How to Protect Doors With Sidelights

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Things You'll Need

  • Protective glass

  • Home security system

  • Measuring tape

  • Grill or wire mesh insert

Tip

Install an auxiliary lock near the top or bottom of your door. This makes it impossible for a burglar to break the sidelight and then gain entry by unlocking the door, because she cannot reach the auxiliary lock. Purchase window decals or a sign for your yard from a security company if you cannot afford the service. A burglar thinks twice if he sees any indication that you have an alarm system; even purchasing a sticker for the windows and doors of your home may be an effective deterrent.

Doors with sidelights are often an invitation to intruders.
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Doors with sidelights add curb appeal and style to your home, but they also might make it easier for a burglar to invade your house. The sidelights are narrow glass sections that fit on either side of your front or back door. The glass is often etched, stained glass or it can contain other decorative features. These decorative sidelights can provide quick entry into your home by an intruder, as he can break the glass and open the doorknob. You can secure this type of door from unwanted entry.

Step 1

Replace the glass in your sidelights if it is standard glass. Hire a glass repairman to install burglar-resistant glass, such as polycarbonate or acrylic plastic. Another option is to use wired or laminated glass to provide added security for this area in your doorway. Tempered glass and Plexiglas are much stronger than regular window glass. The added strength may be enough to discourage a burglar.

Step 2

Consider installing a security system in your home that sounds when glass is broken.

Step 3

Measure the length and width of your sidelights with a measuring tape. Visit a home supply, glass or home security company to purchase wrought iron grills or protective wire mesh that fits over the sidelights. This doesn't prevent the glass from breaking, but it does make it harder for a burglar to stick his hand into the sidelight opening to unlock your exterior door. Do this on any sidelight that is within 42 inches from the door lock.

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Chelsea Fitzgerald

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