Apartment Safety: Sliding Door Security Tips

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Wherever you live, apartment safety should be a top priority, but when you have a sliding glass door, sliding door security should be at the top of that list. Here are some sliding door security tips to keep yourself, and your apartment safe.

New Locks

Some sliding doors simply lock with a lever, but others also have a keyed lock. If this is the case, when you move into an apartment, immediately see about having the lock changed out. Just as you would request a new form door lock, you should request a new sliding door lock.

A Secondary Lock

One lock, however, is not enough to keep out burglars and other intruders. Secondary locking systems are a great addition. Sliding door locks can be purchased at most hardware or home improvement stores, and are relatively simple to install. Some examples are the following:

  • Security Bolt. The security bolt lock is a deadbolt lock with key locking access.
  • Push Bolt Lock. The push bolt lock is installed at the base of your sliding door, and the bolt is pushed in to lock it in place. To open it, you step on it.
  • Finger Print Door Lock. If you want to get really fancy and high tech, you can have a finger print door lock installed. Only those with the right finger print can open the door.

A Security Bar

An added measure of apartment safety is a security bar for your sliding door. Security bars can be purchased at most hardware or home improvement stores. One type of security bar looks like a metal rod. One end of the rod gets screwed into the sliding door frame, and a small hook get screwed into the frame of the slider. The rod adjusts to fit the size of your slider, but it is really simple once installed. Simply fit the rod into the hook, and that’s it. With the security bar in place, the door will not be able to be opened.

An Alarm System

Alarm systems are a great way to keep buglers out of your apartment, and many of them have added features such as fire and medical alarms. Alarm companies are always running special deals, such as including 2 contact points in a basic alarm package. If that is the case, make one of those contact points the sliding door. When you have the alarm set, if the door is opened, it will cause the alarm to go off, notifying the alarm company and the police. You can also add a motion detector to the area by the sliding door (or another area of your apartment).

These apartment safety tips are to help you secure your sliding door, but you should also keep them in mind for your front door too. Make sure any door in your apartment with outside access has a deadbolt in addition to its regular lock. Also, an alarm system is always a good thing to have, both for sensibility and peace of mind.


Emily Gojko: I am a writer, marketer, and manager with a strong background in real estate development and management. I am also a native New Yorker with an obsession for home design shows, so I have personal and professional experience making the most of small spaces, and dealing with good and bad living situations.

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