Letterbox Security

With post theft on the rise in the UK due to more people receiving deliveries and gangs stealing bank details and personal letters to carry out identity theft, it is important to be vigilant when it comes to securing your letterbox. Whether you have a wall mounted letterbox, a free standing letterbox or just your letter plate on the front door there are things you can do to protect your post!

 

Wall Mounted Letterbox

A wall mounted post box is fitted externally or internally onto your property wall. They usually feature a letterbox plate at the top for the postman to deliver your letters which are secured in a lockable box underneath. Wall mounted letterboxes can be fitted as a single item or in multiples; which makes them great for people who live in shared occupancy or where there is a lobby for a block of flats.

Why use a Wall Mounted Letterbox?

A shocking 74% of burglaries take place through the front door, so it is vital homeowners do all that they can to prevent their home being an easy target for thieves. Wall mounted letterboxes are more secure than a letter plate on your front door and will help prevent your home being targeted for a number of reasons.

To prevent fishing: If there is no letter plate fixed onto your door there is no way a thief can peer into your home through the door and go ‘fishing’. Fishing is a technique used by burglars where they thread a long wire with a hook on the end to capture things in your home such as your house keys, car keys etc. giving them access to all of your valuables.

To prevent thieves from unlocking your door: If there is no letterbox for thieves to put their hands and tools inside there is a less chance of them gaining access to your property. Many thieves unfortunately have figured out that if they can access the interior lock, such as a thumb turn lock through the letterbox plate they can gain easy access to their victim’s home.

Energy efficient: As well as helping keep your home secure, wall mounted letterboxes help reduce heating bills as there will be no hole in the door from which the heat can escape!

 

Things to Consider when Purchasing a Wall Mounted Letterbox

If you are purchasing a new wall mounted letterbox it is important to consider these three things:

Size: Will your new postbox fit the usual post that you receive? Remember to include magazine subscriptions that are at least A4.

Lock: The more secure the lock the better, this helps prevent thieves gaining access to your private information. It is worth investing in an anti-snap lock, keep your eyes peeled for an anti-snap blog coming soon!

Finish: Ensure the postbox is made out of a durable, weatherproof material especially if your wall mounted post box is fitted to the exterior of the property.

 

Free Standing Letterbox

Free standing letterboxes are very similar to the wall mounted kind in terms of protecting your home and the things you should consider when purchasing one. They are preferred for those who have long drives or gated homes as this prevents the postman to have to walk right up to your property and they are often a very aesthetic addition to your home. As well as that, free standing letterboxes are often available in larger sizes for those who need it.

 

Door Letterbox

If adding a wall mounted or freestanding letterbox isn’t an option there are a number of things you can do to protect your home as best you can.

Hide your Valuables: The simplest way you can improve your security is by hiding your valuables and keys out of sight. If a burglar cannot easily see or reach valuables in your home through the letterbox or the window they will most likely give up and carry on.

Letterbox Cowl or Guard: Adding a letterbox cowl to the internal side of your front door prevents burglars from being able to see inside your home and prevents them from sticking their arm inside. Burglars won’t be tempted to steal what they can’t see!

Letterbox Cage: This fits around your letterbox on the internal side of the door and prevents post from falling to the floor as well as preventing burglars arms or tools from sneaking in!

Letterbox Homeguard: Similar to the cage, a homeguard is a fire-retardant bag that fits around the letterbox on the interior side of the door. Unfortunately, there are reports of homeowners being attacked with lit objects and fireworks being posted through their letterboxes, a letterbox homeguard will help keep the home safe from these attacks.

 

For more information on how to secure your front door, take a look at our Front Door Security Guide here!

 

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Hive Security Packs

Thinking about updating the security in your home but don’t know where to start? With various different products on the market right now it can be confusing and stressful. To put some simplicity back into your life Hive has created a range of security packs that include everything you need to keep your home secure. As an Easter treat Hive are offering a 25% discount on their Security Packs!

 

Who are Hive?

Hive is one of the world’s leading smart home providers who connect people to their home to bring them peace of mind. Using smart technologies that work together with other smart devices in your home, you can communicate with whoever is knocking on your door and turn off your lights with a tap of a button whilst you are relaxing on a beach a million miles away!

 

Hive Security Options

‘Taking the stress out of security’; that’s exactly what Hive aim to do with their Hive Home Security Packs! Not only are they functional but they are also designed to look sleek and modern in your home with a black and brushed copper or white and champagne gold design. Take a look at the complete security packs on offer below:

 

Hive Indoor and Outdoor Camera Packs

The Hive Home Indoor and Outdoor Camera Packs include the following:

  1. 1x Hive View / Hive View Outdoor

The smart indoor camera is wireless so you can keep an eye on your family from any room in the house whilst you’re not at home. Never miss the opportunity to witness your child’s first steps or discover what the dog really gets up to all day with the Hive View Indoor camera.

The Hive View Outdoor Camera allows you to never miss who is at the front door or who may have sneaked into the garden when you’re not at home. Waiting on a delivery but not at home? No problem with two-way audio you can instruct the delivery driver to leave it in a safe place from your phone!

 

  1. 1x Hive Hub

The heart of your smart, connected home. The Hive Hub allows you to connect your Hive products and control them through the dedicated Hive app. Allowing you to keep your home safe ans secure no matter where you are.

 

  1. 1x Hive Light Dimmable

This light allows you to control the brightness of the room, a chilled evening in or a bright work day you can set the mood! It also allows you to personalise the lighting in each room and set schedules so they are never on when you’re not at home… unless you want them to be. The Hive Light Dimmable are long-lasting bulbs and are rated A+ for efficiency, saving you money so you can spend it where it matters most.

 

  1. 1x Hive Motion Sensor

The motion sensor sends alerts to your phone when it detects movement and for how long for. Hive’s top tip is to trigger your Hive lights when motion is detected, no more bumping into things on your way to the bathroom in the middle of the night.

 

  1. 1x Hive Window or Door Sensor

This sensor fits onto your door or window can alert you when the door or window is opened. The sensor can also tell you whether the door or window is open or closed through the app so you no longer have to worry if you left the window open when you left for work in a rush this morning.

 

  1. 1x Hive Video Playback

Included with these packs the Hive Video Playback allows you to see what the cameras have captured from the previous 30 days which is stored securely online. Another bonus to Hive Video Playback is that it provides you with an ongoing warranty for your Hive View Camera.

 

Mixed Camera Pack

Hive also offers a Mixed Camera Pack for those who want smart security for their whole home. The Mixed Camera Pack includes all of the above with the Hive View Outdoor camera, x2 Hive Door and Window Sensors and video playback for 2 cameras if you wish to add another camera to the pack.

 

Keytek® & Hive

Here at Keytek® we often talk about updating the security in your home with smart products and we were excited to come across Hive who allow you to do just that! Keep your eyes peeled for more Hive blogs coming soon!

How to be Insurance Compliant

One of the most important factors of home security is ensuring that you are compliant with the terms and conditions of your insurance policy. Having home and contents insurance is great way to protect your valuables should the worst happen, however what many don’t know is that you can actually invalidate your insurance by making a few small mistakes, making you potentially vulnerable.

 

What can invalidate insurance policies?

There are a few ways in which you can invalidate your home insurance; here are the top 10 most common situations which could potentially leave you without your insurance cover:

  1. Leaving your home unoccupied for too long

A condition in most insurance policies is that your cover may be invalidated should the house in question be left unoccupied for 30 consecutive days (average), this is also known as the Vacancy Exclusion Clause.

Empty houses are more at risk, especially during bad weather, as would be burglars may have a lower chance of getting caught. This can increase your chances of becoming a target.

 

  1. Not making required repairs

If your house is not in good condition and you have not made necessary repairs that could effectively have knock on effects in the stability and security can invalidate your insurance.

As part of the terms and conditions of your insurance policy, you must keep your home and property maintained to a suitable standard, if not it could be investigated to determine if the condition of your home played a part in the situation that has created an issue.

 

  1. Not informing your insurance provider of any renovations

If you are planning any home renovations that will potentially add value to your home, you need to inform your insurance provider before the renovations start as this may change the terms of your insurance.

The price of your policy will be determined on a number of factors, so you’ll need to talk to your insurance in case it will change any factors in your insurance. For example, if you were adding an extension that would add value to your home but should something happen to your home the extension you have just built would not be insured.

Similarly if you carry out DIY work on your home and it goes wrong, you may not be able to claim. More insurance policies do not cover accidental damage, so be aware of your terms and conditions before starting anything.

 

  1. Not having the proper locks

Most insurance providers require a minimum requirement for locks to be a least British Standard, so ensure that if it is a requirement of your policy that they are up to standard!

 

  1. Not locking the doors and windows when you go out

This is one of the most common causes of policy invalidation. Even if you are just popping down to the shop, you need to lock all windows and doors. This is because most insurance providers won’t pay out if no forced entry is used to illegally gain access to your home.

 

  1. Not telling your insurance that you are renting out a room

You need to inform your insurance provider will changes that happen since taking out the policy, this includes renting out a room. As renting out a room is seen as a risk, you can invalidate your insurance if you do inform them and wish to make a claim.

 

  1. Hesitating to call 999

If the worst should happen you need to contact the police within 24 hours of finding the incident. The sooner the better. If you do not, it can be treated as suspicious and therefore have consequences onto your claim and policy.

 

  1. Not informing your provider about a minor incident

Should there be an incident but no damage or very little damage was made, you will need to tell your insurance. Even if you are not looking to claim you will need to tell them about it should it be relevant in the future.

 

  1. Using your home for business

Many home insurance policies do not cover business within the home, if you are running a business within your home ensure that your policy includes it or you might find a claim denied should you need to make one.

 

  1. Not using your burglar alarm

A burglar alarm is one of the best deterrents for avoiding intrusion and will often lower your insurance premiums. However, you need to be doing all possible to protect your home so not setting your burglar alarm when you have one can have knock on effects should the worst happen.

 

How to Avoid Invalidating Your Insurance Policies

 

Read the small print

Always read the terms and conditions of your insurance policy and what it covers or doesn’t cover. If you are ever unsure, always ask.

Check all doors and windows

Get into the habit of checking all your doors and windows before you leave, and also noting down if there is any visible damage on them.

Avoid leaving spare keys around

Under doormats, plant pots and rocks are the first place a burglar will look. Consider investing in a high quality key safe or leaving a key with a trusted neighbour or family member.

Activate burglar alarms

If you have it, use it. They can be your best defence against ill-wishers and will always add more security to your home.

Keep an inventory of your items

Keeping a detailed list of your valuables, with serial codes, pictures and descriptions to ensure that should you need to make a claim you can easily show what is missing and the value.

 

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How Not to Lose Your Keys in 2020

Losing your keys is one of the last things that you want to happen in everyday life; you might be locked out of your car, running late to an appointment or caught out in the rain, which undoubtedly, would have a negative impact on your day. However, there is a silver lining to this situation, as like most things it can be avoided through some nifty gadgets and helpful tips!

 

Can keys be tracked?

Most key fobs do not hold within them the technology to track them; however you can get some great gadgets that will allow you to track your keys. These devices can often be attached to your key ring and be activated and tracked through an app on your phone.

 

Is there an app to find lost keys?

Some tracking devices, such as the Amazon Tile work with an app on your phone that will allow you to locate the most recent location that your valuable has been pinpointed in and if in range will allow you to send a push to sound an alarm on the device attached to your valuable.

 

What is the best tracking device for keys?

Amazon Tile on Keys

Our top pick for a key finder device is the Amazon Tile.

This nifty gadget can attach to just about anything; your key ring, your backpack and even your purse! Using the smartphone app, you can locate any nearby valuable that you might have misplaced by the Tile Mate playing a loud tune to help you find it one prompted.

But what if your missing valuable is out of range? Have no fear, the Tile Mate tracked and pinpoints previous locations so you will be able to see where it was last pinpointed, but it doesn’t stop there. Through the extensive Tile community you can report an item missing on the app and if it is close to one of the over 5 Million Tile users can report its location to help you find it. Likewise, should you lose your phone, simply double tap the Tile button on any Tile device to make your phone ring, even on silent.

However, what is probably the best feature is that it is compatible with Alexa, so should you lose your keys down the back of the sofa, you can simple ask Alexa to find your keys activating the loud tune from your Tile device.

With 3 ways of securing your valuables, through adhesive dots; allowing even items such as your camera to be secure, the thread Tiles; which can threaded onto just about anything, or the slimline card version; allowing for it to be discreetly slid into your purse or wallet, whatever possession you would like secure there is a version that will fit you!

Buy the Essentials Combo on Amazon for £58.93, which includes 2x Adhesive Tiles, 1x Thread Tile and a Slimline Tile.

 

What is the best budget tracking device for keys?

TrackR Pixel key tracker on a set of keys

If you don’t want to spend quite as much for the Amazon Tile but still want all of the great features then the TrackR Pixel is a very agreeable second.

With many of the same features as the Amazon Tile with the added bonus of being able to see the last several places that were identified and not just the last one, giving you more options to search should you lose something out and about. Another great feature of this device is the light up LED alongside the activated sound; this means that you’ll be able to find your keys in a flash.

For the more than affordable price of £13.99 from Amazon, will provide you with 3 tracking devices in 3 different colours.

5 Top Tips on How Not to Lose your Keys

 

1. Give your Keys a Home

Setting aside a set place for your keys will help to stop misplacing them when at home. A bowl or a set of hooks on the wall are easy places that you can throw your keys on when you get home. So when you get that sudden rush of panic ‘where are my keys’, you know that you would have put them in their designated space and

However, do keep in mind this space should be kept away from any windows to avoid ‘key fishing’, from burglars who may notice them when walking by.

 

2. Make Them Glow

Specialist luminescent paint will make anything you paint glow in the dark! Try painting one of your own keys, so if you’re searching in the dark you can easily spot them, with the added benefit that you can easily identify them in the day as well.  

If you rent a property, make sure that you don’t paint a key that isn’t yours as your landlord might not take kindly to painting their key, in this case try painting a bike lock key or another item on your key ring.

 

3. Big, Bold Keyrings

Decorative keyrings can be your best friend as they can make your keys easier to find at the bottom of your bag or when searching around the house, but they also make them easily identifiable. If you were to lose your keys, you could speak to someone of authority in the area you have lost them. Talk to a police officer or a shop manager, and enquire as to whether a set of keys has been handed in. If they have you can easily describe and identify them as yours by the unique and bold key rings you have.

 

4. Carry them in Secure Pockets

The most common way that your keys are stolen is through open pockets and bags. An expert thief would be able to grab something from your pocket or bag without you knowing in seconds. To prevent this make sure you put your keys in a pocket that is closed by a popper or zip and keys that are in your bags should be in an internal zipped compartment. This will reduce your risk of losing your keys through pick-pocketing.

 

5. Invest in a Bluetooth Key Finder

Unfortunately we are all bound to lose our keys at one point or another, however by investing in one of the products we have listed or even another one you have found that’s right for you can save you stress and time.

These products can help you find your keys faster and with more ease than ever before, so if you did lose your keys you’d be thankful you invested in a finder.