vandal resistant rural mailbox ideas
I am hoping that some of you creative, DIY'ers out there can brainstorm with me to come up with a vandal proof (or at least resistant) rural mailbox. Our mailbox sits 4.5 miles out from our house, in the middle of nowhere, at a county crossroads. It has been shot up and other wise vandalized several times over the years. One time some sick jerk put 3 small dead dogs in it. I still can't believe that one. Most recently, the entire mailbox and 2-pc mounting post was stolen. The whole thing! We looked for several miles along the ditches to see if it had been tossed, but no luck. I have looked at the commercial mailboxes, and boy, are they expensive! If I am going to spend that kind of cash, I'd rather find a way to make something that will REALLY do the job.
So, I am visualizing something metal, like a steel barrel. Somehow making a locking access door to retrieve mail (the mail carrier is not allowed to carry a key, OR get out of his vehicle) but with a large enough mail slot to accommodate small packages, maybe with some kind of trapdoor to drop mail down but prevent sticking an arm in to steal mail.
What kind of ideas can you all come up with? I figure I can get my cousin to do any welding I might need,
Thanks! I look forward to reading your good ideas!