Ohio investigators say mail thief has pilfered from home mailboxes,...

Investigators say at least a dozen households in southeast Ohio have fallen prey to a thief stealing from home mailboxes. Read more
Jenny at Mail Boss

Bothell, WA

#1 Aug 12, 2010
ID theft is the fastest growing crime in the country, and stolen mail is among the most common ways that criminals get your personal information. In this case, people in Logan are lucky because they were alerted to the mail theft since the crooks left unwanted mail strewn about; however, most times thieves just simply put unwanted mail back in the mailbox and victims do not even realize their personal information has been compromised.

Unfortunately, Americans can no longer receive their mail in an unlocked mailbox and expect that their credit card statements, bank account information, utility bills etc. will be safe until they retrieve their mail. The solution is a high security locking mailbox like the Mail Boss that can't be fished by hand or easily pried open with a screwdriver. The Mail Boss secures your incoming mail until you retrieve it with your own unique key; the mail carrier does not need a key to deposit your mail into your own personal mail fortress.

To protect against mail identity theft,(1) use a high security locking mailbox like the Mail Boss; (2) never send sensitive mail i.e. checks from an unsecured mailbox - bring them to the Post Office; and (3) always shred sensitive documents - most of which come in your (unlocked?) mailbox - before discarding them.
city slicker

Phoenix, AZ

#2 Aug 13, 2010
if those rural people had locking mailboxes that you can buy at walmart lowes or home depot they wouldnt have that problem. Having an unsecured mailbox out on the rural road without a lock is just waiting for problems

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