So I did something I never expected. I installed a locking mailbox at the request of my mail delivery person.
Several years ago someone blew up my last mailbox with an M-80. It is now stacked behind my kayak rack.
I have always trusted my neighbors, but there is a row of mailboxes across the street and they have been broken into in the early morning. I consented to have a night vision camcorder placed in one of my trees to monitor evening activity. But he said that wasn't enough. So I went on line, looked at reviews and bought a large clunker of a box at Home Depot.
The new box has a key, but small hands or simply removing it makes security a mild deterrent, nothing to put much trust in.
As I look at my previous box standing by the fern garden with apparently no future I have to reflect on the state of things where we have to lock our rural boxes which rarely deliver anything of real value other than credit cards. I am also having to get use to the tall black box that requires me to now carry a key to get my mail.
John Alfred Riebli