Locking Curbside Mail Box – Help Prevent Identity Theft
Identity theft is a growing problem in many areas of the country. To help curtail identity theft, many homeowners are installing locks on their curbside mailboxes to keep would-be thieves at bay.
A locking curbside mail box will help to deter most thieves from stealing your mail. Many residential mailboxes are available with a built-in locking mechanism. If your mailbox is not equipped with a lock, you can purchase one from several online sources. Locks are essential for deterring thieves and are extremely important when the homeowner is away for several days and unable to retrieve the mail. Also note that the U.S. Postal Service will not open locked boxes nor will they accept a key for that purpose.
Locks can be installed on both post and wall mounted mailboxes. When searching for a suitable lockable mailbox choose one with a heavy duty lock that cannot easily be pried open. It defeats the purpose of having a lock if someone can easily open it with a screwdriver. The mailbox should also be constructed of durable material than cannot be damaged or opened with a saw, hammer, chisel or knife.
When installing a lock on an existing mailbox, make sure your mailbox is strong enough to withstand an attack. Lockable mailboxes should be large enough so that if the homeowner is away for several days, it can accommodate the overflow of mail. Vandal-resistant steel mailboxes can also withstand typical mailbox abuse from bats, rocks, canned goods and accidental blows from a snowplow. A snowplow can hit a mailbox and scatter its contents everywhere if the mailbox is not locked. Remember, when selecting a lockable curbside mailbox, look for one that has a strong lock, the box should be made of durable material and break under pressure from bat-wielding hooligans or snowplows and has a mail slot large enough to accommodate your daily volume of mail.