Does Your Business Need Bulletproof Glass?
Every business owner should always take the safety and security of their location, their employees, and themselves as seriously as possible. Determining whether investing in certain preventive measures such as security window film or shatterproof glass can be difficult to process, but can’t be appreciated enough in the event of any worst case scenario. Weighing what security options are essential for the security of any business directly applies when considering the pros and cons of bulletproof glass.
For starters, there are a few misconceptions about bulletproof glass that we’ll dissect below. But the fact remains that many business owners assume bulletproof windows aren’t an essential course of action when it comes to protecting their company and their employees. However, recent statistics should raise eyebrows for any employer considering the merits of bulletproof glass, with nearly 60 percent of all active shooter cases in the U.S. in the past few years taking place in businesses (up from 30 percent in 2014), and gun violence being in the top 20 leading causes of death in the U.S., just above riding inside of a vehicle.
To really assess the value of installing bulletproof glass with your business, we need to break down exactly what the state of bullet resistant technology is, as well as its effectiveness and whether recent events have increased its importance. Let’s take a look at whether or not your business would benefit from bulletproof glass, as well as explore what factors to take into consideration when evaluating its practicality.
Is There Such Thing As Bulletproof Glass?
The term ‘bulletproof’ gets thrown around a lot, but the truth is that nothing can definitively be bullet-proof. Instead, bullet resistant glass is the preferred terminology for such technology, but just because nothing is ever one hundred percent bulletproof, doesn’t mean that bullet resistant glass can’t get the job done.
In 1981, the U.S. National Institute of Justice (NIJ) created a protocol to determine the performance requirements and standards for determining how to officially identify a product as bullet resistant. They essentially broke down categories into multiple levels, starting from Type 1, in which a material can withstand multiple rounds fired from weapons such as a 9mm handgun, 22 LR (long rifle), and a 38 Special revolver, to Type 4, in which armor was able to withstand penetration from armor-piercing assault rifles.
Bullet resistant glass is also evaluated under a standard known as Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a global safety certification company operating out of the U.S. since 1894. They break down bullet resistant glass into eight levels, including:
● Level 1: Bullet resistant glass is able to withstand fire from small caliber handguns, or a minimum of three 9mm FMJs (Full Metal Jacket) traveling at a minimum velocity of 1,175 feet per second (f/s).
● Level 2: Bullet resistant glass is designed to endure fire from larger caliber handguns such as at least three shots of .357 magnum soft points traveling at a velocity of 1,250 f/s.
● Level 3: Bullet resistant glass that withstands at least three shots of .44 magnum rounds at a velocity of 1350 f/s.
● Level 4: Bullet resistant glass that withstands at least one shot from a .30 caliber rifle with a minimum velocity of 2540 f/s.
● Level 5: Bullet resistant glass able to withstand at least one 7.62mm rifle FMJ with a velocity of at least 2750 f/s.
● Level 6: Able to withstand at least five 9mm rounds traveling at an elevated minimum velocity of 1400 f/s.
● Level 7: Bullet resistant glass engineered to endure multiple hits of 5.56 rifle FMJs with a minimum velocity of 3080 f/s.
● Level 8: Bullet resistant glass able to withstand at least five shots from a 7.62mm rifle
Knowing what the UL level of any bullet resistant glass will help you understand exactly how much protection you’re providing your windows and business.
How Does Bullet Resistant Glass Work?
It’s important to think of bullet resistant glass as a shield or armor that’s glazed over your company’s existing windows. In a nutshell, bullet resistant glass is able to withstand various types of ammunition by absorbing its energy and denying entry to the bullet, while keeping the glass intact as much as possible. Sufficient bullet resistant glass is able to stop initial shots fired from entering premises, which in turn would significantly delay and deny entry to an active shooter. That precious delayment can provide ample time for anyone inside to react appropriately to the situation, as well as dissuade a shooter away from your business.
Is Bullet Resistant Glass Right For My Business?
The fact remains that it’s essentially impossible to tell whether investing in bullet resistant glass will pay off in the long run. But peace of mind is a priceless expenditure that continues to become more important and emphasized as recent events over the years have shown that more businesses are vulnerable to crime, chaos, and civil unrest than possibly ever before. Specific businesses that tend to be more in need of bullet resistant services can include:
● Government buildings
● Police stations
● Bail bond stores
● Jewelry or pawn stores
● Gas stations & convenience stores
● Mall outlets & retail stores
Protect Your Business With BulletShield
At the end of the day, why take a risk when it comes to actively protecting your business and its employees? At Elite Security Glazing, we specialize in customizing security solutions that cater to your needs. And when it comes to advanced window protection, look no further than our state-of-the-art BulletShield bullet-resistant technology.
BulletShield is a bullet resistant glazing that’s been independently tested to meet UL752 ratings for ballistic protection and creates an impenetrable layer designed to withstand ammunition from weapons such as an 9MM, .44 Magnum, or an AR-15. The glazing frame will create a buffer zone to protect your windows, while looking virtually invisible over the glass, so it won’t alter the appearance of your business. Take a look for yourself on just how resistant BulletShield is by watching our demo videos!
Contact Elite Security Glazing For All Your Business Security Needs
At Elite Security Glazing, our job is to specialize in creating a more protective and safe environment for your business and employees. If you’re interested in learning all the ways we can boost your company’s security, contact us to schedule a free consultation, or give us a call at 651-490-1060 to speak directly with one of our window security experts.