USPS removing some mailboxes in NJ, CT due to security concerns

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The U.S. Postal Service is temporarily removing some mailboxes in at least 17 states and D.C. -- including the tri-state -- as a security measure to protect postal property, employees and the public, amidst threats surrounding Joe Biden's inauguration, according to the federal agency.

Mail collection will also be suspended at some mailboxes, as well.

"With the safety of customers and employees in mind and for the sanctity of the mail during the week of Jan. 16 - 21, 2021, Postal officials will seal or remove select Postal Service collection boxes," according to a press release about the mailbox removals and pick-up suspensions in Connecticut.

A notice about the USPS' plan for New Jersey said that mailboxes in Trenton will be afffected: "USPS blue collection boxes in and around the State Capital Complex will be temporarily out of service beginning Saturday, January 16, 2021. The return to service date is scheduled for Monday, January 25, 2021."

A spokeswoman for the USPS declined to confirm to 1010 WINS if mailboxes in New York will be affected, but said, "It's part of our normal procedures to keep our employees and customers safe during times of protest or when large crowds are gathered near postal facilities, on postal routes, or by mailboxes."