hat hBurglars love sliding glass doors.


They’re one of the easiest ways to enter a home, and they normally reside in the back or side, hidden away from the traffic of busy streets and most neighbors.

It takes less than one minute for an experienced burglar to break into a home, and according to this study, nearly eight million property crimes in the United States in 2015.


Most built-in sliding door locks are really more like simple latches, and would-be burglars can easily bypass them just by jiggling and manipulating the door a little bit. 

Inbuilt latches are weak and on most sliding doors, so adding an extra lock is a good way to reinforce security. Sliding glass doors are essentially large windows into your home, and they give burglars a perfect view of electronics, art, and other valuables.


They’re beautiful. They provide a great focal point for any room, but they don’t offer the greatest security, facts are facts. If a thief really wants to get in, breaking the glass panels or pushing the doors off their tracks isn’t that hard to do.

Wooden Dowels


If you are looking for a quick fix, then a wooden dowel is a pretty easy solution. This prevents passer-by or potential burglars from jiggling the handle to access your home.

This can also be prevented with crowbars. All exterior doors need to be solid, kick proof, ‘jiggle’ proof (for lack of a better term), and a secure lock is needed!

If you are considering added security to your sliding glass doors, consider a solid-wood option, or solid-wood core. Fiberglass and metal work well, too. If you’re choosing metal, make sure it has interior reinforcement lock block.


Watch out for Landscaping

Didn’t see this one coming, did you? A beautifully landscaped front yard is a dream for many homeowners, but it belongs nowhere near your doors! Never plant shrubs, brush, trees, bushes, etc., too close to your doors or windows.

Potential burglars can hide and take cover in this brush, hiding out until they are ready to strike. Be careful!

Desert Locksmiths has been taking care of Reno’s lock and key needs for more than thirty years. We’ve heard the stories, repaired the broken locks, and got the keys from running cars, trust a team that works for you and the community.