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Theft Proofing Your Mailbox


Theft Proofing Your Mailbox

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									Theft Proofing Your Mailbox

Although most people only think about their home and property when
dealing with home security, the mailbox is equally as important. On a
daily basis, there is a lot of personal information that goes through
your mailbox. Even though burglary is a concern, identity theft is just
as big of a concern as well. Most people don’t even think about theft
proofing their mailboxes, which easily explains the increase in identity
theft over the years. Almost all mailboxes can be easily broken into,
giving thieves instant access to personal information.

Even though there are many   mailbox designs in the United States, most of
them are outdated in terms   of security. They may perform their duties of
receiving mail quite well,   although they normally don’t offer the
security needed to protect   people from identity theft. These days,
identity theft is a common   thing – simply because people don’t do a
better job with protecting   their mailbox.

Each and every day we all get personal information delivered to us by
mail. In some cases, we get credit card offers or bills that contain our
personal information. Although we don’t think anything about it, most of
us head out to our mailbox, collect the mail, and then go back in our
houses. All it takes is a thief to beat you to the mailbox, just a
couple of minutes. Once the thief has collected a few pieces of your
mail, he can easily use your personal information to charge credit cards
and other bad things using your identity.

To protect yourself against identity theft you should always include your
mailbox in your plans for home security. The mailbox is very important,
and should always be protected. If you have a traditional mailbox now,
you should get rid of it immediately. As a replacement, you should look
into a safe and secure mailbox. The ideal types are those made of solid
steel. The top of the box should be accessible to the mailman, allowing
him to put the mail in without a problem. The bottom side of the mailbox
however, should only be accessed via key. Mailboxes that require a key
to get into will protect you from identity theft – as the thief simply
won’t have access to your mail.

You can find secure mailboxes at a local hardware or department store,
even online. There are very affordable these days and will go a long way
in protecting you for identity theft. Mailboxes that are constructed
from solid steel are nearly impossible to break into, yet they will open
easily for you to check your mail with the lock and key system. The next
time you go out to the mailbox to check your mail – you should think
twice about your safety and theft proof your mailbox to protect yourself
and your loved ones from identity theft.

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