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Life is better with a locking mailbox. There’s no need to worry about someone going through your mail or stealing your packages—all of your valuable deliveries are safe and sound within a locked box, just waiting for you to retrieve them whenever it’s convenient. There’s no more rushing home to grab an important delivery, or arranging to have an item shipped somewhere else for safe keeping, adding another errand to your list.
While it’s easy to see what makes a locking mailbox so great, it’s harder to figure out who makes the best locking mailbox for USPS, UPS, FedEx, or Amazon deliveries. Most locking mailboxes have several things in common: metal construction, some sort of anchor system, and an access key or electronic code pad. But the similarities stop there. If you’re considering a locking mailbox that doesn’t have at least these three features, it probably won’t be as safe as you think.
Every delivery service has its own ways to alter your delivery method for added safety—Amazon has its lockers; UPS and FedEx allow pickup from their retail locations and a few other national chain stores; USPS can hold packages at a post office until you come to pick them up—but navigating these different delivery landscapes can be a lot of hoops to jump through just to keep your packages safe. In addition, most require you to make extra stops in your daily errands just to retrieve packages. It’s a system that’s confusing, inconvenient, and unnecessary given the technology we have today.
The ideal solution is a locking mailbox for USPS, UPS, FedEx, Amazon, and all of the other delivery services out there in the world. But how do you use one locking mailbox for all of your mail and deliveries? The best locking mailbox for this use will have a programmable electronic keypad that allows access to your secure parcel mailbox by anyone with the code. Simply provide the code in the “special instructions” section of any order you place, and the person delivering your package will be able to open the secure mailbox to leave your packages. Your deliveries will be waiting for you when you get home—safe and secure, with no extra errands required just to get your mail.
There are multiple companies out there making a secure locking mailbox for USPS, UPS, FedEx, Amazon, and all other delivery services. What should you look for when shopping around?
First, you’ll want to prioritize security. The safest locking mailboxes are made of metals such as aluminum or steel—this makes them difficult for would-be thieves to get into, especially ones looking for a quick crime of opportunity. Another security feature that’s vital to any good locking mailbox is an anchor system. Anchoring your mailbox into the ground ensures that nobody can load it up into their vehicle and take off with it to break into later.
Second, you’ll want to prioritize convenience. After all, that’s part of the reason you’re investing in a secure mailbox, right? If you’re going to get a locking mailbox for USPS, UPS, FedEx, Amazon, and other deliveries, it’s beneficial to have a system that any delivery person can use. MailBox Sentinel boxes use a digital keypad that you can program with any code you want. When you place an order online or log in to track your package, enter your secure mailbox code in the “Special Instructions” field so that your package carrier can access it. Once the package door is closed, the box will be locked until another carrier makes a delivery or you access the box. The keypad can be powered by an electrical line from your home or by solar power; there is also a key override so you can access your packages even when the box isn’t receiving power. All of this ensures that the only people who have access to your mailbox are the people who should be in it.
Third, you need to make sure that your locking mailbox can fit the majority of your packages. Think about the types of things you order regularly, or perhaps the larger items that you’ve had shipped to your home over the past several years. While it’s impractical to expect your locking parcel safe to accommodate a 60-inch television, items such as laptops or small appliances are generally likely to fit. MailBox Sentinel’s standard offering accommodates a 26 x 18 x 16-inch package but custom sizes are no problem.
Finally, isn’t the best locking mailbox one that looks good? It may not be as important as security or convenience, but MailBox Sentinel can powdercoat your new mailbox virtually any color—match it to your home or just select your favorite hue. If you want a custom-designed box to match the architectural features of your home MailBox Sentinel can work out a design with you and then bring it to life.
Hopefully you’re now equipped with the knowledge to find the best locking mailbox for your specific needs and wants. If you can imagine it, you can find it (or have it built). Don’t make your mail security an afterthought.