By Calvin at 16:42 GMT, 9 years ago
DAD Ltd, manufacturer of steel security products since 1872 and specialising in mail boxes and security doorsets, is the first company in the UK to produce a secure letter box that meets the Door and Hardware Federation’s Technical Specification TS 009:2012 at Grade 2; a standard approved by the police Secured by Design project. The mail box was successfully tested back in June by well-known test house and certification body Exova Warringtonfire.
DAD's Managing Director, Emmanuel Charbonnel, said "The need for the new spec arose when the Association of Chief Police Officers and Secured by Design began to express concern about the security of mailboxes, particularly with regards to identity theft. Some mailboxes were being subjected to mail theft either from direct break in, or from "fishing" through the mail slot.
[The technical specification requires that] boxes must be able to take an A4 document, it must not be possible to fish out mail from the outside, [or] to break into the box, and the lock must comply with EN 1303. This offers a realistic evaluation against opportunist attack to prevent the contents and/or letter box being removed. The failing criterion is quite simply that mail cannot be removed"
DAD’s security letter box is made of steel with a patented locking mechanism and a DAD lock complying to EN1303, which offers over 30,000 key variations and the possibility of integration into a master key system. The box is available in any RAL colour and can be integrated into the design of any building, with a choice of fittings.
For more information about the product please visit this website
DAD Ltd’s main website is here
A PDF of the Door and Hardware Federation’s Technical Specification TS009:2012 is available here
I know that a great deal of time, research and money was required to achieve this outcome and I wish them every success with the new product. I shall now have to busy myself updating this website’s advice pages for letter boxes!