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How to Stop Mailbox Vandalism

I was tired of picking up my mailbox off the ground and duct taping it back on the post, my neighbors use to laugh at me because of the duct tape, they would go out and buy another cheap mailbox, but not me, I was fed up and fought back! Now I have the last laugh as I drive off to work and everyone's mailbox is on the ground, except mine.

After duct taping my mailbox back on the post about four times, I decided I needed to do something to stop this from happening, but what? Mailbox vandalism was bad in my neighborhood, especially on my side of the street. What do I mean "my side of the street"? I live on a dead end street, a cul-de-sac, the kids wouldn't touch the mailboxes on the way in the neighborhood, but mine was on the way out, and my mailbox got clobbered every time.

So I searched for indestructible mailboxes online and came up with the perfect solution, but I wasn't sure if it would work, these kids were throwing large rocks at the mailboxes, and I wasn't sure if just a heavy duty mailbox would stop it from happening, face it, you'll never stop mailbox vandalism so you need to fight fire with fire, so I gave it a shot.

Buy this Mailbox Steel Mounting Bracket and Modify it to Work

Assembling My Indestructible Mailbox

The first time my new indestructible mailbox got hit, it broke off the post bracket because I only had it screwed to a piece of wood. I made a few modifications to ensure this would never happen again. I found a bracket kit that attached to the mailbox and the post bracket, so I bought two wood post adapter plates. I mounted both wood post adapter plates on either side of the wood plate under the mailbox, then drilled 2 holes up through the center of the mailbox from the bottom, through the post bracket, and then the wooden plate that is sandwiched between the mailbox brackets, I added a couple of large washers to the inside of the mailbox and on the other end of the bolts, at the post bracket, this sucker wasn't going anywhere!

Notice the rock at the bottom of the mailbox post. This was the second hit and it's still standing :)

Notice the rock at the bottom of the mailbox post. This was the second hit and it's still standing :)

The only damage sustained after the first hit.

The only damage sustained after the first hit.

Fight Mailbox Vandalism

I have had great success with my new indestructible mailbox, I can't stop the vandalism but I can fight back, and that's what I did. I wrote a blog on this same topic, it started out as a place to vent, but then people started emailing me asking questions and telling me their own stories, all I wanted to do is rant about how I debunked the punk smashing my mailbox, but something else happened, I inspired other people to do the same, fight back. One guy put lally columns (cement filled steel post) on both sides of his mailbox to protect it, so someone put an M80 explosive in it to prove a point.

I had another guy tell me he bought the same mailbox I did and hung it from chains on a large post; (if you hang a mailbox from a chain, it will not absorb the impact, it will swing out of the way) he never had another problem after that. I thought it was cool that I was connecting with people, but helping them at the same time. If you're having the same problem with mailbox vandalism, you need to get creative with how to approach your situation because every problem seems to be unique. This isn't the first time I had problems with mailbox vandalism; I came home one day to find my whole mailbox missing, I thought to myself "who does this and why?"

Indestructible Mailbox by Solar

Where to Buy an Indestructible Mailbox and Bracket

The mailbox and brackets I used are all on Amazon, the mailbox is made by Solar, and the brackets are standard steel mailbox brackets. I use galvanized bolts for longevity, and I bought them at a local hardware store. The post bracket I already had, but you can find one on Amazon as well, I added all the products I used in the Amazon advertisements on this page, but like I said, every situation is unique, and you may not need everything I used. I like to over kill all my projects; I wanted to make it as indestructible as possible, I hate doing things twice. If you have any comments please ask, I have fun helping people with this ongoing problem, I figure if I can come up with a solution for a problem, why not share what I've learned, it also calms me to know I am robbing some punk kid of his good time, it brings a smile to my face.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

Questions & Answers

Question: If a vandal injures himself while vandalizing your mailbox, are you legally responsible?

Answer: I know it's a federal offense to tamper with a mailbox, so I guess that decision would be up to the judge.

© 2011 Eddie Carrara

Comments

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on May 28, 2019:

Hi Sondra,

Sorry about your Dad passing :( but he sounded like a Rebel :) I bet you could find someone in town to weld you a replacement, some people live and breath for this type of challenge!

SondraO on May 25, 2019:

My dad built on by burying an old metal milk bottle (Big) and sinking a steel pipe into cement inside it. The top of the pipe was threaded where he screwed on a flat eccusion that he then bolted to the steel plate, home made but like you have. With the plate affixed he then welded a steel box onto of the plate. It ate m80's for breakfast for 4 decades. Two months ago, an actual bomb was placed inside and blew it apart, and 300 feet into our yard. The FBI took everything but the milk jug.!!! My father passed away and is not here to build another one. I wish I could get another one but don't have any idea how to weld!! But that box had longevity!!

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on January 16, 2019:

The first thing I would do is fix the mailbox, then I would set up a camera to catch them in the act. If all goes well you could bring it to the local authorities because it's a federal offense to tamper with the US mail.

AMTre on January 15, 2019:

My family moved to a new location in a bit of a hidden area. It seemed nice at first however things quickly changed. Someone was in the swing of hitting and knocking off the mailbox posts!! Seeing this on a regular basis blocks were placed around the post. So the pole eventually stopped getting hit. However now my mailbox is knocked off the pole. The bad thing is I lnow its my mailman. What can i do? We just pulled into our driveway. I looked out saw the mailman coming and said oh good hes finally made his way here. We walked down the driveway after seeing him stop and go. We got there our mailbox was on the ground and no mail. So its rather self explanatory he stopped by to deliver mail he hit the mail box said forget it and just mobed on. What can i do?

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on May 31, 2017:

Hi Joann,

Solar makes a heavy duty 1/8th-inch steel mailbox, maybe you could find a mobile welder to attach it to your post, or have the box hang from chains so when the kids hit it, it just swings out of the way?

joann on May 28, 2017:

Some how I need to find a very strong box alone I've had 3 from home depot but they all got destroyed even with reinforced bracket please help me fight back

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on July 25, 2016:

Hi Quizative,

I think if you just get creative with your situation and try to think out of the box, you can prevent most mailbox disasters, but certainly not all. You could put up a motion sensor camera temporarily just to get a license plate :)

Hey MKL,

If they want to kill your mailbox, they'll find a way. The Solar mailbox is pretty thick and should withstand an M80, the door may blow off, but that's about it.

Hi RTalloni,

I think you're right, kids out in the country get board and have a lot of idle time. Drinking and mailbox baseball is probably an old pastime for them lol. Thanks for the feedback :)

RTalloni on July 21, 2016:

Neat hub and comments offer more solutions that are certainly worth trying. In driving through the countryside in other states we often see mailboxes that are encased in rock structures. I think the designs are more about this problem than perhaps the homeowner enjoying a bit of a DIY project with rocks found on the property when building a house.

MKL on July 10, 2016:

We had one of the steel mailboxes, lasted a long time until lastnight. They blew it to pieces! Not sure how to combat that one.

Quizative on June 18, 2016:

I wish you had more pictures and step by step what you did. Also, a website link, especially for the BatGrabber. I couldn't find it. Thanks for all of the ideas guys! We have a stinker in our neighborhood. Does anyone know of a camera that takes a picture of the idiot as he swings?!!!

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on December 28, 2014:

Great story Just like dad, we will try anything to to stop mailbox vandalism, even if we get a little crazy with the pipes and steel, lol.

Just Like Dad on December 27, 2014:

My dad had had enough when the family mailbox kept getting hit. He had a custom mailbox made of 1/4 inch steel in the shape of a regular mailbox with a flag and everything. This was WELDED together and then WELDED onto a 6 foot long 1/4 inch thick steel pipe about 6 inches in diameter. We buried this in the ground. My dad figured if anyone ever hit the mailbox again, either the bat or an arm would break, but not the mailbox. It's still standing 20 years later, and probably will be forever.

I call myself "just like dad" because now I live in my own home and my mailbox got hit on Christmas day! So, I got a new one and built a cage around it using black steel pipe attached to the post. That should discourage anyone!

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on September 06, 2014:

Your welcome Amelia, I had a problem for a long time (2 years) since we put up the new mailbox, we have had people try, but no luck on their end,lol. I'm not sure how to stop someone from backing over it, maybe a fire hydrant base, lol but I hope you got some good ideas.

Amelia LP on September 04, 2014:

Our neighbors (people that are 50+ mind you) actually purposely hit ours with their cars and the post bends. We're planning on doing something better and studier, thanks for the info :-)

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on February 11, 2014:

Hi Apw5746, I know the feeling, what's the po? Post office box?

apw5746 on February 11, 2014:

someone has it out for me. i had the darn post and box completely bent and box torn off. for peace of mind, i'm headed to the po and pay for peace of mind. i'm tired of replacing them.

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on June 12, 2013:

I think I have seen your mailbox Wilderness, lol. At our last house, everyone on the street had the problem, then they would replace the destroyed mailbox with another cheap mailbox, I decided to go with something a little more resistant to baseball bats from Solar. The next inning, my mailbox was the only one standing on our street, slightly damaged from the 5lb rock, but still standing :)

Thanks for the comment Wilderness and the tips, don't feel too bad for the teen with the missing window, lol.

Dan Harmon from Boise, Idaho on June 11, 2013:

Seems that many of us have the problem. My solution was to use some long steel 4" diameter rod from worn out pumps. It was corkscrewed and chromed and actually looked pretty nice. Two of them welded together were nearly 8 feet long.

I welded a 1/2" thick steel plate onto the post, sticking out to mount a cheap mailbox onto and concreted it into the ground 4' deep. The post office complained because a car hitting it would suffer considerable damage, but didn't make me take it out.

Now, a bat hitting the mailbox just right would destroy the mailbox, but miss just a small amount and hit that steel plate, or worse the post itself, and the bat is coming right back at you. There was absolutely no give anywhere in the supporting post. I did lose one more box, and noticed a local teen missing a rear passenger window for some time after that, but that was all.

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on April 25, 2013:

Hello Jim :) you da man!!

I love the device and will add this suggestion to me article, this is a great tip for people like me who have an on going problem with punks. The kids aren't always punks, they're jut not thinking, but nun the less, love the idea, and the kids won't have time to think twice, lol, thanks.

Jim Williams on April 24, 2013:

I just got through reading your article and have a suggestion. You play fire with fire, which is fine, but maybe up your fire a bit and make the vandals think twice before hitting you mailbox.

If you have a drive by batting of your mailbox, do what a friend of mine did. His mailbox was getting smashed almost every week by a drive by batting. It was really prevailent in his neighborhood. He looked online and installed something called a "BatGrabber".

What this thing does is, first you install it on your mailbox, on the side that usually takes the bat, and sit back and wait. The device is nothing more than an outer plastic tube, but within that tube are sharp steel ring nails attached to an aluminum anchor. When a wooden bat strikes the plastic tubing, it deforms and breaks open, exposing the ring nails. The ring nails then firmly embed themselves in the bat, ripping the bat clean out of the hands of the vandal. The ring nails dig themselves so deep in the bat that you litterally need a crowbar to remove the bat!

Now, with my friend, he installed this little device and waited. Sure enough, three days later, his box was hit again by the drive by batters. This time, however, the bat was stuck to the BatGrabber, ripping the bat clean out of his hands, resulting in 3 broken fingers. (That is how they caught the people responsible ultimately). Needless to say, his mailbox was never hit again.

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on January 13, 2013:

Hey CJay44,

If you were to mount the solar mailbox (I describe in the article) by chains, it would totally solve your problem. The mailbox is extremely heavy duty, and when you hang it by chains, the mailbox can't absorb the hit because it will swing on the chains. Hope this helps, and thanks for the comment.

CJay44 on January 13, 2013:

My mailbox is hanging on by using wire after being hit many times by trucks, cars, baseball bats. etc..

I have two choices:

1) buy a new mailbox and hang it using chains, place large rocks around the mailbox area. Many people by me use the large rock technique.

2) get a PO box which might be easier, I have to look into this.

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on September 04, 2012:

Ellandriel, I once had a mailbox built inside a cinder block house, then a truck came down the road, slid on the ice, and turned the cinder block house into crushed stone, haha, I couldn't win!

Yes Pamela, some stories have a happy ending, but not the kids playing mailbox baseball, lol. Thanks for the comment.

Pamela-anne from Miller Lake on September 04, 2012:

Great hub glad to hear that you were able to assemble yourself the indestructible mailbox this story had a happy ending!

Ellandriel from Portugal on September 04, 2012:

Start making them like in Portugal. In the wall of the house! In the front door... well you don't see kids striking them here with baseball bats!

ihih kidding!!!

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on December 01, 2011:

Thank you MM, I know a lot of people search for answers about mailbox vandalism because of the number of visitors that come to my blog :) Thanks for the vote up.

Movie Master from United Kingdom on December 01, 2011:

I don't have a mailbox eddie, but I still enjoyed your hub and I'm sure lots of people will find it useful, voting up, best wishes MM

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on December 01, 2011:

Thanks Dr Bill, I had my fair share of it, but I got to my tipping point, thought I would share :)

Bill Tollefson from Southwest Florida on December 01, 2011:

Thanks for the Hub article. Great points. I think there is too much mailbox vandalism that happens. Great you bought this out. I voted it up and useful.

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on December 01, 2011:

Thank you Kimberley, I appreciate the vote up :)

Kimberley Lane from N.W.Pacific Coast, USA on November 30, 2011:

nice article, eddiecarrara. Voted up!

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on November 29, 2011:

Hey brittanytodd, I lived in an apartment a while ago and that's was the first time I had mailbox problems, I came home to my mailbox missing, it was a 3 family with all individual mailboxes, when I got home it was gone, my identity was never stolen, so that was a good thing. Thanks for the vote up :)

Brittany Kennedy from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on November 29, 2011:

This is a great hub! I wish I had a mailbox in order to try it out (but I live in an apartment right now). I know a ton of people who are victims of mailbox vandalism. Voted up, etc!