I work very hard at not being paranoid about all of the criminal activity that is happening around me. I prefer to be cautious and feel relatively safe. It isn't always easy.
There is a reason why we have a locking mailbox. On our walks around the neighborhood we frequently see mail that has been stolen from mailboxes, rifled through, and dumped.
This morning when I went out to get the newspaper, I found this. Someone with a small pry bar broke into the mail box. As I looked down the street, I saw other neighbor's locking boxes had suffered the same fate. Picture a single guy, or a small group, walking down the street after dark, popping open mail boxes as they went. They may have been looking for something of value, or may have just felt like being destructive. How annoying to a mail thief to have to have locked boxes.
Fortunately we had collected our mail for the day, as we always try to do. We have let it collect for a couple of days when we are out of town for short stays. For longer stays we have our mail held at the post office.
Most of our mail is junk anyway and ends up straight away in the recycling bin. But occasionally there are sensitive documents, like
tax forms that have been arriving throughout January. Most checks got directly to the bank through direct deposit.
We will repair or replace the box, and try to remember to have mail held even for one overnight from now on.
But nothing is really safe.