2006-02-17 / Columnists

From The Rockaway Postmaster’s Desk

Post Office Boxes Provide Security, Convenience
By George P. Buonocore

George P. Buonocore 
George P. Buonocore If you want security, convenience and peace of mind for your mail, you can’t beat a Post Office box. For as little as a few dollars a month, you get these essential benefits:

Security – Your mail is safeguarded. It’s kept under lock and key 24 hours a day, and is protected by federal statute.

Access – Pick up your mail at your convenience: early, late, any time the lobby is open. Most Post Office locations are near other businesses, so you may be able to get a jump on the day by receiving your mail at a Post Office box near where you work.

Anonymity – Post Office boxes let you get important mail that is for your eyes only, or to keep your personal or business mail private. Only you have the key.

Flexibility – You don’t have to live in a community to get a Post Office box there. You can expand your company without opening new offices by applying for a box in cities where you do business and picking up your mail as you travel.

Stability – If you move often or travel a lot and need a safe place to receive your mail, a Post Office box is a great answer. Your mail is there when you return.

Affordability – Post Office boxes come in five different sizes, one that’s sure to meet your mailing needs. You’ll find the price is reasonable, too. Semi-annual fees range from $9 to $330, depending on the box size and the location of the Post Office.

There is no longer any waiting list in the Post Office for PO Boxes; every office on the Peninsula has boxes available for rent immediately. All you need to bring with you is a Photo ID and proof of address, like a utility bill or a piece of mail, and they will rent the box on the spot for you. If you have a problem just ask for a supervisor for assistance.

For more information on how you can get a convenient, safe, private Post Office box, come see us. Or visit us online at www.usps.com and search for “PO Box.”

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