What can I buy for more privacy/security on my patio? I have a first floor apartment, and everything's pretty open. Any gates or anything that would fit?
I doubt the property owner will allow you to install any sort of gate or barrier to cover that entire opening. That's probably not the way to go here.
For the sliding door there are a few things to do. First is to lay a sturdy wooden dowel in the track of the door so that it can't be slid open. It's a very cheap and effective security measure. The next thing you could do is look into some kind of adhesive window frosting to apply from the inside. This prevents people from peeking in from the sides of your curtain. It even works during the day should you want to let some light into the room. Finally, 3M produces a "security window film" which also adheres to the inside of the glass and helps a lot in resisting shattering. It would cost around $50-75 to cover both sides of the sliding door. That should help minimize the concern of some crackhead being one broken pane of glass away from entering your home. It's not perfect but it'll deter quick entry. You can apply the frosting atop that. (In fact if you don't care about the look, a very cheap alternative to frosting is to wet the surface with a spray bottle and stick bubble wrap onto it. It prevents peeking and diffuses the light nicely. Look for vids on YouTube.)
Oh and never store anything in that little outdoor closet thing. That's just asking for theft.
Well that's what I'm trying to do. I'm not worried about the sliding door, I just want something to put in front of the patio like so
How on earth does a barrier shorter than my knees provide any privacy or security? Someone who would otherwise stroll up to the patio at any time of day or night will easily step over that thing. Likewise anyone who would respect such a barrier would also respect the need for permission to approach in the first place.
If all you want is the illusion of privacy then drive a couple of metal poles into the ground just past the concrete slab and run some rope/chain/barbed wire between them. Then wait a week for the property management to tell you it needs to be removed.
That gate is for children, it doesn't fucking do anything if you want privacy/security. Literally nothing.
>Oh gawd I have to step over this child safety gate?!
>Walks away defeated
Thanks for the help guys! It's not for keeping anyone out, it's more for looks/privacy. Most 1st floor apartments have some sort of banister or gate, this is the first one I've seen without one and would like one, and was looking for suggestions on any temporary ones, preferred companies or cheap alternatives. But hey, caps lock and green texting works too!