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Case Study - Smash & Grab

A national retail chain recently experienced a break-in at a store in Los Angeles, California. Burglars smashed through the windows, reached in, and quickly grabbed $35,000 worth of jewelry, before police officers could respond to the
store’s security alarm. The company wanted to do something to defend its assets in the event of another burglary attempt.

Store management researched solutions to increase the building’s security. They concluded that the existing
security alarm system was ineffective for smash-and-grab crimes, because such burglaries take place before police
officers reach the scene. They also considered installing shutters but were unhappy with their appearance.
Finally, they called in a local authorized 3M Scotchshield security window film dealer. “Our 3M Scotchshield Ultraflex system combines micro-thin layers of Scotchshield security window film with a flexible attachment system to hold glass
together—and in the window frame—when it’s under extreme stress. With this combination, it’s very difficult to break through the glass.” The store’s management team decided to move ahead with the installation of 3M Scotchshield security window film because it provided an inconspicuous way to protect the building. It took about a week to complete the project, which included installing more than 1,000 square feet of film on the store’s windows, sidelights, and doors.

Just days after the window film was installed, there was another attempted burglary. Shortly after the store closed at 10 p.m., a burglar used a large, heavy metal object to smash the glass of a front door. According to the police report, “His entry was hampered by the security film on the doors, and small blood drops were found leading away from the doors.” The burglar was unable to penetrate the 3M Scotchshield window film, and because the broken glass was held
together, the burglar’s attempts to reach through the window resulted in injury. A witness saw him running from the scene. It is not surprising that, when the new glass was installed the following day, the store’s security manager insisted that new
3M Scotchshield security window film also be applied immediately.

A N T I - I N T R U S I O N

Windows are, and always have been, the quickest way for people to gain access to someplace they're not supposed to be. And if they're going in through a smashed window, it's usually because time is something they don't have much of.

Madico's SafetyShield® 1500 stops these intruders in their tracks. When struck, the glass will break, but not shatter, preventing the intruder from entering quickly, and leaving him wondering what to do next. In most cases, the answer is simple: move on. SafetyShield® 1500 is among the first films in the world to pass the UL972 standard for Anti-Intrusion - making it the easy choice to help secure your home or business from theft and intrusion.

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