Laminated Glass and the Glass Smashing Burglar

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The Best Defence against the Glass Smashing Burglar

Glass Smashing type burglaries are one of the top three of methods used by criminals to gain unlawful entry into your home.

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As a Burglary Prevention Company and Ex-Police officers we have found that there is very little information regarding this method of entry. However, this article will provide you with the vital information required to make a self assessment of your current window glass to establish if you are vulnerable to this method of entry and not need our window boarding up service.

Firstly, it is important to understand why having the correct glass installed is vital in the battle against the Burglar. All criminals/thieves favour the following three methods of entry over any other:-

As EX-Police officers with over 40 years of Police experience we know how and why criminals target your home. Armed with information readily available from open sources such as the internet, criminals know exactly what to look for when it comes to your home’s vulnerability and poor security.

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Many people think that Glass Smashing type burglaries are extremely loud and too risky for the majority of criminals. This is a myth and burglars know the weak spots to target in your glass panels, which keep the noise to the bare minimum.

The majority of you have toughened glass currently installed in your homes to conform to standard building regulations. Some only have clear float glass, which are single pane or old Double Glazed Units.

Burglars “Pop” standard toughened glass (BS EN 12150) by puncturing a hole usually in one of the four corners of the panel by using a tool such as a screwdriver.

This significantly weakens the glass and causes cracking. The burglar then simply uses their hands to press the weakened toughened glass to ensure it falls into small blunt pieces. They always wear gloves to prevent forensic opportunities (Blood) and to prevent injury to themselves.

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It‘s important to understand that toughened glass is designed with safety in mind. If this type of glass panel is smashed it will ensure any person in the close vicinity will not be injured. Toughened glass is not designed to withstand a significant manual attack.

A Burglar will target your Patio/ French Doors that have a large glass panel installed because it will provide the Thief with a large, easy entry and exit area.

SheffLOCK advise you to install Laminated Glass Panels in the most vulnerable areas of your home.

What is Laminated Glass?

Laminated Glass is made from two or more annealed sheets or heat treated and bonded together using interlayers. In essence laminated glass when struck does not break away. It sticks to the plastic type coating which ensures it stays safely in place and secure. This makes it an extremely effective defence against glass smashing attempts.

The glass “Popping” method mentioned earlier does not work with laminated glass installed. SheffLOCK advise home owners to pay more attention on having the correct Glass Standard in place rather than CCTV and House Alarms. The latter are “extra layers” rather than true preventative measures.

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How can I tell what Standard of Glass I have?

In accordance with Section 7 of British Standards 6262-4:2005, glass is required to be permanently marked to its particular standard so that it is clearly seen after it is installed.

  • BS EN 12150 – to identify toughened glass
  • BS EN 14449 – to identify laminated glass
  • BS EN 14179 – to identify heat soaked, thermally toughened glass.

*Remember to check both the inner and outer glass panels on double glazed units as the glass panel type could be different on the inner to the outer panel e.g toughened glass on the inner and laminated on the outer

If you are interested in having laminated glass installed and wish to obtain more information please contact us on 0114 4426200 or email your query using the following link:

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