The best security locks for sliding patio doors

Sliding patio doors offer the benefits of large windows with the functionality of a front door. Unfortunately, they are also the main target for thieves. Most sliding patio doors feature a single locking mechanism that is weak and easily opened with a tool, cut with a hacksaw or unlocked by pushing the panel. The doors can also be lifted from their lanes from the outside. But there are additional security measures that owners can follow to secure their patio doors.

Security bars

The safety bars will reinforce the lock of the sliding doors so that the doors can not be opened horizontally. These bars are a popular choice because they are effective and cheap, all you need is a wood or steel cylinder of the correct length. The safety bars, sometimes also called “charlie bars”, are placed in the lower channel of the door, between the end of the sliding glass doors and the sliding door. There is also another option for people concerned that thieves can find a way to detach the safety bar by methods such as drilling a small hole in the frame and pushing the bar out of the channel.

Auxiliary locks

There are several types of interior locks designed to reinforce the locks of the sliding doors. Most use a safety pin or bolt and are installed on the inside edge of the door rail. Many operate by pulling a pin or turning a lever. It is important, however, when considering auxiliary locks, to keep in mind that you should be able to leave the house quickly in case of an emergency, such as a fire. On the contrary, if your house has a swimming pool, consider a lock that is safe for children so that if they are alone they will not be able to open the door from the inside and access the pool. The locks that lock the door to its frame will prevent the door from opening horizontally or being lifted from its guides.