If you’re asking yourself what a mailbox lock even is, you probably don’t need to know why it’s important to have these locks changed as you aren’t receiving your mail through a locked box. However, for those who do use a mailbox with a lock on it, it’s important to understand three main reasons why you will want to hire a locksmith to change these locks when the need arises.
Though some private homes purchase a lock for their mailbox, usually, condominiums, apartment complexes, or some neighborhoods have a central location where all of the resident mailboxes are all in one place where you go to get your mail after it has been delivered to your mailbox. This method of delivery makes it convenient for the postal worker to efficiently deliver mail to a large number of patrons all at once while still maintaining privacy for each individual mail recipient. You can only receive your mail if you have the key needed to open up the locked mailbox.
The concept is sound, but what happens when you have lost your keys? something goes wrong with the lock? or you move into a living space that had the mailbox assigned to the previous tenant? You may think that you simply go to your local post office and ask for a new lock or key, but that’s not exactly how it works. In each of these scenarios, it’s best to contact your local locksmith to come to you and change out the existing mailbox lock for a new one.
Always Replace your Mailbox Lock When you have Lost your Keys
Lost keys are more than just a nuisance and inconvenience when it comes to losing a mailbox key. State law requires that each locked box be fitted with its own key. This basically means that you cannot create a master key that unlocks a locked mailbox. This law exists to protect you from having your mail stolen from someone copying your key or creating a master. The most secure thing to do when you lose your mailbox key is to have a qualified locksmith change the lock to provide you with a brand new key to use.
Start Fresh as Soon as you Move in
The best time to get a new mailbox lock is right after you move into a new space. When you have just moved in and someone else had access to the mailbox prior, you will want to make sure to start fresh with a new lock and key set that you know for sure no one else has ever used. Starting with a brand new lock is the best way to go.
Replace Malfunctioning Locks
Malfunctioning or worn out mailbox locks need to be repaired or replaced. Not even the most expensive or highest quality lock and key are going to last forever. When you consider that often the locks that keep your mail safe and secure are outside and exposed to all types of extreme heat, cold, rain, or other weather conditions, it’s no wonder they wear out. When this happens, you need a new lock, and you need a skilled technician to help you out with this.
Contact a Professional
When you need a mailbox lock replacement, call us to help. We will arrive quickly, stocked with the latest technological tools and equipment needed to get you a new lock or perform necessary maintenance while maintaining the utmost in security.