I own a rental unit where the mail is delivered to cluster boxes like
on the side of the building (see <http://i42.tinypic.com/30d9vmv.jpg
Criminals have been attacking the boxes. The original ones were pretty
weak and were broken into (pried open the whole thing so all the mail
was visible and it was all stolen). There was one incident of identity
theft that we are aware of.
The original boxes were replaced, and already one was attacked and
damaged though they did not actually get it open to steal the mail. They
bent the frame and the mailman could no longer close the master gate so
he stopped delivering mail. I was able to bend it back to normal and I
put about thirty wood screws around the frame that eliminate the gap
where they stuck in the crowbar. That'll at least slow down a thief (we
could replace them with one-way screws as well).
We need to do something long term because this problem is likely to
continue. We've thought about security cameras, adding steel or aluminum
flat bar over the vertical collars
and wood framing, or buying a free-standing high security cluster box
Any other ideas? Other than selling the property.