Cheap security for screen door

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My beach apartment complex allows renters to put up screen doors. This would be great because it allows a wonderful breeze through the whole apartment. Lots of people have them. This is in a very safe area of the city but just doesn't seem wise to have my front door open with just a screen door preventing entry. I have to pay for the door and I don't want to buy an expensive security door. What could I add to make it safer? Any ideas?
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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 07, 2016
    If you have a Home Improvement store near you ,they sell security bars that easily attach to your screen door.Its not foul proof but a deterent.

    • Drd4223999 Drd4223999 on Mar 07, 2016
      Thank You Janet Pizaro. I'll take a look around my Home Depot and talk to someone there. I've gone online but my search didn't come up with anything. Appreciate your help

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Mar 07, 2016
    There's heavier screen material that we used when our dog kept ripping our back door screen. It was a little tricky to install, because it's stiffer and thicker than the original screen, but, it worked. I found a roll of it at Walmart in the hardware section a couple of years back. All you can do is add deterrent, because if someone really wants in, they will smash or cut their way in. Just make it harder for them and it may help. A keyed deadbolt would certainly frustrate someone.

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    • Drd4223999 Drd4223999 on Mar 08, 2016
      Meant to comment on your suggestion of a deadbolt too. Didn't realize that a deadbolt could be installed on a screen door so I'll follow up on that. I haven't bought the door yet. When I bought a glass security door for the house I lived in before I didn't notice that option. That was in Kansas and I wanted to keep the warmth in there. I know that there are doors that have a section of glass that can be lifted to expose screen but I really don't want to spend that kind of money on something I will eventually have to leave behind.

  • Moxie Moxie on Mar 07, 2016
    I would put a latch on the door and a loud bell or alarm so if it is opened you know it...a big dog barking from the insude works to : )

    • Drd4223999 Drd4223999 on Mar 08, 2016
      Thank You Moxie. Adding a bell or alarm are things I hadn't thought of. So obvious now that you mentioned it! I'd love to have a dog but I already have 2 cats and there is a limit of 2 pets.

  • Drd4223999 Drd4223999 on Mar 08, 2016
    Received some good ideas that will help. This is a great community!