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Who Can Use Roadside Locking Mailboxes?

Roadside Locking Mailboxes

When most think of roadside mailboxes, they think of the standard post and mailbox sitting some distance outside of a home. This mailbox type is so common that most forget that there are many different types of roadside mailboxes, all of which serve the same general purpose.

One drawback to roadside mailboxes is that they tend to be the least secure mailbox type, because of both their location and their construction. Roadside mailboxes are the most prone to damage, theft, and vandalism.

But did you know that locking roadside mailboxes exist? If you must use a roadside mailbox, a locking box can provide greater security and better durability than your standard roadside mailbox. You may be asking who can use such mailboxes. The good news is that there are several types of locking roadside mailboxes, and there is likely one that will meet your needs.

Types of Locking Roadside Mailboxes

It’s obvious what locking roadside mailboxes do—lock—so we’ll focus on their other features and the few different types you may find useful. All types come with customer keys.

Regular locking roadside mailboxesRegular locking roadside mailboxes are larger than regular mailboxes, due to having a compartment for mail and a slot in which incoming mail is inserted. These mailboxes are of sturdier construction than other roadside mailboxes, and have more space for holding mail and packages than normal.

Mail chest mailboxesMail chest mailboxes are a form of locking roadside mailbox, with a bin to hold outgoing mail inside. There is no need to have the post office install a master lock. These mailboxes are great for residential and commercial use and have front and rear locking doors.

Letter locker roadside mailboxesLetter locker roadside mailboxes are larger versions of roadside locking mailboxes and are designed to hold larger volumes of mail than their residential counterparts. They’re built with durability and security in mind, with finishes that help protect them against the elements. Some offer front access while others offer rear access.

You May Be Able to Use Locking Roadside Mailboxes If:

  • You go on vacation or out of town often, and no one will be checking your mail regularly
  • These mailboxes can also be good for those with mobility issues, who cannot walk to their mailboxes easily to check their mail very often
  • You have had issues with mail theft from a roadside mailbox in the past, or are worried about mail theft
  • The area in which your roadside mailbox sits is far from your home or business, or hidden from your normal view by weeds or foliage
  • There is a lot of foot traffic near your mailbox, and therefore more potential for mail theft, vandalism, and other damage
  • You’re worried about mailbox damage and want a sturdier and more secure model
  • You are a business who receives a slightly higher than normal volume of mail
  • Upgrading to a centralized mailbox setup isn’t the best option for your business or commercial property at the time
  • You have limited space for a mailbox, and need to stick with a roadside model, but want extra security
  • Your business handles sensitive information such as health records, bank statements, account numbers, or other
  • When mailing out important mail such as checks or forms, you want extra security for your mailbox
  • Others in your neighborhood are using roadside mailboxes, and you can install your mailbox on the same side of the road as everyone else in your neighborhood. This is a USPS requirement for installing roadside mailboxes.
  • You need extra security for your mail at less cost than other secure mailbox types.
  • You run a business out of your home.
  • Your commercial property has one to a few businesses.

The use of locking roadside mailboxes is more common with businesses than with homes, mostly due to mail volume and to the sensitivity of mail. This is because they can typically hold more mail at a time than the standard residential mailbox, and this can include some small packages and larger envelopes that one might expect from a business. However, very large businesses may do better with other types of mailboxes such as centralized mailboxes and letter locker collection mailboxes, which are designed to deal with large volumes of mail and mail totes.

When installing your locking mailbox, check with your local post office if you have questions, and ensure that your installation will meet the requirements (see above.) These units come with pedestals to help you meet these requirements, and some models can accommodate up to four customer compartments.

Have Questions? If you aren’t sure which mailbox type is the best for you, reach out to us at National Mailboxes with your questions and concerns. We’re here to help you choose the right mailbox for your home or business.