Category Archives: Physical Security

Window Security Laminates: Why Every Home Should Have Them

Windows within a home are beautiful and serve a variety of purposes such as letting in natural light and allowing the home’s inhabitants to have a view of the outside. They can be functional as well as majestic statements of architecture and design. However, unfortunately, they can also provide easier access into a home and can provide a weak point when it comes to natural disasters. With window barrier laminates, you can protect your home and family against these threats.

Window barrier laminates, also known as window security laminates, help protect your home from potential injury, break-ins and theft. They help make windows harder to penetrate and keep glass fragments together in the event of an impact whether from natural disasters or human forces.

Window security laminates can greatly deter an unwanted person from entering your home. Most home invasions can be categorized as “smash-and-grab” jobs. In most cases, it is very easy to smash a regular window and gain access into a home. However, with security laminates, it is much more difficult to shatter the window and make a quick and undetected entry. The added time and effort it would take is a huge deterrence and also gives you, the homeowner, time to respond. A person attempting to gain quick access into your home will most likely not hang around to try and figure out how to get through the barrier.

Other Benefits

With security laminates, you gain a host of other benefits in addition to increased physical protection. Window laminates, while not changing the aesthetics of the windows, can deflect heat away from the home while still allowing in natural light. This can significantly cut down on cooling costs during summer months. Window laminates can also protect those inside, as well as your furniture, from harmful UV rays. If you prefer to have tinted windows, tinted laminates are available in different shades. You can talk with a SecureVP professional about what type of window laminate would work best for your particular situation.

The Process

The window security laminates used by SecureVP are of the utmost quality and are coated with a rubber-based adhesive that spreads impact further and over a larger surface area. This helps preserve the intact state of the window as well as protect your valuables by providing a stronger physical barrier.

After being thoroughly cleaned, the window security laminate is placed over your existing windows. After a brief curing time, the laminate binds to the glass. In the event of an attempted breakage, the broken parts of a window are also bound together, so even if the window breaks, shards of glass will not fly around and pose a threat to those inside.

Contact SecureVP today at Solutions@SecureVP.com to learn more about the different types of window barrier laminates and how to better protect your investment and your family.

Physical Security – As Relevant As Ever

In today’s cyber landscape, a week doesn’t go by without news of a brand new exploit or ransomware attack. With this changing and complex landscape, the need for Information Security is at an all-time high. And as a result, businesses are racing to protect themselves as best they can through any number of logical security mechanisms and controls. Unfortunately, in the melee, the domain of physical security has taken a secondary, backseat position.

However, physical security is still very much a relevant and important aspect of Information Security, especially for small and medium-sized businesses. Every business is potentially vulnerable to threats such as physical theft, theft of data and intellectual property and physical-safety risks to employees and customers. Specifically, retailers all to often understand the significance of theft on their bottom line. According to the 2015 National Retail Security Survey by the National Retail Federation, inventory shrink amounted to $44 billion in losses for retailers in 2014. 38% was attributed to shoplifting and 34.5% was attributed to employee/internal theft.

Physical security can be described as those fundamental controls used to protect the actual premise, site and/or building as well as any other physical assets. Physical security systems can include any of the following:

  1. Surveillance & Monitoring (cameras, CCTVs, monitors, sensors, alarms, encoders)
  2. Access controls (gates, doors, locks, biometrics)
  3. Intrusion deterrents (window barriers, motion lights)
  4. Security guards

When in place, sound physical security systems help to do the following:

  • Protect – Installing a multi-faceted security system will help protect your business and site against theft, crime and unauthorized access.
  • Monitor – Implementing physical security controls can help track and monitor the productivity and security of employees.
  • Track – In the unfortunate event that a business has been a victim of a crime, evidence stored or recorded in any of the physical security controls can be used for investigative and legal purposes.

 

Lastly, performing regular security assessments to test the effectiveness of physical controls is a best practice that all businesses should conduct.

The bottom line: Physical security is just as important as it has ever been. Although logical controls are essential in today’s environment, overlooking the need for physical security can most certainly have a negative impact on business and the bottom line.