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Secured By Design Mailboxes



Secured By Design mailboxes compliant with Homes Guide 2016. Designed to meet the requirements of TS009 standard where applicable. Secure, anti theft units which help prevent mail & ID theft.


Secured By Design letterboxes from Post Boxes UK - mail security expertise



Post Boxes UK has established itself as the UK's main independent supplier of Secured By Design letter boxes to the construction industry. We offer a range of highly secure, anti theft units, from a handful of manufacturers, which has been developed in the face of changing demands from Secured By Design. This has been prompted by rising levels of anti social activity with a response to "design out crime" in our built environments.

Below are the relevant sections from Secured By Design's Homes Guide 2016, but by far the most relevant point relating to mailboxes is that of section 29.2:

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 SBD 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.

 

21.26 Where there is a concern for arson attacks, or repeat arson attacks, SBD recommends either the omission of a letter plate within a door, which is then replaced by an external letter box mounted on a wall or similar, or the installation of an ‘anti-arson’ container. It is important that such products are installed strictly in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

 

21.27 Specifiers attention is drawn to the Door Hardware Federation’s Technical Standard 008 (TS 008) which is also referenced within Approved Document Q (Section 1, paragraph 1.3).

 

21.28 Where a single surface mounted letter box is to be used for each dwelling it must be robust in construction. TS 009 letter boxes 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 letter box must be securely fixed to the face of the building in accordance with the manufacturers specifications and be located in a position that benefits from natural surveillance.

 

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 mail box e.g. in a corridor, it may be preferable to provide ‘through-thewall’ mail delivery into a secure internal letter box. 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.

 

21.30 Products meeting the requirements of the Door & Hardware Federation Technical Specification 008 (TS 008) provide reassurance that ‘through the wall’ letter boxes offer similar security attributes as secure letter plates and many of the attributes that an external letter box conforming with TS 009 would provide.

 

29 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.

 

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 letter boxes 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 manufacturers specifications

 

29.3 Letter boxes certificated to Door & Hardware Federation Technical Specification 009 (TS 009) 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 mail delivery i.e. arson, ‘fishing’ for personal mail. 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.
 

35.1 A letterplate tested to the requirements of the Door Hardware Federation’s Technical Standard 008 (TS 008) will provide reassurance Page 54 that the likelihood of the letterplate aperture being used to gain access to the home will be substantially reduced. Specifiers attention is drawn to the fact that TS 008 is referenced within Approved Document Q as a proven method of protecting the dwelling from attacks known to be committed via the letterplate.

 

35.2 Alternative compliance can be demonstrated by utilising letterplates meeting the following requirements (Note35.2a): • Maximum aperture size of 260mm x 40mm • The fixing shall not be removable from the exterior side of the doorset • Letter plates must achieve the requirements of the removal test from BS EN 13724:2002 (conducted during the PAS 24 or STS 201 test) • Doorsets installed with non-key lockable internal hardware (Note 35.2b) shall either be installed with a suitable internal security deflector plate to restrict access to the hardware or the letter plate must be installed no less than 400mm from the internal locking point (measured in plane from the centre point of thumb turn to the nearest edge or corner of the letter plate aperture) Note 35.2a: This specification is the minimum requirement within PAS 24:2012, PAS 24:2016 and STS 201. Note 35.2b: Specifiers should be aware that the National HouseBuilding Council (NHBC) currently requires a thumb turn release mechanism to be installed on the doorset designated as the primary fire exit route.

 

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 SBD 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 letter boxes 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 letter box must be securely fixed to the face of the building in accordance with the Page 55 manufacturers specifications and be located in a position that benefits from natural surveillance.

 

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 mail box e.g. in a corridor, it may be preferable to provide ‘through-the-wall’ mail delivery into a secure internal letter box. 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.

 

35.5 Products meeting the requirements of the Door & Hardware Federation Technical Specification 008 (TS 008) provide reassurance that ‘through the wall’ letter boxes offer similar security attributes as secure letter plates and many of the attributes that an external letter box conforming with TS 009 would provide.

For the full Secured By Design Homes Guide 2016 please click the following link - http://www.securedbydesign.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Secured_by_Design_Homes_2016_V1.pdf 


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