What kind of crime is hitting a mailbox?
What to do if you see someone vandalizing your mailbox?
What should you do if you hit a mailbox?
Is hitting a mailbox comprehensive?
Why is mailbox vandalism a serious crime? Because federal law protects mailboxes, damaging them constitutes a federal crime.
Do you have coverage? Answer: Collision insurance coverage will pay for damages to your car and the mailbox too.
By law, if you’re involved in a collision (and, yes, hitting a mailbox with a vehicle is a collision), and you leave the scene, you may be prosecuted for “hit and run.” If the collision injures someone and you flee, that’s a felony. The U.S. Postal Service says the mailbox at the curb belongs to the resident.
“If somebody vandalizes a postal mailbox, or steals mail and packages, that’s a federal offense either by jail time, a hefty fine, or both,” U.S. Postal Service spokesman Rod Spurgeon said. “If you see a crime that has been committed, call your local police that way you can report the crime.
Mailboxes are protected by federal law, and crimes against them and the mail they contain are considered a federal offense. Violators can be fined up to $250,000 or imprisoned for up to three years for each act of vandalism. Damaged mailboxes have to be replaced, costing the owner time, money and inconvenience.