When it comes to home security, most people will only think it means making their home secure by installing an alarm system or monitoring device. They never consider something as simple as their mailbox. I know it seems almost silly to think about mailbox security. That’s until you fully consider the reasons why you should.
We all know burglary is a big home security concern, but if someone steals your mail, you could be facing an identity theft problem. You may have never given it much thought, but a big percentage of identity theft occurs as a result of criminals stealing mail that contains personal information.
Very few people have secure mailboxes on their property. As a result, thieves can easily get into your mailbox and take off with everything in it. While mailbox designs are regulated in the U.S. for size, nothing is regulated as far as security is concerned. Anyone can simply reach out and open up the mailbox.
Let’s face it, identity theft is a major crime issue that has swept through our nation, and it is getting worse every day. Are you giving potential criminals an open area to target you for their next victim?
Think about what comes in your mailbox every day. If you’re like most people you receive bills, credit card applications, etc. We get mail that contains our personal information in it, not to mention possible checks in mail.
If a thief gets their hands on your mail before you do, well you can expect the possibility of a major problem. This is why mailbox security should be included in any type of home security plan. If a thief steals your mail and it has any personal info in it, they can open new credit card accounts and begin using your identity for just about anything they want.
Your mailbox is obviously very important in your everyday life. It needs protected just like you protect your home from burglars.
If you happen to have one of the old, basic style mailboxes that even your 4 your old child can open up, remove it today. Buy yourself a secure mailbox to put in its place.
Secure mailboxes can be found at many of your bigger hardware stores, or at a Lowe’s and Home Depot. You can find them made out f steel or a break-proof plastic.
The top of the mailbox will allow the mail carrier to put in your mail, but to get it out; you must use a key to open it up. Now there is no way a thief can break in and steal your mail.
These new types of mailboxes are quite affordable and so easy to install. As a home security addition they give you peace of mind in knowing that no one will be receiving your mail other than you. Think this over when you go out to your mailbox today and grab your mail. Are you as safe and secure as you should be?