When to Choose Security Film for your Department.

When to Choose Security Film for your Department.

Security film strengthens glass like rebar strengthens concrete. 

On its own glass shatters easily. Once shattered, glass no longer forms a solid barrier and any shards can be easily pushed out of the way.

This is one of the reasons that glass is the most common target of thieves, vandals, and determined attackers – unsecured glass offers very little resistance to forced entry.

Leaving such a vulnerable point of entry unsecured can have huge costs and consequences;

  • Thousands of dollars of equipment can be stolen or damaged during a break-ins to buildings and vehicles
  • Thousands of dollars worth of repairs can be incurred after several seconds of vandalism

Most importantly, 

  • Officers and other personnel can be seriously injured or killed as a result of attackers breaking in through unsecured glass. On the low end, it costs an average of $100,000 to replace a trained, experienced officer – although the true cost of a lost or damaged life is immeasurable.

I recently spoke with a deputy sheriff in Texas who had a very close call. 

An attacker had attempted to smash the rear window of his patrol vehicle open, with the intent of grabbing a rifle to shoot the deputy with. 

Fortunately, the attacker was restrained before a weapon was accessed, but that officer noted that if he had not been standing right next to his vehicle that situation could have been much worse.

It is imperative that glass be secured from forced entry and attack.

The question remains, what is the best method to secure the glass on my department buildings and patrol vehicles?

If you commonly face threats of shootings, then ballistic glass is a must. However, most departments do not have the budget to justify installing ballistic glass all over their stations.

If you don’t need to stop bullets but do need to stop forced entry attacks on your glass, then you have several other factors that must be considered. 

(Contact one of our experts for information on our revolutionary ballistic solutions.)

The best non-ballistic, forced-entry solutions fit the following criteria:

1. You don’t have to replace the existing glass or framing.

Some glass securing solutions require replacing the existing glass and/or the framing. This is not only a major headache, but it's expensive to replace all of the glass and to retrofit or replace the original framing. This extra expense is not necessary when there are solutions that can offer the same level of protection and keep the existing windows and frames in place.

 2. The appearance of the window or building remains unchanged.

Simply put, there’s no good reason here to let someone mess up the look of your building or vehicle. Sometimes we do have to sacrifice looks for security. This area does not have to be one of those.

3. Does not modify the original framing or structure of the building or vehicle.

The best forced-entry protection solutions do not require any modifications to the framing or structure of a building or vehicle. Yes, you do need to add some layers of protection. But this can be easily done without adding extra framing or drilling holes in your current structure. Not only do these modifications make irreversible changes to your building or vehicles, they add extra and unnecessary costs to the project.

Several solutions for glass protection exist in the market that fit one of two of the above criteria, but very few fit all three, and are budget friendly.

The best solution for forced-entry protection that fits all of the above criteria is Security Film.


What is Security Film?

Security film is a  layer of plastic film that is adhered to existing glass windows and their frame. It supports the glass and helps it resist cracking. If the glass does crack or shatter, it stays in place as an extra barrier to entry.

Security film strengthens glass like rebar strengthens concrete. 

By itself, concrete is brittle and can crack and fall apart easily. The rebar in concrete holds it all together, gives it support to resist breaking, and – in the event that the concrete does break – stays in place as a solid barrier by itself.

Security film does the same thing for glass.


In Conclusion

High-quality security film, when properly installed, can provide excellent protection for your department.

Security Film will protect glass windows and doors from forced-entry, is a cost-effective solution, and fits these three important stipulations for non-ballistic, forced-entry solutions:

  1. Does not require the replacement of existing glass or framing
  2. Does not alter the appearance or clarity of glass
  3. Does not require any modifications to the existing framing or structure of your building.

Use high-quality security film to protect your department from breaching and forced-entry by attackers, and to create the time you need to react and respond to threats.


Want to Learn More? 

Read our blog post on How to Choose The Right Security Film.
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