Importance of Securing Your Sliding Glass Door

It doesn’t take long for a burglar to break into your home. Usually, all it takes is about 60 seconds. When someone’s home is broken into, it usually occurs in the back of the house or side. Breaking into a home from the front leaves an intruder too exposed. It isn’t unusual for everyone to lock their doors and windows but what we notice at Hemet Locksmith in Hemet, CA is that people often forget to lock their sliding doors that lead to their patios.

This is something that a burglar is banking on your doing. If you have a sliding door, you may be a prime target in your neighborhood. Every window and door of your home should be locked up but especially those areas that are not in clear sight of the public. Since your sliding glass door is so easy to compromise, it helps to always make sure the door is looked before you leave. Don’t overlook this door because it is likely that if someone breaks into your home, this will be one of the areas they will target.

Smart Keys

There is a reason why so many burglars will try to break into your home through the sliding glass door. If you want to know why this is the case, take a look at the reasons we have listed for you below:

Easy Entry

Most sliding doors only have one lock to keep them shut. This is why it is easy for a burglar to get the inside with just a screwdriver. Anyone, even an inexperienced burglar, can get through a sliding door if there isn’t another look on the door. The doors themselves are not always the sturdiest and this is why it is sometimes difficult to even add another lock. However, when you seek the services of an expert locksmith, they will be able to determine which type of locks will be most effective for sliding doors.

No Privacy

One of the appeals of having sliding glass doors is that you can let natural light into your home. While this may be an appealing feature to many homeowners, it can also be one of the things that leaves you susceptible to a home invasion. Since this is what makes this type of door appealing to some people, it stands to reason that they wouldn’t want to put any window coverings over it. However, without a tinted sliding door or some type of window coverings over the door, you lack the privacy needed in order to keep thieves from seeing what you have in your home.

You are putting yourself in danger of a home intrusion without concealing the things in your home from others. A burglar will be more prone to breaking into a home when they know what is inside. If they don’t know what’s inside, they may not take the chance of being caught. Expensive electronics make it worth it for many burglars. Don’t give them the advantage of knowing what’s in your home. If you have a sliding door, we encourage you to tint it or put something over it to keep others from peering inside.

They Are Quiet

It is often possible to hear a door when it is opening and closing, however, not when you have sliding doors. You might have hinges that need to be oiled that can be heard when the door is opened and closed. The door may slam shut and this can quickly alert you of an intrusion. A sliding door just glides easily over the track of the door and doesn’t make much noise, if any. Since the sliding door doesn’t make such noise, it is no reason why someone would target it as a point of entry into your home.

Solutions for Securing Your Sliding Door

Add reinforced lock

The first and most logical thing to do is add reinforced locks to your door. The latch and hook lock just doesn’t do much to keep out an intruder, if they are determined to get inside. It is simple to open a sliding door and this is why we recommend that you add another lock. Reinforce the lock with an auxiliary lock that can be opened from inside. This is one of the most effective solutions for securing your sliding door.

Install Home Alarm

If you have an existing home alarm, you should simply ask that the locksmith company add the sliding door to your home alarm system. This means that even when someone attempts to break into your home through the sliding door, you will quickly be alerted via your alarm system. Although this is a practical way to avoid a break-in through your sliding door, many homeowners fail to have the door connected to their security system. If you do not have a home security system, we strongly encourage you to invest in one. When you do, it goes without saying that you should make sure your sliding glass door is included in the systems access point alerts.

Commercial Grade Locks

You don’t only have to use commercial locks on a commercial business. You can also use commercial locks in your home. Using a commercial lock simply means that you are afforded a better lock. They are usually more durable than the standard locks used on home doors. There are a variety of commercial locks that can be used on your sliding glass door. Consult with your local locksmith in Hemet to find out which commercial locks are available to you.

These are just a few adjustments that can be made to increase your chances of avoiding a break-in through your sliding door. There are some other practical and inexpensive solutions that you can employ to help you avoid a break-in. Do something to make sure you’re able to keep your loved ones safe by contacting a reputable locksmith today. You’ will have peace-of-mind and keep by knowing that you’ve done all that you could to improve your homes level of security.

Run a DIY Home Security Assessment with These Tips

By Bryan Black

Conducting your own home security assessment to increase your security footprint is crucial in eliminating the one question you don’t want to be left asking yourself after a burglary. “What could I have done to prevent this?”

Fearing Crime

Fear, as Gavin de Becker explains it in his bestselling book, The Gift of Fear, is a survival signal that sounds in the presence of danger. His #1 rule is that the mere fact you fear crime, is evidence that it’s not actually occurring that very moment. Rule #2 is that what you fear is rarely what you think you fear, it’s what you link to fear.

In the case of crime, what we all really fear is being a victim of theft and the feeling it would leave us with to come home and see our sanctum sanctorum ransacked. True fear is a gift. The fear that a pompous neighbor might have told you they don’t have, or gone further in explaining they don’t have anything worth stealing, isn’t the same thing. That’s nothing more than complacency and complacency kills.

It causes people to leave their doors unlocked and garage doors open, sending a postcard to criminals that they’re open for business. A healthy amount of the right kind of fear is critical in thinking like a criminal and doing everything you can to make your home a harder target.

Perhaps you feel there really isn’t anything of value to you in your home, but how about your life? That may sound outlandish, but a burglary can happen just as easily when you’re home, as when you’re gone. I’m willing to bet there’s at least one person out there who would be devastated if you weren’t around any longer.

Let’s get to the real meat of this article, which is conducting your own home security assessment. What exactly is a home security assessment? It’s looking at your home through the eye of a burglar and identifying critical weaknesses that someone could exploit to gain entry into your home. It’s also looking at the interior of your home for what they’d take if they did gain entry; i.e. window shopping.

Home Security Assessment

Below, you’ll find a list that I’ve compiled from my years of researching home security and my lessons learned in applying these items to my own home. They’re tips and tricks that have evolved as I’ve learned more about lock picking and other devices that have helped me know what to select to make my home a harder target. Many of these may leave you with even more questions, so I’ve tried to add information and links to each item where I can for further reading and product research.

One last thing I’ll leave you with is to always remember, any security is just buying time. That statement is so important I’ll say it again. Security is just buying time. The results that will hopefully come from your home security assessment will only serve to slow down a determined criminal.

If a burglar truly wants into your home, there are only obstacles that can be placed in their way that make it more difficult. That, or hopefully cause them to give up and move on to a different house.

This isn’t to say that security measures don’t work, only that you should be realistic in your expectations. Slowing a criminal down is very important, the less time they have, the better the chance they’ll get caught or never make the attempt to begin with. Most burglaries take place in only 8-12 minutes.

Ok, last thing, I promise. Remember to think twice about entering your home if it looks like it’s been broken into, leaving the premises and calling the police might be the best thing to do first.

Know Your Neighborhood

  • Learn your neighborhood by walking the streets. Through this, you’ll start to learn the baseline, or what commonly occurs around you. Changes in the baseline are the first indication that something isn’t right.
  • When you leave your home, be observant and maintain your situational awareness. Look around for anything and anyone moving towards you as you get into your vehicle or drive away from your house.
  • Before leaving your house, or even before pulling back in when returning, look around for anything that’s out of the ordinary or that’s changed in the baseline. If you see something, say something. All Police Departments have a non-emergency number to report suspicious activities. Look it up and put the number into your phone.
  • Meet your neighbors! This may be counter to your thinking and feel that the less people know about you the better, but there’s tremendous value in knowing all your immediate neighbors. They’ll be the first people to notice if something isn’t right at your home, provided they know what to look for.
  • Developing a relationship with your neighbors can be mutually beneficial when you leave town. They can pick up any leaflets on your door, or unscheduled newspapers left in your yard and you can offer the same to them.
  • During snowy season, having a fresh set of tire tracks in your driveway, or footprints on the sidewalk are important to give the appearance of an active home. Enlist the help of a neighbor if you won’t be home to do this.
  • Check to see if your neighborhood uses Nextdoor, a private social network for neighborhoods. It can be a great way to stay in touch with neighbors and keep up with what’s going on around your neighborhood. If your neighborhood doesn’t use it, you can take the lead and start it up!
  • If you go out of town, put a hold on your mail with the USPS. It’s free and you can schedule the date for it to resume and your held mail to be re-delivered all at once.

Read more: Run a DIY Home Security Assessment with These Tips

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