In recent years, several states have looked to increase their courthouse security measures. In some instances, this is a direct response to serious breach incidents or in anticipation of them. In both instances, personnel recognizes the crucial need to protect citizens, defendants, and employees in what can sometimes be a volatile environment.
Courthouses can play host to a range of emotions and people can easily become confused, angry, and frustrated. These emotions can lead to security problems, and these must be addressed to ensure the safety and comfort of all those using the facility. Many practical things can be done to enhance the overall security of a courthouse, such as creating separate entrances for staff and prisoners. Fiberglass panels can also be used to enhance the security of the building structure and the use of these security measures will be discussed in this article.
Exterior Security Measures
Fiberglass panels aren’t the only way that courthouses can increase their overall security, the following measures can also help:
- CCTV across the perimeter and exit doors
- Separating the transport circulation for judges, employees, and prisoners
- Using bollards and other barriers to increase protection against vehicle attacks
- Sufficient lighting in parking areas as well as pedestrian entrances
- Secure parking areas for court employees
- Intrusion detection on all perimeter doors
- Chambers and courtrooms sealed with bulletproof glass
- Self-locking emergency doors
- Separate entrance for staff and prisoners
Interior Security Measures
Security measures inside vary based on room and location, some of these measures will be outlined here:
- Access control on entryways
- Weapons screening
- Duress Alarms
Bullet-resistant materials are also extremely important. Ballistic-resistant windows to stop outside threats. Windows should also stop visual surveillance from outside the courtroom as complete confidentiality is required.
Fiberglass panels can be used to strengthen the structure of walls in courthouses, clerks offices must have fiberglass panels in the walls, as well as ballistic-resistant transaction windows.
Fiberglass Panels Offer Absolute Reliability
Bullet-resistant fiberglass panels can form an extra level of security between staff or visitors and threats. Armortex® bullet-resistant fiberglass panels have been engineered to withstand extreme impact forces and can be customized to meet clients’ specific needs.
These fiberglass panels can withstand forces as per Underwriters Laboratories standards 1-8. They are created and woven in-house from roving ballistic-grade fiberglass. The cloth is injected with a thermoset resin and molded into rigid, flat sheets by a hydraulic hot press.
This process means that our fiberglass panels are extremely reliable against ballistics and are suitably delaminated for reliable projectile retention.
Armortex® fiberglass panels are designed with you, our customers, in mind. We are approved by the U.S. Marshal Service and General Services Administration in addition to other government agencies.
Armortex® composite fiberglass panels are exactly what you need to ensure the safety and security of all users of courthouses. If you want to know more, take a look at our dedicated page or contact our team.