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Prevent Graffiti and Vandalism: 5 Strategies for Retail..

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prevent graffiti and vandalismDespite the various ways to prevent graffiti and vandalism, very few options are reliably effective in deterring unsightly tags and property damage. Band-aid fixes like proper lighting and plant coverage may be marginally successful in warding-off vandals. But in most cases, retailers and business owners can benefit from having greater reinforcement installed to effectively prevent graffiti and vandalism.

We’re not saying solutions like a row of flowers or a well-lit and well-monitored property doesn’t help prevent vandalism and graffiti. Rather, it’s often a combination of measures that provide ultimate prevention against these threats. Here are five strategies that can be effective solutions for retailers, businesses, and any property owners subject to graffiti and vandalism.

Anti-Graffiti Window Film Installation5 Strategies for Graffiti and Vandalism Prevention

According to a report by the EPA, the annual cost of monitoring, detecting, removing, and repairing graffiti damage has been estimated as high as $15 to $18 billion in the United States. Establishments subject to this damage can help reverse these numbers by employing the following graffiti and vandalism prevention strategies.   

1. Anti-Graffiti Film

One of the most cost-effective ways to prevent graffiti and vandalism damage is anti-graffiti film. It’s widely used as a powerful way to discourage vandals and to mitigate tagging on windows and other surfaces. Nearly invisible after being installed, anti-graffiti film is not only a deterrent against vandalism, but it also reduces and even eliminates the need for costly glass replacement. Based on statistics from products like 3M™ Anti-Graffiti Films, a single window replacement can easily be 10-20 times more expensive than the cost of anti-graffiti film installation. 

2. Impact Protection Attachment Systems

Often combined with anti-graffiti or surface protection films for optimal vandalism prevention, impact protection attachment systems offer the highest level of protection for glass walls and windows. These systems attach to the glass surface and window frame, creating a strong shield that prevents not only vandals and forced entry, but also earthquakes, bomb blasts, and other catastrophic events.

3. Anti-Graffiti Paints and Coatings

Anti-graffiti paints and coatings are protective barriers that can prevent materials used for tagging from bonding to a building’s surface. Essentially these products work like special spray paints that create protective surfaces that graffiti tagging can’t penetrate. Anti-graffiti paints come in three different coatings: 

  • Permanent coating: creates a protective barrier that doesn’t allow spray paint to bond to the surface. If the surface is vandalized, only graffiti cleaner is needed for removal. Permanent coatings are often more expensive, but if properly cleaned and maintained, only one coat is needed.
  • Sacrificial coating: forms a clear layer over the targeted surface. If vandalized, the coating is removed or “sacrificed” with a pressure washer, along with graffiti. Once removed, another coating needs to be reapplied.
  • Semi-sacrificial coating: used to protect the surface pores of a wall. If vandalized, this coating can be easily removed with a combination of graffiti removal cleaner and a pressure washer. After the graffiti has been removed, an additional coating can be optional depending on its condition.

4. Barriers

Creating a barrier can comprise of many different possibilities, some more tasteful than others depending on the property. Barriers can range from dense plant life like hedges, ivy, and shrubs or more conventional solutions like gates and fences. Designed to prevent vandals from easily accessing walls, the additional effort it takes to climb over or around these barriers can deter the effort of vandals or turn their attention elsewhere. When combined with anti-graffiti films and surface protection coatings, vandalism and graffiti can be even more preventable.

5. Multi-Layer Surface Protection Film

As the name implies, multi-layer surface protection film is versatile option that can be used for a wide variety of applications. For some exposed buildings, it offers an easy way to prevent graffiti and vandalism. Easily applied in a matter of minutes, multi-layer surface protection film can be used in both vertical and horizontal applications, making it an ideal choice for virtually any type of smooth surfaces, like exterior mirrors and glass, concrete and ceramic tile walls and floors, vinyl surfaces, and other non-porous compositions like granite, marble, quarry, and porcelain.

Aside from these effective strategies for graffiti and vandalism prevention, other common measures involve security cameras and personnel, flood lights and other lighting designs, signage, preventative murals, and other obstructions that might deter vandals. For more information about some of the film products, contact Window Film Depot for more information.

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Storefront Security Glazing Solutions: Mitigate smash a..

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Window Film Depot was proud to be a part of the SHOT Show 2017, held in Las Vegas, operated by the NSSF (National Shooting Sports Foundation). Security tech industry leaders from around the country gathered to share, educate and learn more about the newest technology in creating security solutions.

WFD President-Jeff Franson, live interview on SHOT Show TV:

Window Film Depot highlights the value of 3M Safety & Security window film, especially for storefronts in delaying unwanted entry in an attempted “smash and grab” event. The security film can delay the perpetrator 45 seconds to a minute, allowing for response time to stop the unwanted entry from taking place. These films are designed to make stores and businesses safer and offer an affordable loss prevention solution.

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WFD presented DefenseLite at the New Product Center at the SHOT Show.

For those wanting added protection, DefenseLite/BulletShield takes the security initiatives to another level. DefenseLite is an advanced glazing security product designed to deny entry into your business, school, office and more with a patented and virtually invisible, polycarbonate solution.

In addition to keeping the bad guys out, BulletShield is designed to keep bullets out as well. BulletShield is a UL rated retrofit ballistic shield and designed to protect from natural and man-made disasters, including blast and bomb projectiles, blunt force objects (baseball bats, hammers, bricks), hand guns and other forced entry attempts.

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“Jeff – I want to let you know BG’s experience with Window Film Depot was exceptional. The installation was flawless; the crews were professional, quick, and accommodating -so thank you! Considering BG Group Place is 1 of 2 LEED Platinum certified buildings in the US the passion you have for what you do was impressive and gave us confidence in WFD ability to get the job done. The film looks great on our beautiful building, our employees and executives were happy with the service provided, the price quoted, and of course the end result of a great installation. It was our pleasure to award the bid the Window Film Depot and we would highly recommend your services. You’re entire crew was a joy to work with, so thanks again Jeff. All the Best to you and Window Film Depot

Regards, Chavon Davies BG Group PLC Contracts Coordinator Contracts & Procurement Houston TX


To expand on our earlier conversation. Krissy has been a life saver for us! You have a great one helping us on this and I am attempting to move more business your way because of her excellent communication and execution.
I have also sent her name into JLL as a great contact for other JLL projects as well. I am extremely impressed with Window Film Depot.”
Rob Mote, Project Manager, Jones Lang LaSalle

“In the 22 years I have been with the company, I have been involved in many projects with various companies. Your partnership, follow up, and attention to excellence has been amazing. You truly have been the best company I have worked with. I could not have asked for a better experience. There was never a time a question went unanswered or a situation unaddressed. All I can say is thank you to everyone involved in the process from the beginning all the way through!!!”

Operations VP, Wal-Mart

“Jeff and team: I would like to say. Thank you very much everything went without a hitch. As of the moment knock on wood I have not had one complaint, thank you very much I truly appreciate everything that you guys did to make this a successful project.“

Michael Lopez Engineering Manager, Atlanta Financial Center

“Jeff, Great job overall and customer is satisfied, which is what really matters!


Brian Hakel, Engineer, Siemens Building Technologies, Houston Texas

“Jeff, It was a pleasure to meet with you and review the good work accomplished by your firm. I certainly value the quality of work and winning spirit exhibited by you and your crews. It is not very often that building tenants go out of their way to make it known to me how friendly and professional work crews were while doing their work. My compliments.

I certainly do want your card and will make sure that other PM’s on the floor are aware of the quality work you perform.”

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Wes Phillips, Director of Contracts, City of Houston