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Secure By Design

Established in 1989, Secure By design (SBD) is the official UK Police flagship initiative combining the principles of “designing out crime” with physical security

They are suggestions & recommendations for those responsible for design, specification and the building of homes whether they be for single or multiple dwellings

 We now offer 4 ranges of mailboxes that follow the recommendations of SBD to cover both horizontal and vertical options for wall-mounted, through the wall, wall recessed and freestanding requirements and are confident in the quality of our products every time.

 Below are some of the main recommendations of SBD, however, please click on the following link to see the full SBD Homes guide 2016 (attachment)

 Robust Materials – Manufactured to exacting standards, all our mailboxes are produced in quality galvanised, stainless or aluminium finishes.  Offering a huge choice of standard powder coated colour finishes plus casings, freestanding posts, engraving and locking options, the quality of all our products are second to none.

Mailbox Posting Slot Sizes – Posting slots should be no bigger than 260mm wide x 40mm high

Mailbox Posting slot restrictors – All our SBD compliant mailboxes have internal anti-theft inclines as a standard part of the mailbox reducing the actual posting slot size down to 25cms high

Door Locks & Keys – All our boxes come with an EN13724 manufactured lock with up to 2000 different key coded combinations

 Compliant Mailboxes

Kompact H270 (Horizontal Front deposit/Front Retrieval) – Perfect for wall-fixing, wall recessing & freestanding options, this quality robust mailbox will fit most requirements and can be installed both internally or externally. Available in standard, double & triple heights

Kompact V270 (Vertical Front deposit/Front retrieval) – Perfect for wall-fixing, wall recessing & freestanding options, this quality robust mailbox will fit most requirements and can be installed both internally or externally.

Hall DC (Horizontal Front Deposit/Rear Retrieval) – Designed primarily to be installed through glazing or aluminium door panels. Coming with an integrated, overlapping front plate, sealing the unit making it fully weatherproof and finishing off the installation beautifully.

Kompact DC270 (Horizontal Front Deposit/Rear Retrieval) – For installations through the wall or gates and railings. Available with both internal and external weatherproof casings and/or closing profile strips. Available in standard, double & triple heights 

 Secure By Design Home Guide 2016 Section 2 Recommendations

To help identify key areas we have listed the main recommendations that should help specifiers in accordance with secure mail delivery. 

SECURE MAIL DELIVERY TO HOUSES, BUNGALOWS AND FLATS, APARTMENTS OR MAISONETTES ACCESSED VIA A PRIVATE DEDICATED ENTRANCE DORSETT

21.21

There are increasing crime problems associated with letter plate apertures, such as identity theft, arson, hate crime, lock manipulation and ‘fishing’ for personal items (which may include post, vehicle and house keys, credit cards, etc.). In order to address such problems Secured by Design strongly recommends, where possible, mail delivery via a secure external letter box meeting the requirements of the Door and Hardware Federation Standard Technical Standard 009 (TS 009) or delivery ‘through the wall’ into a secure area of the dwelling.

 EXTERNAL SURFACE MOUNTED LETTER BOXES

21.28

Where a single surface mounted letterbox is to be used for each dwelling it must be robust in construction. TS 009 letterboxes offer reassurance that all of the above attributes have been met. In high crime areas, TS 009 provides the safest means by which mail can be delivered whilst eliminating the risks associated with letter plate apertures. The letterbox must be securely fixed to the face of the building in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications and be located in a position that benefits from natural surveillance.

THROUGH-THE-WALL DELIVERY

21.29

Where there are design constraints that prevent a letter plate with a security cowl being installed within a door e.g. narrow hallway, or where it is undesirable to install a surface mounted secure mailbox e.g. in a corridor, it may be preferable to provide ‘through the wall’ mail delivery into a secure internal letterbox. Such a box must incorporate the same design features as described above for a surface mounted box. Anti-arson design features may also be advised if such crime risks are present.

MAIL DELIVERY IN BUILDINGS CONTAINING MULTIPLE DWELLINGS OR BEDROOMS

29.1

There are increasing crime problems associated with the delivery of post to buildings containing multiple dwellings or bedrooms.

COMMUNAL MAIL DELIVERY

29.2

Communal mail delivery facilities within building entrances serving multiple flats or rooms (such as student accommodation) should be designed to incorporate the following:

• Located at the primary entrance/ exit point of the building within view, within an internal area covered by CCTV or located within an ‘airlock’ access controlled entrance hall, or externally at the front of the building within view of those using the building:

• Be of robust construction

• The individual letterboxes shall have a maximum aperture size of 260mm x 40mm

• Have anti-fishing properties

• Have fire retardation where considered necessary

• Installed in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications

 INDIVIDUAL MAIL DELIVERY TO FLATS

29.4

It is not recommended that post is delivered to individual flat entrance doorsets within larger developments. However, where letter plates/ boxes are installed in communal developments serving each individual flat shall meet the requirements of paragraphs 21.21 to 21.27 (inclusive) (Note 29.4). Note 29.4: Letter aperture hardware installed within flat entrance doorsets must be assessed by the relevant certification authority and form part of a certificated fire and security range of products. 35.3

There are increasing crime problems associated with letter plate apertures, such as identity theft, arson, hate crime, lock manipulation and ‘fishing’ for personal items (which may include post, vehicle and house keys, credit cards, etc). In order to address such problems Secured by Design strongly recommends, where possible, mail delivery via a secure external letter box meeting the requirements of the Door and Hardware Federation Standard Technical Standard 009 (TS 009) or delivery ‘through the wall’ into a secure area of the dwelling. TS 009 letterboxes offer reassurance that all of the above attributes have been met. In high crime areas, TS 009 provides the safest means by which mail can be delivered whilst eliminating the risks associated with letter plate apertures. The letterbox must be securely fixed to the face of the building in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications and be located in a position that benefits from natural surveillance.

THROUGH-THE-WALL DELIVERY

35.4

Where there are design constraints that prevent a letter plate with a security cowl being installed within a door e.g. narrow hallway, or where it is undesirable to install a surface mounted secure mailbox e.g. in a corridor, it may be preferable to provide ‘through-the-wall’ mail delivery into a secure internal letterbox. Such a box must incorporate the same design features as described above for a surface mounted box. Anti-arson design features may also be advised if such crime risks are present.

MAIL DELIVERY IN BESPOKE BUILDINGS CONTAINING MULTIPLE DWELLINGS OR BEDROOMS

42.1

There are increasing crime problems associated with the delivery of post to buildings containing multiple dwellings or bedrooms. Communal mail delivery should, therefore, adhere to the requirements within Section 2a, paragraph 29.

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