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How to Harden Storefront Security While Keeping Your Products Visible at the Same Time

By July 7, 2021September 22nd, 2022Retail, Riot Glass, Safety & Security Films, Window Film
A girl looking in a window at a mannequin and clothes

How much do businesses lose to burglary and theft each year?

According to the 2018 Sensormatic Global Shrink Index Report, 35.6% of losses are caused by shoplifting in businesses of all sizes. When shoplifters were surveyed by the Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC), 58% said that it was “somewhat easy” or “very easy” and the items that were most likely to be stolen in retail stores included cosmetics, jewelry, and consumer electronics. This survey states that people who found it easy to shoplift are more likely to do it again in the same place. These numbers translate to $50 billion lost to theft and burglary each year across the United States!

These numbers are incentive enough to improve your retail security.

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How can you protect your business while keeping your store’s aesthetic appealing?

It can be incredibly difficult to feel as though your business is safe from burglary without having extreme visual blocks like rolldown gates or boarding up. All the time and money you’ve spent on creating window displays, marketing materials, and graphics just goes to waste when no one can see them.

Here are a couple of things you can do to keep your business profitable and enhance retail security systems according to the San Diego Police Services:

  • Lighting external areas of property during the night and providing interior lights in your store may illuminate intruders while not creating glare for passing cars.
  • Have an internal backup power source in the event of power disruption and make sure it’s installed with a shielded padlock.
  • Posted signs to prohibit loitering, unauthorized parking, trespassing, and other forms of misconduct.
  • Install reinforced or strong glass to prevent window-smashed burglaries.
  • Deadbolts should have a minimum throw of 1 inch and strike plates should be installed with screws with a minimum length of 3 inches.
  • Reinforced or strong glass should be installed to prevent window smash burglaries.
  • Bollards should be installed in front of doors and windows to prevent vehicles from driving into the building.
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Harden your storefronts without boarding up

With the increase in social unrest, riots, and many retailers have fallen into a cycle of board-up, repair, repeat. But we’ve got good news: with NGS, you won’t have to board up ever again!

No more retail security gates to secure your storefront! Here at NGS, we provide a multitude of options that you can choose from that allow you to protect your business from all angles, that includes 3M security film, illuminated signage, and graphics that can be applied to any surface.

Riot Glass™

Riot Glass is a patented, polycarbonate clear ArmorPlast shield and framing access denial system. It provides clear, high-impact protection that can withstand break-in attempts using sledgehammers, knives, pickaxes, bricks, crowbars, and more (we’ve got the videos to prove it). This is a full system with windows and framing to be installed, and it provides unparalleled protection since it even passed Miami Dade’s large missile impact testing


Tri-Shield is unlike existing ‘window film’ solutions in that it utilizes proprietary encapsulation on both sides of the glass surface allowing the system to maintain the advantage of both the strength of the glass and the flexibility of the film through a prolonged break-in attempt.

3M™ Safety & Security Window Film Exterior Safety Series 

This polyester film provides protection by keeping the shattered glass in one place, added protection from earthquakes, and unforeseen impacts. It also reduces harmful UV rays and comes with a 7-year warranty when applied professionally to a commercial building.

3M™ Scotchshield™ Safety & Security Window Film Ultra Night Vision Series

This film, through its micro-layered features, provides safety and security that holds shattered glass in place while offering a low interior reflectability that doesn’t hinder your views at night.

3M™ Safety and Security Window Film Safety Series

This cost-effective, 14-millimeter thick film protects you and your valuable possessions from breaking and entering attempts, accidents, and natural disasters. This film will also hold shattered glass in place. It comes with a warranty for commercial properties when installed professionally.

3M™ Scotchshield™ Ultra Safety & Security Window Film

Its micro-layered film will hold the shattered glass in place after an event that caused the glass to break. It resists tearing better than any other standard multi-ply construction film. maintains a high level of clarity, and can protect your business from blasts, natural disasters, and can provide added protection against smash and grab burglaries.

3M™ Impact Protection Adhesive

This 3M protection profile attaches the filmed window to the window frame, creating a robust shield that significantly outperforms window film-only systems. It improves protection against forced entry attempts, bomb blasts, and creates high assurance protection against earthquakes.

Illuminated Signs (lighted signs)

These signs differentiate your business and light up external areas of your property while enhancing your storefront security that deters possible smash and grab attempts. With its easy installation and maintenance, you can light up your business in no time.

Printed Graphics

The opportunity to present graphics, signs, or directions on any wall or surface is endless. These can be presented on the exterior or interior walls with ease and even on low surface energy surfaces (like plastics, some metals, wood, etc.). Provide graphics to alert your customers of areas that prohibit loitering, directions, and unauthorized parking.

Never Board Up Again

Here at NGS, we provide products and services that protect you and your storefronts. Watch our webinar, “Never Board Up Again” to learn more about how NGS can help you protect your storefronts from forced entry, bomb blasts, windstorms, and seismic events without losing the visibility of glass.


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