bank bandit barrier arch window in a modern bank interior

The Bandit Barrier Deterrence Effect


For years Total Security Solutions CEO Jim Richards has been a strong advocate for the deterrence effect of bullet resistant bandit barriers. “This isn’t just a matter of opinion,” Jim explains. “We’ve been doing this for decades. We’ve watched the numbers: When more banks have bullet resistant barriers, fewer banks get robbed, …

Banks recovering from natural disasters experience extra pressure on security and keeping business operations running.

Natural Disaster Recovery, Banks, and Bulletproof Security


Earthquakes, hurricanes, wildfires—recent headlines are a grim reminder of the importance of business continuity planning for speedy disaster recovery. This is especially the case for banks, credit unions, and local non-bank financial service providers (like check cashers). When it comes to natural disaster recovery, banks have extra pressure to move quickly. In the immediate …

Bulletproof barrier for a financial institution

High-Function Custom Bullet Resistant Solutions for Banks


Because most banks have similar needs—a secured teller line with bullet resistant windows, secured ballistic doors, and bulletproof fiberglass to reinforce counters—many security companies try and push a one-size-fits-all solution. With decades of experience designing, engineering, fabricating, and installing custom bandit barriers in banks and credit unions, Total Security Solutions …

Arch Window System installed at a national bank located in Chicago, Illinois

Small Increase in Bank Robberies, Big Jump in Hostages


When asked why he robbed banks, Willie Sutton famously quipped “Because that’s where the money is.”  Although that quote may be fanciful (in his second memoir—he wrote two—Sutton denied ever actually saying those words), the sentiment remains true.  As Total Security Solutions CEO Jim Richards notes, “The bank is the …