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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BurglarGARD Stops Burglars In Their Tracks

BurglarGARD Stops Burglars In Their Tracks

 

 – Now for the first time vulnerable windows of businesses and homes in the US due to the current wave of break-ins and home invasions can now be affordably “shielded” against thieves, vandals, and home invasions with a glass fragmentation film called BurglarGARD™ from ShatterGARD®, Inc. Applied directly to the glass, BurglarGARD works like an invisible coat of armor, strengthening the home or business “weakest security link” — the glass – thus working as a deterrent to break-ins.

 
 

 

 

BurglarGARD adheres to the interior side of the window. The high strength, optically clear or tinted polyester material makes the glass significantly stronger and virtually impenetrable to the most violent of blows. The film is virtually undetectable to the human eye and will not alter the appearance of the windows in anyway.

BurglarGARD can provide a significant improvement over standard or tempered treated glass in its ability to withstand an attack from weapons such as a baseball bat, flying rock or even the occasional stray golf ball. While a criminal may muster enough force to shatter the window, it will require repeated and attention getting blows to break through the virtually impenetrable film. Most burglars won’t risk the time needed to break through, and will abandon the attempted burglary.

That’s good news for homeowners. According to the FBI’s Unified Crime Report, almost 70 percent of all burglaries involved forced entry through a window or door. As has recently been the case in the US where there has been a rash of violent home invasions recently), unprotected windows pose a significant threat to virtually every home’s security.

“We all know that an alarm system is a critical part of any business or residential security plan,” said Jordan Frankel CEO and founder of ShatterGARD  Inc., a leader in the security products industry and a security expert providing onsite commercial and residential security assessments. “But generally speaking, an alarm sounds only after penetration has already occurred. But BurglarGARD was designed to stop a would-be intruder in their tracks by reducing the likelihood of window penetration.”

BurglarGARD glass protection film is available through a nationwide network of ShatterGARD authorized installers. For more information, contact ShatterGARD, Inc. Toll free: 1-888-306-7998-14 website: www.shattergard.com or see a demonstration on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_H_SNdO4_s.

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Given the recent wave of home invasions and break-ins that have occurred in US neighborhoods, Jordan Frankel,  founder of ShatterGARD Glass Protection., a leader in the security products industry and security expert providing onsite commercial and residential security assessments, offered homeowners the following simple and affordable tips to help keep their families safe and secure:

Alarm Systems: During a majority of break-ins, burglars gain access to the home through unlocked doors or windows. In addition, many homeowners forget to set their security system. While making sure to lock the doors and set the alarm are the foremost priority in securing any home, homeowners do have other precautions they can take.

n       Alarm systems should be connected directly to the alarm company’s central monitoring station, which can alert law enforcement if the alarm is triggered.

n       Installing a back-up cellular dialer in case a burglar cuts the power or the standard phone lines enables the system to still contact the monitoring station.

n       Alarm systems which incorporate motion sensors and/or glass break sensors can help first responders and residents know if an intruder has actually gained access to the premise.

n       Displaying the signage provided by the alarm company serves as an initial deterrent for thieves.

n       Making sure the alarm system’s central panel is located in a locked cabinet or an indoor utility room prevents would-be invaders from tampering with the system.

Lighting: Sufficient lighting, both internal and external, can help deter thieves from even targeting a home. Burglars typically select a poorly lit home, as darkness affords additional cover from watchful neighbors or passers-by.

n       Motion detection lighting alone only activates once a thief’s movement is detected; installing low-wattage dusk-till-dawn light fixtures, which emit a soft glow around the perimeter of the home all night, insures that thieves cannot conceal themselves in the shadows. The addition of sensors that shut off the lights when the sun rises and energy saving fluorescent or sodium-type light bulbs makes this an affordable and effective light deterrent.

n       Using basic timers for interior lamps set to alternating times, gives the appearance of movement throughout the house while it is unattended.

n       Doors and Windows: With some very simple window and door locking systems, homeowners can drastically restrict the accessibility of their home. With recent advances in locking mechanisms, some additional alternatives are also available to today’s homeowner.

n       Installing window locks on all ground floor windows prevents the window from being opened far enough for someone to fit through.

n       The addition of a simple closet rod to the track of sliding glass doors provides reinforcement to the standard lock.

n       Biometric locks, which provide access by scanning a finger print, have become much more affordable lately and can prevent lost or stolen keys from being used by burglars.

Windows — The glass in windows and doors can very often be a point of weakness as well. Security window films are affordable, and can provide an extra layer of defense from thieves attempting to smash a window to gain access to the home. While a burglar may be able to muster enough force to eventually smash the window, the repeated attempts require a lot of attention-grabbing blows. Assuring the home has proper doors made from solid wood or metal, rather than a hollow-core style, along with 3.5 inch long steel screws to fasten the hinges to the door frame, will stand up to most breach attempts.

n       The ability to see the outside of an exterior door is also very important. If an abutting window cannot provide a view of the doorstep before opening it, a peep hold can easily be installed.

Landscaping: Believe it or not, appropriate landscaping can help deter intruders from accessing windows, while maintaining an aesthetic appeal.

n       Keeping trees and bushes trimmed back from the house and windows helps diminish the likelihood of an intruder using the shrubs as cover. Tree limbs should also be trimmed, to prevent an intruder from using a tree to access a second story entry point.

n       Planting low-growing sharp or thorny bushes such as holly, rose shrub, or barberry under windows, or adding gravel or landscape rock which makes for noisy footing, are also good ways to deter thieves from attempting to gain access to windows.

n       Secure the Garage: Garages are favorite targets for thieves, not only because they are often unoccupied, but because they often offer a direct and unlocked entry to the remainder of the home. A few simple countermeasures can help greatly deter an intruder’s ability to access the garage.

n       Always keep the garage door closed; an empty garage or a missing vehicle can alert thieves that the home is unattended.

n       Change the factory set codes on the door’s remote control often, so thieves cannot open the door with a store bought remote.

n       Adding motion and glass break sensors to all windows in the garage will also provide added warning of an attempted break-in.

Have an Escape Plan

If someone in the household can break away and call for help, the home invaders will have lost their advantages privacy and time. To some, running away from your family in crisis would be almost unbearable. However, the alternative might mean being tied-up or o violently incapacitated and left to watch in horror as your family is injured or worse. If you have a plan for escaping, make sure you include where to run and what to say. Sometimes a radical escape measure pays off, in life and death circumstances,

Thugs will sometimes threaten harm to children to get adults to comply with their demands. But at the same time, children are often overlooked as potential rescuers and are usually not well guarded. If the opportunity presents itself, a trained child can dial 911, activate an alarm panic button, or escape to the neighbor’s house to summon the police.

About ShatterGARD, Inc.: Founded by security professional Jordan Frankel in 1995, ShatterGARD, Inc. is one of the largest privately held glass protection and security product companies in the United States. ShatterGARD products are trusted to protect the men and women of the U.S. military, law enforcement community, facilities associated with the worldwide banking and telecommunications industries, and private residences. ShatterGARD customers include The US Military, American Stock Exchange, Verizon Wireless, and even former Presidents. For more information on how to protect your business or home against break-ins, home invasions, or hurricane winds, contact ShatterGARD, Inc. Toll free: 1-888-306-7998-14 website: www.ShatterGARD .com.

 

 

 

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