If you're thinking about beefing up the security of your home, a good place to start is with the doors. The majority of home break-ins in the U.S. occur through doors. One of the best ways to make your doors more security is simply to ensure that they're locked at all times -- a staggering 30 percent of home break-ins take place because the burglar has entered the home through an unlocked door or window. Even when it's closed, your patio door can be a potential vulnerable spot in your home. Here are three simple and effective ways to reduce the risk of a burglar entering your home through this door.
Keep Your Drapes Closed
It might sound simple, but keeping your drapes closed over the patio door is a highly effective way to reduce the risk of a home break-in. A potential burglar can make his or her way into your yard and observe the inside of your home through the patio door. The thief can quickly see high-value items in close proximity, such as a TV, and easily evaluate whether someone is in the home. By keeping the drapes closed when you're home and when you're out, prowlers will not be able to see your possessions or know if anyone is standing in the room.
Invest In A Security Bar
A security bar is an ideal way to improve the security of your patio door. These bars are designed to be positioned between the frame of the patio door and the side of the door that slides open. When it's in place, it will prevent a burglar from opening the door when it's unlocked and picking the locking mechanism and sliding open the door even when it has been locked. If you don't wish to invest in a proper security bar, even a length of dowel or wood can serve a similar purpose.
Apply A Protective Film On The Glass
While a security bar will discourage a thief who wishes to make a subtle entrance into your home through the patio door, the reality is that someone could break the glass to gain entrance. You can eliminate this risk by applying a clear protective film directly onto the patio door's glass. This film is virtually undetectable and provides considerable strength; someone could hit the door's glass repeatedly with a hammer without the glass breaking to allow entrance into your home (see this site for information).