The option for residents to have locking mailboxes in Bear Valley Springs may be on the ballot in November.
At the Bear Valley Community Services District latest board meeting on Thursday, Feb. 27, the directors unanimously voted to refer a locking mailbox study to an infrastructure committee.
Mailbox theft rose significantly in December, according to reports from the Bear Valley Springs Police Department.
In December of last year, 56 mail thefts were reported to the police department, according to Officer Brad Ritchie.
BVPD launched investigations in conjunction with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and arrested one suspect in January.
"We did have a ballot initiative, not last year, but the year before that," Director Gil Grace said. "It was a one-time fee for a $140 for locks to be placed at each of the kiosks presently in existence and it was voted down."
"Hopefully, maybe people are feeling a little different about it because of the rash of recent mail thefts and maybe we'll have more luck when it gets on the ballot this time."