Weaponry and defense are intrinsically-linked, with innovations in one inevitably being trailed by developments in the other. Improved firearms revolutionized military attire as armies the world over fought to protect soldiers and vehicles with ballistic-grade armor plates and textiles. Their success subsequently led to the development of high caliber armor-piercing ammunition – and so on.
Merely the presence of weapons in a particular sphere can mandate the need for protection. The onset of ballistic-resistant products (i.e. bulletproof doors) in US markets beyond the battlefield was, therefore, probably unavoidable. According to the Washington Post, there are as many as 393 million civilian-owned firearms in the US – exceeding the total population by almost 70 million.
Though this is constitutional, the ready availability of firearms has fuelled the need for a greater feeling of protection in many market sectors. In this blog post, we will outline some of the people that bulletproof doors are increasingly used to protect.
Bulletproof doors are a crucial part of the security infrastructure in commercial banks, credit unions, and other financial institutions. While the frequency of armed bank robberies has dropped significantly in recent decades, 545 armed violations occurred in the US during 2018 alone. A robust bulletproof door not only presents an effective barrier to entry and projectiles, but it also makes for an effective deterrent for would-be thieves.
The civilian market for bulletproof doors has grown significantly in recent years, despite a persistent reduction in property-related crimes, burglaries, and forced entries. Learn more about the trends in domestic security in our previous blog post Bulletproof Doors for Domestic Markets.
Students and Faculty Members
School security is now big business in the US, with faculties across the country looking to redefine their security parameters to combat the ever-present threat of active shooters and terror-related incidents on school grounds. Bulletproof doors are often key components in new security measures designed to protect both students and faculty members in case of such an event.
Municipal buildings routinely make use of bulletproof doors, and indeed various interconnected security solutions, to mitigate the risk of threats disrupting critical operations and endangering the lives of brave personnel. Police departments are among these, typically requiring higher-rated bulletproof doors than the likes of the civilian sector due to the uniquely risky nature of police work. Bulletproof doors in police stations can save the lives of officers.
Just like police officers, the threats to government officials from security risks are persistent. Bulletproof doors can be used as a matter of course throughout key buildings where frequent interactions with the public are a daily occurrence. Bulletproof doors provide peace of mind for officials working from the municipal and state-levels up to the federal level.
Bulletproof Doors from Armortex
Armortex is a specialist in ballistic-resistant products for a wide market cross-section. Those outlined here are just a selection of the individuals that our bulletproof products can help to protect. If you would like to learn more, we recommend our recent article Main Markets for Bulletproof Glass.
You can also browse the product literature for our bulletproof doors if you are considering placing an order, to find the security solution that is right for you. Contact a member of the Armortex team today if you need any more information.