Creative Ways of Preventing Identity Theft From Your Mailbox

Prevent Identity Theft Criminals From Getting Your Mail (Or Catch Them In The Act)

Believe it or not, many identity theft crimes begin at the mailbox. How? Because the nasty little identity theft gremlins (or criminals, if you prefer) tamper with people's mailboxes, stealing mail with very personal information. Account statements, credit card bills, even communication from the IRS, your employer and the Social Security administration can all make their way to your mailbox at one time or another. If you want to keep these documents safe and protect yourself from identity theft, there are some things you need to do.

Lock It Up

I've said it before and I'll say it again, you need to get a mailbox that locks. If you don't have one, anyone can get your mail when you're not looking.

Think about it -- how many hours does your mail sit in your mailbox unattended? How long would it take someone to drive up to it, open it and take your mail out? Do yourself a favor and get a locking mailbox. It's a cheap investment that can go a long way in preventing identity theft.

Picture This

It used to be that security cameras were for businesses or the rich and famous. Not anymore. Don't believe me? Check out the X10.com website. You can get a complete security camera system for well under $400.

If your mail does get stolen, wouldn't it be great to get it on tape? To have proof of who did it, a description of their car and maybe even a license plate number? The police would be more willing to do something about your identity theft complaint because half the job would be done for them.

If you live in an area where mail theft is common, you might want to put serious consideration into buying a security camera system.

Between a locking mailbox and a camera system securing your property, you can take control of your risk of identity theft (from a mailbox standpoint at least).

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