The BRE Trust-funded research project ‘Security glazing: is it all that it’s cracked up to be?’ followed a spate of ‘smash-and-grab’ attacks to steal expensive goods such as jewellery and designer clothing from window displays. These attacks showed that in some cases glazing offers the least resistance to forced entry in situations where criminals are not deterred from generating noise. An associated safety issue identified was that the majority of injuries from explosive events, including terrorist attack, invariably result from flying glass particles. As such, the correct specification of glazing to resist attack and reduce injury is vital.
A publication has been produced from the research project to investigate the performance and safety of glazing in security applications. It outlines the different types of glazing, guides the reader through the maze of applicable standards and offers advice on selecting glazing systems appropriate to their intended use.
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