Vandal Resistant Mail Box – Keep Vandals at Bay!
Many homeowners are plagued with mischievous mailbox vandalism and errant snow plow drivers. Several companies offer a strong, vandal resistant mail box which is designed to withstand this type of abuse.
A vandal resistant mail box is more expensive than the typical standard mailbox, but more cost-effective in the long run. If you can’t afford one of the more expensive models, then you might want to consider keeping half-dozen less expensive boxes on hand for replacement. Strong vandal resistant mail boxes are built to resist the typical vandal abuse.
If you are plagued with bat-wielding teenagers playing mailbox baseball in your area, then a standard mailbox is probably not for you. Standard or novelty boxes are wonderful for displaying your sense of style and flair but offer little resistance when it comes to a bat and vehicle traveling at 50 mph!
Many durable, heavy-duty mailboxes are available from online retailers. These mail boxes, made from reinforced galvanized steel, are perfect for deterring vandalism. Be cautious when attempting to create your own vandal-proof mailbox. The post office discourages this practice for a number of reasons. First, many home made mailboxes are not U.S. Postal approved and therefore the mail carrier may not place your mail in the box. Second, if the mail carrier gets cut or receives a splinter or is injured in any way from your creation, then you can be liable for damages. And third, approximately 100 motorists are killed every year in collisions with rural mailboxes. Some residents construct mailboxes with indestructible supports. In a collision, a motor vehicle can be severely damaged and it occupants severely injured or killed.
Installing a heavy-duty reinforced mail box will go a long ways in helping to reduce mail box vandalism in many areas.