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The items in this section are quoted from the Security Management magazine, December 2001, written by Harry J. Azano, CPP.

“Real security is achievable, but it is expensive and inconvenient.“

Many businesses cut their security’s paycheck to the bone. “They operate strictly on the principle of low bid.”

Many dollars will be spent for physical and/or electronic security products.

“In the process of spending money, a consultant will be hired to perform the design work, but the choice will probably still be made based on the lowest bidder. A vendor will be chosen to provide equipment, and the choice will again likely be made based on the lowest bidder. An installer will be chosen to perform the installation, and the choice will be made based on the lowest bidder. And a service organization will be chosen to maintain and service the equipment, and the choice will be based, once again, on the lowest bidder.

We will get what we pay for. When it fails, we will ask, why?

There are so many in the security industry who have been trying for years to elevate the profession in recognition and compensation.

Some companies already take these steps…As these companies know, real security is achievable, but it must be paid for.”

“…we must change our thinking and our actions in terms of how we view and purchase security. First, we must acknowledge that security requires some inconvenience and some limitations. We must find a better balance when dealing with freedom and security.

Second, we must look for the best and pay for the best. We must seek out good consultants, designers, vendors, installers and service providers…We must pay the price for the best. We can no longer afford to take the cheap way out.”


Terrorists pose a very potential threat. Incidents of terrorism take place daily. Terrorist activities (i.e., subversion, sabotage, kidnapping, skyjacking, blackmail and direct assault) may target any area of government, business or community life - international, national or local. Their weapons include explosive devices, automatic weapons, handguns, and other sophisticated weapons.
Terrorists hope to succeed by creating a climate of fear with escalating violence and seemingly random targets. A prime incentive for terrorist acts is the widespread news media exposure they receive. Such publicity may increase sympathy for a particular cause and/or increase the difficulty of the situation.
All departments of Defense (DOD) employees (civilian and military) are potentially at risk. Terrorists may blackmail an employee to try and extract information about an installation or a sensitive Government job. A family member of an influential military officer or armed forces civil servant may be kidnapped and held for ransom or other demands. These risks are not far-fetched because they have happened.
At present there is a very low-threat environment, but are you prepared should it increase? Do you understand how terrorists select targets and what preparations they make? Could you implement the necessary personal Operations Security (OPSEC) procedures if the terrorist threat increased?

Burglar Patterns

Be Proactive, Not reactive.
When under stress or duress, people do what they have practiced. Do you follow the same routine to work every day with no variation? Do you go to the grocery store the same time, the same day, every week. Do you always car pool on certain days? Terrorists generally "stake out" individuals; they watch their day-to-day routines.
Professional burglars may not be terrorists, but they certainly know when you are not at home, and a rapist lurking in the bushes will know what time to expect you down the jogging trail. It does not hurt to vary your daily schedules, and it may turn out to be vital. Think about it...
Prevention is the best course.
Be aware of your surroundings, check out "coincidences", and report all suspicious activity. 
Links to Other Sites:
FEMA - http://www.fema.gov/library/terrorf.htm


How does bullet resistant glass work?

Our website is full of great information on bullet resistant glass, we are often  asked  how the glass works. Find out  on HowStuffWorks.



Caring for your Bullet Resistant Glass

Cleaning and maintaining abrasion resistant or uncoated bullet resistant acrylic.


DUSTING: Dust bullet resistant acrylic with a soft cloth or chamois, wiping gently. NO paper towels.


WASHING: Wash bullet resistant glass with a mild soap or detergent and lukewarm water solution. Use a clean soft cloth or natural sponge and as much solution as possible. Rinse well. Dry by blotting with a damp cloth or chamois. Grease and oil are best with hexans, kerosene or aliphatic naptha. AROMATIC COMPOUNDS MUST NOT BE USED.


ANTI-STATIC COATING:  The anti-static coating on bullet resistant acrylic successfully prevents the accumulation of electrostatic charge. Between applications of the anti-static coating, bullet resistant glass only needs to be dusted with a soft damp cloth or chamois. Mild detergents (for example 1% Joy in water) provide good anti–static properties while serving as excellent cleaners for bullet resistant acrylic.


POLISHING: After cleaning and polishing, the bullet resistant acrylic may be waxed with a good grade of commercial wax. Waxing will improve the appearance of the bullet resistant glass by filling in minor scratches. The wax should be applied in a thin even coat and brought to high gloss by rubbing lightly with a soft dry cloth.


SCRATCH REMOVAL (for uncoated bullet resistantglass): Most minor scratches can be removed by hand polishing. The polish should be applied with damp pads of soft cotton flannel and rubbed parallel to the scratch in a straight back and forth motion. Excessive rubbing at one point should be avoided. Electric buffers should not be used; they will form depressions in the surface of the bullet resistant acrylic causing optical distortions.



  • Window cleaning fluids
  • Scouring compounds
  • Gritty cloths
  • Leaded or ethyl gasolines
  • Strong solvents such as alcohol, acetone, carbon tetrachloride, lacquer thinners, Windex, etc.



The Many Types of Bullet Resistant Glass

Bullet resistant glass (better known as bulletproof glass)  is referred to very often in this niche industry. However it is a little known fact that in most cases there is no actual “glass” involved. The three most common forms of ballistic security glass are acrylic, polycarbonate and glass class polycarbonate.


Acrylic: Bullet resistant acrylic is the most commonly used material for transaction windows and ballistic resistant barrier systems.  The acrylic material is available in UL ballistic protection levels one and two. The acrylic also has the option to have an abrasion resistant (AR) coating or be standard acrylic. The abrasion resistant coating comes standard on our level two acrylic and provides protection against cleaning solvents and weather, as well as an increased resistance to the effects of ultra violet light.


Polycarbonate: Bullet resistant polycarbonate materials are normally composed of an acrylic core with two polycarbonate caps each side of the secure surface. Polycarbonate materials are available in UL ballistic protection levels one thru three and all three come standard with an abrasion resistant coating. All of the polycarbonate materials  offer  a forced entry rating.


Glass Clad Polycarbonate: Glass Clad Polycarbonate (GCP) materials are composed of inter layers of glass and polyurethane with exterior caps of glass and abrasion resistant polycarbonate.  GCP comes in UL ballistic protection levels one thru five and level eight as well. All of the GCP materials carry a forced entry level in addition to their ballistic rating.


For more information on ballistic materials such as bullet resistant glass please visit our website or call us at 866-300-5122


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