How To Make My New Mail Slot Burglar Proof?

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Q: Hi, Apartment Therapy! My soon-to-be husband and I are moving into a new (rented) rowhouse in Baltimore next month. About a week after we move in, we're leaving for three weeks for our wedding and honeymoon, and I'm nervous about keeping the new place secure while we're gone.

I'm really not pleased with the mail slot halfway up our front door. I can easily see someone reaching in with some tool and unlocking the door. Replacing the door is not an option.

My best idea to prevent this has been to buy a backless wall-mount mailbox with a locking lid and mount it on the inside of the door over the slot, but I can't find one! Do you know of such a product, or an alternative solution? The door opens right onto the living room so it has to look cute, but we're both in grad school so it's also got to be cheap.

We're planning to install a security system, but there may not be time before we leave.

Thanks!

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.