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Other Devices to Protect Your Mail
there a device that would alert me when my mailbox has been opened?
There are two devices we are aware of. One is called Mail
Guard (not to be confused with the MailGuard locking mail box), and is sold by Radio Shack. It
appears to be a discontinued item, but still may be available in some
stores. It uses a light-sensitive emitter attached to the inside
of your mailbox door which sends a wireless signal to a receiver
you have plugged into an electrical outlet in your home. It has
a range of around 150 feet. The other device is called Mail Alert,
and is similar to the Mail Guard but has a range of 300 - 600 feet,
depending on what model you purchase. You can search the Web for these or other similar devices.
should I invest in a paper shredder?
Any mail that contains personal information about you,
especially credit card, Social Security, or bank numbers, can be
used by a thief to use your identity for criminal purposes. Before
tossing paper with this information, either in the trash or in paper
recycling bins, put it through a paper shredder. ALWAYS use a cross-cutting
shredder; thieves can (and will) piece back together material shredded
with a parallel blade shredder. Cross-cut (or confetti) shredders
are available at office supply outlets, Costco, etc