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You think a lot about ways to keep your family and property safe, but there are so many little things that need to be secured. If your home has sliding glass doors, you may not know how to secure them properly. Read on for steps on how to get your sliding glass doors completely secure.
Know The Risks
While sliding glass doors and windows provide your home with a lot of light, without the right coverage, thieves can see right into your home and view all of your belongings. Visibility is one of the most apparent security risks with sliding glass doors.
The other fundamental risk is that these doors can slide off the track. If you’re unaware of it, it can be an easy way for criminals to get right into your home. Keep in mind that the locks on your sliding glass door may not be as secure as a traditional deadbolt lock that you have on your door.
A dowel rod is one of the easiest ways to secure your sliding glass door. This rod fits in the track of the sliding door to prevent the door from sliding at all. To make this fix efficient, you’ll need to measure the track and get a dowel that’s the perfect size to fit in the track. You also should ensure that the rod is thick enough.
Sensor alarms also exist that help you to identify when the door is open. An alar like this deters thieves and even alerts you as to when the door is being opened. This feature can be helpful if you have young children as well.
Another security option for your sliding glass door is to install more heavy duty locks. Typical locks on sliding glass doors have latches that are shaped like a hook connecting to the door frame. These latches can be easily forced open. There are double bolted locks that allow for a more secure door. These locks can be a great addition to security along with the dowel rod since the locks are harder to break.
Check Your Door
Although it sounds painfully obvious, checking that your sliding glass door is locked every night before you head to bed will be an extra layer of security for your home. Make sure that the dowel rod is in place and any alarms that you have are set. Diligence is one of the best forms of security that you can have. It’s also vital that your door is functioning properly. Any problems that exist with the door should be addressed promptly.
- Be security conscious. Even if you live in what you consider to be a safe neighborhood, all it takes is one incident to rob you of your sense of security -- not to mention any valuables that might be lying around. While there are a handful of small, close-knit communities out there where folks feel comfortable leaving their doors unlocked, it's still better to exercise a little caution. Unless you can depend on your neighbors to keep a close eye on your house when you're not at home, locking doors and windows before you leave is a smart safety practice.
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We all want our homes to be secure, but do we really take the steps that are necessary to make security a priority in our homes? Between home security and neighborhood security, you’ll want to do whatever you can to keep both your home and your neighborhood safe. Below, you’ll find some tips to help you select and maintain a safe home an neighborhood. From the moment you move into a new home, you should have your eyes peeled for ways to make your home and neighborhood a safer place to live. Some often overlooked parts of home security are:
- Door locks
- alarm systems
- Smoke detectors
- Neighborhood visibility
- Window locks
- Home entrances and exits
Make Safety A Part Of Your Search Criteria
If you do research before you even buy a home, you can avoid living in an area where you will regret moving to. There are plenty of online resources to help you see where crime is prevalent as opposed to where safer neighborhoods are. Doing this research can be extremely valuable to your home search. Some search engines even provide a certain amount of data that’s available by street as to when and where incidents have happened. Although you may not want to get that detailed, you can use the data you find to help you in your home search. A neighborhood with a large number of incidents may not be where you want to start your home search.
Find The Holes In Your Home’s Security
Once you close on a home, one of the first things that you should do is asses the security inside the home. This means changing the locks, checking the windows, looking for entrances such as a basement door, and more. Check the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors as well. This can really help to ensure that your new space is safe in a few simple steps. To get more heavily into security, install a security system. You can get a system that’s professionally monitored or a simple home alarm to ward off thieves.
Get To Know The Neighbors
If you take the time to get to know your neighbors, your neighborhood is more likely to be secure. If you are acquainted with the people next door, they’re apt to keep an eye out on your property and vice versa. You may even want to get involved or begin a neighborhood watch program to help keep the neighborhood safe.
The key to home and neighborhood security is vigilance. The more observant you are, the better chances you have of preventing crime from striking your area.
It sounds surprising, but as it is with bodily crimes, burglaries are often conducted by people who live near you. Another surprising home invasion statistic is that many burglaries happen during the daytime, the very time when many people are away from home. All it takes is 10 minutes for a burglar to get in and out of a house, running away with several hundred dollars worth of your electronics, jewelry and other goods.
The layout of your home is key when making home security considerations
Effective home security systems, home security products that are hidden and in plain sight, can help deter would be home invaders. But, before you buy home safety products, you need to make important home security considerations, thinking about items like:
- Where all door entryways are in your house
- Whether or not you have a pet door (and if you do have a pet door if you really need the door)
- Location for all of your windows (and if your windows open from the inside, outside or both)
- Potential ways to enter your home from the top and bottom of your house (for example, could someone enter your house through the attic or the basement)
- Distance between your house and nearby roadways, wooded areas and other properties
- How close trees and bushes are to your house and whether trees and bushes could serve as hiding spots
Your patterns play a role in home safety
Before you contact a home security company, also think about you and your family's patterns. Your patterns are important, because several home invasions occur while someone is in the house. Thinking that your presence might stop someone from forcing his way inside your home could cause you to become careless.
You might leave a window on the second floor up while you're working in the basement or cooking in the kitchen. Or you might leave the front door open while you vacuum, dust furniture or put groceries away. This could be just enough time for a burglar to invade your home, grab valuables and exit.
Home safety products that you install yourself, the types of home safety products that are sold at house goods stores, tend to be less expensive. You can install these products and forego monthly security fees. If you take this route, consider going with products that are wireless, send text or email alerts and allow you to see inside your home while you're away.
It's also a good idea to install home security products that put you in contact with first responders like the police and fire department within seconds. Make sure that there is a back-up option should the security system shut down during a power outage.
Above all, make sure that you install the system properly. If you get home security through an established home safety company, try to avoid long term contracts. Ask company representatives if the products go off when pets enter certain areas after the alarm system has been turned on. And teach everyone in your house to turn the alarm system on even if they are in the house.