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Patio Door Security: Locks And Bars

No price can be too high when it comes to securing the safety of you and your loved ones. Although patio door security has no real benefit from a decorative perspective it’s of vital importance. Nearly 60 percent of all break-ins begin with entry through the back or patio door. This is an alarming statistic that every homeowner should bear in mind.

For the most part, homeowners use either patio door security bars or additional locks on their doors. Unless you live in an area with an above average crime rate, these two measure ought to be adequate in securing your patio door.

Patio door security bars are an effective method. The idea stems from a few years ago when homeowners placed a broomstick (or something similar) in the door runner to prevent the door from being opened from the outside. This quick fix ‘back in the day’ has evolved into a market that offers a variety of options up to the task of securing your patio door in a surprisingly fashionable way. Some very novel designs have recently found its way onto the market, which includes designs with installed alarm systems, permanent patio door fittings or elegant temporary designs.

All of this however should be viewed as secondary to your primary security measure. With this I mean installing some additional patio door security locks. Standard issue patio door locks tend to be flimsy and can break easily when enough pressure is applied.
With a wide range on the market homeowners can choose between locks that are highly visible (generally a good thing as far as security is concerned), models that have an effortless installation procedure, keyed or non-key locks and many other creative designs.

These two measures are the most popular with homeowners and by no means will break the bank, so if you are working on a tight budget, this is the way to go. If you want to take things a little further and live in an area with high burglary rates there are other options. Some homeowners install a security gate in front of their patio door or replace their normal glass patio doors with wire-embedded glass. This will prevent the glass in the door from breaking in case of the burglar attempting forced entry.

Evidently there are some extreme – and coinciding – expensive methods to secure your patio door. However, nine times out of ten, a sturdy patio door security lock and an additional security bar will do the trick.

Source by Johnathan Gerber

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