This is an excerpt from an article covering safety and security in the public school system in the
Madison Wisconsin area. They have incorporated 3M Safety/Security
film in their comprehensive building security program:
"The Mishawaka-area school corporation instituted a three-layer
approach over the past several years at all of our schools, which
included closing off the formerly “open concept” designs at 10 of
PHM’s elementary schools.
The first layer entails the entrances of each building. For example,
at Bittersweet Elementary School visitors must be buzzed in through
two separate doors watched over by video cameras. The second door
leads directly to the front office where guests are asked to sign in
and present an ID card.
On all of the exterior school windows there is a 3M security
film—that’s what accounts for the tinted coloring—which acts as a
deterrent if someone tries to break a window in an attempt to gain
access to the school. The windows also have solar characteristics for
energy savings. Even if the 3M glass is pierced by a bullet, it takes
a little under two minutes for an individual to break a large enough
hole to walk through."
The use of 3M Security Film is a common-sense approach to the most
vulnerable part of any structure - the glass. Slowing down an
attempted forced entry gives occupants the precious time it takes to
implement the safety plan, including notifying authorities.
Take a look at our video's on how 3M Safety/Security Films make it
difficult to get in! Bryan Platt