Having an effective retail security strategy has never been so crucial. With many commercial landlords managing vacant properties or pending new tenants, keeping those premises safe, secure and sound is vital.
Most retail security includes locks on doors, shutters on windows, perhaps alarms and key code entry to ensure opportunist criminals cannot easily gain access. However, minor entrance points are so often disregarded and can be the downfall of an otherwise comprehensive protection system.
Letterboxes present direct access to the interior of a retail unit, with recent incidents at unprotected properties including:
- Water ingress – causing damage to flooring and warping of doors.
- Arson – fireworks through letterboxes is a considerable fire hazard.
- Vandalism – waste materials posted into an empty unit can create hazardous waste, attracting insects and contaminants.
- Theft – where entrance ways are not secured, criminals may work past locks and doors to gain entry.
Commercial letterboxes can also pose other risks, with customers potentially returning items or marketing mail building up, preventing authorised personnel from entering the building, and exacerbating fire risk.
Flames and smoke damage are primary threats to an empty unit, with smoke damage and ash that often do not prove viable to repair.
Therefore, letterbox security may be a relatively quick and simple job – but should never be overlooked in a comprehensive retail security plan.