| After my car was raided last week (grr!) I've decided to improve
| my home security. I have an original (1900) wooden door which
| has two large glass panels in the top half. The door is very
| sturdy and I'm happy with the quality of the locks. My paranoid
| concern is that a small burglar could smash the glass and climb
| through the hole! I do not want to change the door but wondered
| what I could do to make it safer? A local glazier tells me the
| rebate is not wide enough for a sealed double-glazed unit to fit.
A burglar's main concern would be to get the door open so he can get a quick
exit carrying the loot, so if your door is not unlockable from the inside
without a key that will be a deterrent. (Consider how you will open the door
in the event of fire, if this is when you are in the property.)
I would suggest a wrought iron grille over the glazed area, fixed by bolts
passing through the door with the nuts on the inside. You can get bolts
which have a smooth domed head and would be fairly unobtrusive when painted
over on the outside, a part square shank to prevent rotation, and then braze
the bolt/nut/grill together once it's fixed. You and a blacksmith should be
able to come up with a design that is harmonious to the house.
You could also consider replacing the glazed panels with polycarbonate,
which is a lot harder to smash.