Ocean Twp Burglar Enters Homes Through Sliding Glass Doors – Here’s How To Prevent It
Warm weather is here in NJ, (finally), and along with that comes BBQs, beach days and backyard activities. It’s a great time of the year, but there are added security precautions that come along with the season, especially at the Jersey Shore…where many people regularly leave their homes vacant during the day while out enjoying the summer.
As we’ve blogged about previously, if you have a backyard or a deck that can be accessed through a sliding glass door, your home is especially vulnerable to burglary. Sliding glass doors are typically located in the back of a home, and 22 percent of burglars enter a home from the back, according to The Chicago Tribune. Because many Jersey Shore residents have a sliding glass door as their default back door, this leaves them more vulnerable to burglary.
For example, according to the Asbury Park Press, police recently charged a thief with four counts of burglary after he stole from four separate Ocean Township homes, attacking them from the sliding doors in the back of the house. In one instance, he broke into a Roseld Ave. home through a sliding glass back door and stole a 46-inch television. All in all, police say he made off with 10 televisions, five clock radios, a DVR player, an electric guitar, three computers, two video game consoles, two Bose speakers and a good amount of cash.
Obviously it’s unfortunate that the victims were targeted, but there are valuable lessons to be learned from these incidents.
First, lets look at why burglars like to target homes with sliding glass doors. The first reason being that most sliding glass door locks are easy to pick, as they are only equipped with one form of a lock, and most professional burglars can get around that pretty easily.The Orlando Sentinel reports that many burglars have been known to pick standard sliding glass door locks with a flat-head screwdriver.
The second reason why burglars like sliding glass doors is because they open relatively silently, making it safer than attempting to open a wooden door that’s on hinges and could make noise.
Lastly, burglars prefer homes with sliding glass doors because the doors essentially act as giant windows into your home, and they can case your possessions and line up what they want to take, even before entering the home.
Professional security companies can wire your sliding glass door to your home security system, and Supreme can install glass break sensors on sliding glass doors if a burglar does decide to shatter the glass. Wiring the security alarm system to your sliding glass door should be the first step in securing the sliding door, but here are some practical ways to increase your security and deter criminals from targeting your home.
Test Out Your Lock
Most sliding glass doors will have a lock on the inside of the door near the handle. As a precautionary security measure, lock your sliding glass door and firmly attempt to open it from the outside. If it doesn’t budge at all, you’re good to go. However, if you notice a slight give or if you can visibly see the door open, it’s time to fix your lock. Consider hiring a professional to bolster both your lock and your door frame.
Install a Slide-Locking Bar
While this may sound like a technically challenging installment, it’s actually very simple. You may even be able to find a metal bar or slab or wood in your garage that fits into the sliding door’s track on the inside of your home. After you lock the door for the night, simply slide the block into the track. This will further keep the door from being opened if someone does try to pick the lock. While the alarm will still sound, it can’t hurt to even further protect the point of entry.
Maintain The Tracks
Many of us have seen what happens when the tracks on a sliding door becomes jammed or broken. The door no longer slides fluidly, but in a stop-and-go motion that can cause it to completely fall off the tracks. This is very dangerous, not only because there is a risk for injury, but because it compromises the security of a home. If a burglar can easily get your door off of its tracks, he or she could easily gain access to your home. Clean the tracks of your sliding glass door from time to time in order to prevent this from happening.
Just because you have a sliding glass door doesn’t mean your home has to be vulnerable to burglary. By trusting the professionals at Supreme and following the practical tips above, your Jersey Shore home should stay safe this summer.