Yeah, the suction cup w a string cutting a perfect circle you can reach your hand thru & open the door trick? Myth. That will never happen.I had always believed all that television glass cutting was not really anything that a home invader would use. My kind of door doesn't allow for a lift it off the track or latch entry. It is not a slider and the latch is a bolt although probably not as sturdy as a serious bolt. I expect if somebody comes in that way there will be broken glass.
I can vouch for the first statement. Was in the shower (ala naturale - if my French is right) and was sliding the tempered glass door to get out. Apparently the clips holding it scratched the glass and I was standing in a pile of little, sharp, glass shards.Breaking glass like car windows or tempered glass like sliding doors doesn't make much noise. A glass breaker or even broken porcelain from a spark plug will shatter it with little effort and because it shatters into a million tiny pieces it doesn't make that much noise. If you were awake it would get your attention but perhaps not if you are a deep sleeper.
If someone hasn't already pointed this out:A lot of interesting comments. I will definitely look into the window films. The $30,000 solution is definitely not in our budget and never will be. I like the notion of working out an internal defense relying on the noise as an alarm. The sliding door solutions won't work because our patio door doesn't slide, it opens on one side like a normal door and the other side is stationary. I am going to look into alarm/security systems that I can install. Being retired I figure I can do my own monitoring of the system.
This thread is stuck on sliders
French doors.You're right and as I said a couple of times my patio door is NOT a slider. It is two panels of glass for a total of about 6 feet wide. One panel is a conventional swinging door and one panel is stationary. There is a name for this type of patio door but I can't remember it. I am definitely going to look at the films. I am just wondering how hard they are to apply and leave a clean clear application without bubbles.
When I finally got rid of my rental I decided rip out the old circa 1980s sliding class door. They had lost their gas and clouded so I just had to break them. I found that they are very thick glass with a fairly decent gap Around 1/2”. I doubt a crack head is going to have the ability to cut then remove the piece and cut again without making way too much racket. Those sorts aren’t The Pink Panther.
There are a lot of low cost camera systems that will give you alerts for free, just need internet availabe. Recording is usually a subscription unless you handy with computer. Then you can set up a recording system. For about $60 I set a 3 camera system to keep an eye on my 93 year old mother when I was away.I agree about not wanting to live in a prison. But I do want to take some reasonable precautions for my wife and I as we unfortunately continue to age. We are 77 and so far are probably more physically capable than a lot of folks our age. Our home location is probably fairly low risk but there have been reports of break ins not real far away. I want to make sure we are as prepared as possible for anything. I am evaluating as many options as possible and trying to learn how others approach these problems.
So far security systems have me scratching my head. So far it seems that most of them want some sort of subscription just to be able to use their app to control the system and self monitor. I just want to purchase a package and set it up, run it and monitor it on my own. You can run these systems through their keyboard but monitoring and notifications on an app gets you into subscription territory.
The real risk with "builder grade" sliders in not the glass--it's that you can just tip them out of their tracks (that's how you install them in the first place..
This can be defeated by setting blind pins through the frame.
A number of the upscale sliders, like Marvin or Pella are designed to be "anti tip" so what is actually installed matters.
I, personally, prefer French doors, and center hinged over center-strike, for the additional security those represent. (Center-hinged have the bolts & latches into the jamb fitted to the actual framing of the house, rather than just the frame of the door.)
Most French doors have mostly concealed hinges, so in-swing versus out-swing is not as much of an issue (other than where any used screen door goes). A person concerned about security probably ought have a drop bar on center-strike French doors. If only to suggest to potential housebreakers that the french doors are not an 'easy' target.
An exception to this are the "operable wall" patio sliders. These are typically anchored into a fairly rigid track system, and offer some significant security. But are not very common in common residential construction, as you need a 12" or deeper framed wall for the track, and the units cost as much a new-model used car--not a casual expense.
There's another aspect for we in the "gun community" to consider if we much live with patio sliders. That tempered glass actually breaks pretty quietly (frame-to-frame noise tends to be the attention getter. This is true even with the ancient 1/4" thick builder's grade sliders. So, as above, "layering" is a really good idea. Motion-detecting lights and/or cameras are a very good idea, too.
I'm using Blink, as it does not require a subscription. You need a Sync Module, to plug in a thumb drive (I splurged for a 1TB). I started with a doorbell camera, and added exterior cameras later. The battery life on the blink stuff is very good. But, you can get solar chargers for the external cameras (it's about the same price again).that I can control and self monitor through my smart phone but I don't want to pay any kind of subscription fee.
glass cutter approaches you see on television?