THE COST OF A BULLET RESISTANT GLASS SYSTEM

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Before buying a big-ticket item, most of us take a few minutes to do a little Googling and get a sense of the price landscape. This is easy to do with ovens and cars, but hard with bullet resistant glass systems–largely because these systems are customized, and their costs can vary widely.

Level Location for Bulletproof Glass

THE MINIMAL BULLET PROOF GLASS SYSTEM

On one end of the spectrum is a minimal, straight-forward system–something suitable for a stand-alone ticket window or after-hours transactions. Such a system would include a bullet resistant glass transaction window with integrated communication system and cash tray, ballistic fiberglass to reinforce the surrounding walls, and perhaps a simple, all-steel bullet resistant door and frame. These ship as pre-fabricated, built-to-order components that will need to be installed on-site. This work can be done by local contractors, although most bullet proof companies will send their own installation team for an additional fee.

Including shipping and handling, this sort of minimal system will cost at least $3,000 to $5,000 (not including installation).

A HIGH-END BULLET RESISTANT GLASS SYSTEM

At the other end of the spectrum would be something like a large, 24-hour gas station–the sort of truck-stop oasis that tends to include a well-stocked convenience store. These retailers usually have at least two registers, and need to worry about both exterior and interior bullet resistant glass.

Each register needs to be enclosed in a bullet proof glass booth with ballistic fiberglass reinforcing the counters and deep deal trays integrated into the countertops. Gas stations and convenience stores tend to favor natural voice communication rather than electronic intercoms, and often elect to install “sliders.” These windows can be opened during low-crime, high-traffic periods and then locked-down after the sun sets or in an emergency. Each hardened point-of-payment is accessible through a bullet proof door, usually with some sort of buzz-through access system.

All told, a higher-end system (such as this theoretical truck stop, a small bank branch, or corner store) is going to run around $15,000 to $20,000.

BEYOND THE HIGH-END OF BALLISTIC SECURITY

Obviously, bullet resistant glass systems and security can go well beyond what you see at the bank or ticket counter. For example, many government buildings have high-level forced entry-rated blast and bullet resistant glass reinforcing every exterior window, and ballistic fiberglass in every interior and exterior wall. Some corporate entryways are entirely constructed of bullet proof glass and framing; their pleasant vestibules are actually man traps ready to lockdown at the push of a button. Systems like these–often entirely invisible to the casual observer–start at a few hundred thousand dollars and go up from there.

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