Sev­er­al options can pro­vide the secu­ri­ty you need when pro­tect­ing your busi­ness from intru­sion, theft, and van­dal­ism. Aside from a busi­ness secu­ri­ty sys­tem, win­dow film and secu­ri­ty bars are two excel­lent deter­rents.

In this post, we explore how each of these secu­ri­ty options works and which appli­ca­tion may be most ben­e­fi­cial for your busi­ness.

What is Window Film?

Win­dow secu­ri­ty film pro­tects any glass win­dow or door. It is con­struct­ed with a unique poly­ester blend of mate­ri­als that can be applied with dif­fer­ent strengths. You can use it on sev­er­al appli­ca­tions, includ­ing offices, ware­hous­es, and even trans­porta­tion like trains and bus­es.

How it works: When an intrud­er tries to break the glass, it may crack but not shat­ter. The thick­er the film, the stronger it holds. This pre­vents “smash and grab” theft and can give the author­i­ties more time to respond to an intru­sion alert. We rec­om­mend com­bin­ing it with a glass break alarm for max­i­mum secu­ri­ty.

Win­dow film has sev­er­al oth­er ben­e­fits:

  • Add a tint to your film for a degree of pri­va­cy and to pre­vent graf­fi­ti.
  • It also increas­es ener­gy con­ser­va­tion by keep­ing the ele­ments out and the indoor air more sta­ble.
  • It can reduce UV dam­age to inte­ri­or floors, car­pets, fur­ni­ture, and décor and will con­trol glare.
  • Since it pre­vents shat­ter­ing, it can make your prop­er­ty safer dur­ing an explo­sion or nat­ur­al dis­as­ter.
  • Final­ly, by reflect­ing light, win­dow film elim­i­nates visu­al con­fu­sion and makes the appear­ance of the build­ing more attrac­tive.

What are Security Bars?

Secu­ri­ty bars and gates a more unbeat­able lay­er of pro­tec­tion to doors and win­dows and can deter van­dal­ism and theft. They come in mul­ti­ple styles, includ­ing fixed, remov­able, fold­ing, swing-away, and adjustable. They pre­vent van­dal­ism and theft as visu­al and prac­ti­cal deter­rents, mak­ing break­ing much more dif­fi­cult.



Which is Best for Your Business?

When decid­ing to increase your busi­ness’ secu­ri­ty with win­dow film or secu­ri­ty bars, con­sid­er these fac­tors:

    • Acces­si­bil­i­ty: If you want to pro­tect street-lev­el doors and win­dows, secu­ri­ty bars are stur­dier and will be more effec­tive at deter­ring and pre­vent­ing break-ins. The film is prefer­able if you want a lev­el of pro­tec­tion for sec­ond-lev­el or even inte­ri­or glass. The glass size can also fac­tor into whether it’s worth hav­ing one or the oth­er.


  • Aes­thet­ics: While they increase secu­ri­ty, bars can take away spe­cif­ic aes­thet­ics. You may want to con­sid­er the trade-offs. Use a retractable gate when the busi­ness is closed if you need bars. Win­dow film, on the oth­er hand, improves aes­thet­ics inter­nal­ly and exter­nal­ly.


  • Pri­va­cy and ener­gy con­ser­va­tion: To go beyond added secu­ri­ty, don’t for­get that win­dow film has oth­er ben­e­fits that can help your prop­er­ty be more ener­gy effi­cient and pre­vent dam­age.

Some busi­ness­es find they want the com­bined pro­tec­tion of secu­ri­ty bars and win­dow film. For exam­ple, per­haps your street-fac­ing win­dows and doors will ben­e­fit from bars, while less acces­si­ble win­dows that get a lot of sun dur­ing the day use film. You can also have both on the same glass for max­i­mum pro­tec­tion.

Professional Installation & Expertise

Con­tact our secu­ri­ty experts at PROTECTION PLUS to get max­i­mum pro­tec­tion for your busi­ness. We’ll be hap­py to dis­cuss the options in our exten­sive line of secu­ri­ty win­dow bars, door secu­ri­ty, win­dow safe­ty bars, and oth­er secu­ri­ty solu­tions.

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Rod Mackie
Rod graduated from Western University with an honours degree in Psychology. He started in the security industry with Chubb Security in 1986 as a sales Rep. After 8 years in sales, he joined Protection Plus as the Customer service manager in 1997. In 2002 he became Vice President Operations. Taking full advantage of the company benefit plan, Rod met and married his wife of 15 years while working at Protection Plus. She was his right hand “person” at Protection Plus for many years and remains his biggest supporter to this day.