Sliding Glass Doors Make Condos Easy Break-in Targets

D.K. from outside of Connecticut writes:

Dear Mister Condo,

We have mostly glass patio doors at my condo and a lot of break-ins because of this. Can the association prevent me from replacing this with a more solid, much safer door?

Mister Condo replies:

D.K., I am sorry that your condo suffers from a high crime rate. While I share your concern for safety and home protection, the style and design of an exterior door is part of the unit’s architectural compliance standards and is subject to the standards approved by the Board of Directors for your association. That being said, your Board should also be aware of the high level of break-ins and share your concern for the safety of residents. Explain your concerns to the Board and ask them for a solution to solve the problem. They may approve a new design standard for the glass doors but that is not common. Ideally, the underlying issue of too many break-ins would be addressed with a security solution such as video cameras or security patrols. All the best!

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