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Reinforcing Commercial Doors and Windows To Boost Convenience Store Security

Written By: Brad CampbellJanuary 26, 2024

Convenience stores, especially those that are open late, are highly vulnerable to robbery and other forms of theft. 

In order to mitigate these risks, it’s important for convenience stores to implement physical security measures to fortify doors and windows in order to protect assets and workers.

By reinforcing commercial doors and windows to protect against forced entry, armed robbery, burglary, smash-and-grab theft, rioting and looting, and vandalism, convenience store owners can mitigate the risks of both financial loss and physical harm to store employees.

Why Is Convenience Store Security Such a Big Issue?

There are a variety of factors that criminals take into account when deciding which types of businesses to target. Two of the biggest are operating hours and amount of cash available.

Businesses that are open late or all night, such as convenience stores, are a favorite target of criminals because of the reduced foot and vehicular traffic during nighttime business hours, making them less likely to get interrupted or caught when carrying out a robbery or theft.

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Convenience stores also conduct many small cash transactions throughout the day, meaning they have cash on hand at any given time. They also sell high-value merchandise that’s easy to resell, like liquor and tobacco.

While convenience stores may not have the amount of cash available that other high-end and specialty retailers might, they also tend to be less secure than luxury retailers, making them an easier target for the bad guys.

While most convenience stores have the traditional components of a commercial security system, like surveillance cameras and alarms, these don’t do anything to physically prevent criminals from carrying out an armed robbery or a smash-and-grab theft.

This is why it’s so important for convenience store owners to reinforce storefront windows and doors against forced entry, as well as create secure transaction points inside, thereby protecting the well-being of employees and preventing robbery and other types of theft.

Convenience Store Security Concerns and Risk Factors:

  • Open Accessibility: Many convenience stores are open late, making them vulnerable to security threats during late hours when fewer people are around.
  • Limited Staffing: Convenience stores often operate with minimal staff, making it challenging to monitor and respond to security issues effectively.
  • Target for Robberies: The presence of cash registers and late-night operations make convenience stores attractive targets for robberies and theft.
  • High-Value Merchandise: The sale of high-value items, such as tobacco and alcohol, makes convenience stores appealing to thieves looking for quick and valuable targets.
  • Proximity to High-Crime Areas: Some convenience stores are located in or near high-crime areas, contributing to security concerns.
  • Inadequate Lighting: Poorly lit areas around convenience stores can create hiding spots for criminals, adding to the security challenges.
  • Lack of Surveillance: Limited or outdated surveillance systems may fail to deter or capture criminal activities effectively.
  • Employee Safety: Employees working late hours or during low-traffic times may be at risk, necessitating enhanced security measures.

How To Increase Convenience Store Security by Reinforcing Storefront Windows and Doors

While traditional storefront security measures, such as installing metal bars and gates on top of windows and doors, can be effective at deterring after-hours burglary and smash-and-grab theft, they don’t do much when it comes to protecting 24-hour convenience stores.

Additionally, some cities, business owners, and landlords don’t want things like window bars visible in the storefront.

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To reinforce storefront windows and doors and boost convenience store security both inside and out, retrofitting Riot Glass® or ArmorPlast® security glazing is the ideal solution that’s invisible, virtually unbreakable, and effective 24/7.

This security glazing can be installed right on top of the existing commercial glass, creating a protective barrier against forced entry, burglary, smash-and-grab theft, rioting and looting, and vandalism. 

Adding Secure Vestibules and Transaction Windows for Increased Convenience Store Security

Riot Glass and ArmorPlast can also be used to construct additional protective vestibules and transaction windows inside convenience stores.

For instance, in high-crime, high-risk areas, convenience stores can create forced entry-resistant access control vestibules (mantraps) using Riot Glass or ArmorPlast. 

These secure vestibules allow convenience store employees to more carefully monitor and control the flow of customers during the night, denying access to suspicious individuals and reducing the risks of armed robbery, theft, and physical harm.

Convenience stores can also benefit from surrounding points of sale in forced entry- and even bullet-resistant transaction windows and booths, providing a high level of physical protection for employees and denying criminals access to cash registers.

In the event of an armed robbery or violent attack, employees can take cover behind transaction counters protected by security glazing, call 911, and wait for the authorities to arrive and deal with the threat. In many cases, however, the mere presence of an unbreakable protective barrier is enough to deter criminals in the first place.

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Convenience store security is a major concern due to their susceptibility to criminal activities, especially during late-night hours.

The inherent vulnerabilities of convenience stores, such as their open accessibility, limited staffing, and sometimes proximity to high-crime areas, make it necessary for store owners to take proactive measures to protect their assets and employees.

While traditional security measures have their place for after-hours protection, advanced solutions like Riot Glass and ArmorPlast security glazing offer a discreet yet powerful means of “always-there” fortification.

These security glazing options can be seamlessly installed atop existing commercial glass, creating a robust defense against forced entry, burglary, smash-and-grab theft, rioting and looting, and vandalism. 

Beyond exterior protection, Riot Glass and ArmorPlast facilitate the construction of secure vestibules and transaction windows inside convenience stores, enhancing control over customer flow and protecting employees during high-risk hours.

By investing in such technologies, convenience store owners can significantly reduce the risks of armed robbery, theft, and physical harm to employees. 

The visible presence of unbreakable protective barriers around points of sale also acts as a powerful deterrent, reinforcing the overall security of convenience stores and fostering a safer environment for staff and patrons alike. 

Contact Riot Glass, LLC today to receive a free consultation or quote.

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