Everyone knows that implementing good security measures to your front door is essential when it comes to protecting your home against potential intruders. This is often why people call out their local locksmiths to come and upgrade their current locks to higher security stronger locks that either meet or exceed current British Standards. With this said, when people are improving their front door security the potential security problems posed by their letterbox are often overlooked.
What Is Letterbox Burglary?
Letterbox burglary is exactly that, burglars will use your letterbox to either gain entry to your home or steal small but high value items such as car keys and wallets. A burglar will push their hand through the letterbox and reach up to try and unlock the door from the inside or use a rod like tool with a hook to try and get hold of keys that have been left near the door. Unfortunately, both of these methods are highly effective for burglars require no skill.
Prevent Letterbox Burglary
- Never leave house or car keys in view of the other side of the door this is even more important if you have glazed panels on your door. It is also worth taking a look through your letterbox so you know exactly what a potential burglar can see if they take a look trough your letterbox.
- Replace your current letterbox for one that has a built-in draught excluder. Draught excluders are rows of nylon bristles that are fitted all the way around your letterbox, not only do they help prevent draughts, but they also make it much more difficult for anyone to see in through your letterbox, making it harder for burglars to see and steal key and other such items.
- You can have an anti-burglar letterbox installed, these letterboxes have been through stringent testing measures to ensure they cannot be vandalised or snapped to ensure they comply with the latest security standards.
- A letterbox restrictor can be installed, they restrict how much the inner flap can be opened so it prevents hands or rods from being pushed through the letterbox.
- You could remove your letterbox completely and have an external mailbox installed. This can be quite expensive which makes it impractical for most, however if you are looking to replace your front door in the future this would be worth considering.
Burglars are always on the lookout for new ways to gain entry to people’s homes and steal high value items, so it is essential that you keep up to date with current security measures and you ensure all security measures meet the current British Standards.