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Security Tips for Your Business Entry Door

by Wade Black

You want your business to be welcoming to customers during open hours yet secure against theft after closing time. One of the keys to security is creating a welcoming entrance that can be put on full lockdown once you go home for the evening. The following security tips can help you choose the right door or make the one you already have more secure.

Tip #1: Choose the right type of glass

Glass doors create a more welcoming entrance than solid doors, since they are open and inviting. However, they can also pose a security risk if you are worried about someone smashing the door to gain entry. Opt for thick tempered glass, which is more difficult to break without major force. Have it installed in a metal frame. Vinyl or wood frames, although not commonly used, are still available, but they aren't as strong as metal frames. You can also have a laminate film applied over the glass. This prevents the glass from falling inward if it is shattered, which can slow down a thief long enough that they get caught.

Tip #2: Consider your lock options

The type of lock you opt for depends on the door. For a standard door, a combination electronic and mechanical deadbolt is the best option. Make sure there is a metal guard on the frame so that a thief can't try to pry the frame away from where the deadbolt enters the shaft.

For sliding or automatic glass doors, you need a more secure system. This is because these doors can sometimes be forced apart or taken off their tracks. Most sliding doors use a dual-door system. Make sure the doors latch both to each other and to the floor and ceiling. A sliding bolt that slips into a metal ceiling and floor shaft works well. This type of anchoring makes it difficult to force the door off the track.

Tip #3: Add a security cage

If you are in a high-crime area or are especially worried about your glass storefront becoming a target, invest in a security cage. Cages can be installed to slide down over the entire front of the store, effectively securing it against any approach while the cage is closed. If you prefer a less obvious option, get internal cages that slide down behind the door or windows. Although not quite as secure, since windows can still be broken, an internal cage is usually still sufficient to prevent actual entrance even if the door is kicked in.

Visit sites such as or talk to a commercial door contractor in your area for more help in choosing the right door.