Do you need a locking mailbox?

When you come around, for whatever reason, to change your mailbox, one of the biggest decisions is if you should get a locking mailbox. The process of locating, buying, and installing a mailbox is both costly and time-consuming, and is not something you want to repeat. Ideally, you want to make the right decision, the first time. Here are some factors that will govern if you need a locking mailbox:

Mail theft risk

Have you had any mail stolen or go missing in the recent past? Even if you don’t know, but never got something you know was sent, chances are that it was theft. Is your mailbox or house in a location that makes it easier for someone to steal your mail? Then, if so, you need a locking mailbox.

Mail volume

Measure your mail volume and incoming packages. Do you get a lot of letters or do you get package deliveries from online orders? Also, can you check your mailbox once or twice a day, or do you go several days before you can check for mail? The longer you need to go without checking, or the more high-value items you get, the more you need a secure mailbox.

Be aware that any change to location or type requires approval from your local USPS rep. Also, if your mailbox is in a row with your neighbors, then you will need their permission to make any significant changes.

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