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How to Secure your Sliding Door

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Sliding doors offer an airy, open feel to your home and create a natural flow between the inside and outside. It can also invite burglars in if the door isn't secured properly.

It is simple to secure your sliding door and it can make all the difference. Whether your home has a sliding glass door or a traditional wood door, there are plenty of ways to secure it and keep out intruders.

Dowels for Sliding Doors

The dowel is an inexpensive and simple way to secure a sliding door. Cut one to size and slide it into the track between the jamb of your door and your sliding panel. The dowel stops the door sliding off track and leaving your house when you're away.

Using a Sliding Door Safety Bar

A simple, cost-effective solution to secure a sliding door is by installing a security bar in the track. This bar braces itself against the door. This will prevent thieves from lifting the door out of the frame with a crowbar or breaking the glass by using a hammer.

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Other sliding door safety options

For a permanent solution, install a door lock requiring a password or key. These locks are extremely secure and help keep your door from being stolen.

These locks can be purchased at any hardware store, or even online. Installation is simple. They bolt directly onto your metal framework. A pin-style mechanism locks into the baseplate of the frame.

These locks can be added to any sliding glass door. They're also extremely durable. These locks are not only strong, but will also keep intruders out of your house and protect your possessions.

Install door sensors as part of your home security system

A good home security system will have door sensors that notify you if a burglar attempts to break into your house. These sensors will sound an alarm or send a notification to your phone when they sense a door that's been opened.

If your sliding door is made of glass, you can also apply shatterproof film to keep burglars out while maintaining your cherished views. This type of film can be installed either on a French or sliding door.

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Sliding Door Safety: A Wooden Stick

You can also prevent anyone from entering your home by placing a wooden rod in the track. Measure your sliding door carefully and make sure the stick is securely placed on the track.

Other sliding door safety measures include a jimmy-plate that is placed over the sliding glass door frame. This plate prevents people from trying pry open your door or lifting it off its track. The jimmy plates are very inexpensive and available at most hardware shops.


What is the number 1 home security system?

Ring Video Doorbell Pro has been voted the best home security system. You can speak with anyone, anywhere and at any time using your smartphone. You can also take video footage and share it by text message or via email with family and friends.

Do motion sensors come with alarms?

There have been motion sensor alarm systems for decades. They have grown in popularity due to increasing burglaries and thefts. The problem with these devices is that they are often too expensive, and they don't work well when placed inside cabinets. But if you want your home to be protected from intruders, a motion detector alarm system is worth looking at.

What are the differences between home security systems?

Consider the threats in your neighborhood. You might consider installing an alarm system that sounds when someone enters your house. You may not require as much security if your home is in a rural area with few burglaries.

You also need to consider whether or not you're willing pay more for these extra features. Some systems come with built-in cameras while others don’t. Some systems let you remotely monitor your house, while others require you being physically present to view the footage.


  • (In my experience, the discount on my home insurance covered about 25 percent of the subscription of an average plan, but your mileage may vary depending on your location and the size of your home.) (theverge.com)
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  • Depending on your insurance, 24/7 professional monitoring may qualify you for as much as 15% off your premium. (safewise.com)

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How To

How to test a security system at home

How to test your Home Security System

First, install alarm monitoring software. The latest version should be downloaded from the manufacturer's web site. Next, register your phone number so that monitoring center calls are routed directly to it. If you don't know what to do, contact your local provider for help. After everything is set up correctly, it's time to begin testing.

There are two main ways to test your system. The first method is to use an empty device. This is a fake device, which appears just like the real thing. Although it has all the same features of the real thing, it doesn't actually function. The sound it makes when it turns on is identical to the real thing, if it was functioning properly. There are downsides to using a dummy gadget. First, it won’t give you any insight into the functionality of your system. People who see it sat around might find it suspicious. Third, it might be stolen and cause trouble.

The second option is to test the system manually. You will need to go through your entire system and verify that everything is working properly. You would check, for example, whether the motion sensors are working, the cameras are recording properly, and if the door locks work. Make sure that you test all of these things at least once per week. Once everything has been thoroughly tested, you can feel confident your system is functioning well.


How to Secure your Sliding Door