Riot Glass Protection: 3 Window Treatments That Minimize Damages

Riot Glass Protection: 3 Window Treatments That Minimize Damages

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During times of civil unrest, masses of passionate individuals can quickly escalate to collective acts of vandalism and damage. In turn, being equipped with riot glass protection, whether in the form of shatterproof window film or reinforced window glazing solutions, is vital for storefronts and building owners who are susceptible to such activity.

When it comes to protecting glass against riots and destructive situations, having the proper systems in place is crucial to minimizing damages. From preventing graffiti, etching, and shattered glass to mitigating the impact of blasts and armed threats, there are several products designed to handle these problems. Here are three of the top treatments that protect against window and glass breakage amidst riots, civil unrest, and active shooter events.

1. 3M™ Safety & Security Window Film

Offering a range of benefits, 3M™ Safety & Security Window Film is primarily used to fortify glass doors and windows to provide resistance against intrusions, forced entries, and catastrophic events. 3M™ Safety & Security Window Film can be beneficial for:

  • providing added resistance for glass in the event of an active shooter or forced entry.
  • protecting vulnerable entry points with anti-smash and grab capabilities.
  • mitigating blasts and explosions that can cause major harm and devastation.
  • serving as an effective deterrent against graffiti and vandalism, eliminating the need for replacing expensive glass.
  • shatterproofing glass windows and doors to minimize threats from natural disasters, riots, and even bomb blasts.
  • working to reject UV and electromagnetic energy, and better moderate indoor temperature and save energy.

Equipping glass windows and doors with 3M™ Safety & Security Window Film and other riot protection measures can offer a sound solution for many applications, including commercial, residential, educational and governmental buildings. Learn more about Safety & Security Window Film products and solutions.  

2. DefenseLite™

DefenseLite is an advanced forced entry glazing solution that’s designed to protect against intruders and minimize damage from break-ins and vandalism. Tested to be 250 times stronger than glass alone, DefenseLite is engineered using unbreakable, UV-coated polycarbonates and a proprietary anchoring mechanism that can be mounted onto existing window glazing. 

DefenseLite has been independently tested with several different blunt force objects, including batons, hammers and hatchets. Common applications include schools and universities, corporate offices, retail storefronts, governmental agencies, and other buildings exposed to large populations of people. For a bullet-resistant version of DefenseLite, there’s BulletShield – an impenetrable layer of clear glass protection. 

3. 3M™ Impact Protection Attachment Systems

The installation of 3M™ Impact Protection Attachment Systems is proven to significantly outperform window film-only treatment, providing additional assurance and dependability against riots. These systems effectively integrate the properly installed window film to the window frame itself, creating a powerful shield against vandalism, smash and grab events, and forced entry. 

This riot glass treatment optimizes the resilience and toughness of 3M™ Safety and Security Films for added glass protection. In addition to riots, 3M™ Impact Protection Attachment Systems can protect against the impact energy from catastrophic earthquakes and enough strength to even handle serious bomb blasts. 

Protecting Glass Against Riots

Whether a building demands anti-smash and grab capabilities or more advanced forced entry and ballistic protection, there are a number of treatments that can better reinforce glass against riots and catastrophic events. For more information about products and installation, contact us at Window Film Depot or call us at (866) 933-3456.