Sliding doors are constructed with an almost minimal simplicity. They slide along a pair of tracks made of metal or vinyl – or even wood. The doors usually are outfitted with side rollers to make them move with more ease. Since the doors are usually only built with a latch lock, it’s essential that you have other layers of security in order to discourage any burglars.
Block the Tracks
This safety method calls for a bar to be inserted into the door tracks in order to prevent the door from being opened. This works great for doors that open horizontally. These bars can be made of wood, metal, or even plastic. This is a great on the spot method to make your sliding door more secure. All the necessary materials can be found at hardware stores and easily modified to fit your specific door. You want to make sure that the door isn’t too short because if a criminal has just that slight bit of extra room they will have a much easier time breaking in. One way of making sure the space is filled is by measuring the area between the bar and the door and adjusting the bar accordingly – as well as painting whatever material the bar is made of to match the exact color of the doorframe – this will work as an effective confusing deterrent for burglars – especially at night, and will prevent them from noticing the bar, much less removing it.
This isn’t a common method but it definitely works to prevent entry from some of the more determined or desperate criminals that would resort to breaking down the glass of the door in order to enter. There’s a few options for protective films that will cover the existing glass on your door. Some of them are tinted to prevent anyone from being able to peer into your home while not obscuring your view from inside the house – these films are built to resist high amounts of pressure, providing protection from not just crime, but also hurricane and storm winds. It’s a fantastic addition to your home because it provides true 100% peace of mind.
Chain ‘Em Up!
This method is ideal for double sliding doors that open up at the middle to slide horizontally away from each-other, but can absolutely work with single sliding doors as well. This method involves using a chain to link together the handles of the doors – if it’s a double sliding door then it’s best to use a tight and short chain through each handle and lock them up together. This prevents anybody who might be trying to get in from outside from parting the doors, and provides you a totally new layer of security. If you have a door that only opens to one side with only one handle, it’s ideal to drill a handle in the side wall closest to the door so you can use the method I just described. You don’t necessarily have to use a chain link, you could use a common bike lock – just make sure to choose a quality product that won’t come apart with a little criminal elbow grease.
Get an additional protective Plate
One common entry method criminals resort to when breaking through sliding doors is lifting the doors off of their tracks and moving them above any blocking material. This is a sign of a determined (not to mention strong) burglar who may resort to brute strength or even advanced techniques to get inside your home. A worthwhile investment is an anti-jimmy door plate; they can be used on normal doors and easily customized for sliding glass doors. One can even improvise them – simply screw a strip of wood into the door’s cavity along the upper tracks. Just as when you use a bar to block the lower tracks, ensure that the length of the plate that you are inserting is large enough to prevent the door from being able to get lifted out of it’s tracks, but small enough to allow for your own easy access when you’re going in or out.