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Why burglars prefer sliding doors

Is your sliding door the weak link in your home security? Making your sliding doors secure is a must. Here’s why.

Sliding doors are common in Perth as they let in more natural light and ventilation than a traditional hinged door. Unfortunately, a sliding door can also be the easiest way for a burglar to enter your home.

  • Sliding glass doors use latches, not locks which can break easily.
  • Sliding doors can be easily lifted off their tracks – which doesn’t even require any tools.
  • Sliding doors also tend to be hidden from view at the side or back of a home, which is the perfect place for a burglar to break in unseen.
  • The wider expanse of glass in a sliding door can easily be broken.

There are things you can do to reduce your risk of a break in:

  • Cut back trees and bushes that may give an intruder cover from the street or your neighbours.
  • Make sure that your sliding door catch is working properly.
  • Add a security screen to your sliding door. This will provide extra security and provide a visual deterrent for any would-be burglars.

Your local security screens experts will be able to discuss your needs and suggest the perfect solution for your home and your budget.



Increase your home security and lower your insurance premium

Adding security doors and window screens to your home not only provides peace-of-mind, but can also save you money! If your home is harder to access, your insurance company could see your property as lower risk and you won’t have to pay as much to protect your property.

When taking out insurance, insurers ask a list of questions to determine the likelihood that you will make a claim. The less likely a customer is to make a claim, the lower the insurance premium will be.

Installing security doors and screens puts an extra layer of security between you and any would-be burglars and they will be a big deterrent to thieves from targeting your home. Insurance companies love it when their customers do this and could reduce your premium by up to 15%.

Here are 4 things to remember when securing your home:

  • There are many different ways a burglar can get into your house if they really want to. However, it is estimated that more than 30% of burglars enter through the front door.
  • Burglars love an easy target. Security doors and screens which meet Australian Standards are designed with indestructability in mind. Burglars hate them!
  • Security screens in your home act as a direct, physical barrier from intruders. A high-quality security screen door or window can prevent intruders from jimmying open or dismantling doors, breaking windows or picking locks.
  • Always make sure that your security screen doors meet Australian Standards for both the doors and screens, and installation. This specifies a minimum standard that security screens, doors and installation must meet.


Know the security screens difference

A security door must have three hinges and a 3-point lock. When looking for a security door, make sure it has both these features, otherwise the door you purchase won’t meet Australian security standards.



Sleep easy

Because of their woven stainless or perforated mesh finish, security screens add an extra layer of security without blocking air flow. This means you can sleep easier and more comfortably on those hot summer nights by letting the cooler night air into your home, without compromising your security.



Professional installation

You might think it's a good idea to install your own security doors or screens, but it isn't! To do their job properly, high-quality and expert installation is just as important as the doors and screens themselves. Security doors installed to Australian Standards will ensure that they keep you and your home safe and secure.



Stylish security

Your home is a place where you should always feel safe and secure. Stainless steel screens allow you to fully secure your home, without feeling as though you are living behind bars. This means you can still have your views while you and your family are inside, safe and sound.



Security screen standards

When choosing your security doors and screens, always make sure that they are manufactured and installed to Australian Standards. This means they have gone through rigorous testing including impact tests, jemmy attacks and knife shear testing. It also means that they are correctly installed to ensure they will keep you and your family safe.