KANEOHE (HawaiiNewsNow)- Windward Oahu families are fed up with increasing crime, including burglaries, car break-ins and stolen mail. The problem was the hot topic at a town hall meeting in Kaneohe on Tuesday night.
Kahaluu resident Eric Merkel carefully monitors his mail. Four homes on his street have had letters stolen in the last two weeks. A couple of days ago he also saw a driver rummaging through mailboxes on nearby Waihee Road.
"I've seen someone driving up on the driver's side across the road into oncoming traffic, stop, pull letters out of the mailbox, look through them, then put them back in, then drive on to another mailbox," said Merkel.
The neighborhood faced a similar situation about three years ago. That's when long-time resident Jacob Ferreira Jr. bought a secured mailbox and helped start a community watch program.