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Protecting Your Windows Against Blasts With Riot Glass

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Blast-resistant windows are an essential part of any facility’s bomb blast mitigation system. Riot Glass offers a full range of security glass products with different blast resistance ratings. From security window films to complete Riot Glass retrofits, there are options for every budget, you can choose the right solution for your specific needs and goals. Blast windows play a crucial role in minimizing damage and injury in the event of an accidental or intentional explosion. Keep reading to find out how you can secure your facility and protect those inside against a bomb blast or another type of thermal blast with Riot Glass.

What Types of Explosion-Proof Windows Are There?

It’s important to remember that it’s not possible to make any building 100% explosion-proof. That being said, there are several options that you can choose from to increase the blast resistance of your windows and keep employees or building tenants safe. Let’s take a look at the three main types of blast-resistant window products offered by Riot Glass.

Safety and Security Window Film

Window films offer the lowest level of blast resistance but are also the most cost-efficient way to add an extra level of blast protection to your window glass. Riot Glass safety and security window films are a pliable polyester Mylar coating that is applied to the inside of glass windows and doors to strengthen them against bomb blasts, accidental explosions, and other security risks. An additional layer of window film can be applied to the exterior surfaces of your glass to increase the protection level even more.

These window films can hold a building’s glass in place when it is shattered by the force of a blast. This prevents the shards from flying inwards and minimizes the risk of injury to those inside. Riot Glass is an authorized dealer and installer of 3M safety and security window films, which are widely considered to be the best on the market.

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Laminated Security Glass

Riot Glass laminated security glass features a thermoplastic interlayer that is 5x stronger and 100x stiffer than standard laminated glass interlayers. This provides a higher level of protection against blasts than window films, for when the threat is higher. Laminated security glass can withstand high-force impacts from explosions and other sources and will not fly inwards when it is shattered. Laminated security glass can completely replace your facility’s existing glass or be retrofitted on top of it to add an extra layer of blast protection.

ArmorPlast Polycarbonate Panels and Framing

ArmorPlast shields provide the highest level of blast protection offered by Riot Glass. In fact, ArmorPlast isn’t even glass. These blast-resistant panels are composed of various combinations of acrylics, polycarbonate, and other plastics. Riot Glass ArmorPlast shields are available in non-ballistic, containment-grade and ballistic-grade options that offer varying degrees of blast protection. Riot Glass can also install impact-resistant framing along with protective panels to mitigate blast damage to the framing surrounding your windows and doors.

How Do I Choose the Right Blast Mitigation Solution?

If you want to proof your windows and doors against bomb blasts and accidental explosions, the first step is to conduct a threat assessment. When you schedule a threat assessment with Riot Glass, a blast consultant will do a thorough inspection of your property to evaluate the threat level and identify vulnerable points. They will then use this information to determine the GSA blast mitigation performance requirements that your site needs to meet.

After the threat assessment, Riot Glass will develop a fully-custom system to meet or exceed the blast resistance standards required for your window glass. Of course, your budget is also important and will be factored into the recommendations. Riot Glass will work hand-in-hand with you to come up with a solution that suits your security requirements and doesn’t demolish your budget.

How Are Riot Glass Blast-Resistant Windows Installed?

The most common way that Riot Glass installs blast-resistant windows is to retrofit them onto your existing window glass and framing. This is the most budget-friendly and efficient way to install a blast-proof system onto any type of facility. Retrofitting provides a similar level of protection to full window replacement, but without the higher cost. When it comes to security window films, they are just applied directly onto your existing glass using a water-based adhesive.

In some cases, a building’s existing frames might not be compatible with a Riot Glass retrofit. If this is the case for your facility, your existing glass panes and framing can be removed and replaced with Riot Glass blast-resistant windows and framing. No matter what specific installation process is required, Riot Glass always aims to get it done in the agreed upon timeframe and with as little disruption to you as possible. That’s why Riot Glass is happy to perform commercial installations on nights and weekends.

Additional Security Benefits of Blast Windows

Blast resistance is not the only security benefit provided by Riot Glass products. Blast-resistant window films, security glass, and ArmorPlast shields all offer protection against other natural and man-made threats. These threats include forced-entry, burglary, active shooters, rioting, looting, storm damage, and earthquakes.

The same qualities that make Riot Glass effective at mitigating blast damage and injury make it an effective all-around security solution. For example, blast-proof windows can also withstand forced entry attempts using hammers, crowbars, and other tools, or hold the glass together against repeated ballistic impacts. Riot Glass also prevents your windows from shattering when they’re impacted by storm debris or when experiencing a seismic event.

Riot Glass protects facilities against:

  • Bomb blasts
  • Accidental explosions
  • Forced entry
  • Active shooters
  • Burglary
  • Smash & grab theft
  • Rioting & looting
  • Vandalism
  • Storm damage
  • Earthquakes

Conclusion

When you install Riot Glass, you can be confident that you’re getting a full security treatment. You can rest easy knowing that your glass windows and doors are protected against much more than just explosions. Contact Riot Glass today for more information about Riot Glass blast mitigation systems or to schedule a threat assessment with a blast consultant.

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How Strong is Security Glass?

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If you’ve been researching ways to improve the security of your glass doors and windows, you’ve undoubtedly been looking into security glass—but exactly how tough is it? There are many different glass security products on the market that offer varying degrees of protection, so it can be hard to sift through all the info out there and choose the best option for you. Whether you’re interested in increasing your home security or protecting your business, this article will help you make the distinction between different security options and get a better understanding of how strong each one is.

What Is Security Glass and Which Type Is Best for Me?

Security glass is a type of fortified glass or glass alternative that is specially designed to protect your property’s most vulnerable entry points. When people talk about security glass, they can be referring to a range of different glass security products, including window security film, laminated security glass, and polycarbonate panels. At Riot Glass, we offer all three levels of glass protection, so let us explain to you exactly what each type is and just how tough they are.

 

Safety and Security Window Film

Window security film is not actually glass, but rather a pliable Mylar coating that is typically applied to the inside surface of your glass. This film creates a protective barrier on top of your existing window glass to delay forced entry and prevent your glass from shattering inwards. Riot Glass provides and installs 3M safety and security window film, which has been proven to delay forced entry by up to three minutes as well as hold glass together and reduce the chance of injury during an earthquake, hurricane, tornado, or wind storm.

With window film, it’s still possible for a would-be intruder to smash your windows to gain access, but the time that it delays entry is often enough to deter the bad guys. If people are inside during a forced entry attempt, it can at least give people inside time to react by calling 911, barricading themselves inside, or evacuating the building through another exit. Window security film provides a basic level of protection for your existing glass doors and windows that can make a big difference without breaking the bank.

Laminated Security Glass

Laminated security glass is a type of fortified glass composed of laminated glass panels with a thermoplastic interlayer. Riot Glass laminated security glass is 100x stiffer and 5x stronger than traditional interlayer safety glass and is proven to delay forced entry by at least 4 minutes or completely deny entry. This type of glass won’t stop bullets, but it can withstand multiple ballistic impacts and help with bomb blast mitigation.

Laminated security glass is the middle-of-the-road window security option and is very popular among our residential and commercial clients. It gives you all the functionality of regular glass with a high level of protection against all types of man-made and natural threats. Whether you want to protect your retail store from theft or fortify your glass patio door against forced entry, this type of laminated glass is a very cost-effective security solution.

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Polycarbonate Panels

Polycarbonate panels are a glass alternative made from a combination of acrylics, polycarbonate, and other plastics. This is the top-of-the-line when it comes to security glass. Riot Glass offers our proprietary line of polycarbonate panels called ArmorPlast shields, which are available in containment-grade and ballistic-grade options. This is what you want if you’re looking for a truly unbreakable glass for the highest level of protection against burglary or active shooters.

ArmorPlast shields are the most expensive window security alternative that Riot Glass offers, but the good news is that they can typically be retrofitted onto your existing glass. This results in a much cheaper installation than a complete window replacement. We also install our proprietary ArmorPlast framing system that fortifies the frames around your windows, so they are no longer a weak point that can be compromised and displaced.

What About Safety Glass?

When people talk about safety glass, what they usually mean is tempered safety glass. This should not be confused with security glass because it is not actually designed to prevent things like forced entry or protect against active shooters. What safety glass does is break apart into tons of tiny little cubes when it is shattered, so it falls to the floor close to the window or door instead of flying inwards or leaving jagged broken edges around the window or door frame. It is safer than standard window glass, which breaks into large, sharp shards, but it is not an effective security solution.

How Do I Know Riot Glass Is as Tough as You Say It Is?

All our glass security products are tested in labs under a variety of real-life stress tests. We do everything from hitting them with bats and hammers, throwing multiple bricks at them, and shooting them with live rounds from firearms of varying calibers and velocities. We’ve seen over and over again that Riot Glass laminated security glass and ArmorPlast shields do not lose their integrity or shatter, even when they take prolonged abuse. In fact, it’s usually our testers who tire out first after trying so hard to break our products.

In addition to our own test facility, we have testing results for various forced entry tests conducted at HP White Laboratories which you find on our products resource page on our website. You can also take our AIA approved continued education (CEU) course here: https://aecdai.ly/riotglass

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You can see tons of real-life footage of our glass security tests and actual surveillance video of attempted/failed break-ins on our YouTube channel.

Don’t Wait Any Longer to Protect Your Home or Business

At Riot Glass, we are always happy to talk to you about your security options and help you choose a solution that fits your goals and your budget. We can schedule a threat assessment with a security professional who will conduct a thorough evaluation of your property, discuss your security concerns, and make recommendations about the best types of security glass for you and your property. 

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How Is Tempered Glass Made and Is It Good for Security?

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Tempered glass, also known as safety glass, is something that commonly gets confused with security glass. We’re here to help clear up some of the misconceptions about this type of glass and answer some of the questions we often hear at Riot Glass. By the end of this article, you’ll have a better understanding of exactly what tempered safety glass is, how to tell if glass has been tempered, its uses, and how it’s different from the types of security glass that we offer and recommend for increasing your property’s security.

What Is Tempered Glass?

In short, tempered glass is a type of toughened safety glass that has been heat-treated to make it stronger and safer than standard window glass.

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How Is Tempered Glass Made?

During the manufacturing process, this type of glass is heated up intensely in a special tempering oven, then cooled down with a special quenching procedure that cools down the exterior surfaces of the glass much quicker than the center. This forces the exterior surfaces to compress, which gives the glass its strength. 

Before a glass is passed through a tempering oven, it is thoroughly inspected for imperfections that could cause it to break during the tempering process. Once the glass has been approved for tempering, it goes into the oven and gets heated up to above 600 degrees Celsius (1112 degrees Fahrenheit). When the glass comes out of the oven, it is immediately blasted with high-pressure air from different nozzles pointed at the glass from all angles to quench it. Some glass is also tempered using a chemical treatment, but it is much more expensive than using a tempering oven and quenching the glass with air, so it is not as common.

Regular glass differs from tempered glass because it is cooled down using an annealing process, which is slower than quenching. This different cooling process makes standard glass significantly weaker than tempered glass. In fact, tempered safety glass is about 4x stronger than traditional glass. One of the major differences between tempered glass and regular glass, as you may have seen at one point or another, is that standard glass breaks apart very easily into large, jagged, sharp shards. Safety glass, on the other hand, shatters into tons of tiny little square shards that are relatively harmless.

Another big difference in the manufacturing processes for traditional glass sheets and tempered glass sheets is when they get cut. Standard glass can be cut, drilled, shaped, and totally customized after it has been fabricated and annealed. However, tempered glass must be cut and shaped to the desired size before it goes into the tempering oven and gets quenched. If you try to cut or drill tempered safety glass after it’s been toughened, it will just break apart.

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How to Tell if Glass Is Tempered

One of the telltale signs of glass that has been tempered is that tempered glass sheets have smooth edges. This is because they are sanded and washed before the glass is tempered to remove the sharpness, unlike traditional glass sheets that still have sharp corners and edges. Another sign of glass that has been tempered is that you can easily see surface imperfections on the glass. Also, if you look at the glass through polarized glasses, you will be able to see dark lines and spots on the glass. Finally, the surefire way of knowing whether a piece of glass is tempered is to watch it break and see if it shatters into tons of tiny square shards.

Signs that glass has been tempered:

  • There are visible imperfections on the surfaces
  • It has smooth edges
  • You can see black spots and lines through polarized lenses
  • The glass shatters into little squares when broken

Can I Use Tempered Glass for Security?

Though it is stronger and safer than standard window glass, tempered glass is not recommended for security applications. A determined intruder will have no difficulty smashing right through tempered glass panels and gaining entry to your home or business. If you have ever seen a car with a smashed out window, well, that’s tempered glass—it doesn’t seem very secure, does it?

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Tempered safety glass is safer than standard window glass, which is why it’s common applications include things like automobile side and rear glass, shower and tub enclosure glass, and patio furniture. For these types of applications, when the main goal is avoiding injury caused by sharp broken glass, tempered safety glass makes perfect sense. However, it is not an effective security solution when your concern is to protect your home or business against things like forced entry, burglary, smash-and-grab theft, rioting, looting, vandalism, storm damage, ballistic attacks, or bomb blasts.

What you can use to increase the security of your glass doors and windows is security glass, which can refer to a range of products, including security window films, laminated security glass, and polycarbonate panels. All these types of custom glass security products can help protect your home or business against man-made and natural threats, to varying degrees. For example, security window film can delay would-be intruders by up to about 3 minutes. In contrast, polycarbonate panels are virtually unbreakable and can even stop bullets, keeping bad guys and their guns outside at all times.

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Choose Riot Glass Security Glass for Home and Business Security

Riot Glass offers a full range of security glass products for residential and commercial clients. Our team of security professionals is dedicated to helping you choose and install the right security glass for your goals and budget. Whether you want to secure your home or business against forced entry and burglary, fortify your property against storm damage, or protect against ballistic attacks and bomb blasts, we can help. We are happy to schedule a consultation with one of our security experts who can conduct a threat assessment of your property and provide security recommendations.

Contact us today for more information about our 3M safety and security window films, Riot Glass laminated security glass, and ArmorPlast polycarbonate unbreakable glass shields.

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Bomb Blast Resistant Doors & Frames: FAQs

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Bomb-blast-resistant doors and frames protect people and property against explosions and shrapnel, such as flying glass fragments. It’s important to know that blast-resistant does not mean the door and frame are completely immune to damage from a bomb blast or another type of explosion, but it does mean that your property and people inside the building will be much safer in such an event. Blast-resistant framing systems and doors are an essential part of any facility’s blast mitigation security solution. Below you will find answers to some common questions we hear about this topic.

What is the difference between blast-proof doors and blast-resistant doors?

For a door to be considered completely blast-proof, it would have to be made of very thick steel and concrete. Thus, an explosion-proof door is not something you would see on your average home or commercial building. You would be more likely to see a completely bomb-proof door somewhere like a bomb shelter or a bank vault. On the other hand, a blast-resistant door is a more standard door that has been reinforced with certain materials, including framing, to make it more resistant to a bomb blast or an accidental explosion.

What is glass fragmentation?

Glass fragmentation is when a glass door or window shatters as a direct result of an explosion. This is actually one of the biggest dangers of an explosion because these glass fragments can travel at extremely high velocities and cause serious injury or further damage. Fragmentation is one of the main factors you should consider when upgrading your door to make it blast resistant. A properly reinforced door will retain shattered glass fragments, so they don’t fly dangerously inwards.

What is GSA blast mitigation compliance?

The GSA is the United States General Services Administration. This organization provides regularly-updated blast mitigation compliance standards for commercial buildings and facilities that include glass and shatter requirements. The lower the GSA blast mitigation compliance level, the safer a building’s glass is. For example, a facility with a GSA rating of 2 has a very high safety rating, meaning that cracked glass is retained within the framing and does not fly inwards. Higher GSA ratings correspond to the distance fragmented glass caused by a blast travels inwards.

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How can Riot Glass make doors and frames blast-resistant?

If you have doors made entirely out of glass or that have glass components, Riot Glass security glass products can be retrofitted onto your doors to increase their blast resistance. Riot Glass can also install impact-resistant security frames around your doors to improve the blast resistance of the surrounding door infrastructure. Though Riot Glass will not turn your standard glass door into a 100% explosion-proof door, security glass and framing systems can greatly increase your glass door’s safety and security in the event of a bomb blast or another type of explosion.

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Do blast-resistant doors and frames have any other benefits?

In addition to protecting people inside from injury and reducing the damage caused by a bomb blast or accidental explosion, doors that have been retrofitted with security glass and framing provide all-around security for your property. These types of doors and frames are proven to protect your home or business against forced-entry, active shooters, storm damage, vandalism, and many other common threats. Depending on the specific type of security glass and framing system that you install, bomb-resistant doors can keep bad guys out, prevent door glass from shattering inwards when it’s impacted by flying storm debris, and even stop bullets.

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What types of facilities can benefit from increasing the blast resistance of doors and frames?

Any type of commercial building or even a residential building that could potentially experience a bomb blast or an accidental explosion can benefit from installing blast-resistant framing systems and door retrofits. Naturally, certain types of facilities face a higher threat level, which is why we most commonly see these types of installations in government buildings and high-security privately owned facilities. Government facilities are more likely to be targets of intentional bomb attacks, whereas a privately-owned commercial building like a chemical storage facility might be more concerned about accidental explosions.

What other factors should I consider to improve my facility’s blast resistance?

If you’re going to upgrade your doors and frames to reinforce them against bomb blasts and other explosions, you can’t overlook your windows. All the principles that apply to making your doors and frames safer and more secure apply to your windows as well. If you want to achieve a lower GSA blast mitigation compliance rating for your site, you must ensure that all the building’s glass has been retrofitted or replaced with some type of security glass that will retain the glass shards and prevent them from flying inwards if an explosion shatters your windows.

How do I get Riot Glass installed to make my doors blast resistant?

If you’re ready to take the first step towards improving the safety and security of your property in the event of a bomb blast, we recommend you start with a threat assessment. When you schedule a threat assessment with Riot Glass, a blast consultant will visit your property to conduct a thorough evaluation and discuss your security questions and concerns. The expert will then determine the level of GSA blast mitigation compliance that your site needs to meet and provide recommendations on upgrading not only your doors, but also your windows and the rest of your property to make it more blast resistant and improve overall security.

How can I be sure Riot Glass products work?

All Riot Glass products are extensively researched, developed, and tested in labs under real-life conditions. Riot Glass systems are fully adaptable and we custom-fit all our products to your existing doors, windows, and framing. We use American-made materials and craft all our security glass and frames with expertise, care, and attention to detail.

Contact Riot Glass today for more information on our blast-resistant doors and frames or to schedule a threat assessment with a blast consultant.

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How to Keep Your Riot Glass Looking Pristine, Clear, and Shiny

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Our clients often ask us about how they can clean their Riot Glass and whether it’s any more difficult than cleaning standard glass. We’re happy to inform you that you don’t need to use any special or more complicated window cleaning methods to take care of your Riot Glass. Traditional window washing methods work perfectly well to clean Riot Glass security glass.

In this article, we’ll clearly explain to you what the best way to clean windows is and provide some helpful tips for keeping your Riot Glass looking its best.

How to Clean Glass in 5 Steps

Step 1: Pick a Cool, Cloudy Day to Clean Your Windows

Even though you might prefer to do your outdoor window cleaning on a clear, sunny day, this can actually be counterproductive. On a hot day, the sun shining directly onto your windows can dry your window washing solution too soon and leave unsightly residue and streaks on your glass. Instead, pick a cool, cloudy day to do your window washing, so you have plenty of time to clean your windows meticulously and leave them looking streak-free and pristine.

Tip: Check the forecast before you get started on any outdoor windows to make sure it’s not going to rain on you while you’re working. You don’t want to get caught in the rain and have to abandon your window cleaning halfway through!

Step 2: Make a Homemade Window Cleaning Solution

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to use any special commercial window cleaning solution for cleaning windows. In fact, a homemade window washing solution usually gives you better results. Fill a bucket with about 2 gallons of water and add 1 teaspoon of mild liquid dishwashing detergent to make an effective homemade window washing solution.

Tip: To make an indoor window cleaning spray, combine 2 cups of water, 1/2 cup of white vinegar or apple cider vinegar, and 1/4 cup of 70%-strength rubbing alcohol or isopropyl alcohol in a spray bottle.

 

Step 3: Start Cleaning at the Top of the Window

Always begin cleaning glass at the top and work your way down. That way, your cleaning solution won’t drip down onto areas you’ve already cleaned as you work and leave behind streaks. Make sure you thoroughly clean each section of glass before you move down to the next part.

Tip: If you can’t reach the top of the glass, get a sturdy stepladder to stand on to help you get the job done. Alternatively, you could use a sponge and squeegee attached to a telescopic pole handle to reach all the glass.

Step 4: Scrub the Glass Using a Lint-Free Sponge or Cloth

Dip a lint-free sponge or cloth, such as a microfiber sponge for washing cars or a regular microfiber cloth, into your bucket of cleaning solution. Wring it out, so it isn’t dripping all over the place, then use it to scrub every square inch of the glass. Make sure to get right up against each side of the window and into the corners. If you’re using a spray cleaner to clean interior glass, just spray it directly onto the glass and wipe it up with your sponge or cloth.

Tip: If you don’t have a microfiber cloth or sponge, you can use an old cotton T-shirt. The cotton won’t leave behind any lint on your windows. If you’re cleaning indoor glass with a homemade spray cleaner, avoid using paper towels to wipe it up, as they can leave a lot of lint on your glass.

Step 5: Squeegee the Glass from Left to Right

Press the squeegee into the top left-hand corner of the glass, right up against the top edge of the window, and pull it firmly across the glass all the way to the opposite corner. Move down to the next wet section and squeegee across the window from left to right, overlapping your stroke with the above section that you just squeegeed dry. Wipe off the blade of the squeegee periodically with a clean cloth to remove any excess moisture and dirt. Keep working your way down the glass until you’ve removed all the cleaning solution and the glass is clear and residue-free.

Tip: You don’t need to squeegee indoor windows that you cleaned with a homemade spray solution. The spray solution will get wiped up with your lint-free cloth as you clean, and any that doesn’t will evaporate quickly and won’t leave behind any streaks.

Benefits of Regularly Cleaning Your Riot Glass

Just like a car, your windows are exposed to all kinds of dirt and contaminants in the air every day that can build up and cause your glass to look dingy. Just like you would take your car through the car wash regularly to keep it from building up a layer of grime, it’s important to clean your Riot Glass virtually unbreakable glass regularly to keep it in its optimal condition. As long as you treat your security glass as you would treat a treasured new automobile, you’ll get years of hassle-free service out of it.

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If you’re not yet a Riot Glass client, now you know that it’s not any more difficult to care for Riot Glass security glass than it is to maintain your standard window glass. For more information about Riot Glass products or to schedule a consultation with one of our security experts, contact us today.

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. 

Contact us today to find out more about how you can improve the physical security of your retail business with Riot Glass.

 

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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