One of the services offered by the Telegraph Herald is what we call "short/miss" service in the city of Dubuque. If a subscriber fails to receive his or her Telegraph Herald, we dispatch a driver to deliver what the carrier apparently missed.
Fortunately, it is a small (but important) part of our operation. By industry standards, our delivery service is well above average, and a recent survey of customers gave our service very high marks. (That was somewhat surprising to us, frankly, since as recently as a half-year ago we faced some significant challenges with timely of the Sunday paper related to new equipment.)
Anyway, our "short/miss" drivers are estimating that as many as half the customers who are reporting missed papers live in residences lacking house numbers (or where the house numbers are obscured).
Could that be a contributing reason to delivery problems? The regular carrier might know all the subscribers' houses, but it can be a different story for a substitute carrier.
Is your house number clearly visible from the street? It would be convenient for your newspaper carrier (and you) if it's there, but as it concerns police officers or firefighters, that number might make a life-of-death difference.