A Theft Proof Mailbox?

MailBoss “Postbox Maximus” virtually theft proof

Sometimes people ask us if the MailBoss is 100% theft proof. While no mailbox is 100% theft proof, the Mail Boss, hailed “Postbox Maximus” by Popular Mechanics, is a cut above the rest. When we set about to design a security locking mailbox, we purchased numerous competitors’ locking mailboxes and subjected them to potential real world scenarios of vandalism and attempted theft entries.

What we discovered was appalling: Every locking mailbox we found for less than $400 could be violated in about 2 seconds with a flat head screwdriver. The engineering team at Epoch Design was shocked by the ease with which mail thieves could penetrate most “security” mailboxes. It was disturbing to us that so many locking mailboxes would be in the marketplace giving consumers a false sense of security. Certainly, this false sense of security would translate into a gold mine of opportunities for mail thieves.

One can imagine a likely scenario where the newly acquired “locking” mailbox now gives you, the consumer, a newfound sense of security. So naturally, if you are busy and rushed, like so many of us are, you may not go to your mailbox everyday; instead, you may let your mail accumulate several days before retrieving it. Mail thieves are now free to exploit the treasure trove of several days worth of your sensitive mail with the simple flick of a screwdriver.

Of course, this scenario is unacceptable. What everyone needs is a security mailbox that can successfully deter would-be identity thieves. How do you prevent mail theft? Build a heavy duty, quality mailbox that takes a lot of TIME to violate. If a thief has to stand in front of your mailbox for 20 minutes with a crow bar and a blow torch, the odds are close to zero that he will hang around waiting to get caught while conceiving some intricate scheme to break into your mailbox.

Thus, the Mail Boss locking security mailbox, weighing in at 40 pounds with its patented anti-pry locking system, while not absolutely theft proof, is virtually theft proof. In fact, after Popular Mechanics evaluated the Mail Boss, the editors dubbed it “Postbox Maximus” – a nickname we happen to agree with.


  1. RICHARD DUPONT on March 27, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    On the wall mount metro boxes is their a mounting bracket and how many screws are there to mount it to the wall?


  2. MailBoss on March 31, 2009 at 11:35 am

    Hi Richard- The Mail Boss Wall Mount includes a quasi Fast-Trak Mounting bracket that makes it so you can install the Metro Wall Mount much quicker than other wall mount mailboxes available on the market. The bracket attaches with 2 mounting screws and then there are 3 additional mounting screws that attach from the inside of the box to secure the box to the wall. We provide wood screws for mounting to wood, and we also include thicker mounting bolts for mounting onto a post. If you are going into brick or stucco you will need masonry sinker screws. If you have a specific application please contact me at webmaster@mailboss.net and I can provide additional information. Hope this helps!

  3. Copper Mailbox on January 27, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Aw, this is a really good post. In theory I’d like to write like this too – taking time and real effort to make a good article… but what can I say… I procrastinate alot and never seem to get anything done

  4. Mark on September 20, 2015 at 9:32 am

    The lock is the Achilles heel on this box – ours has been popped open on numerous occasions. Would like to see this issue addressed as otherwise the unit is top drawer.

  5. Jenny on October 1, 2015 at 1:19 am

    This is the first time we’ve received this feedback. I’m going to have on of our executives contact you to gather additional information. Perhaps you have a defective lock?
    Mail Boss CS

  6. John B on October 2, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    This is a great idea!

  7. Steve on August 24, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    Its a pity you dont have solutions for cluster mailboxes, the mail theft issue is at epidemic proportions all over the bay area for HOA’s.

  8. Rob on January 29, 2020 at 9:35 am

    I live on a county road , my mail/packages have been stolen several times in last few months and I don’t know what to do about it , I have contacted the local post office and pretty much got laughed at and they went on to the next customer and ignored me, I can’t afford a expensive mail box (am on a fixed income) ,so with all that said what can I do to keep my mail from getting stolen ?

    • Gabriel w/ MailBoss on January 30, 2020 at 12:00 pm

      Hi Rob, thanks for reaching out. I just want to say you are not alone. Mail gets stolen throughout the U.S. every single day. I would definitely recommend reporting the theft to your local police department. They are often more motivated on a local level to catch those criminals. Secondly, try to pick up your mail and packages when they are delivered each day. Use USPS, Fedex, and UPS tracking systems to help keep track of your packages, and know when they are delivered. Third, try and do as much business as possible over the internet. Meaning, paying your credit cards, sign up for direct bank deposits, etc… Try to have as few as possible IMPORTANT items arrive through the mail. While not everything can be handled online, many things can. Finally, a quality, security locking mailbox doesn’t have to be expensive. Try checking out the clearance section on our website for great deals on 100% functional Mail Boss boxes with cosmetic imperfections. You can get a mail manager for as little as $65 shipped! Consider it an investment to protect your mail, your identity, and your time. Cheers, and good luck!

  9. Frank Saffell on September 18, 2022 at 3:04 pm

    Some one donated a Mail Boss to a local second hand store I worked at. Its still there 7 years later,, because no one can figure out how to open it with out destroying it using a cutting torch or a metal cutting blade, and they don’t want to sell it unopened, as it might have something in it. I’m pretty good at opening anything, I can’t open this with out destroying it and possibly the contents. . This is a testament as how well these things are made, cause I can’t open it. You can’t pry them open using a bar, as the gaps are too small to fit a bar in any where, You would need a hydraulic press to deform the structure enough to open it or serious cutting tools. I don’t think many mail thieves have access to a press. And if they did, then they don’t need to be stealing stuff. My Mail Boss is on a rural road. We have less then upstanding citizens in the area. Every year or so, all the other boxes, seem to be left with the lids open and cleared. People that steal mail don’t care that this is a felony any more. They don’t even bother to close the doors on the boxes. But not ours. They move on, to softer targets, as it is too hard for them to deal with an armored and keyed, mail box, and they would have to cut mine off its post, filled with diagonal nails: way too much work for something that, might not have anything in it at the time.

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