gaps in physical security can be caused by employees being too trusting and polite.

How “Nice People” Create Critical Physical Security Gaps

General Security

What’s the top physical security challenge for corporate offices: Active shooter? Angry protestors? Disgruntled employees? Terrorism? Armed robbery? No. The number one thing causing gaps in physical security, according to most security and facilities managers: People being too polite. Office security is regularly hamstrung by workers swiping their keycard and holding the door for colleagues and strangers.  “This is tailgating,” explains …


Traditionally, military, government and other high-security facilities have made widespread use of security bollards but they're now being used to protect popular tourist destinations, parks, pedestrian plazas, bike lanes, educational and business campuses and hospitals.

Using Security Bollards and Barriers to Protect Property & Pedestrians

General Security

If you’ve visited the U.S. Capitol recently, you may have overlooked an understated, yet significant,  architectural feature – the 150-acre Capitol Hill campus is ringed by about 7,000 waist-high steel posts, or security bollards. The bollards blend well with their surroundings, but their real purpose is security. Installed shortly after 9/11, they can stop an eight-ton truck from plowing into …


School safety experts can work with school districts to analyze big data that can uncover ways to prevent and mitigate school shootings.

Using Big Data to Prevent and Mitigate School Shootings

School Security and Safety

In the United States, school shootings resulting in injury or death are now a weekly occurrence. In 37% of these attacks someone dies. Just in the last five years, we’ve seen a total of 160 school shootings resulting in 59 deaths and 124 non-fatal injuries. By contrast, fires are 76 times more common than shootings in American schools, but only about 2% of …


bulletproof school entryway featuring doors and windows that fit into modern building design.

Bulletproof School Entryways Prevent Shootings And Other Threats

School Security and Safety

Even though he has worked with schools for decades, helping them enhance their security and reduce threats, and consulting on bulletproof school entryways, Total Security Solutions CEO Jim Richards is still sobered by the latest numbers: School shootings resulting in injury or death are now happening weekly in the United States. “Everyone wants to believe ‘This stuff is not going to …


New York’s ‘The Shed’ is a Marvel of Architectural Design

Architect Info

While The Shed  may have a humble name, it is in fact a modern marvel of architectural design. Set to open in 2019, The Shed will be the first multi-arts center designed to commission, produce, and present all types of performing arts, visual arts, and popular culture. Designed by Diller Scofido + Renfro, in collaboration with Rockwell Group, the building is …


school metal detectors are being evaluated in many districts as part of a larger access control and school security program.

Do Metal Detectors Make Sense for Your School District?

School Security and Safety

The tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary five years ago marked a significant turning point for school safety. It prompted a surge in building modifications across the nation as school officials worked hard to revamp their safety programs and control access to their facilities. The Sandy Hook incident sparked a tremendous increase in the use of buzzer systems, where visitors can …


Recently, Tesla unveiled a new electric semi truck, complete with an “explosion-proof glass” windshield technology.

The Future of Windshield Glass Technology

Industry News

Modern windshields are typically made from a laminated safety glass. It’s comprised of two layers of glass heat pressed together with a thin layer of vinyl in between. This middle layer of windshield glass technology is what enables it to take the force of a stone without total destruction. Only the outer layer of glass will crack. In the event of …


Currency Tray

Bulletproof, UL-Rated Standard Cash Trays and Deal Drawers

Bullet Proof Hardware and Accessories

Total Security Solutions is one of the few manufacturers fabricating bulletproof, UL-Rated standard cash trays that have been tried and tested –and they’re often available in a quick-turnaround time. These include standard drop-in deal trays, operable interior/exterior cash trays, custom trays, and prefabricated deal trays with integrated bullet traps or other anti-ricochet features.   True Bullet Resistant Drop-in Cash and …


Data centers and other at-risk locations employ mantraps for access control to sensitive areas of the building

Are mantraps effective and where should they be used?

General Security

Barely a day goes by without hearing about a new hacking or ransomware incident. Even school systems have become a major target. Companies are fighting back by investing heavily in cybersecurity technologies. Gartner, an IT research and advisory firm, estimates global information security spending will reach $84.5 billion by the end of 2017, up 7 percent from 2016. But what about physical security for …


TSS creates custom bulletproof barriers for utility and electric co-op offices that meet the unique safety challenges the offices face, including remote or rural locations, large sums of cash on hand, and small staff.

Bullet Proof Barriers for Utility and Electric Co-op Offices

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While electrical cooperatives are a relatively small part of the total electricity market (about 15 percent of the U.S. population is part of a co-op) they’re responsible for maintaining close to half of the nation’s electric distribution lines. Remote locations, wide service areas, and lots of cash on hand present unique security challenges for their customer service staff. Recently TSS has helped design and install …