Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Sliding Glass Door Security Bars,Locks

You always want your Home Safe and Secure when you're at home, but how about when you're away.  
If you travel you would want the Peace of Mind while you're gone.
Nothing can stop a determined burglar, but usually they are in and out in a short period of time.  If it's to much work they will leave.  So you want to make  it tougher for a burglar to have access to your home.  Deterrents are what you want.  Alarms are deterrents as are barking dogs, but the dog's probably with you or at a kennel.
It would be nice if you could press a button and a shield would cover your home, but that's wishful thinking (maybe in the future).  Alarm systems alert authorities, but there still is a little time before they get to your home, so the burglar, if he knows what he's doing can be gone with the goods before anyone shows up.  I think alarms are great, if you have neighbors that are alert to have a watchful eye.
So what we want to look at are the points of access to your home.  Front Door(s) ,Back Door(s),Garage Door(s),Windows and Sliding Patio Doors.
Windows of course are vulnerable.  Windows generally have pretty good locks, if they are made in the last 20 years.  Front Doors and Back Doors can use dead bolts which are very effective if installed correctly.  Garage Doors can be secured from the inside with a pin on the track to prevent opening.
Then we have the Patio Door or Sliding Glass Door, depending on which part of the country you are in, but still the same door.  These doors can be easy to break in.
Some, if not properly adjusted can be lifted up off their track and pushed in, easy access. {Note: Here is a link to a Blog that can help with this problem:  http://lockking.org/how-to-raise-your-sliding-glass-door} But mostly it's the lock or latch this is ineffective.  You can place a stick between the door and the side jamb, and that will work, but it can be a pain to deal with, literally, constantly bending over to remove it, forgetting to put it back, children and pets playing with it, it really isn't practical, just a band aid.  Lockkings Security Bars can be installed at different heights, but the most common is at handle height.  From across the room you can see if the door is locked or unlocked, this adds to your Peace of Mind.
There are many locks available, maybe I'm bias but I believe that Lockking's Security Bar/Lock is the best solution.  Installed at handle height, it will work as a deterrent as well as a security bar.  It's easy to use, so no more bending over to pick up a stick.  If you have a Pet Door Panel you know that they are difficult to secure.  Lockking has solutions for that.
The best way to show anyone the benefits of a product is to show them a Video of it in action.  Lockking's website offers all types of videos.  Check them out at www.lockking.org for the best solution for your sliding glass door.

Sliding Glass Door Security Bars for Apartment and Dorm Security



When it comes to Apartments and Dorms with Sliding Glass Doors the first thought is that you can't install something that is permanent, because of the rules of the buildings.

Lockking Security Bars for Sliding Glass Doors are Removable when needed, but will stay in place until.

Lockking uses 3M VHB Double Sided Industrial Foam Tape to secure the security bar to the sliding glass door, similar to the tape that holds moldings on a car.

It is extremely strong, but can be removed without any damage to the door, and take the security bar with you to your next residence.

This convenience make it possible for Renters of Apartments and Students in Dorms to have the Extra Security for their Sliding Glass Doors.

Common Tips For Home Security Part 1

I think it goes without saying that a little bit of Common Sense can go a long way.  With that said not everyone has had the same exposures in life so the Common Sense Factor may be relevant to the individual.


Entry doors and all exterior doors should be solid wood or metal clad with a hand lock and a deadbolt lock.  Burglars can easily kick in hollow core doors and have there way with your possessions.
Thieves can break through a simple keyed lock by various methods.  A door with a deadbolt poses more of a challenge.   So dead bolts are good for exterior doors, but only if they are installed correctly.  The bolt when in the lock position should enter the side jamb a least 1".  The striker plate, that is the metal plate that the bolt goes through needs to be screwed in with 3" long screws to prevent easy access by prying.
The common term "bumping:" is a way a theif can open your door with any key just by bumping the key several times.  If you have an old lock you might want to invest in bump proof locks. If your doors are solid or metal and you have bump proof locks you have eliminated a high risk area.
It is always wise to have a Wide Angle Peep Hole installed in the door .  If you have a Mail Slot in your door you might want to rethink your mail delivery, an experienced thief with a small arm or mechanical device could unlock your door.
So if we have Entry Doors under control lets venture one more to the Garage Door(s).  Most Garage Doors use the same basic track.  This track has holes in it so one is able to put a pin or padlock through the track and the door thus securing it.  Just remember that its there before you open your door.


The next type of door is the sliding door.  They come in various sizes and styles.  The most common type of sliding door is a vinyl door.  There are wooden ones, usually higher end, and of course there are still many aluminum doors around.  Most sliders have a interlocking strip between them where they overlap when closed.  This helps with the strength of the door and keeps the weather and prying tools out.  Most vinyl doors have a lock or latch that doesn't work well, thus putting the stick in the door.  Sliding doors have wheels on the bottom of them and travel on a track.  If the sliding door isn't adjusted to the right height then they will be  able to be lifted up and out.  A simple adjustment can fix this, click  'How to Raise a Sliding Glass Door'.


Lockking Sliding Window Safety Locks


LOCKKING , makers of Security Bars for Sliding Glass Doors has designed a new product for horizontal sliding windows.

The Safety Bar installs low out of view.

Modeled after Lockkings Commercial Security Bars, the Window Safety Bar installs low out of view.

Easy to Install and Easy to Use giving your sliding windows for your home extra security.

Lockking offers 3 standard colors, White, Black, and Stainless Steel.

A Stoplock is also included for added security.

The Safety Bars come 5 common sizes, Lockking welcomes custom orders. Proudly Made in America.

Measure the distance "D" to find the right Safety Bar for you Windows on the SHOP PAGE.



Thursday, January 19, 2012

Seniors and Home Security and Security Bars

Seniors and Home Security with Lockking Security Lock/Bars


If you're anything like me, any changes in routine can be unsettling.  From a change in a doctors appointment, to an unexpected visit from my grandkids... I guess as you get older, your ‘Life Box’ seems to become smaller. It feels  more secure when life goes along at the regular daily pace. Your home is part of your Life Box.  Changes seem larger as we age. Most changes are fine, of course, but their effects are greater than they would have been, say, twenty years ago.

The most noticeable changes are your home, car and family.  Take your car for instance.  You don’t want anyone breaking into it so you are more cautious where you park, locking it faithfully and perhaps setting an alarm.  The same concerns should apply to your home.  Knowing where all the vulnerable places are in your home and safe guarding them in what ever means you can.  You lock your door every time you leave or return.  You check all the doors at night before you go to bed.  You put sticks in the windows to prevent them from being opened from the outside.  This may seem a little paranoid, but it's basic common sense if you don't want home intrusion.

You can have an alarm system installed, but you have to remember to turn it on and off and it can be costly.  Signs outside your home indicating that you have an alarm system.  Or, possibly a sign indicating you have an unfriendly dog.  Home security brings peace of mind, particularly in hard economic times.

If you put sticks in your windows,  that works fine, as they are easy to move.  Your doors have their own security with a lock in the handle and a dead bolt lock.  So now you have your window and doors covered, there's only one thing left. Not all homes have one, but most do - a sliding glass door.  Most sliding glass doors have very inadequate locks.  They can be bumped or “rocked” from the outside and become unlatched.  Of course, high end doors have better locks on them, but there's always a way to unlatch them.  If you have a sliding glass door you might want to raise the sliding door as high as it will go to take the play or wiggle out of it.  This is done simply by screwing in or out the adjustment screws at the bottom of the door.

After making this adjustment,  you will want to put in some kind of security bar to prevent the door from opening if don’t feel comfortable with the latch.  There are many after-market devices for sliding glass doors from foot levers, to pins, and security bars.  When choosing a security device, remember you want it to be easy to use. 

With back problems prohibiting bending up and down, or perhaps opening and closing your doors from a wheel chair, you’ll want to choose something that aids you in the task.

One of the best locks on the market comes from a company in Oregon, JTC Solutions, Lockking Sliding Glass Door Security Locks,Bars.

Their objective is to provide a security bar that functions as a lock and visible as a deterrent.

The Lock is Easy to Install, and, Easy to Use.

Lift Up to Unlock and Push Down to Lock.



The LockKing Security Lock can be installed at different heights on your sliding glass door.  In the locked and unlocked position, it is visible - so you can see that you remembered to lock your door.

Once installed, LockKing Security Locks move easily with the door because of its self-adjusting articulating features.

It must be locked from the inside and therefore prevents locking yourself out if properly installed.  

So check out LockKing Security Bars - read what customers have to say.  I know you will find them a lot better than any security bar on the market.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Pet Door Security

There are many types of pet doors available, some have openings through hindged doors others through walls but what we want to address now are the types that work with sliding glass doors. These types of pet doors for sliding glass doors are generally called Pet Door Panels.  These panels fit along side of the sliding glass door when closed.
The Pet Door Panels are installed on the same side where the handle is.  When you close the sliding glass door against the Pet Door Panel it creates the doggie door.
Then Pet Door Panels are a great solution for a doggie door with a sliding glass door.  Each manufacturer has their own instructions and ways to secure the Pet Door Panel against the jamb and the slidng door.
With the sliding door attached to the Dog Panel, and the Dog Panel attached to the jamb, the unit is still not secured.  Most manufacturers latches are inadequate without the Dog Panel in place so there is little security with the Dog Panel in place. There are several types of practical methods to secure the Sliding Glass Door.  The most common is putting some kind of device between the sliding door and the side jamb.  One of the best devices is the Lockking Security Bar.
 This security bar is self adjusting and articulates with the door, it moves with the door when it opens and closes and a simple push down locks the door and panel securely.




 The Lockking Security Bar is constructed of aircraft quality aluminum and anodized in clear and black.
 The product is very effective and well built.  Lockking offers sizes for every type of Pet Door Panel.
 One big plus is that it is Made in America with a 5 year warranty on any mechanical defects.
To view this product use the following link:  http://www.lockkingonline.com

How to Raise a Sliding Glass Door


How To Raise Up a Sliding Glass Door


Adjustment for sliding glass door


Before installing a Lockking Security Lock or Bar the sliding door should be raised as high as it will go and still slide easily.  This will keep someone on the outside from pushing up on the sliding door and unlatching most factory latches.

To do this you will need the right kind of screwdriver, either a Philips or slot driver.  By looking in the hole at the bottom edge of the sliding door you can determine which screw driver will work.

There is a roller adjustment screw on both sides of the door.  By inserting the screwdriver into the adjustment screw in the door you can raise or lower the door.  Raise one side a little and then the other in order to keep the edge of the sliding door aligned with the side jamb.  If it seems too hard to turn the screw you might need a friend to lift that edge of the door to take the weight off of the adjustment roller.

Try to keep the handle side of the sliding door parallel to edge as in the following illustration.


Sliding Glass Door Alignment