Written By: Brittney Phillips | February 29, 2020
Whether your business is big or small, an unexpected burglary can set you back and hurt your success. On top of the loss of merchandise or vital equipment, there’s also the added expenses of repairing and cleaning up damage caused by the burglars. Not only that, but you also have to factor in the time you waste dealing with the aftermath of the burglary, which is valuable time during which you aren’t doing business.
To prevent catastrophic losses, it’s important to employ a comprehensive strategy to secure and protect your business from burglary. Of course, having a good insurance policy will help you after the event, and things like cameras, security lights, and alarms can deter burglars. However, having all of these systems in place won’t keep a determined individual from breaking in to your business, especially through unsecured windows.
Windows are often the most overlooked areas when it comes to securing your business against break-ins. They are also the most obvious and easiest point of entry for would-be burglars. There are various ways you can secure your windows, such as by applying security films, security screens, or bars, but one of the absolute best and most effective ways to do so is with ArmorPlast products.
ArmorPlast is a clear, unbreakable shield that fits over existing glass and acts as a barrier, preventing burglary and active threat forced entry. ArmorPlast shields are composed of layers of polycarbonate laminate and are available in thicknesses from 0.25 inches to 1.250 inches thick. Each shield in the ArmorPlast product line has a different strength rating that classifies the sheet as non-ballistic, containment grade, or with a specific ballistic rating.
For example, ArmorPlast 25 is ArmorPlast’s entry-level containment grade glazing shield, meaning that it will not stop bullets, but it will resist cracking or shattering. On the other end of the line is ArmorPlast 125MS, which is rated to withstand high-speed, multi-shot ballistic attacks. ArmorPlast products are a top-of-the-line security solution for all types of commercial facilities, including banks, specialty retailers, 24-hour convenience stores, cash transaction windows, schools, government buildings, and religious facilities.
Professional burglars know the weak points of your business and can easily identify vulnerable glass that they can force entry through. The only way to fully protect your business against burglary is to secure every possible point of entry. You could do this by installing gates or bars, but those detract from the appearance of your business or are simply not viable in some scenarios.
That’s where ArmorPlast comes to the rescue. All you have to do to prevent break-ins through windows is retrofit your business with ArmorPlast protective sheets. ArmorPlast shields fit right on top of your existing glass and are virtually invisible once installed. The polycarbonate and acrylic laminate composition gives the surface a glass-like hardness, but with much higher impact resistance.
Even the most basic ArmorPlast shield will withstand attempts by burglars to smash your glass with hammers, crowbars, bricks, and other tools commonly used in break-ins and smash-and-grab burglaries. In fact, even if a would-be burglar tried to shoot out a window, the ArmorPlast protective glazing would not break apart or significantly diminish in strength. Burglars won’t even be able to make a hole big enough to pass their hand through to open a door or window on the other side.
Aside from its unbreakable strength, another huge benefit of using ArmorPlast to protect against business burglary is that it doesn’t change the appearance or structure of your existing glass. ArmorPlast sheets can be mounted right onto your existing window frames or storefront glass framing. The glazing is then locked in place with secure mechanical fasteners, which are covered by low-profile protective caps, so the overall look of your business remains the same.
In addition to being almost invisible, ArmorPlast sheets are highly resistant to yellowing, hazing, and abrasion, so they will last a long time in harsh environments. The proprietary exterior hard coat also resists marring, chemical attacks, and graffiti, and facilitates easy cleaning. You don’t have to worry about sacrificing visibility through your business’s windows.
Not only does ArmorPlast prevent break-ins through windows, but it also keeps your business safe in the event of civil unrest like rioting and looting. This is especially important if your business is located in an urban core that is more likely to experience protests. Unfortunately, protests can also bring along individuals who are looking to take advantage of the chaos to commit crimes like vandalism and theft.
If you have a street-facing storefront constructed with standard glass, it’s incredibly easy for these types of individuals to throw a rock through a window or smash it with a bat. They can easily gain access to your merchandise, belongings, and equipment before you even know anything happened. Imagine how devastating it would be to arrive early the next morning to open your business only to find that your windows are smashed and your store has been looted.
With ArmorPlast, you can rest easy at night, knowing that your business is secured against all forms of break-ins and theft. Even if you’re sitting at home watching the news and you see an angry mob passing down your business’s street, you don’t have to think about rushing down there to check on and protect your business. ArmorPlast products protect your business from burglary and keeps your mind at ease.
If you’re concerned about break-ins at your business, you should always employ a full range of security measures. A comprehensive burglary protection strategy includes security cameras, interior and exterior lighting, an alarm system, and safes for high-value items and merchandise. However, the best form of protection against commercial burglary is prevention, and ArmorPlast shields the weakest points of your business against forced entry, making it the best first line of defense against break-ins and burglary.