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Most sliding doors come with just one lock that can be easily unlocked with a screwdriver, especially for a professional burglar.
Because they slide back and forth on a track instead of opening and closing on a hinge, sliding glass doors are generally quiet and can’t be slammed shut. Intruders can use this to their advantage. Kicking in doors or breaking windows is noisy and can draw attention. A burglar can get into a locked sliding glass door by either picking a lock or lifting it off its tracks, both fast and virtually silent ways to break in.
Many people like sliding glass doors because they act as huge windows, allowing plenty of natural light into the home. But this is also one of this type of door’s biggest downfalls. Leaving your blinds open or sliding doors uncovered altogether, which burglars refer to as “advertising,” lets intruders take a quick inventory of your home before even stepping inside.
The goal of a burglar is to get in and out of your home in as little time as possible and with as little noise as possible. Although sliding glass doors do have vulnerabilities, a few simple precautions can help keep burglars out.
By simply installing reinforced locks, making use of blinds and curtains or installing an Xpanda sliding security door, you can enjoy the openness of your sliding door whilst feeling safe at the same time.
Xpanda has been manufacturing custom sliding security doors since 1974. Sometimes referred to as a ‘trellis door”, these security barriers are manufactured to the highest standard, and like all Xpanda products, are recommended by the police and the insurance industry as key to keeping criminals behind bars.