How to Break Into a Sliding Glass Door


A sliding glass door is a type of exterior entrance with a panel made up of one or more panels. It typically features two parallel tracks for the door to slide on, hence the sliding glass door. They are often referred to as patio doors because of their many outdoor areas, such as patios and decks. They are usually made of glass, hence the name. They allow those on both sides to view each other and communicate without opening the door. The purpose of this article is to provide information on how to break into a sliding glass door. So let us get started.

How to Break Into a Sliding Glass Door

Step-wise Guide on How to Break Into a Sliding Glass Doo:

Sliding glass doors are most vulnerable to intruders. You can break into a sliding door by following the simple steps given below:

  • Get in as close as possible.
  • One person stands on each door side with their feet against the wall.
  • Push forward, causing the top of the door to swing open.
  • Take hold of one side while pushing down and pull hard while kicking out with your foot until you have forced it open. If this technique proves too difficult for you or if an alarm system is installed, cut off its wires, remove its battery, or use a long, strong stick to touch off the switch marked ‘alarm’. After that, pry open the latch using a screwdriver.
  • Don’t forget to cover your face with a cloth or handkerchief, as the door will most likely still be locked when you kick it open.
  • Ensure that there are no people in the house and that you have an alibi ready if someone sees you breaking in (Don’t make one up, say you were out for a walk and had to use the bathroom really badly).
  • When done with your business, lock your way back out. Ensure that all doors inside are secured. Close them with a credit card or something similar while leaving. Anyone watching through their window will think that’s how you got into the house and leave it at that.

Precautions While Breaking Into a Sliding Glass Door

  • It is important not to break things in the house’s interior as that would leave much evidence for the police to find, and it might give you away.
  • You should wear gloves if possible to protect your fingerprints from leaving any traces behind.
Use a Screwdriver or Drill
  • Do not leave anything behind, such as hairs inside or cigarette butts outside; any fingerprints cause concern when breaking into a home.
  • Ensure you do not knock over anything that could make noise due to the collision or cause loud noises like dropping something heavy on other objects within the house that could wake up people sleeping there and certainly get their attention in a pretty bad way.
  • Be aware that there may be an alarm in the home, so be prepared for that. While breaking glass, ensure you are as quiet as possible to reach in and unlock the door without anyone hearing you.
  • Check if the Sliding Glass Door is locked from inside by opening it before breaking in -this will save a lot of time- effort, and energy used during your attempt at intrusion into an occupied household. If it is unlocked, open it carefully with tiny movements rather than rushing it so the lock does not make too much noise.
  • Do not use any glass cutting equipment or other metal objects to break into a sliding door – it would leave scratch marks that can be easily traced back to you and connected to your attempts at breaking in. If you have no choice but to cut the glass, clean up as well as possible so that there are no signs of attempted intrusion found by the homeowner or police officials investigating an alarm going off with no one knowing where it has come from.

Sliding Glass Door Stucked in Locked Position

Sliding Glass Doors can be broken or stuck in a locked position for several reasons. First, if the door is not properly aligned, it will not move and then simply get “Locked” into place. Second, the door lock mechanism itself may become defective, resulting in the door being stuck in a stuck position.  

If you find your sliding glass door is locked up tight or does not want to open even after you have put it through its proper operation,  here are some things to look at before calling someone out to fix it.

Use a Door Lock Mechanism

Covering the Screen:

If your Sliding Glass Door only has a screen covering one side of the glass that slides open and closed, then there should never ever be any obstruction between the glass panels of the door.

The screen should be able to slide freely back and forth without obstruction. If the screen is left to be obstructed, it can create a tough situation when you try to open your sliding glass door.

Sliding Screen:

If you have a sliding window that uses a screen rather than glass on both sides, you may need to ensure that airflow does not get blocked between your two screens. Make sure there are no obstructions in this area, such as objects or dirt build-up on your screen that could be causing a blockage to the movement of your sliding glass door.

If you have any obstructions, such as objects or dirt obstructing air flow through your stacked screens, try very carefully removing them. If this is not possible, take your Sliding Glass Door apart and remove all obstructions that may be in place. Then reassemble it again. There must be no foreign objects inside the door frame area, such as screws, nails, tacks, and other types of hardware, which, if left, may bind up when the door closes.


I hope this article has provided you with all the necessary information on how to break into a sliding glass door. Though we never encourage you to trespass, you can surely apply this technique for your own safety. Thank you, and have a good day!

You may also read – How to Remove Stationary Sliding Glass Door

Angela Ervin

Angela Ervin

Angela is the executive editor of DIY quickly. She began her career as an interior designer before applying her strategic and creative passion to lifestyle and home. She has close to 15 years of experience in creative writing and online content strategy for housekeeping, home decorations as well as other niche efforts. She loves her job and has the privilege of working with an extraordinary team. She lives with her husband, two sons, and daughter in Petersburg. When she's not busy working she spent time with her family.

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