One question we are often asked is “Why there is no outgoing mail security on a locking mailbox?”
For residential curbside locking mailboxes, the USPS mandates that the mail carrier cannot be required to have a key to access your mailbox. That means that incoming mail is deposited through an incoming mail slot or bin, and outgoing mail bust be retrievable without a lock.
Outgoing Mail on Mail Boss Mailbox Models
On the curbside Mail Boss and Package Master, there is an outgoing mail tray that is revealed when you open the incoming mail door. On the curbside Mail Manager, there is an outgoing mail clip on the inside of the incoming mail bin. On the Wall Mount Townhouse and Metro, there is an outgoing mail clip that is revealed when you open the incoming mail door.
Should You Send Outgoing Mail from Your Mailbox?
Briefly, no. If you are sending checks, bill payments, or anything with sensitive information that can be used for identity theft, we always recommend bringing it to a blue USPS collection mailbox or directly to the post office. Better yet, use online bill pay. It’s more secure.
If you must send mail from your mailbox, DON’T PUT THE FLAG UP!
The flag is just signal to thieves that says “Hey, come steal my mail!”
Unlike with traditional mailboxes, with locking mailboxes, the outgoing mail is in a separate area than the incoming mail, so the mail carrier will see it when depositing your incoming mail and take it regardless of whether you use the flag or not.
So, if you must use outgoing mail from your locking mailbox, whatever you do, don’t put the flag up!