Police escort coming for mail delivery to apartment complex in Athens, GA

 – The United States Postal Service restored mail delivery to an Athens apartment on Thursday. It had been suspended because of concerns regarding crime.

Once service was stopped, workers at Bethel Midtown Village started picking up the mail to sort it. But, that became too much. Those who wanted their deliveries had to go to the main post office to pick it up. That became a problem for some residents.

People who live here say it started about a week before June 25 letter went up noting a “rash of crime.”

“An employee of the management in a conversation with the postal carrier described the property as dangerous or challenging and that led the postal carrier to become concerned and back off of delivery for a number of days,” said Athens-Clarke County Mayor Kelly Girtz. “I believe it was absolutely overreacting.”

The mayor does say a few crimes, including shootings, had been reported at Bethel Midtown Village earlier in the year.

On Thursday, Athens-Clarke County Police escorted the mail carrier to the complex.

“I thought that was just extremely wrong,” said Welsh. “The crime is not bad where they have to be escorted with cops to put mail in the mailbox.”

Mayor Girtz said the return to service followed talks between his office, the police chief, and the postal service.

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