If you think that mailbox theft is uncommon, you would be wrong. When you assess the security of your home, apartment, or commercial space, your mailbox should be a key consideration.
Your mail can contain a lot of personal information that you don’t want just anybody to get their hands on, which is why it’s essential to think twice before installing a mailbox lock.
If privacy is important to you and you want to cover all your security bases, keep reading.
What to Consider Before Installing a Mailbox Lock
Not all mailbox locks are created equal, which is why you need to give it a little more thought before installation. Here is what you should keep in mind.
- Your Mail Access Preferences
How do you prefer to access your mail? Do you want others to be able to access your mail too? These are two questions that need to be answered as you begin considering mailbox locks. For example, perhaps you just want you and a courier to have access to your mailbox while ensuring a stranger won’t easily be able to access your mail. And if multiple employees require access to the mailbox, this too could affect your lock options.
- The Amount of Mail You Receive
If you tend to receive more mail than most, you will need to install a larger access point, which in turn, will require a larger mailbox lock. As you can imagine, installing a larger mailbox and access or retrieval point can be tricky if you are living in an apartment or you are a tenant – you would need to clear something like this with your landlord before going ahead.
- The Locking Method
Next, you want to consider the type of locking method you would prefer to use – there are a number of options available. Along with various locksets and padlocks, there is also the option of a locking mailbox. The type of mailbox you decide on can also determine which locking methods are available to you. For example, a padlock is a secure option, but it’s not suited to every type of mailbox.
In terms of locksets, you can mostly expect locks that look similar to those of a file cabinet – these are the locks that are built into the mailbox. Unfortunately, these locks will never be as secure as a padlock or the locks you use to secure your home, so as an extra measure, it’s recommended that you purchase a mailbox that’s approved by the postmaster.
- Mailbox Materials
Since most mailboxes are located outside, it’s important to consider what the mailbox and its lock are made of. This will ensure it lasts longer and is more secure. Fortunately, most mailboxes are weather-proof, but it’s still recommended that you check. As an added bonus, you could opt for a mailbox that’s tamper proof.
- The Installation
Lastly, there’s the installation of your mailbox. Do you want to be able to install it yourself or are you happy to get the assistance of a professional? If mailbox security is a priority for you, it’s best to hire a professional to assist with the installation. This way, you know it’s done right. And as you can imagine, the more complex a mailbox and its locking system are, the more likely it is that you will require a professional. This is particularly true if you’re installing a commercial mailbox solution.
This blog should give you a much better idea of what you should consider and expect when securing your mailbox. And if you need some assistance, you can contact Quickly Locksmith on (305) 984-9922.