Poor Man's Window and Patio Door Lock
It's not uncommon to see your neighbors use wooden poles or a long strip of lumber as windows and patio door lock. But even if you have perfectly good locks on your windows and patio doors, why would you want to use them?
During summer nights, the hot air is trapped inside your home. Without running the air conditioning, it feels like an oven. If you open the patio door and windows all the way, they become an invitation for possible burglary. It'd be nice if you have locking windows and patio door locks that allows you to open them to a slit.
That's where the lumber comes in handy. A simple wooden pole cut to length serves as a window lock (see photo below). It's no more than a few bucks at the local hardware store. And if you buy one long enough, you can use it for multiple windows. Just make sure you no one could reach in from the outside to pull out the pole.
A long strip of lumber is could serve as a patio door lock (see photo below). The wider lumber provides a good stop for the heavy patio door. They are also very inexpensive at your local hardware store. Find one as straight as possible, without warping. And buy the harder wood.
Although I've used these two techniques during the summer months, there is no guarantee that they will work for you. They obviously don't work for windows that move up and down. If you can think of ways to circumvent these security measures, we'd love to hear them.
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