Every unsecured mailbox is an invitation for mail theft and can be a treasure trove of easy gifts such as holiday and birthday cards, tax refunds, business checks, or information that can be used to steal even the identity of the residential mailbox owners.
It’s unfortunate but mail theft is on the rise.
Whether driven by the need to fuel an addiction or by greed or by a poor decision on the mailbox owner’s part, the temptation to rifle through unsecured mailboxes is difficult for some to avoid.
The MailboxWorks recommends upgrading any unsecured residential wall mount mailbox and replacing it with a locking security mailbox.
In this article, we’ll explore the three variations of locking wall mount security mailboxes available in the marketplace today including:
- Side hinged vertical wall mount mailbox with lock
- Bottom hinged vertical wall mount mailbox with lock
- Top hinged horizontal wall mount mailbox with lock
Side Hinged Wall Mount Security Mailbox
The most common locking wall mount mailboxes are those that feature the locking mechanism on the side-hinged, vertically mounted mailbox door (in other words, the lock is in the same place as one would find on the front door to their home).
One advantage of purchasing a side hinged locking wall mount security mailbox is that they have the lock placed vertically on the door for daily ease of inserting the key into the lock.
Another advantage is that this locking mailbox model is available in the widest selection of mailbox styles and colors.
If there is a disadvantage to having the lock on a side-hinged security mailbox door is that when one opens the door the mail can easily fall out before one can catch it.
Bottom Hinged Wall Mount Security Mailbox
Another variation of locking wall mounted mailboxes are those where the key is still located on the vertically mounted door, but the hinge is not on the side of the door but rather on the bottom of it.
The advantage of choosing a locking wall mount security mailbox with a bottom door hinge is that they offer the same daily ease of use when inserting the key into the lock but without the chance of the mail spilling out of the mailbox, since the bottom hinge forms an envelope upon which the mail can rest.
The disadvantage is that this bottom door hinge mailbox option is almost always utilized on more modern or contemporary mailbox styles and is difficult to find on traditional, older style mailboxes.
Top Hinged Wall Mount Security Mailbox
The third variation of locking wall mount security mailboxes is where the key is inserted into a secondary, horizontally mounted door upon the top of the mailbox.
The advantage of locating the mailbox lock horizontally is that the lock is protected from the elements by the primary door that the postal carrier lifts to deposit the mail.
Another advantage is that there is no chance of the mail spilling out of the mailbox when one unlocks the wall mount security mailbox from the top. And third, if one fails to re-lock the mailbox for the following day, the primary door hides this fact from any passersby.
Yet, the disadvantage of locating the mailbox lock beneath a primary door (and on top of the mailbox) is that it can be inconvenient to open the security mailbox for those individuals who are “height challenged” and may not be able to see where to insert the mailbox key.
Whatever style of locking security mailbox you choose, you will feel much better that your mail is always being protected.