BlastGARD Glass Protection FilmThe recent multiple attacks in India show that terrorism is alive and well. 

 

The question remains: is terrorism preventable? The answer, sadly, is no.  The drive and motivation of today’s terrorist combined with the almost unlimited target opportunities make terrorism a threat that is unlikely to go away.  While terrorist attacks are not preventable, there are actions that can be taken to protect a specific facility, building or organization from a terrorist act. 

 

Terrorist acts are criminal acts, differentiated only by motivation.  While all criminal acts are not terrorist acts, all terrorist acts are criminal acts.  As with any criminal, we can take steps to make a facility less attractive to a terrorist.  Terrorism preparedness requires two actions:  taking steps to harden a specific facility from a terrorist act, and taking steps to mitigate an act should it occur.

 

Terrorism prevention strategy addresses five specific issues. They are the identification of potential targets that will be catastrophic to the community and are likely to be attacked; the reduction of the value of the target to the terrorists; the reduction of the visibility of the targets; the reduction of access to the targets; and the increasing of guardianship of the targets.  Target hardening and increased physical security measures reduce the value of the target to the terrorist by lessening the degree of damage that a terrorist can inflict.

 

There are many things that can be done to harden a target.  Good access control makes it more difficult for a terrorist to gain entry to a facility to do harm.  Explosion proof trash receptacles make placing a bomb more difficult, and helps to contain a blast if a bomb is placed in one.  Good perimeter fencing discourages and physically delays unauthorized access.  Closed circuit camera systems serve as a deterrent and provide evidence in the event of a crime.

 

Access control systems serve to restrict access to only those authorized to be there.  Strictly controlling access significantly reduces the criminal risk by making the target less accessible to the criminal or terrorist.  The degree of access control is directly related to the value of the target and the presumed threat.  Access control can be as simple as a key and a lock (not very secure), or as sophisticated as the use of smart cards tied to biometric readers to positively identify the user prior to allowing access.  Biometric systems currently on the market range from fingerprint identification to using the retina (the blood vessel pattern in the back of your eye) and the iris (the colored ring around your pupil) as a means of positively identifying the user.  Other systems use the size and shape of your hand, or the pattern of the blood veins in your wrist as an identifier.

 

Explosion resistance is critical in the protection against terrorist acts.  Bombs are a favorite of terrorists, and are frighteningly easy to build and place.  Explosion resistance includes the use of security window film such as www.blastgard.com to protect glass, terrorists know that glass and bombs form a lethal combination. In addition, History shows that upwards of 80% of all bomb blast injuries are glass related in nature. Additional steps include the removal of all trash receptacles (a favorite placement of bombers), or the addition of trash receptacles specifically designed to contain a bomb blast.

 

Perimeter security is a core defensive measure.  Simply put, a perimeter system serves to deter an entry, prevent an entry, or if neither of those options is successful, slow down an intruder sufficiently so that the likelihood of getting caught increases.  Perimeter options include fencing, walls and barricades.  Fencing may be chain link, or if aesthetics are an issue, bent metal or a variety of ornamental metal options.  Depending on the risk, barbed wire or razor ribbon may be attached to the top.  Realistically speaking, tests show that barbed wire and razor ribbon have very little effect on slowing an intruder’s climb, but the visual effect can be a huge deterrent.  Depending on the threat present, there are a variety of vehicle barriers available to prevent cars and trucks from gaining unauthorized access to a facility.

 

As with other security devices, closed circuit camera systems offer a deterrent.  In the event of an incident, recorded video provides a record of what occurred and possibly can be used as evidence in the apprehension and prosecution of the terrorists.  The deterrent value is proactive while the prosecution value is a mitigation technique.  As technology advances, the quality of closed circuit cameras greatly improves while physical camera size gets smaller.  Advances in storage technology mean that more and more video can be stored, allowing for more cameras and a longer “keep” time.

 

Mitigation techniques include physical security measures, but also the creation of a good crisis management plan and a business continuity plan. 

 

Terrorist targets are not random, yet choices can be influenced and a more attractive target can be chosen over a less attractive target.  What makes a target attractive?  Target suitability can be influenced by factors including value, inertia (the size and weight of an object), visibility and access.  There is information to suggest that the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City was not Timothy McVeigh’s first choice of a target, but it was the closest target to him that met his needs.

 

While nothing can prevent terrorism, steps can be taken to prevent terrorist attacks.  Steps can be taken to harden a facility, lessen the attractiveness of a target and better prepare a facility to deal with an attack.

 

Author: Jeff is currently the Assistant Director of Special Projects for LSI. He started his career with the Department of Defense as a special agent and criminal investigator with the NSA Office of Security. While working with the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, he developed the Advanced Physical Security Training Program and the Physical Security Managers Training Program. For 11 years Jeff was the Director of Protective Operations for the Carter Presidential Center in Atlanta, Georgia. He has also been a Corporate Security Manager with Home Depot. Jeff is a Certified Protection Professional and has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology from Florida State University.

 

Coauthor: Mr. Jordan Frankel is a respected security professional and founder of Global Security Experts, sole distributor for ShatterGARD glass protection films worldwide. In addition,Mr. Frankel is considered as one of the foremost experts in residential security.

Mr. Frankel is available for interviews and can be reached at 888-306-7998-14 or www.shattergard.com

 

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Glass Protected By StormGARD

Glass Protected By StormGARD

Atlanta, GA, : In the wake of the devastation caused recently by Hurricane Ike ShatterGARD – the world leader in glass protection film – has announced that the window protection product StormGARD successfully withstood the recent brutal storms of the Gulf coast

. While some of windows may have shattered, their deadly shards adhered to the StormGARD film maintaining safety and preventing property damage.

 

 

StormGARD is a thin, virtually impenetrable Mylar coating, which provides the highest level of protection available in the glass coating industry against storms including hurricanes, tornados, Northeasters, and any other kind of storm that has the potential to damage windows in residential and commercial settings. The high strength, optically clear or tinted polyester material makes the glass significantly stronger and virtually impenetrable to the most violent of storms. The product, currently available everywhere in the United States, Canada and many other countries, is applied to the interior side of a window, and prevents glass shattering during storms. Even if a window breaks, StormGARD will help hold the dangerous shards in place, preventing further damage from wind, rain and other factors.

 

“Any storm expert will tell you that a lot of the damage caused to property by storms is not structural in nature,” says Jordan Frankel, founder and CEO of ShatterGARD, Inc. “Tens of million of dollars worth of damage occurs every year as the result of rain, debris, even animals getting into houses and businesses through shattered windows. In some heavily populated areas, a shattered window can even be an open invitation to looters. We have created this product specifically to provide a significant extra level of protection against this type of damage, from storms of all kinds. And in some cases StormGARD can eliminate the need to board up windows prior to a violent storm.” Additionally StormGARD film has passed both the Small & Large Missile Impact Tests.

 

The film is virtually undetectable to the human eye and will not alter the appearance of the windows or glass surfaces. StormGARD is installed by certified technicians with a lifetime-limited warranty. Typically installation arrangements can be made within 14 days.

 

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All arrangements – including scheduling – are made directly through ShatterGARD’s headquarters in Atlanta, GA so that customers need not deal with multiple vendors.

 

For more than 15 years, ShatterGARD, Inc. has been providing the highest quality, most dependable window and glass protection film available on the market today. Their customers include the United States Military, The Federal Government, American Stock Exchange, Bank of America, the New York Office of Public Safety and countless homeowners who are looking to protect their property from damaging storms and other acts of Mother Nature.

 

“Look, storms can and do happen anywhere, and the damage they cause is sometimes unavoidable,” says Frankel. “But the bottom line here is that home and business owners need to protect themselves as best they can and minimize the impact storms can have. We believe that StormGARD is an affordable, highly effective extra layer of protection for any home or business, Frankel further states the ShatterGARD firm will continue to offer this unique life saving glass protection film to the general public.

 

For more information, contact ShatterGARD, Inc. Toll free: 1-888-306-7998-14 website: www.shattergard.com or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_H_SNdO4_s