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How to prevent patio door break-ins

Modern patio doors are a far cry from the flimsy, easy to break into doors that were once installed in UK homes. Today, patio doors are made from strong, durable materials, and most are just as robust and secure as any other type of door.

However, that doesn’t stop them from being a target for burglars and opportunist thieves. If you want to secure your home, you need to ensure your patio doors are as tough as possible.

Buy good-quality patio doors

The best way to stop burglars breaking into your property is to invest in high-quality patio doors. If the glazing, frame and opening mechanism are strong and durable, it will be a lot more difficult for burglars and opportunist thieves to get in. Talk to the manufacturer or supplier of your patio doors to find out exactly how tough they are.

Some manufacturers can provide patio doors with additional safety features. If you live in a high-risk area, it might well be worth investing in an extra tough door.

Add an extra lock

If your door is already installed, you can still make it stronger by adding an extra locking system. As @SafeWise says, ”How do you keep burglars from breaking in through your patio door? Simple. Make your patio door stronger than the burglars.”

You can buy additional patio door locks from online retailers and patio door manufacturers. These can easily be fitted to your doors to make them even tougher and more robust.

Install sensor lights

Many break-ins happen after dark. Burglars use the cover of night to try locks and find weak points in your home’s security. Adding sensor lights to the outside of your property will help to brighten up your exterior and make your home a lot less attractive to burglars.

Place lights above your patio doors so anyone trying to break in is clearly illuminated. You can also install lights in any alleyways that border your property and on your driveway or entranceway to give your home complete protection.


These days, CCTV options are affordable and flexible. You can install high-quality cameras all around the interior and exterior of your property and hook them up to your smartphone or tablet computer. This will allow you to view the feed both when you’re at home and when you’re out and about.

Some systems also let you speak through the camera via your phone. This can be a fantastic way to scare off potential burglars before they even attempt to break in.

Taking a bit of time to strengthen your patio doors and properly secure your home will help to make your home less of a target and protect your property this winter.

To find out more about tough, durable patio doors, and to start shopping for new doors of your own, explore our site or get in touch with a member of our team.