Lock Challenges and Solutions for Sliding Glass Doors

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Lock Challenges and Solutions for Sliding Glass Doors

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in Locksmith

Lock Challenges and Solutions for Sliding Glass Doors

Lock Challenges and Solutions for Sliding Glass Doors

While security can be difficult with several types of doors, one of the most challenging is the sliding glass door. In fact, of all doors breached by home intruders, this door is the most common. Therefore, if you have a sliding glass door, you should talk to a reputable locksmith about making appropriate changes to keep your home safe.

Sliding glass doors are found in many homes throughout the country, especially on the back of the house and in ranch layouts. The problem is that these doors can be easily compromised. For example, a sliding glass door can be broken as well as lifted off the tracks without much effort.

In addition to having a really good lock on your sliding glass door, you want to get what is referred to as a “Charlie bar.” This metal bar is extendable and designed to prevent a burglar from opening to door to get inside. In addition, with a Charlie bar, an intruder cannot use a screwdriver or pry bar to break the lock or force the door open.

Another consideration is a glass break alarm. This can be a standalone system or one associated with a home security system. In either case, if the glass in the door were broken, an audible alarm would sound notifying you and scaring the criminal away. A locksmith can install new locks, as well as a Charlie bar and glass break detection system.

Lock Options

Most sliding glass doors come with a standard lock that will do nothing to deter criminal activity. Typically, these locks are extremely flimsy, making it easy to break or snap them off with little pressure. Therefore, it would be worthwhile to have a second lock installed.

  • Double Bolt Sliding Glass Door Lock

    – With a lock such as this, your sliding glass door becomes a high-security door. The lock is affordably priced, engineered from high-grade metal, and guaranteed to provide outstanding protection. Because there are different brands available, you may want to ask a locksmith for recommendations.

  • Pin Lock

    – Another possibility for your sliding glass door is the pin lock. With this, the door cannot be lifted off the tracks. Since this is one of the primary ways that intruders breach a door of this type, the pin lock is an exceptional solution. These locks are also affordable and can be installed as a do-it-yourself project or by a licensed locksmith.

 

By implementing all of the above, your sliding glass door will be much better protected. However, locksmiths suggest that you think about other security measures as well. As an example, ensure there is good lighting, keep bushes and shrubs trimmed, and consider a surveillance camera. Most of these cameras are affordable, but if one is not in the budget, sometimes a dummy camera will be enough to scare possible intruders away.

 

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