Secured by Design compliant mailboxes
“Beware! Compliant does not mean secure!” Please let us explain this statement to you.
Many companies today state that their mailboxes, regardless of how they are manufactured, are SBD, when in fact they are only "compliant", "conforming" to the Secured by Design Homes 2016 guide Section 2A Paragraph 29.2: “Communal mail delivery facilities within building entrances should be designed to incorporate the following features:
1- Robust construction,
2- anti-fishing properties,
3- maximum aperture size 260x40mm”
So as you can see, to be “compliant”, the mailbox only needs to be made of metal, with a lock and a not too large an aperture to reduce the risk of fishing the mail too easily. But, at no point have any of these post boxes been tested and are certainly not certified to any standard or specification.
As such, ALL mailboxes can claim to be "compliant", but pretty much none of them are secured against mail theft or vandalism. By using a screwdriver or basic picking tool, or even with manual force, it’s simply child’s play to break into. The mailboxes shown on the image were supplied as “Conforming to the Secured by Design Homes 2016 guide”...