How to Make a Sliding Door Security Bar
Door Security Bars
that you can’t turn on the news without hearing of
another home break in. It really doesn’t matter if
you live in a house or an apartment in a major
metropolitan area or in a rural area, there seems
to be no escaping the surge of home invasions.
A little bit of prevention can go a long way in
securing your families safety and home security.
Unfortunately in many of these home invasions by
uninvited guests, the intruder just simply walks
into the home through unlocked doors. As the
economy worsens what were honest law abiding people
have had to turn to a life of petty crime to
As homeowners become more aware of the threat to
home invasions they are seeking ways to make their
home more secure. Sliding glass doors are probably
the easiest break in point in any home. The locks
on sliding doors are simple latch locks that can be
easily broken with a common tool called a flat bar.
The intruder simply insets the end of the flat bar
between the outside door casing and the door and
pries the door open by breaking the locking
mechanism. It only takes a few moments for an
intruder to break into a home through a sliding
As a result the door is damaged and the intruder
has full access to your home. To make matters worse
sliding doors are usually located on the back of
the home providing access from a deck or patio area
where neighbors are less likely to see them.
can prevent home break-ins through sliding door is
by simply installing a security bar anytime you are
not home at night. The most commonly used bar is an
old stick that does absolutely nothing for your
homes décor. Not only are these sticks unattractive
they are often difficult to remove because they
fall in the track area of the door. As a result
homeowners are reluctant to use them.
I designed a safety bar that is easy to install and
when removed it can sit on the floor next to the
door without being an eye sore. The safety bar is
made from two pieces of wood that are cut to fit
the space behind the slider. The pieces are
fastened together with nails or screws and painted
to match the interior paint scheme of the room. A
handle is attached to the top to make it easy to
lift out and install.
With the bar installed there is no way the door can
be opened. It also protects the lock from being
broken because the door cannot move. The worst case
is that the outside door trim may be marred from an
attempt to break in.
If you have sliding doors and
you are concerned about break-ins during the night
or when you are not home, I recommend that you make
a sliding door security bar similar to the one in
the picture and use it anytime you are not home and
at night time.
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