,000 mailboxes are either inappropriate or damaged. In another 155,000 cases, a house or apartment exists but there are no mailboxes. Although this problem is mainly prevalent in cities, problems with mailboxes have also been identified frequently in the buildings of legal persons and even public authorities.

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