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Six Simple Steps to Protect Your Mail
When it comes to vandalism, there is not a greater item at risk than your mail box. It stands right
outside the house, almost on the road and is the perfect target for vandals. People can easily steal
your mail, which might include important documentation or checks.
Especially at this time of year with millions of dollars worth of tax refunds being sent out!
Mailbox vandalism has become a lot more common than it used to be. Anybody
can knock off your mailbox if it hasn’t been well built and is fixed properly in the ground, so you
have to make sure that you properly fix your mailbox in.
However, that still does not provide you with ample amounts of protection and care that is
required. Therefore, in order to make sure that your mailbox gets maximum protection and
remains safe from any sort of vandalism, here are six important steps that you can carry out in
order to make sure that you get maximum protection:
Always report theft
A lot of people do not really report theft of their mailbox property just because they think it’s
not worth the hassle. However, rather than just holding back the report, it would be best for you
to make an immediate complaint of any mail theft straight to your post master. By reporting the
problem, the post office will try to determine whether the theft is an isolated incident, or one that
happens commonly in the neighborhood.
Keep your mailbox in good shape
Rather than not paying much attention to what shape and health your mailbox is in, it would be
a wise idea to make sure that you keep it spruced up and as clean as you possibly can. This way,
it would give out an impression that you really pay attention to your mailbox, rather than leave it
in a disoriented condition. As a result, people will be more cautious since they know you would
check your mailbox daily.
Get Label 33
It would be a wise idea to get the Label 33 from your post office and then paste it to your
mailbox. The label 33 makes sure that any willful damage that is dealt to your mailbox will be
regarded as a legal crime, which might scare away vandals who are thinking of having fun with
Reposition your mailbox
Rather than place your mail box virtually near the street, it would be a very nice idea on your
part to remove it and then place the mailbox closer to your front gate, hence making sure that
vandals would be more cautious if they decide to come near your mailbox. This might seem like
a very small step, but it goes a long way in preventing damage to your mailbox.
Get a metallic mailbox
Most people usually prefer to use wooden mailboxes, as they are more visually attractive and
go well with the exterior of the house. However, if you want protection, a wise idea would
be to have a metallic mailbox installed in your home. These are sturdier, more robust and can
effectively take a lot more damage as compared to standard mailboxes. You can even put a
lock on the mailbox in order to make sure that people cannot steal your mail or deal any sort of
damage to your mailbox.
Install a camera
Cameras scare away vandals like nothing else, and if you want to make sure that your property is
not vandalized, installing a camera overlooking your mailbox is a great idea!
These are six very important steps that you can undertake in order to make sure that your
mailbox remains protected at all times and does not get damaged at all by vandals!
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