If you have a large, sliding patio door, look for ways to secure it. Sliding patio doors are notorious for allowing easy entry for burglars. If the patio door utilizes a simple spring latch, install a more secure type of lock, such as a patio door bolting lock. These are readily available from hardware stores. One equally effective yet inexpensive trick that works with most sliding patio doors is to place a wooden dowel in the track of the door, inside the base, to prevent the door from being opened by an outside intruder. There are also inexpensive commercial locks that can be found in the locks aisle of your local hardware store; the image below shows an example.
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