If you’re a gas station or convenience store owner who’s worried about being one of the 267,988 robberies that happen every year, bulletproof windows are a practical way to keep your team safe and even deter crime. But before you rush out to install a bulletproof window, consider implementing these three best practices in the process.
1. Choose a Level of Bulletproof Protection That Reflects Your Threat Level
According to the FBI, firearms are used in 36% of robberies in the United States. For store owners and managers looking for a practical level of protection, UL Levels 1, 2, and 3 all offer coverage from a range of handgun fire. Levels 1 and 3 in particular are popular options. If you’re interested in a higher level of coverage, Levels 4 or 5 may be a good fit for your store or gas station, as both offer varying levels of protection from rifle fire. Be aware that as the level of protection increases, so does the weight and thickness of the barrier—and the price.
We want you to make the most of your budget without compromising safety. Please don’t hesitate to bring up your concerns with our team. We’ve been designing and installing ballistic barriers since 1974, and are ready to help you get started today.
2. Use Package Passers and Voice Ports Instead of a Barrier Cutout
If your team has been relying on a cutout in a barrier to pass items, there are safer ways! Best practices dictate that there is no clear shooting lane between the threat and secure sides of the glass. Using a package passer or deal tray lets you do business without leaving your staff vulnerable to threat.
A solid barrier can also make hearing difficult if you don’t have tools in place to address sound transfer. A best practice is to use a voice transfer tool such as a voice port or speak through. We offer a range of sound transfer options, including a variety of voice ports and voice around systems that give you a way to speak naturally with your clientele, without the use of intercoms or microphones.
3. Invest Time in Barrier Design Upfront
If you’re ready to just put a sheet of bulletproof glass up and be done with it, we encourage you to wait and think about your barrier’s design and how it’ll fit in your convenience store or gas station. This serves two purposes. First, you’ll avoid simple mistakes, like blocking a vent, a camera, or a light. Second, you’ll be more likely to have a visually appealing barrier that blends in with your environment, rather than looking like a bulky, cumbersome wall between you and your customers. One of the biggest concerns people have about installing bulletproof windows for convenience stores and gas stations is that the window will make the premises look unwelcoming or even dangerous. Taking the time to design a barrier helps you not only avoid this issue, but create something that can be downright beautiful.
A System Will Protect Your Convenience Store Better Than One Single Barrier Product
If you’re ready to invest in comprehensive ballistic protection for your convenience store or gas station, it’s time to take a systems approach. An entire system—including countertops, wall panels, and other accessories—will offer your team more protection than one single bulletproof window. Creating effective, visually appealing systems is what we do best, and our team is ready to help you get started protecting your California convenience store or gas station today.
Bullet Guard Can Help You With Your Bulletproof Windows for Convenience Stores and Gas Stations
The Bullet Guard team has been designing, fabricating, and installing ballistic barriers in California since 1974. We know what it takes to keep your team safe and are ready to speak with you about your options. To get started, fill out our contact form or call our team at 866.941.9552.