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Old 03-02-2010, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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Just my opinion, but frankly I'd be thrilled to see an end to Saturday mail. A lot of people in northern Virginia take weekend trips. There are so many great places to travel for the weekend. But the thing I always hated about weekend trips was the damn mail being delivered on Saturdays, and if you don't get a neighbor to pick it up for you it tells criminals your home is easy to burglarize.

It's easy to get someone to grab your paper in the morning (especially if you don't care about getting it back from them) but more difficult to get someone to pick up your mail. And it's not practical to temporaily halt mail just for one day. Eliminating Saturday mail delivery eliminates these headaches.

So for that reason I think that halting Saturday mail will lower the rate of home burglaries in Nova. Just my opinion, what do you think?
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Old 03-02-2010, 03:50 PM
 
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You can place a "hold" on your mail delivery via email. Not sure why it's "not practical" to do this for one day.
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Old 03-02-2010, 03:53 PM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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You can place a "hold" on your mail delivery via email. Not sure why it's "not practical" to do this for one day.
I tried it once, it didn't work well. My mail was delivered one of the days I wanted to have it "on hold" and wasn't delivered at all for several days after we returned. US Postal service means well but isn't really on the ball, IMO.
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Old 03-02-2010, 04:23 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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Just my opinion, but frankly I'd be thrilled to see an end to Saturday mail. A lot of people in northern Virginia take weekend trips. There are so many great places to travel for the weekend. But the thing I always hated about weekend trips was the damn mail being delivered on Saturdays, and if you don't get a neighbor to pick it up for you it tells criminals your home is easy to burglarize.

It's easy to get someone to grab your paper in the morning (especially if you don't care about getting it back from them) but more difficult to get someone to pick up your mail. And it's not practical to temporaily halt mail just for one day. Eliminating Saturday mail delivery eliminates these headaches.

So for that reason I think that halting Saturday mail will lower the rate of home burglaries in Nova. Just my opinion, what do you think?
I can't imagine not getting mail on Saturdays but I think getting rid of Saturday deliveries is not a bad idea but not for your reasons. I think it is more cost-efficient for the USPS.
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Old 03-02-2010, 04:45 PM
 
Location: Orange Hunt Estates, W. Springfield
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I suspect a one-day backlog of mail in your mailbox does not contribute to crime. The perpetrator would have to go around opening mailboxes on Sat night/Sun. I'd worry more about a car missing from the driveway or Sat and Sun papers on the ground. I am neutral about Sat delivery. If it saves money, I'm for it. Snail mail and newspapers are on life support anyway. In a generation or less, both will be handled via the internet.
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Old 03-03-2010, 03:41 AM
 
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I laughed when I read this post. Plenty of people skip a day to check the mail on a Saturday. Missing one day of mail doesn't make a burgular come for a saturday night visit. Putting up an ADT sign is efficient if you are scared. I also think its safe to say that if they will walk around your ADT sign, they could give a crap about your mailbox flag.
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Old 03-03-2010, 05:50 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I love Sat mail delivery! No such thing downunder so it's one of the little things I love here. An extra day to get parcels delivered from back home
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Old 03-03-2010, 05:55 AM
 
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Cut the mail to four days a week.
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Old 03-03-2010, 06:29 AM
 
Location: Censorshipville...
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The post office needs to change their business plan. Any other business goes in the red as much as the Post Office, and they go out of business. I guess the PO is too big too fail...
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Old 03-03-2010, 06:40 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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I really hope they don't stop Saturday mail. At least not the post office buildings. Saturdays are the only days I'm able to get to the post office to mail packages, since I work later than the post office is open during the week.
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