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Protecting Glass From Looters, Vandals, and Burglars

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The damage and loss of merchandise resulting from looting, vandalism, and burglary can significantly hurt a business of any size. That’s why it’s so important to take proactive measures to protect your glass and secure your business against these types of unpredictable acts.

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How Can You Protect Your Glass to Save Your Business?

Traditional Glass Protection Measures

Standard window glass and even tempered safety glass are incredibly easy to shatter, meaning that your glass doors and windows are all vulnerable potential entry points for would-be vandals, looters, and burglars.

Traditional methods of protecting businesses in the face of rioting or against burglary include boarding up windows and doors, installing bars and gates, and using roll-down shutters. Let’s look at some of the pros and cons of these common glass security solutions.

Common ways to protect business glass:

  • Nail or screw plywood sheets over windows and doors
  • Permanently mount window bars and hinged gates
  • Install roll-down metal shutters

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Boarding

Using plywood sheets to cover up vulnerable windows and doors is a pretty cost-effective way to protect your business or commercial facility against vandalism and looting during instances of rioting and civil unrest.

Another benefit of using this method to protect your commercial glass is that you can simply remove the boards when the unrest has subsided and your business will look just like it did previously. However, there are some disadvantages to relying on boards to secure your property.

Boarding up your building is something that you’ll usually find yourself doing at the last moment as an unexpected moment of unrest is already underway, which isn’t an ideal situation. Plywood sheets are also not the most secure option, as they can be pulled down or burned by determined individuals trying to gain entry to your business.

Bars and Gates

Permanent window bars and gates are an effective way to keep would-be intruders out of your property. Though they can indeed prevent burglary and smash-and-grab theft, they don’t always fully protect your glass.

Some types of bars and gates have enough space between them that vandals may still be able to break the glass behind them. This results in expensive clean-up and window replacement.

Bars and gates also tend to be unattractive and are thus not always a practical security option when you want to maintain a certain level of curb appeal for your property. For instance, retail stores with large glass storefronts are not ideal candidates for this type of glass protection.

Roll-Down Shutters

Roll-down shutters offer a good level of security for your commercial windows because, when mounted on the exterior, completely cover the glass and protect it against breakage. They’re also a better long-term security solution than boarding up windows and doors and don’t detract too much from your business’s appearance when they’re rolled up.

Unfortunately, determined looters and burglars may still be able to pry open some types of roll-down shutters to break into your property. There’s also always the risk that you or an employee of yours forgets to properly secure the shutters, rendering them useless.

Reinforcing Glass Against Looting, Vandalism, and Burglary with Riot Glass

When you’re looking for a high level of glass security and want a permanent solution that won’t affect the appearance of your property, Riot Glass is an affordable, effective option that’s available to you.

Riot Glass Is:

  • A clear shield mounted in security framing
  • Designed to be retrofitted into or onto existing windows
  • Built to thwart forced entry and keep existing glass intact
  • Virtually invisible
  • Available in different security ratings to suit your needs

Throughout our years in the glass security industry, we’ve received countless calls from business and property owners who’ve had their glass smashed and their property looted and damaged.

It was after one such call from a business owner who’d just had his storefront broken and his store looted that we decided we needed to create a reliable, affordable solution for property owners to permanently protect all their glass doors and windows against attacks.

After closely analyzing the available security options, like those mentioned earlier in this article, we decided that our solution needed to be completely adaptable to the needs of every type of property out there. We also wanted to make sure that our clients wouldn’t have to sacrifice the curb appeal of their property in the name of security.

After much research, development, and testing, we created our patented line of Riot Glass products to satisfy these requirements. We like to call it the “ultimate line of fenestration security products.”

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How Does Riot Glass Protect Glass from Looters, Vandals, and Burglars?

Our Riot Glass panels are designed to be retrofitted right on top of your existing glass and can fit into many types of standard framing. The panels are built to take a serious beating to keep your existing glass doors and windows intact when would-be intruders are attempting to break into your property.

Riot Glass won’t shatter and break inwards when faced with break-in attempts using common burglary tools like hammers, crowbars, and other heavy hand tools. That means that a vandal or a looter won’t be able to break your glass storefront by throwing a brick or a rock, either.

Will Riot Glass Change the Appearance of Your Property?

Whereas traditional methods of protecting your glass against break-ins and vandalism detract from the appearance of your property, Riot Glass looks and feels just like traditional window glass. The framing and mounting hardware is all sleek and low-profile, so nothing will look different about your glass doors and windows to the untrained eye.

Final Words

No property owner should have to worry about repairing their storefront or losing valuable merchandise and equipment due to vandalism, looting, or burglary. You also shouldn’t have to rely on last-minute board-ups or unsightly permanent solutions to mitigate these concerns.

For the best balance between security and appearance, choose Riot Glass. We care about our clients and always place your security needs above everything else. Contact our security experts today for a consultation.

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Tips on Bullet Proofing a Commercial Building

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Many types of commercial buildings can benefit from implementing bullet resistant security measures to protect against gun crime and active shootings. Corporate offices, government facilities, schools, and retail stores are just a few examples.

Before reading any further, it’s important that we make it clear that there is no way to make a building truly 100% bulletproof, and there is no such thing as 100% bulletproof glass.

That being said, there are materials that are bullet-resistant that can be used to greatly improve the security of any commercial facility — not only against ballistic attacks, but also from other common threats like burglary, smash-and-grab theft, and civil unrest (i.e. rioting and looting).

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How to Improve a Commercial Building’s Bullet Resistance and Security

Using Bullet Resistant Glass Products to Improve Overall Safety

Conduct a Threat Assessment

An on-site threat assessment is always the first step to take towards improving your commercial facility’s security to protect against ballistic attacks and other threats. During such an assessment, a professional security consultant will conduct a walk-through of your property as well as discuss your specific concerns with you.

This on-site assessment allows an expert to inspect any existing security measures you have in place, identify gaps and vulnerabilities in your building’s current system, and make recommendations for implementing an overall plan to strengthen your facility’s defenses.

The security expert’s threat assessment will typically include recommendations on bullet resistant glass placement and some suggestions, with your feedback, on what ballistic ratings you should consider for the location of each ballistic barrier.

Key goals of a threat assessment:

  • Evaluate threats and vulnerabilities
  • Determine the best solutions for your business
  • Make recommendations on glass types and placement

Understand Ballistic Glass Ratings

Bullet resistant glass comes in a range of ballistic ratings, meaning that different types of security glass (and glass-like products like polycarbonate and acrylic panels) are designed to withstand different numbers of impacts from different calibers of bullets.

For example, our ArmorPlast 75 ballistic grade polycarbonate sheet meets the UL 752 Level 1 rating for 9mm ballistic attacks. Our highest level of bullet resistant polycarbonate, the ArmorPlast 125MS, has a UL 752 Level 6 rating, which means it can hold up to a high-velocity, multi-round 9mm attack (e.g. from an Uzi submachine gun).

Different types of commercial buildings face other threats, so it’s essential to consider the ballistic ratings to choose the best security glass products for your needs. For instance, an office building might be a good candidate for materials with a UL 752 ballistic rating of Levels 1-3, whereas a high-security government facility might require something of Level 4,5, or higher.

Discuss Your Options with Stakeholders

If you’re the sole business owner or property owner, then it’s just up to you to select the reinforcement options that make the most sense to you. However, in many cases, there are other stakeholders, such as a whole C-suite team, building owners, security personnel, and more.

Before you go ahead and implement new safety measures to make your commercial facility more bullet-resistant, ensure that every stakeholder has had a chance to review the threat assessment and discuss the recommendations.

Getting everyone on board with your decisions will not only help ensure that you have the funding you need to implement effective security upgrades, but also that you’re opting for solutions that will work for everyone in the building.

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Install Bullet Resistant Glass and Other Components

After you’ve settled on the upgrades that you’re going to make to your building, it’s time to actually install the components of your new system. In order for your new system to be safe and effective, it’s very important to work with a contractor who specializes in security.

Things to look for in a contractor:

  • Proven track record in glass security
  • Conducts threat assessments (or works with outside consultants)
  • Variety of solutions available
  • Ability to retrofit

Many types of security glass products can be retrofitted onto your existing glass, so your building doesn’t have to undergo an expensive and disruptive glass replacement project. This is the most cost-effective way to reinforce your glass doors and windows.

For example, Riot Glass products can be over-glazed (mounted outside) or back-glazed (mounted inside). Our products are designed to be highly adaptable to the wide variety of framing materials and glass configurations in commercial architecture.

Besides reinforcing your glass, other components you might install include security framing around windows and doors, access control systems, and pass-through windows, trays, or drawers at customer transaction points, and reinforced counters and walls.

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Communicate to Employees and Building Occupants About Changes

Installing new bullet-resistant glass and implementing other security upgrades can raise questions among employees and building occupants about why it’s being done. Make sure to clearly communicate the reasons behind the changes to everyone affected by them.

Tips for communication:

  • Have someone from human resources handle employee communications
  • Work with your corporate team and security personnel to craft communications
  • Make it clear that the changes are proactive and not due to a specific threat
  • Explain that your goal is to improve the overall safety and security of the building
  • Position the project as an investment in your business and its people

Besides physical protection, making a facility more secure should also bring peace of mind. That applies not just to you and stakeholders, but to everyone who comes to work in the building as well, so don’t overlook communication before, during, and after your project.

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Choose Riot Glass for All Your Ballistic Glass Needs

We are a leading manufacturer of security glass products and experts in the installation of ballistic rated glass door and window systems. Our founder has been in the security business for more than 30 years and cares deeply about each and every one of our clients’ safety and well-being.

Contact Riot Glass today to schedule a threat assessment or to learn more about our line of fenestration security products.

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The Differences Between Laminated Glass & Tempered Glass

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There has been an increase in the demand for “safety glass” and other glazing products to keep homes and commercial buildings safe.

One of the major safety concerns for commercial building owners has been forced entry. While large doors and windows are essential and aesthetically valuable for such buildings, buglars often target these parts, which are the Achilles heel of homes and buildings.

As such, glass companies continue to come up with better glass products to meet the needs of safer glazing products by homeowners and commercial building owners.

Laminated glass and tempered glass are the two common glazing products used in the prevention of forced entry. Homeowners and commercial building owners need to understand the differences between the two glass types before choosing the best one for their needs.

Laminated Glass vs Tempered Glass

Laminated and tempered glass differ by a number of features. Such features influence the choice of glass type for homeowners and commercial building owners to install on their doors and window systems. Here are the main points of difference between laminated glass and tempered glass.

1. Manufacturing Process

When discussing laminated glass vs tempered glass, the manufacturing process pretty much separates the two. Laminated glass is made by bonding one or two layers of glass with a layer of resin, commonly polyvinyl butyral (PVB).

The PVB is the interlayer that holds the glass layers together, even when the glass breaks or impacted by a great force. The process of producing laminated glass involves bonding these glass layers and the interlayer under heat and pressure.

This produces compact glass that holds in place rather than shatter when hit by attackers and buglers.

On the other hand, the production of tempered glass differs.

Tempered glass is produced in the process of toughening standard glass to give stronger glass. In fact, this toughening process makes it several times stronger than laminated glass. This process often involves heating, high-pressure, and chemical treatment procedures.

These treatments give the glass a better balance of internal stress, which makes it better at resisting force up to certain levels.

Despite its strength, tempered glass breaks and shatters when impacted by huge forces from bullets or other weapons.

Manufacturing Process

Process involves bonding layers and interlayers Process involves toughening the glass
Glass holds in place instead of shattering Glass breaks and shatters

2. Strength

Another way to look at tempered vs. laminated glass is by comparing their strength.

The strength of these two safety glass types derives from their production process. While both of them fall into the category of “safety glass” for homes and commercial buildings, their strength differs, and each has a unique way of preventing forced entry or protecting building occupants.

Laminated glass is deemed strong since it can stand the force of a rock or bullet without shattering and falling off the window or door frame. Its strength can be attributed form the glass layers and the resin used as the interlayer. What’s more, the pressure and heating process adds to its strength and makes the glass up to 5 times stronger and 100 times stiffer than the standard glass.

On the other hand, tempered glass is known for its strength and resistance towards force. Throughout the manufacturing process, the glass goes through stages of heat, pressure, and even chemical treatment to make it tougher than regular glass. While considering the strength to withstand breakage, tempered glass is considered to be stronger than laminated glass.

Strength

Laminated

Tempered

Strength comes from glass layers and resin Strength comes from stages of heat and pressure
Five times stronger and stiffer than regular glass. Stronger than laminated glass

3. Applications

When looking at the laminated glass vs. tempered glass comparison, the application of the glass types may also be considered.

Due to their strength difference, their application often differs. Depending on the user preference, it is possible to have laminated glass windows and tempered glass windows.

Homeowners and commercial building owners who seek security for their homes and valuables should consider laminated glass.

Laminated glass windows and doors are especially essential for commercial buildings, where there is a need to prevent forced entry and safeguard valuables. The interlayer in laminated glass creates a significant barrier, which makes it difficult for buglers and attackers to breach.

Tempered glass, on the other hand, is best used for interior safety glass applications.

Homeowners can, therefore, use it for the various window and door systems, such as shower and tub doors. It may also be used for hotel buildings consisting of conference rooms.

Tempered glass also suits skyscrapers and commercial buildings with large windows. This way, the views outside are not distorted, and building occupants are protected from elements such as storms.

Application

Laminated

Tempered

Best for preventing forced entry. Best for interior safety applications.
Essential for commercial buildings to prevent burglary Suitable for skyscrapers and commercial buildings with large windows

4. Custom Display is Only Possible With Laminated Glass

Besides security purposes, glass is also used for many other applications.

Lately, laminated glass has become a favored material in indoor and outdoor graphic projects. Photography and digital images have become common choices for incorporating design elements into architectural glass, and laminated glass has become the best glass to incorporate such design elements.

Given the presence of the interlayer in laminated glass, designers can now use online design tools to include visual imagery on the glass. As such, laminated glass continues to be used by brands who wish to create a great impression on the public.

Other than architectural and safety purposes, tempered glass has seen limited applications as compared to laminated glass. Since tempered glass is purely made of glass, the incorporation of digital elements is not possible, as it is the case with laminated glass.

While this discussion may not come up often, the tempered glass vs. laminated glass comparison may often highlight such tech-based applications of laminated glass.

Custom Display

Laminated

Tempered

Designers may include visual imagery with online tools. Incorporation of digital elements is not possible

5. Laminated Glass Is More Pricey

While making the laminated vs. tempered glass contrast, the cost of these types of glass also comes into play.

Due to the complexity of the manufacturing process and the materials involved, laminated glass becomes more expensive than tempered glass. The process of manufacture involves the use of a resin material and glass panes. The heating and pressure treatment processes also add to it being more costly than tempered and standard glass.

Tempered glass is also costly to purchase, definitely more expensive than the standard glass, but less costly than laminated glass.
Depending on the preferences of a building owner, the cost is another point of difference that dictates the choice between laminated and tempered glass.

Conclusion

The laminated glass vs. tempered glass comparison comes up often when building owners and homeowners are considering the best option for their window and door systems. Some of the main features to look at to differentiate the two include the make-up, strength, cost, and the intended purpose for the glass installation.

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Security Threat Assessment For Schools, Homes, Buildings, Banks etc

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We live in a world where we are constantly surrounded by threats, both perceived and real. Threats to our property or our well-being are at the top of the list of risks we face in our day-to-day lives. Business owners and homeowners both face the possibility of burglary and theft, government facilities and airports are confronted with terrorist attacks, even schoolchildren don’t feel safe in their classrooms. One of the ways we can improve security to protect ourselves and our property against these types of dangers is through security threat assessments.

What Is a Threat Assessment?

A threat assessment, as applied to a building’s security, is the practice of determining the seriousness of potential events, the likelihood that such scenario will occur, and how to mitigate that threat on your property. Threat assessments are conducted on a property by security specialists to evaluate the actual risk of perceived threats and make security upgrade recommendations. A perceived threat could be anything from a smash-and-grab theft to an active shooter scenario, or it could be a natural threat, such as a hurricane or earthquake.

When a security professional conducts a threat assessment, they will speak to the property owners to discuss their concerns and security goals. They will also carry out a thorough examination of the property in order to identify vulnerable points of entry and make recommendations about how to strengthen the building’s defenses to protect against potential events. These recommendations often include upgrading the level of glass security of a building’s windows and doors.

Essential parts of a threat and risk assessment:

  • Evaluate a complete spectrum of threats (manmade and natural)
  • Make a list of credible threats and scenarios
  • Assess and evaluate existing security countermeasures
  • Quantify the potential impact of specific threats
  • Suggest upgrades to building defenses (like security glass)
  • Re-evaluate perceived threats after security upgrades

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Why Are Security Threat Assessments Necessary?

A threat assessment helps you plan for and protect your facility and critical infrastructure against common threats to your specific facility. For example, a threat assessment of a government building might determine that it needs security upgrades to protect against terrorist attacks, which can involve both active shooters and bombs, as well as natural disasters. Both these types of threats require certain security responses, which a threat assessment will define.

When it comes to human threats, a threat assessment looks at things like the attractiveness of a particular facility as a target for certain risks and how effective the building’s current security measures would be in the face of different threats. For instance, if you own a jewelry store and are concerned about break-ins and burglary, a security threat management professional would examine things like your entry points, storefront glass, and security systems. They would then be able to make recommendations about how to upgrade your defenses by doing something like retrofitting your windows with security glass.

Examples of potential threats:

  • Break-ins and burglary
  • Smash-and-grab theft
  • Armed robbery
  • Active shooters (such as school shooters or insider attacks)
  • Bomb blasts
  • Terrorist attacks
  • Natural disasters (like storms, hurricanes, and earthquakes)
  • Civil unrest (including rioting and looting)

Who Can Benefit From a Security Threat and Risk Assessment?

Anyone who owns a business or operates a facility that faces any level of man-made or natural threat can improve their security through a security threat assessment. Threat management can protect against theft of property and merchandise, damage to infrastructure, and injury or loss of human life. Threat management doesn’t just benefit businesses and commercial facilities. Homeowners also face threats, mainly break-ins and burglary.

A thorough inspection and evaluation of your business, facility, or home can provide you with the recommendations needed to defend it against all plausible threats. For example, upgrading vulnerable windows on your home or business with laminated security glass is one of the best ways to protect your property from break-ins. Other types of facilities might be more concerned about violent attacks, in which case a security expert can provide suggestions to fortify points of entry against an armed individual attempting to get inside and carry out an attack.

Examples of facilities that can benefit from threat and risk assessments:

  • Retail stores
  • High-end luxury homes
  • Government buildings
  • Banks
  • Office campuses
  • Schools
  • Businesses or homes in high-crime areas

Threat Assessment in Schools

It’s hard to discuss threat assessments without mentioning the existence of school threats. It’s an unfortunate reality that children living in the US have to think about and deal with practically every day. A school threat assessment can help determine the probability of a school shooting happening and the best ways to protect the lives of students and staff if such an event should occur.

One method of addressing a school threat is attempting to prevent a violent act from occurring in the first place. This is typically done by an interdisciplinary team including school mental health professionals, administrators, and school or local law enforcement. These trained professionals attempt to identify threats or individuals who pose a risk of violence, then determine the threat level and appropriate response.

However, many times there is no prior indication that a violent attack will occur at a school, and there is no single profile of an individual who will cause harm to others. In this case, a threat assessment by a security professional can help come up with the best ways to upgrade a school’s defenses to minimize harm in a violent attack scenario. For instance, putting ballistic-grade doors and windows in place can save lives by keeping an active shooter out of classrooms and delay them long enough for law enforcement to arrive and deal with the situation.

conducting threat assessment in school is a security measure that involves being proactive

Conclusion

Just because real threats exist doesn’t mean we have to live our lives in constant fear. Our personal and property security can be upgraded to improve peace of mind and mitigate damages in the unfortunate event of a hazardous incident, whether man-made or natural. Conducting a threat and risk assessment is the first step towards making these upgrades and protecting ourselves from harm.

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Riot Glass Is the Perfect Combination of Aesthetics and Security

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All types of homes, commercial facilities, and retail stores can benefit from upgrading windows and doors with security glass to protect against day to day threats. Alarms, cameras, and other security measures are all great, but they don’t physically keep intruders out or protect people inside from an attacker. Standard window glass is the most vulnerable point on any building, but you can change this by installing Riot Glass security glass to protect your property and the lives of those inside. Riot Glass products provide the perfect balance between top-of-the-line security and aesthetics.

How Secure Is Riot Glass?

Riot Glass offers three of the best types of security glass products available on the market: 3M security film for glass, Riot Glass laminated security glass, and ArmorPlast polycarbonate panels. All three product lines are rated among the strongest glass security solutions you can install on your property. No matter what your security concerns are, there is a Riot Glass product to fit your needs.

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3M Security Film for Glass

3M security glass film is the strongest glass film available to add an extra layer of protection to your existing glass windows and doors. Security glass film is applied on top of your existing glass and can delay forced entry attempts by up to three minutes. That delay can potentially save lives by giving those inside time to call the police and barricade themselves in a room or evacuate the building and get to safety. 

Security film also holds the existing glass together against impacts and prevents it from shattering dangerously inwards, reducing the chance of injury from natural disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, and wind storms. It is one of the most affordable and effective ways to secure any property against both man-made threats and mother nature.

Riot Glass Laminated Security Glass

Riot Glass laminated security glass is 5x stronger and 100x stiffer than standard types of security glass. It is highly resistant to forced entry attempts and can withstand impacts from any kind of tool, including baseball bats, hammers, crowbars, axes, and anything else a would-be intruder might use to break in. This makes Riot Glass one of the most effective options for securing your home or business against burglars and other intruders.

Security glass is ideal when you want to secure a retail store against burglary, rioting, looting, and other threats without going through the hassle and expense of complete glass replacement. The thermoplastic interlayer in Riot Glass laminated security glass panels is virtually unbreakable under most common circumstances, or it will delay attempted entry long enough to deter criminals. It will protect your retail store from devastating losses due to building damage, stolen inventory, and lost revenue.

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ArmorPlast Polycarbonate and Acrylic Panels

When you want the highest level of defense, ArmorPlast glazing shields are the way to go. These polycarbonate and acrylic panels are available with containment-grade to ballistic-grade resistance ratings so that you can protect your property against the most violent attacks. ArmorPlast containment-grade panels will retain their integrity and remain a barrier to entry even after being hit by multiple bullets, whereas ballistic-grade panels will completely stop bullets from firearms of various calibers.

ArmorPlast’s level of protection is unmatched when you want to be sure that your glass can withstand an attack by multiple attackers, heavy tools, and ballistic rounds. It is an ideal solution for high-risk properties like government facilities, banks, schools, religious buildings, correctional facilities, detention centers, and many other types. ArmorPlast products truly create a no-entry zone for the highest level of glass security.

What Are the Aesthetic Advantages of Riot Glass?

When you’re looking for ways to increase the security of your home or business, it can be hard to find solutions that don’t detract from the appearance of the property or cut down on visibility through your windows and doors. While things like window bars and gates do add security, they can also make your residence or place of business unattractive and make it hard to see outside. With Riot Glass security glass products, you don’t have to worry about these issues. They fit right on top of your existing glass and are completely transparent, making them practically invisible.

Riot Glass laminated security glass windows and ArmorPlast polycarbonate and acrylic panels can be retrofitted onto most existing residential and commercial window frames. This means that unless weight is a concern, you can keep everything about the appearance of your windows exactly the same. In the case of Riot Glass security glass film, it is just applied directly on top of the existing glass, so you won’t even know it’s there.

Riot Glass products are also available with other aesthetic options that you can choose from to enhance the appearance and performance of your glass. You can choose from various tinted colors and reflective mirrored finishes to give your glass a totally new look and reduce the heat, glare, and sunlight that comes in through your windows. Low-E, or Low Emissivity, options are also available for the highest level of energy efficiency.

Riot Glass Aesthetics: FAQS

Does it really look just like my existing window glass?

All Riot Glass products are available in 100% transparent options. If you install the thickest panels available, the visual sharpness of the glass may be slightly affected. Still, the difference is so minimal that you are unlikely to notice a change.

Is it difficult to clean Riot Glass?

You can use the same cleaning methods on Riot Glass products that you would use to clean regular glass. In fact, Riot Glass products have a protective coating that makes them more resistant to scratching and marring, so they can withstand even the most rigorous cleanings.

Can I keep my lettering and graphics? 

That depends on the particular product and where the signage is displayed. A Riot Glass security consultant can advise you further during an onsite inspection. Contact us today for more information on Riot Glass or to schedule a consultation and receive an estimate.

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How to Decide Which ArmorPlast Level Is Best for My Security Needs

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ArmorPlast is the best way to protect your home, commercial facility, or business against forced entry, burglary, vandalism, active shooters, and more. But, how do you know which level of ArmorPlast shield is right for you? Keep reading to find out the first steps you need to take to help you choose and learn more about the specific ArmorPlast products available, so you can be sure you’re making the right decision for your security.

Schedule a Threat Assessment

If you’ve decided that ArmorPlast is the right security upgrade for your windows and doors, the first step is to schedule a threat assessment. During the threat assessment, an ArmorPlast security consultant will conduct an on-site evaluation to inspect your property, analyze any existing security measures you have in place, and identify the most vulnerable points. The consultant will then make recommendations about ArmorPlast products and any other security solutions to consider for your specific case.

During their assessment, the ArmorPlast security specialist will talk to you to discuss your unique concerns and answer any questions you have about ArmorPlast. An on-site threat assessment is absolutely necessary when deciding which ArmorPlast level is right for your security needs. Even if you have an idea of where you need to install it and what protection levels would be good for you, a consultant will be able to notice and point out things that you might not have considered.

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Choose the Appropriate ArmorPlast Shield

ArmorPlast polycarbonate and acrylic panels currently come in seven levels. These levels have a protection rating from containment-grade to various ballistic-grades. This allows you to choose the absolute best option to secure your home, commercial facility, or business, as well as find something that fits your budget. Let’s take a look at what exactly those seven different levels mean.

ArmorPlast 25

This is a non-ballistic, containment-grade shield consisting of a single-layer 1/4-inch thick AR-2 sheet. ArmorPlast 25 does allow bullet penetration, but will not lose its strength or shatter, even after being riddled by multiple bullets. It remains a barrier to entry and prevents would-be intruders from dislodging the existing glass or reaching through it. This level of protection is ideal for preventing retail smash-and-grab theft, burglary, and looting due to civil unrest.

ArmorPlast 375

The next level up of containment-grade shield, ArmorPlast 375, is a two-ply laminate sheet composed of two 3/16-inch AR-1 sheets with an interlayer bond. It has a total thickness of 3/8 of an inch. ArmorPlast 375 provides an ideal level of protection against forced entry for schools, religious facilities, high-end retail stores, corporate C-suite entrances, and storefront door systems.

Ratings: Satisfies the ASTMF1915 requirements for a 30-minute attack.

ArmorPlast 50

This is the highest level of containment-grade sheet offered by ArmorPlast. It is a 1/2-inch thick, three-ply laminate sheet composed of 2 1/8-inch AR-1 sheets, a 1/4-inch polycarbonate sheet, and two interlayer bonds. This shield was specifically designed for schools, religious facilities, jails, detention centers, psychiatric hospitals, convenience stores, reception areas, and check cashing centers.

Ratings: meets the ASTM F 1233-08 Class 1.4 requirements for contraband passage and Class 2.8 for body passage, as well as HP White TP 0500 Level A and ASTM F1233-08 Level HG1 for .38 Special ballistic attacks.

ArmorPlast 75

ArmorPlast 75 is the entry-level ballistic-grade sheet. It is a 3/4-inch thick, three-ply laminate sheet consisting of two 1/8-inch AR-1 sheets, a 1/2-inch acrylic sheet, and two interlayer bonds. ArmorPlast 75 can be used to effectively secure vulnerable entry points on schools, government facilities, religious centers, detention facilities, banks, 24-hour convenience stores, cash transaction windows, and high-end retail stores.

Ratings: meets the UL 752 Level 1 rating for a 9mm ballistic attack.

ArmorPlast 100

This is a 1-inch thick, four-ply ballistic-grade sheet. It is composed of two 1/8-inch AR-1 sheets, two 3/8-inch polycarbonate sheets, and three interlayer bonds. ArmorPlast 100 was designed to secure schools, government buildings, religious facilities, detention centers, and banks against ballistic attacks. It can also be used as glazing for heavy equipment.

Ratings: meets the UL 752 Level 2 rating for a .357 Magnum ballistic attack and HP White TP 0500 Level lV.

ArmorPlast 125

ArmorPlast 125 is getting close to the top level of ballistic protection offered by ArmorPlast. It is a 1.25-inch thick, four-ply sheet consisting of two 1/8-inch AR-1 sheets, two 1/2-inch polycarbonate sheets, and three interlayer bonds. It is designed for all types of glass doors, windows, and other specific areas that require very high levels of protection.

Ratings: meets the UL 752 Level 3 rating for a .44 Magnum ballistic attack, as well as the HP White TP 0500 Level lV and ASTM F 1233 Class 5 requirements.

ArmorPlast 125MS

This is the top level of ballistic-grade shield currently offered by ArmorPlast. It is a 1.25-inch thick, four-ply sheet consisting of two 1/8-inch AR-1 sheets, a 1/2-inch attack-side acrylic sheet, a 1/2-inch polycarbonate sheet, and three interlayer bonds. ArmorPlast 125MS is rated to withstand rapid-fire ballistic attacks from firearms like the Uzi 9mm.

Ratings: meets the UL 752 Level 6 rating for a high-speed multi-shot 9mm ballistic attack.

Features All ArmorPlast Shields Have in Common:

  • High optical quality for unrestricted visibility
  • Proprietary AR hard coat (resistant to marring, chemical attacks, and graffiti)
  • Easy to clean using standard glass cleaning methods
  • 5-year Limited Product Warranty against coating failure, yellowing, and hazing


What About Next Steps?

Once you’ve undergone a threat assessment and chosen the right ArmorPlast level for your security needs, the final step is installation. ArmorPlast products can be retrofitted onto most existing window frames or installed along with our own security frames. In order to minimize disruption to our commercial clients, we offer nighttime and weekend installation services. For our residential clients, we are committed to getting the job done in as little time as possible. Contact us today to learn more or schedule a threat assessment and get started!

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How ArmorPlast Effectively Secures High-End Retail Stores

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When it comes to securing high-end retail stores, one of the main concerns is protecting your merchandise from burglary and smash-and-grab theft. The best way to do this is to reinforce your window and door glass so that would-be burglars can’t take advantage of these vulnerable entry points to gain entry to your business and make off with a load of expensive merchandise. ArmorPlast shields are one of the most effective ways you can protect your existing glass to thwart forced entry as part of a complete retail store security system.

What Is ArmorPlast and What Are the Advantages?

ArmorPlast shields are polycarbonate laminated security glazing sheets that can be retrofitted over a retail store’s existing storefront glass or glass windows and doors. ArmorPlast offers a full line of products to fulfill a variety of security needs, from containment grade to ballistic grade sheets. All of ArmorPlast’s retail security systems can be over-glazed or back-glazed, meaning they can be mounted on the inside or the outside of framing, to protect existing glass from forced entry attempts.

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One of the biggest advantages of ArmorPlast is that it provides retail stores with a similar level of protection to that of full window replacement, but is much more affordable. It is also much quicker to install and less disruptive than replacing the existing glass and its framing. This makes ArmorPlast one of the best ways you can upgrade your store’s security without breaking the bank.

After your existing glass has been retrofitted with ArmorPlast shielding, it will be protected from attempted break and enters using heavy tools or objects like bricks and rocks. Additionally, a big advantage of ArmorPlast shields is that they offer varying levels of protection against other types of dangerous impacts like bullets, bomb blasts, and even natural disasters like storms and earthquakes. This means that you can secure your retail store’s glass against many possible threats, both man-made and natural.

Another advantage of ArmorPlast products is that they do not significantly alter the appearance of your glass. This can be a big concern, especially for high-end retail stores for which you want to uphold a certain image. Adding metal gates and bars to beef up your retail store security system can be unattractive and impractical, but ArmorPlast shields are practically invisible when they are retrofitted onto your existing glass. You won’t lose any visibility or detract from the appearance and curb appeal of your retail store.

Common Store Security Use Cases for ArmorPlast

 

Retail Theft Prevention

The number one way that burglars and opportunistic thieves gain entry to retail stores is by smashing their way through a glass window or door. An experienced burglar knows exactly which doors and windows are most vulnerable and can make quick work of a standard piece of glass using common burglary tools, such as crowbars or hammers. ArmorPlast will keep your retail store’s glass intact even in the face of determined forced entry attempts by would-be burglars, causing them to move on or delaying them long enough for authorities to arrive if they trigger an alarm system.

On the other hand, smash-and-grab theft also commonly occurs as a crime of opportunity. Maybe someone is walking by and sees an expensive item in the window of your store, so they pick up a rock or brick, smash the storefront glass, and make off with the item. Or, maybe there is civil unrest taking place and criminals are taking advantage of the chaos to break into high-end stores and steal expensive merchandise. Either way, ArmorPlast will keep your store safe from such types of retail theft.

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Defense Against Ballistic Attacks

If you’re concerned about a possible ballistic attack directly against or in the vicinity of your high-end retail store, ArmorPlast also offers a range of ballistic grade shields with different ballistic resistance ratings. These shields can resist impacts from a variety of different firearms including high-caliber handguns and multi-shot firearms. Even if a bullet does penetrate an ArmorPlast shield, it will prevent a store’s glass from shattering and flying inwards.

A luxury retail store might choose to install bullet-resistant ArmorPlast shields simply because they offer the highest level of protection against all kinds of impacts. Or, maybe the store is located in a high-traffic downtown core that could potentially be the target of an active shooter looking to cause random casualties. In this case, store employees could lock down the store and stay safe inside while authorities arrive to deal with the situation.

Storm Damage Protection

Not all threats to a store’s security are man-made. A high-end retail store should also boost its store security system to protect against natural disasters like storms and earthquakes. ArmorPlast products will keep your store’s glass from shattering and breaking inwards when impacted by storm debris or when a seismic event causes the glass to crack. This will keep employees safe from harm when an unexpected natural disaster occurs during store hours.

ArmorPlast will also protect your merchandise from looters if something like flooding caused by a storm shuts down the retail core where your store is located. You can stay safe and sound and out of harm’s way while you wait for a storm to blow over without worrying about the condition of your window and door glass and whether your store’s security has been compromised. Not only that, but ArmorPlast’s proprietary exterior coating facilitates easy cleaning, so you can get your storefront back to normal quickly after a natural disaster.

Conclusion

ArmorPlast shields should be included as part of a comprehensive retail store security system that includes other security measures like surveillance cameras and alarm systems. That being said, ArmorPlast is one of the most effective ways to secure a high-end retail store against a variety of threats including burglaries, looting, ballistic attacks, and natural disasters. The affordability and ease of installation should put ArmorPlast on any luxury retail store owner’s radar when looking for ways to improve store security without sacrificing visibility or curb appeal. Contact us today for more information about securing your retail store with ArmorPlast.

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Retailer Security: Create a Safety Plan For Your Small Business or Retail Store

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One of the biggest concerns for retailers of all sizes is security. No matter what types of products a retail store sells, it’s vital to have a physical business security plan to prevent theft and keep employees safe. 

In 2018, retail stores made a record profit of $6 trillion.

By 2023, due to increased growth, this sector is projected to hit $30 trillion. 

Given the importance that retail stores represent for the country’s economy, it only stands to reason that the assets of each one should be well protected. 

Check out these stats from the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Statistics:

 

  • There are around 6.5 million burglaries per year, with 34% of them happening in businesses. That is 2.21 million break-ins!
  • The amount of these burglaries resolved by the police?: Only 13%.
  • Burglary rates are higher in the summer. 
  • The most common tools used by intruders are pliers, screwdrivers, pry bars, and little hammers. 
  • Most of these break-ins are done by amateurs who, out of desperation, will bring about as much destruction as possible. This is actually dangerous.

When a retail store becomes the target of a crime, whether it be shoplifting, armed robbery, or a violent attack, the physical security measures the store has in place make all the difference in how the scenario plays out. 

A burglar will avoid a place that is difficult to break in or too risky. 

Let’s take a look at some of the best ways you can put a robust security plan for your business to protect your merchandise and employees.

1. Conduct a Threat Assessment

To effectively create a physical security plan for your small business, you have to consider the material risks your business faces. 

For example: 

Are you most worried about shoplifting?

Burglary? 

Armed robbery?

 

After you’ve decided what your main security concerns are, look at all the areas of your store and any security measures you already have in place to determine how vulnerable your store is to these threats.  

2. Have a Working Security System For Your Business

All retail stores should have the security system basics, including surveillance cameras and an alarm system, up and running at all times. 

Make sure that cameras are visible to discourage shoplifting and burglary and place decals in shop windows to advertise the fact that the premises are video-monitored and have an active alarm system. 

Remember to always set the alarm system when the store is closed so that if someone does try to break in after hours the authorities will be notified.

3. Hire Security Guards to Prevent Retailer Security Breach

If you deal in expensive merchandise or handle large amounts of cash in-store, there should be at least one dedicated security staff member in your business security plan. 

Security guards are specifically trained on how to patrol retail stores, monitor customers for suspicious behavior, and react in the event of a retailer security breach. 

If you run an ample retail space, it makes sense to employ multiple security personnel to monitor different areas of the store, such as every exit, as well as have a guard monitoring the surveillance footage.

4. Enact Loss Prevention Security Measures

Retail loss prevention refers to a variety of strategies and tactics designed to combat shoplifting. One such measure is to tag items with sensors that go off whenever someone tries to leave the store with an item before paying and getting the sensor tag removed by a cashier. 

Another loss prevention tactic is to place the most high-end, expensive items near the cash register or in plain sight of employees.

5. Install Riot Glass Laminated Security Glass

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One of the absolute best ways to increase retailer security is to upgrade existing window and door glass with laminated security glass. 

Riot Glass is a type of laminated glass that is 5x stronger and 100x stiffer than standard security glass. 

Unlike shatter-resistant (but breakable) tempered safety glass, which is commonly used in retail stores, Riot Glass is specifically designed to withstand deliberate forced entry attempts and even ballistic impacts.

Riot Glass can be retrofitted onto almost any existing window, glass storefront, or door glass to fortify the glass against burglary, armed robbery, and active shooter scenarios. 

Depending on the perceived threats to your retail business, you can choose security glass with different grades of resistance to mitigate your security concerns. 

From containment-grade panels that will withstand repeated impacts from burglary tools like hammers and crowbars, to ballistic-grade shields that can resist bullets from high-caliber handguns, there’s a Riot Glass product for every retail security need.

6. Train Employees on Security Procedures

Employees are the ones on the floor responsible for retailer security, so it’s important to ensure that all of your staff members are trained on how to react in different retailer security breach scenarios. 

For example, create a plan for how employees should react if they catch someone shoplifting, if there is an armed robbery, or if an active shooter scenario is underway. Make sure that everyone knows important information like how to lock down or evacuate the building in an emergency properly.

7. Identify Sensitive Areas in Your Security Plan and Control Access To These Areas

Make a checklist of what those sensitive areas are:

File rooms

Usually, someone trying to break in to your business will not go for the files. However, the intruder does not know that and will still try to break in. This can cause damage to the critical documents in the file rooms. 

Supply Cabinets

Depending on the types of goods you sell, burglars are very likely to target supply cabinets. 

Tool Storage

The instruments that you need to complete the work at your business may also be a target of robbers. 

Server Rooms

If your business has a server room, you know how critical it is to keep that sensitive area away from potential intruders. 

The following are some simple steps you can take to protect these areas better:

  • Lock doors to sensitive back-of-building areas like offices and storerooms and control access to them with pass cards, pin codes, or keys. 
  • Give access only to the employees that need to be in these areas. 
  • These areas can also be used as hiding places for employees if there is a violent individual on the loose in the store, so they can lock themselves in and wait for help if they are unable to get out of the store.

8. Upgrade Window Locks

Though your windows probably already have some type of window locks, their security can be greatly enhanced by installing new aftermarket locks. For example, pin locks, keyed locks, hinged wedge locks, and sash locks can all make your windows more secure against forced entry. 

When used in tandem with security glass, aftermarket window locks will decrease the vulnerability of your windows and deter burglars or other intruders.

9. Light Things Up

In your business security plan, budget for using indoor lights to illuminate hard-to-see areas of your store and leaving some lights on inside at night. 

Also, light up the outside of your store and parking areas or garages with light fixtures that turn on at night or install motion-sensing lights. Well-illuminated premises will discourage criminals and make it easier to spot suspicious activity.

Conclusion

Retail businesses have to confront a variety of security threats on a daily basis and are especially popular targets for theft. This is why it’s so essential to improve retailer security by implementing a comprehensive physical security plan for your small or large business. 

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to physical retail security, but when you employ some of the methods listed above, you can feel more confident about the safety of your merchandise and employees. 

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How to Strengthen Physical Security in Religious Institutions

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As a result of terrible active shooter events that have targeted religious institutions in recent years, places of worship are looking for ways to bolster their security. In order to do this, it’s important for every religious institution to create a synagogue, temple, mosque, or church security plan. Every type of religious center should follow these church security guidelines to come up with a security plan and put physical security measures in place.

How to Make a Church Security Plan for Any Religious Institution

Understand the Purpose

A security plan is the foundation of any religious institution’s security. The purpose of a security plan is to provide a comprehensive written description of emergency response policies and procedures that can be clearly followed to keep people safe from all types of threats. In one word: preparedness.

Address All Possible Scenarios

Your mosque, synagogue, temple, or church security plan must outline church security procedures for all types of emergency situations that could arise. These include active shooter scenarios (both directed at your facility and nearby), bomb threats, civil unrest, fires, storms, earthquakes, and other man-made and natural threats. Include directions for which team members will do what when different events occur, plans for how to evacuate congregation members or keep them safe inside the building, and all other practical elements of emergency responses.

Make a Plan to Collaborate with Local Authorities

Liaison with the heads of local police and fire departments to discuss your security concerns and emergency plans. Ask them to have an incident response plan ready to help you and your congregation deal with serious incidents. Arrange for authorities to be present during any large or special gatherings for which you want extra security.

Train Religious Leaders and Volunteers on Security Policies

Having a church security plan template filled in on paper alone isn’t enough. It’s important that you provide all team members, including staff and volunteers, a copy of the security plan and hold training on how to put it into action. Explain everyone’s roles in emergency situations as well as provide guidelines for how to communicate during an emergency, such as the use of walkie talkies. Make sure that everyone knows where emergency supplies, such as a first aid kit and AED, are located, as well as what your emergency evacuation or lockdown plans are.

Update Your Plan Regularly

Hold security meetings with the involved team members at least once every quarter to revisit your security plan. Discuss any local or national events that could affect the security of your religious institution and revise your procedures as necessary to address them. Rehearse your updated plans so everyone can practice their roles and is ready to react in the event of an emergency.

Ways to Increase Physical Security in Churches, Mosques, Synagogues, and Temples

Install Surveillance Cameras and an Alarm System

A CCTV surveillance system allows staff to monitor all areas of a religious institution. This way, you can spot potential threats right away and react accordingly. An alarm system will alert you when a secure entry point to the facility has been breached, allowing you to assess the situation and see if there is a security risk that needs to be addressed.

Do Walkthroughs of the Facilities Prior to Assemblies

Conduct a walkthrough of the interior of the property as well as the outside grounds before any regular assembly or special event. Look for signs that indicate something is off or suggest a threat to your congregation. If you notice anything concerning, contact the appropriate authorities to evaluate the situation and take any necessary security actions.

Monitor Entrances and Patrol Parking Lots

Assign staff members, volunteers, or security guards to monitor the main unlocked entrance (keep all non-essential entrances locked) to your religious facility as well as the outside of the property at all times. They can look out for security threats and relay information about potential risks back to the rest of your team. This way, you can start acting out procedures from your security plan as soon as possible to keep your congregation safe.

Conduct a Threat Assessment

A threat assessment is a tool for you to find ways to increase an institution’s security with the help of a security consultant. These professional security experts will talk to you about your security concerns, evaluate the security plan and physical security measures that you already have in place, and make recommendations about how to improve. For example, they can identify the most vulnerable access points to your facility that need to be strengthened against forced entry.

Use Riot Glass to Reinforce Vulnerable Entry Points

Riot Glass offers a full range of security window films, laminated security glass, and ArmorPlast containment-grade and ballistic-grade shields. These products can be retrofitted onto almost any existing glass windows and doors. Riot Glass forms a barrier against forced entry, prevents the existing glass from shattering due to vandalism or natural disasters, and provides protection against active shooters.

Riot Glass provides physical protection against all the different security threats outlined in your security plan. For example, if an armed attacker is attempting to force entry to your religious center, Riot Glass can delay entry long enough for those inside to react and give the authorities time to arrive. On the other hand, if there is a strong windstorm or another natural disaster, Riot Glass will hold your existing glass in place and prevent it from shattering inwards and potentially causing injury or leaving your facility exposed to the elements.

Conclusion

People visit religious centers to find peace and comfort, so it’s very important to have a comprehensive security plan to keep everyone safe without changing their experience. In addition to a security plan, it’s also important to consider different ways to increase the physical security of the institution. For more information about how you can increase physical security in churches, mosques, synagogues, temples, and other places of worship, or to schedule a threat assessment with one of our security consultants, contact us today.

7 Ways to Protect Your Religious Institution from Forced Entry

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Religious institutions of all types must face the ugly truth that they are potential targets of hate-motivated acts, from minor vandalism to violent attacks. Churches, mosques, synagogues, and temples are meant to be places of peace and tranquility, so what can you do to protect your religious facility against threats, especially an armed intruder attempting to force entry? We’re here to give you some ideas about how to protect your church or other religious facility against forced entry, as well as how to keep worshipers safe in the event of a violent attack.

1. Use One Entrance in and Out of the Facility

Ensure that all side and back doors remain locked and secure at all times. Use one main door as the primary way in and out for worshipers and staff. Depending on the perceived threat level, you can lock this door during a religious service once all the congregation members are inside or leave it open and monitored to allow latecomers or drop-ins to join the service.

2. Clearly Mark and Advertise the Exits

If you haven’t done this already, put up clear signs above emergency exits and indicating any evacuation routes. Make a point of letting your congregation members know where all the exits are, either by addressing it during a service or handing out leaflets that include a map of the facility with the exits marked. Remember to let any newcomers to your religious facility know about the exits as well. Ensure that these doors always remain unlocked on the inside so that people can get out quickly if it’s necessary.

3. Reinforce Glass Doors and Windows with Riot Glass

Riot Glass is an industry leader in mosque, synagogue, temple, and church protection. Riot Glass’s security window films, laminated security glass, and ArmorPlast shields can be retrofitted onto any religious facility’s glass doors and windows to protect against a range of threats including break-ins, active shooters, and vandalism.  These products are the best way to physically protect your church or other religious institution.

For example, if your primary concern is preventing break-ins and vandalism, you can install security window film or security glass. These types of Riot Glass products can withstand attacks from common tools like hammers and crowbars or impacts from rocks and bricks, to varying degrees. Security glass and window film will delay entry long enough to deter would-be intruders in many cases and keep your existing glass from shattering after repeated impacts. 

If a violent intruder is trying to gain entry during a service, Riot Glass can give your congregation time to react by calling the authorities and barricading themselves inside or evacuating the facility. For the highest level of protection against active shooters, Riot Glass offers a range of ballistic-grade ArmorPlast shields that can withstand multiple impacts from bullets of various calibers. Reinforcing your facility’s glass doors and windows with Riot Glass can truly be a life-saving decision.

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4. Monitor Doors and Parking Lots

Assign volunteers and team members to keep an eye on all entry points to your religious facility, as well as patrol parking lots. Have them be on the lookout for suspicious individuals who might pose a threat to your mosque, synagogue, temple, or church. If you have the budget for it, consider hiring professional security personnel, who may be armed, to perform these tasks for you. These individuals will be the first line of defense and can save lives by spotting a threat before it’s too late.

5. Use Walkie Talkies for Communication

Give volunteers and team members walkie talkies and designate a channel to communicate on. This is a much quicker way to relay information throughout your religious facility than relying on cell phones. In the event of an armed intruder on the premises, someone who is monitoring the outside can quickly inform the person in charge of the inside. That way, you can quickly react to go into lockdown or evacuate the building through a back exit to keep everyone safe.

6. Assign Roles to Volunteers and Team Members

Find out who, if anyone, in your congregation has experience in areas like medicine, law enforcement, the military, and security. Ask them if they are willing to take on volunteer roles to help protect your church or other religious institution. For example, you could have someone with law enforcement or military background be responsible for securing the facility before each service begins. Someone with a medical background could be in charge of first aid and medical assistance in the event of an emergency.

7. Create an Active Shooter Plan

How to protect your church from shootings is something that all churches and other religious institutions need to plan for. Religious leaders and their team members must create a physical security plan that outlines exactly what to do in the (hopefully unlikely) event of an active shooter on the premises. It’s important to remember that shootings at religious centers aren’t always random mass shootings. They can also be targeted shootings related to domestic violence or other issues.

Even if you don’t feel like it’s necessary because you can’t imagine such a thing happening in your small, close-knit community, include an active shooter scenario in your religious institution’s security plan anyway. Hopefully, you’ll never have to use it, but it’s better to be over-prepared than underprepared. If you have no idea where to start, schedule a threat assessment with a security consultant to evaluate your religious facility’s current security measures, identify weak points, and receive recommendations on your security plan.

Conclusion

The reality is that churches, mosques, synagogues, and temples are not exempt from the threats that other types of facilities face. That’s why it’s of the utmost importance for any religious institute to implement security measures that include forced entry protection and plans for how to react in emergency situations, including shootings. Contact us today for more information about how you can protect your church or other religious center or to schedule a threat assessment.

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