Why you should absolutely avoid using letter plates for your front door!

Which is best, a “Back of the door” mailbox or a “letter plate”?

Firework through the letter plateEverybody is familiar with letter plates or letter flaps – the slot in a wall or door through which mail is delivered, as this  is the most widely used “style” of mail delivery in homes and offices across the country.

This is a simple solution for receiving your mail in the UK, but is it the best way to maintain your home, as well as your life, with regards to security?

Let’s face the truth. The “always open” hole in your front door is often used for identity theft, through the theft of your mail by fishing. Not to mention car theft, lock manipulation and arson attacks. Plus, the pure site of left post on your welcome mat is a clear indication that you are in fact out and in turn a “green light” or invitation for a burglar. Especially with some locksmiths tools online these days for everyone with the intent to break into your house!

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Looking at the crime data for England and Wales we can see how the letter flap becomes a real provocation for some very serious crime indeed.

And to be honest, it’s not really pleasant to find out that some cigarette ends or other results of kid pranks to your house, can be thrown through the letter plate.

Letter plates, are they the cheapest solution for your house?

With winter approaching, temperatures fall and cold winds rise, many of us start thinking about the insulation of our homes to keep us warmer, especially through the nights. From this point, the letter plate is not really the best choice. As we are usually out when our mail is delivered, the letters can be left half delivered, forcing the letter flap to remain slight open, thus allowing the cold air to permeate your home until you return home, this obviously has a direct impact on the temperature in your house as well as the cost of your bills.

Despite Ann Robinson’s opinion (director of consumer policy at uSwitch.com) about stability of energy prices this winter, there is no secret that energy costs make up around half of our bills.

(Full article here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/energy-bills/10970226/Bills-soar-by-up-to-193-how-to-beat-the-rise.html)

So, to keep your home (as well as you) warm and safe, why not try and install a solid secure door, with high thermal co-efficiency, noise reduction and a wall mounted mailbox to the side. Any size and colour, not only guarantees the safety of you, your family and you identity, but also adds to the exterior aesthetics of your home.

Another option is to introduce a “back of the door” mailbox or even an “Anti-Arson back of the door” mailbox. These solutions offer an element of protection for homes and places of worship, all of which are under increasing risk from arson attacks and mindless vandalism.  They also assist with improving the insulation of your home and reducing your utility bills.

Anti-arson mailboxes eliminate the threat of arson by containing any flammable liquid poured through the letterbox, then extinguishing any flames with their integrated intumescent linings and built-in extinguishers.  Unfortunately, these attacks are widely reported, especially around seasonal celebrations such as Halloween, for example.