Yes, it is the 21st century and technology is now running rampant. So why are we worried about keeping our mail safe? With over 25 million Americans going through an identity theft within the last 5 years, it is important to note that many of them occurred because of a crook going through someone's mail. It might be an old way of doing things but it's also one of the easiest ways for an ID thief to access your most private information. They don't need to break into your house. They don't even have to leave their car. They can be in and out of your mailbox in the time it takes for you to look out the window.
A locking mailbox is the perfect solution and for the life of me I can't figure out why these things are not mandatory.
How a locking mailbox works
Don't worry. You don't have to give a key to the mailbox to your mail carrier. These mailboxes work kind of like the big blue bins at the post office. There is a door you pull out to put the mail in, and once it drops behind the slot it's virtually impossible to get the mail out. The really good security mailboxes make it impossible to get the mail out, unless you have the key. When you check the mail you will need the key to get it out, and although this can be a nuisance, it's the price you have to pay for your privacy.
Beware of cheap imitation security mailboxes
The locking mailbox is a growing trend, so more and more companies are getting in on the profits, but not all of them make a quality box. There are some cheap plastic boxes I have seen that would only take a small screwdriver to break into. And although most ID crooks are lazy and would probably not even bother to do this, the harder you make the job of retrieving your mail the less likely you will fall victim to this crime. The one I recommend is called the Mail Boss. It is made of very hard steel, is made with anti-pry technology, and it can be assembled in a few minutes.
So what do you do when you need to mail out a letter?
Simply put, you go to the post office. There is no way to get mail out of these mailboxes unless you have a key, and you don't want to give that key to your mail carrier and he probably doesn't want the hassle of using it either. Besides, it is much safer to use the post office boxes to mail out all of your letters.
Think about it like this. Most of the time you are mailing out checks right? Paying those bills? Well there is something called check washing that crooks use to erase the ink on the checks and write in their own name on them and their own amount as well. This is why I can't stand mailing out checks at all, so if you do write any checks these days be sure to use a black pen that uses gel as these are not as likely to be erased.