How To Secure Interior And Exterior Sliding Doors
The facts are startling: it takes less than a minute for an experienced thief to break into your home. Canada experienced nearly 2 million property crimes in 2015, so now is an excellent time to review your home's security plan.
Homes with interior sliding doors that lead to exterior areas are often the vulnerable to break-ins. Homeowners often leave them open or unsecured, so let's take a look at common weaknesses related to these door types and what you can do to address them.
Sliding Doors Locks
Most interior sliding glass doors have very simple locks or latches, making it easy for burglars to jiggle the handle a bit and break in successfully. If you have one, you can improve yours with an easy fix. Some sliding doors, including barn doors, can be secured with a hook or bar mechanism installed in the wall — however we do caution that if you have to have these, you keep them on the interior of your home. Other methods include getting a heavy-duty lock at the top or bottom of your sliding glass door to keep thieves out and your family safe. With a secured bar or heavy-duty lock, at the point, the only way to get around it would be to break the glass, and thieves generally want to avoid that because of the excessive noise it makes.
Whether exterior sliding glass doors are installed in the back or on the side of a home, they're typically somewhat concealed from the street, allowing a would-be burglar to slip through unnoticed, both by the homeowner or a neighbor who happens to be outside.
One good solution is to install an audible door alarm that lets you know when the door has been breached. If you’re worried about it occurring in the daytime, or while you’re away on vacation, perhaps consider of video monitoring, specifically around that door and other vulnerable points around your house.
Large Glass Sliding Doors
Exterior and interior sliding glass doors are essentially huge windows into your home, offering a view of valuable possessions and expensive electronic equipment.
Consider installing window film, which can let light in, while obscuring details from the outside. Most quality brands are easy to apply and leave no residue on the glass when removed. Additionally, if you are worried that a burglar will take their chances and break you glass strengthening film is an excellent solution to this problem. It makes the glass much more difficult to shatter.
When you take the time to protect your interior sliding glass doors, you can help make sure your possessions and family members remain safe.