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Video Surveillance Equipment: Deterring Crime Before It Happens

Convenience Store Security, Industry News

At Total Security Solutions, we understand that our bulletproof barriers are just one component of a successful security plan for any facility. A security professional may also recommend an access control system, a digital video recording system, proper employee training or a cash management system. With many of these security measures, going discreet isn’t always what facility owners are after. While bulletproof …

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Good-Looking Ballistic Barriers for Fuel Centers and Gas Stations

Convenience Store Security

Over the past few decades Total Security Solutions has designed hundreds of ballistic security systems for new and renovated gas stations and fuel centers. TSS has honed their design and fabrication tools and practices, so that they can always find the best solution for each client and situation. That means being able to deliver solutions that meet the unique security, business, and aesthetic …

Learn the basics about protecting your gas station with bulletproof glass and ballistic features

Bulletproof Barrier Basics for Fuel Centers and Gas Stations

Convenience Store Security

Every fuel center and gas station is unique.  Even a chain of fuel centers with near identical footprints and layouts will have slightly different security profiles. How close is the filing station to urban centers and expressway on-ramps? Is it near a border between jurisdictions? How well-lit are the surrounding neighborhoods? What is the population density and overall crime rate for that area? But …

Before you create a security plan for your store, learn the common mistakes that convenience store and gas station owners make so you can avoid them.

10 Convenience Store Security Mistakes to Avoid

Convenience Store Security

YouTube is full of videos of convenience store and gas station robberies. For some, it’s fascinating to watch criminals carry out violent and non-violent activity. But if you own, operate or work in such a business, it’s terrifying and hits a little too close to home. As a business owner of a 24 hour convenience store or gas station, your first priority …

There are several low and high tech ways to protect convenience store employees and customers from robbery and other crimes including bulletproof barriers, video cameras and a well-thought out security plan.

Four Ways to Protect Convenience Store Employees

Convenience Store Security

There are currently more than 135,000 convenience stores in the United States, and the number of stores continues to climb. However, it is shocking to hear that while convenience stores represent just a fraction of the nation’s 3.8 million retail establishments, they account for roughly 6% of robberies reported to police. Owners who have experienced a robbery at one of …


Bullet Proof Glass for Small­ Business Owners

Bullet Proof Glass, Bullet Resistant Barriers, Convenience Store Security, Deal Tray, Package Passers, Pharmacy Security, Transaction Windows

Family-run pharmacies, 24-hour gas stations/convenience stores, check cashers, jewelers, gold buyers, pawn shops, cell phone stores: Different products, different business models, different customer bases and hours of operations, different regulations, different trade groups—seemingly nothing in common.  But as Total Security Solutions CEO Jim Richards points out, “different businesses, same security.”  Over the course of decades designing, engineering, and installing bullet …

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Small Businesses: An Ounce of Prevention Is More Affordable Than You Think

Bullet Proof Glass, Bullet Resistant Barriers, Bulletproof Protection, Convenience Store Security, Pharmacy Security

Total Security Solutions understands the pressures on small and mid-sized businesses.  Security measures like bulletproof glass, bullet resistant counters, bulletproof package passers, and bulletproof transaction windows might seem like extra expenses that are hard to justify. But constantly worrying about the safety of your workers isn’t a great alternative.  Total Security Solutions is committed to helping you work within your …

Convenience Store Security

Marcy’s Law Would Require Bullet Resistant Barriers

Bullet Resistant Barriers, Convenience Store Security, Recent News

  The Indiana General Assembly is again considering “Marcy’s Law,” which would require bullet resistant barriers for all convenience stores and gas stations in the state. The law is in line with existing OSHA ballistic security recommendations, which advise that stores keeping extended hours in high-crime areas either schedule two workers for high-risk shifts, or install a bullet resistant barrier …

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Avoid Potential Bullet Proof Glass Construction Project Mistakes

Bullet Proof Glass, Bullet Resistant Barriers, Bullet Resistant Materials, Convenience Store Security

Integrating bullet-resistant glass into new or retrofit construction requires special considerations, such as which security level is required or how to properly support the weight. As a designer or architect utilizing bullet-resistant glass for the first time, you may have a lot of questions on how to get started. This photo is just one example of a mistake that could …

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Top 3 Convenience Store Security Risks: An Expert View

Convenience Store Security

  Convenience stores face significant security risks. To help explain these risks, we turn to expert  Tracy Alldaffer, a 30-year veteran in the security industry who previously served as Speedway’s Corporate Security Manager, for advice. Now the founder of his own security firm, Corporate Security Services, Alldaffer identifies the top three safety risks facing convenience stores and offers tips to …