Sliding Patio Doors
Sliding Glass Doors
are a common point of entry, to help secure your sliding glass door:
- If your sliding glass door opens on the outside of the frame, install anti-lift guards (small L-shaped brackets) in the frame above and below the closed sliding patio door to prevent the door from being lifted out of the frame.
- If your sliding glass door opens on the outside, Install a patio locking bar at waist level to prevent prying (see photo below). Patio locking bars are available at all home hardware stores.
- If your door opens on the inside of the frame, install a wooden stick in the bottom of the frame to prevent prying.
- When installing additional locks on your sliding door, ensure the locks do not prevent you and your family from exiting your home quickly in the event of an emergency.
- Do not install additional locks on your sliding door that require a key to unlock the door. Locks with keys may be difficult to use in an emergency.
- Ensure your family members know how to properly use the locks on your patio doors and practice using them! Make this part of your home evacuation plan.
- Always lock your patio doors at night and when not using them.