Bulletproof barriers have become more common in police stations due to a spike in ambush attacks on law enforcement

Fewer Armed Officers, Heavier Police Station Protection

Police Safety

According to the FBI, roughly one-third of our nation’s 1.1 million local law enforcement offices are non-sworn staff. These are records clerks and desk staff, radio dispatchers, correctional officers, jailers, and so on. Non-sworn staff usually don’t carry sidearms or have arrest power. Nonetheless, they face much of the same on-the-job abuse as sworn officers. Local police forces are increasingly reliant on …


Learn the basics about protecting your gas station with bulletproof glass and ballistic features

Bulletproof Barrier Basics for Fuel Centers and Gas Stations

Convenience Store Security

Every fuel center and gas station is unique.  Even a chain of fuel centers with near identical footprints and layouts will have slightly different security profiles. How close is the filing station to urban centers and expressway on-ramps? Is it near a border between jurisdictions? How well-lit are the surrounding neighborhoods? What is the population density and overall crime rate for that area? But …


Before you create a security plan for your store, learn the common mistakes that convenience store and gas station owners make so you can avoid them.

10 Convenience Store Security Mistakes to Avoid

Convenience Store Security

YouTube is full of videos of convenience store and gas station robberies. For some, it’s fascinating to watch criminals carry out violent and non-violent activity. But if you own, operate or work in such a business, it’s terrifying and hits a little too close to home. As a business owner of a 24 hour convenience store or gas station, your first priority …


There are several low and high tech ways to protect convenience store employees and customers from robbery and other crimes including bulletproof barriers, video cameras and a well-thought out security plan.

Four Ways to Protect Convenience Store Employees

Convenience Store Security

There are currently more than 135,000 convenience stores in the United States, and the number of stores continues to climb. However, it is shocking to hear that while convenience stores represent just a fraction of the nation’s 3.8 million retail establishments, they account for roughly 6% of robberies reported to police. Owners who have experienced a robbery at one of …


researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany made another development—printing 3-D objects of pure glass using standard 3-D printers.

Researchers Print Pure Glass on 3-D Printer

Industry News

More than thirty years ago, Charles Hull successfully created the first 3-D printer. Known as “rapid prototyping,” Hull’s machine increased prototype production from 6-8 weeks to a matter of hours. Since then, researchers have gone on to print full-scale automobile prototype models, prosthetic limbs and even human organs. Recently, researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany made another development—printing 3-D …


police stations around the country consider how to protect staff and civilians after increase ambush-style attacks on police

The Increasing Need to Protect Police Stations from Active Shooters

Police Safety

The public is conditioned to assume that police stations are safe from active shooter events and other threats. This can lead to lawmakers underinvesting in improvements to police station security. Recent data from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) found a sharp uptick in ambush-style attacks targeting law enforcement in 2016. Just within the last year there’ve been drive-by and sniper …


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National Blue Alert System Adoption Slowed By Lack of Funding

Police Safety

In 2016, firearms related-incidents claimed the lives of 64 police officers — a significant spike from the previous year. In fact, they were the leading cause of death in 2016 for law enforcement officers.  Typically, we hear about officers who are missing, injured or killed on the news and over social media, after the fact. However, the National Blue Alert System …


finding the right bullet resistant protection means understanding the specific location and threat level

Getting Contractors the Right Bullet Resistant Barrier for their Clients

Bulletproof Protection

Today Total Security Solutions is a major nationwide bullet resistant barrier component manufacturer—but that wasn’t always the case.  TSS started out exclusively sub-contracting, supplying contractors and glaziers.  Although TSS does a great deal of “tier 1” direct client work now, roughly 60 percent of their business is still in subcontracting.  “We really value keeping that balance,”  TSS CEO Jim Richards …


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Revolutionary Origami Kevlar® Bulletproof Shield

Bullet Proof Kevlar, download, Industry News

Engineering professors at Brigham Young University (BYU) recently announced a potential revolutionary new Kevlar® Bulletproof shield for law enforcement. Based on the principals of traditional paper origami, the shield can fold out, providing increased peripheral protection and the ability to cover up to three people. Comprised of 14 layers of Kevlar® with an aluminum core, the bulletproof shield weighs in …


Many sectors need to update their video surveillance strategies and equipment in order to keep employees safe.

Video Surveillance in 2017: 4 Things You Need to Know

General Security

Video surveillance systems have, for years, been excellent tools to protect the safety of your staff and your clients. Updates in technology have served to make them more effective and less expensive at the same time. Newer video systems have capabilities that were only dreamed of in the past. Is it time to update your video surveillance system? Keep these …