Don’t be a Victim of Smash and Grabs!

January 15th, 2016

Smash and Grab Burglaries have been making the headlines lately. Don’t become a victim! Safety and Security film can help protect people AND property!

Smashed windowSmash and grab burglaries catch the victim by surprise and happen quickly. It can happen Anytime, Anywhere and to Anyone. The perpetrators could be experienced thieves or impulsive vandals. They break a window (Smash) and take all the valuables they can as quick as they can (Grab). Even an alarm isn’t going to do much to prevent a Smash and Grab burglary. By the time the authorities are notified the burglars have already made off with as much as they could take. We have a solution to help prevent this types of break ins from occurring. Safety and Security Film.

Safety and security film is sometimes called Shatter resistant security film or safety film. Sometimes it is even called glass fragment retention film. This material is an optically clear, multilayer, polyester film that bonds to the inside of the window to reinforce the glass and help hold it in place upon impact. The polyester material has a high degree of elasticity which helps make it more resistant to a quick and easy break of the glass. Making it more difficult to break the glass will delay the time the would be robber has to enter the premises.

Safety and Security film can be installed a couple different ways. The first is installed on the daylight area of the glass. Which means the security film will only hold the glass together and in the frame as long as some of the glass edge remains unbroken along the line where the daylight part of glass meets the frame. Once the edge totally breaks the film and broken glass will come out of the frame. The glass will still stay together with the film but it will break away from the frame. This application is used mostly to bring annealed glass to code.

Right side complete

Right Side complete with Wet Glaz. Left side taped off and ready for application.

The second type of application is anchoring the safety and security film to the window frame itself using a silicone adhesive Impact Prevention Adhesive. This is called a Wet Glaz Attachment System. The film becomes a flexible membrane holding the glass together and in the frame upon impact. Using an Impact Prevention Adhesive will be the more affective installation when trying to prevent Smash and Grab Burglaries.

Safety and Security film is available in Clear and Tinted. Both options will reduce 99% of UV rays. Tinted Safety and Security film will have the added benefits of privacy and helping lower your energy costs. Clear safety and security film is just that, CLEAR! You will hardly notice it is there. We can help you decide which option is right for your project. It’s better to be safe than sorry! Give us a call for your free onsite consultation.