Every time I rekey a house, I ask the client(s) if they would like me to do a free run through of the entire house to check the security. As we go along, I point out and explain to them how certain areas could be improved upon and made safer. I have noticed that one of the most common security issues in people’s homes are their horizontally sliding glass windows and doors. Unfortunately, the average burglar knows how easy it is to pop these out by wedging a screw driver underneath the sliding door or window, propping it up into the frame, and then pushing the whole thing in. The locks that come with your door or window are flimsy and will not actually stop a burglar from doing this.
However, a great deal of people don’t realize this, so they don’t take any steps to prevent it. I’m happy to tell you that there is an extremely simple fix to this common security problem. All you need is a small piece of hardware called a jimmy plate installed at the top of your door or window that will prevent it from being lifted up into the frame and popped out. You can purchase these from the manufacturer of most sliding windows and doors. It is a simple step that will greatly reduce the risk of a break in, so I suggest you take it!