There is an easier way. The old adage "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" couldn't be more apropos. Taking the time to implement a well thought-out access control system can make a world of difference. There are two main components to a good access control system. 1) Locked doors that someone must have authorized access to unlock via key, card reader, facial recognition or similar. 2) Fortified glass and doors. Number one is not going to be effective if the second component is not in place. If a bad guy can shoot or smash his way through a window or door, the locks will be rendered useless.
Our Riot Glass products are available in varying levels that can slow down or stop a would-be intruder, and even stop shots that may be fired. Options include the RG line of highly fortified laminated glass that uses our Thermoplastic interlayer which is up to 5 times stronger and 100 times stiffer than regular laminated glass (seen above and in the video below), or our ArmorPlast ballistic line of polycarbonate and acrylics layered together to form UL752-rated bullet resistant barriers. Installation costs are dramatically reduced by using your existing framing. Once installed along side access controls, the building envelope fortification is dramatically increased. Our LifeSafe ballistic door skins are another way to shore up entry points by making your existing solid-core doors resistant to shotgun blasts or heavy tools that may be used to breach a door. Other systems such as Anchorman door barricading devices can be used in classrooms to help create a safe-zone during a crisis.
In the video below we have recreated an active shooter scenario to test our RG9 line of Riot Glass security glazing. We used a Sig Sauer AR-15 5.56 and a Glock 17 with hollow point ammunition, in addition to a 12 oz. claw-hammer and an aluminum bat. After 10 rounds and 39 strikes, the bad guy is still unable to enter. This material is not bullet resistant so the rounds penetrate, but the glass is still stiff and solidly in place preventing easy access. To ratchet up the protection level even further, ballistic-rated Armorplast can be used.
Stay tuned for more blog posts and videos in which we will demonstrate other materials from our line of Riot Glass products designed to stop burglars, armed robbers and active killers.
For years, business owners, campus police, and security officials have had very few options for protecting their property against a determined bad guy because everyone knows that if you really want to get inside a building, you can just smash a window or glass door and you're in. Protecting the glass with bars or scissor gates dramatically alters the appearance of the building in a way that negatively impacts not only your property, but the neighborhood as a whole, and these solutions often only work after hours as they are disabled or pushed aside during the day. The windows then become vulnerable to an attacker. The solution? Riot Glass. We have solutions in many protection levels and price ranges.
Photo: JOSHUA TRUJILLO
Imagine you own this retail store and receive that dreaded phone call from the police or alarm company that your store has been looted.
Now, imagine the voice on the other end of the line informing you that although your store was vandalized, the rioters or burglars were unable to gain entry, no merchandise was stolen, and your store interior is intact. It is still a dramatic event to endure, but the outcome is significantly less traumatizing for you, your employees, and your patrons. It is also vastly less expensive when you consider lost revenue, potential lost customers and/or employees, and the insurance deductibles.
Whether you are in charge of protecting a retail store (or chain), a school, government facility, or office building, think of Riot Glass as insurance that prevents not only the negative financial impacts, but also the negative psychological impacts. It is the first line of defense against a burglary, riot, or other attack
Photo: JOSHUA TRUJILLO
Our expert glaziers are extremely proficient and can retrofit your building in no time, with minimal disruption to customers, employees, or students.
The durability of our products is second to none, and our prompt and professional service is 'pain-free'. When you call our office, we will locate a dealer near you and a surveyor will be dispatched to your location(s) to assess the size, strength and overall scope of work required to secure your building and its invaluable contents.
Our Riot Glass Thermoplastic interlayer is the secret to our product’s unbelievable strength. It comes in multiple strengths and overall thicknesses and can be installed as a retrofit over your current windows, or as a replacement glass. Our surveyor will inspect your property and windows and perform a needs assessment to better understand your specific concerns. Once we determine the best protection level to meet your needs, we will promptly provide you with a quote, supporting literature, case studies, and references.
Riot Glass is virtually invisible and undetectable, yet performs a vital function in a tumultuous world.
The US Department of Justice released a report entitled "Victimization During Household Burglary". Over a five year period, an estimated 3.7 million burglaries occurred each year on average. In 28% of these crimes, a household member was present during the burglary, and in 7% of these crimes a household member experienced violent victimization.
When a criminal decides to target your home, the most important feature of your security system should be a physical barrier to entry. A burglary that involves an attack or threat of an attack is no longer classified as a property crime or theft; it becomes a personal crime (rape/sexual assault, robbery, or aggravated assault). The key to preventing this type of violent victimization is with a physical barrier to entry.
BEFORE - This seemingly strong door can be easily kicked in.
This entry door looks strong, yet offers only a false sense of security. Burglars routinely enter with one kick and are in a home in less than 10 seconds. The only thing holding this, and almost every residential door out there, is a thin piece of pine in the jamb which virtually explodes inward with even a modest amount of force.
There are a myriad of solutions out there, including purchasing a new reinforced pre-hung security door, but we have designed our Security Screens to allow you to exponentially increase security while keeping your existing doors in place. In the photo below you can see our screens installed on both the door and the windows, so this homeowner can enjoy the cool summer breeze while maintaining a safe and virtually impenetrable barrier to entry. These are no ordinary screens, even though they look like a typical insect screen. Our Security Screens are made at our Riot Glass factory in Los Angeles and are as tough as nails. (See video at the bottom of this post where we put Security Screens to the test)
AFTER - Security Screens allow you to enjoy the fresh air while maintaining a secure household.
The Benefits of Security Screens
Many clients choose Security Screens in addition to other security measures such as alarm systems and surveillance cameras. This is an excellent way to ensure you have the three most important ingredients for success in thwarting a would-be burglar or home invasion robber. The Security Screens act as a barrier to entry, the alarm will alert police so they are on the way, and the cameras record the event, helping you to better understand what happened after the fact, and often leading to the identification and eventual apprehension of suspects.
Security Screens utilize powder coated stainless steel mesh and exquisite craftsmanship to thwart this determined bad guy.
Every initial call with a client involves a detailed needs assessment to determine, among other things, the anticipated threat level the client wishes to protect against. In most cases, defense against high powered rifles is the first priority.
Our ballistic solutions are rated by Underwriter's Laboratories, which will typically assign a rating level from 1-8, depending on the material's bullet resistance in a laboratory test. It is logical to want the most protection you can get, but the costs associated with a higher rated system can be surprising to many clients. To put this in perspective, most private businesses end up with a UL752 Level 1 material, which is fairly thin, lightweight, and affordable. Generally speaking, the higher the rating, the thicker and heavier the material. Many municipalities, courthouses, police departments, and other government agencies will opt for - and have the budget for - higher rated systems. Depending on the window opening size, the weight can add up to significantly more than the architect originally intended, so structural reinforcement of the building envelope's super structure may be necessary to accommodate the material.
Riot Glass offers a multitude of materials ranging from laminated glass, acrylic, polycarbonate, and glass clad polycarbonate. Each has its pros and cons, and we will help you decide based on many factors indicated in your needs assessment. Our goal has always been to offer the highest quality and affordability, so we are always testing new solutions and combinations of materials that achieve the highest rating, lowest implementation cost, highest level of scratch resistance and durability, and the lightest weight. In the video below, we are field testing a Level 7 solution for a client that has high level protection needs, but with weight restrictions. A field test does not guarantee the material will pass the UL752 test in the actual lab, but this is a starting place for determining whether the material is likely to pass or not.
This particular material passed the field test by stopping 5 rounds fired from an AR15 rifle. Ammunition used: Federal American Eagle 5.56 NATO 55 Grain full metal jacketed lead core rounds (FMJ LC) with a velocity of 3240 fps.
Now it is off to the lab for official testing and certification.
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We receive a lot of inquiries about frameless HERCULITE® glass doors, which consist of a single piece of glass, usually made of 1/2 inch thick tempered glass with holes for the hardware and a top and bottom mounting rail.
HERCULITE® is a popular manufacturer of these doors, but there are other brands using a similar type of system. The look is very elegant, dressing up any entrance and providing the most unobstructed view possible. The problem is that this type of door system is easily broken by burglars, leaving your business vulnerable. Security window films do not work to secure a solid glass door like this, because the only support in a frameless door is the glass itself. Even if the window film is attached at the top and bottom, the sides are unsupported so the whole door will collapse. Surprisingly, security consultants and even some window film companies seem unaware of this, and prescribe window film to protect these storefronts. Sadly, the owner may find out the hard way how ineffective it will be when the worst case scenario actually occurs. Once it has been broken, the entire door and hardware will collapse into a pile of glass gravel and hardware parts on the ground. And the bad guys walk right in. Our Riot Glass panels do not break, so they remain rigid an in place.
Below is a video taken from surveillance cameras inside a store on Madison Avenue in New York. The video shows thieves breaking into the store on Christmas Eve 2016. Notice how easily the criminals break the glass and enter the store (aside from one of them getting a little surprise as the top mounting rail falls on him). According to news coverage, millions of dollars in furs were stolen. What could have prevented this? You guessed it: Riot Glass!
Riot Glass offers an unbreakable insert that prevents breakage of HERCULITE® glass doors, including the side glass panels that are fixed and often span the remainder of the storefront. Our unbreakable glass door armor meets up to a UL752 Level 1 ballistic rating and is virtually impossible to break, so thieves just stand there smashing on it until they get tired. In our many years in business, the feedback we get from customers is overwhelmingly positive. There have been numerous attempts by burglars to breach our Riot Glass, only to leave empty handed. Riot Glass is crystal clear, so the look is the same as regular glass.
Call Riot Glass today to learn more about protecting your storefront from smash and grab burglary. 800-580-2303
Armorplast Panel After Testing
It has long been our quest to bring to the market a cost-effective ballistic glazing solution that is effective, affordable, and easy to install. To that end, we have developed Armorplast, a retrofit ballistic glazing solution that is more affordable than a full glass and framing replacement.
There is no one-size fits-all ballistic solution, and we highly recommend a full threat assessment to determine the best materials for your application. You may reference the various classifications for ballistic resistant materials on our Ratings Chart page. Once the perceived threat has been established, we will measure the existing fenestration, or window frame pocket depth, to determine if the needed material can be accommodated within the remaining framing. We have many configurations of framing and ballistic material combinations, which allow us to install the system with very little aesthetic change to the building.
A ballistic glazing system is rated only as high as the lowest component's rating, so when we install a system within an existing frame, we do not apply a rating to the system, as there are vulnerabilities at the framing. In other words, if we place a UL752 Level 3 Armorplast panel in an unrated frame, we cannot rate the system. The framing is not rated, so the system is therefore not rated. So why would you want an unrated system? The concept is similar to that of body armor. Police and military body armor does not cover the entire body; in fact, the head, everything below the waist, and the sides of the body are often vulnerable. However, the center of mass is protected which significantly increases the chances of survival.
Armorplast was born from this same philosophy. We are covering the most vulnerable area of the window - the viewable glass - and thereby significantly increasing the likelihood that the occupants of the room will have time to run away from the area. This affordable technology allows schools, municipalities, commercial buildings, religious venues, or any building where ballistic protection is desired, to have protection that has been previously out of reach due to budgetary constraints. Generally, in an active shooter scenario, the perpetrator will be caught off guard. The original glass still breaks upon impact, but the bullet is stopped by the Armorplast panel. The shattered glass creates a "white out" effect which further confuses the assailant. This confusion buys precious time.
Another key benefit to Armorplast is that it is virtually unbreakable. Even after being shot many times, it remains solidly in the frame, preventing an intruder, and his gun from entering the building.
Riot Glass has a nationwide network of installation partners, so call today to learn more about protecting your building.
Glass windows and doors offer a sense of security, but do not protect your property from a determined assailant.
(AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
The recent riots in Charlotte, North Carolina showed us just how vulnerable retail stores can be when an otherwise peaceful downtown street erupts into chaos. On September 21st, 2016, several stores were looted and hundreds of thousands of dollars in damaged property, clean-up costs, business down-time, and stolen merchandise were the result. Tourism was all but extinguished for weeks following these events as visitors avoided the downtown area while restoration efforts continued. Local downtown store owners were left to sort out the mess and rebuild their businesses.
The vulnerability of glass windows and doors are abundantly apparent in this photo. Unfortunately with all of the costs of opening a retail location, protecting the glass is not on the top 100 list of things to do by opening day.
Doors are the most often targeted point of entry, and the tempered glass used in door glass is no match for a hammer or rock. It breaks into thousands of tiny fragments and is easily pushed from the frame resulting in a pile of glass gravel on the ground. The good news is that Riot Glass offers low-cost retrofit solutions that allow retailers to keep their existing doors and windows, and still protect against smash and grabs thieves. There are several levels of protection available to fit almost any budget.
Brad Campbell has been in the security glass business for over 25 years, and provides consulting services for schools, municipalities, law enforcement, and private business nationwide.
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