Hospitals and other medical facilities are under attack. It is no longer a rare occurrence for a violent shooting to occur at hospitals; emergency rooms, hospital lobby areas, records rooms, and pharmacies are hotspots for an attack. “The most recent FBI data has identified 250 healthcare active shooter incidents between 2000 and 2017, in which 799 people were killed and an additional 1,418 were wounded. In the first half of that period, there was an average of 6.7 incidents per year. That number has tripled to over 20 incidents per year in the second half of that period.”, says

Hospital shootings are typically premeditated, driven by personal issues with doctors, staff, or other patients at the hospital. Many reported hospital shootings result from domestic disputes; high emotions drive people to make poor and violent decisions. Gang violence is a major concern for emergency rooms, and intensive care units; “Unfinished business” from on the street may provoke someone to want to “finish the job” when security is low and injured patients are defenseless. Pharmacy counters in hospitals and other medical facilities are also an area of potential gun violence due to the drug abuse epidemic in the US.

Reactive measures such as security guards and cameras do not work in hospitals as there are limited areas to “escape to safety” after a threat is detected and underway; patients are literally defenseless in hospital beds, or behind emergency room curtains.

As says, hospitals need to change their ideas of security from “Run and Hide” to “Secure and Preserve”. Bullet proof glass, and fiberglass panels are crucial in the security architecture for hospitals. Hospitals and other medical facilities can significantly harden their security by considering bullet resistant lobby entryway doors and hallways, emergency room/triage areas, payment windows, pharmacy/laboratory windows/doors, and information/reception counters. Contact us to see how we can better secure your hospital against the threat of a gun attack. Protect your employees and your patients.

Sadly, we live in an age where our children are not safe in our schools; a place where parents should feel the most comfortable sending their children. Gun violence has proven time and again to be a horrible issue we have to face, and worrying about it every day as a parent, sending your child to school, should not be the norm. In a perfect world, public school systems would have the funds to make certain all windows and doors are bullet resistant. However, we do not live in a perfect world, and our school systems do not have unlimited funding. Some possible solutions to this problem are as follows:

UL Rated Bullet Resistant entryway doors to schools should be a consideration. Starting the fight against gun violence at the front door is a first step toward preventing a catastrophe. All exterior doors need to be locked when the last child enters; no exceptions and visitors are buzzed in using intercoms/door strikes. Installing bullet resistant doors to every classroom would be ideal, however expensive. Installing a few bullet resistant classroom doors in every hallway could give children a choice of safe rooms to escape to if there is a threat. Large areas, such as lunch rooms, auditoriums, and gyms could have bullet resistant windows and doors where more children could escape to, to be safe in a “lock-down” situation. Until public schools are provided the money to make the school a fortress against gun violence, any step to add security greatly reduces the risk of our children being in harm’s way.

Clear Security Systems can work with you to devise a plan to protect your children from the threat of a gun attack. Please call us today; Stay Safe.

Updated: Nov 8, 2018

"Of the 63,600 drug overdoses in the US in 2016, 66% of them involved prescription opioids." - CDC

The Prescription drug epidemic is an alarming issue in the United States. The illegal distribution and consumption of prescription opioid or narcotic pain relievers, including drugs such as Vicodin (hydrocodone), OxyContin (oxycodone), Opana (oxymorphone), and methadone are at an all-time high. “From 1999-2016, more than 200,000 people have died in the United States from overdoses related to prescription opioids. Overdose deaths involving prescription opioids were 5 times higher in 2016 than 1999” - CDC Statistics.

Where there is a “need”, people will do whatever it takes to illegally obtain these highly sought-after drugs. Pharmacies under attack by criminals with handguns have been more apparent in the news lately. Just last week in Franklin Lakes, NJ, reported an “...armed man jumped the counter at a local supermarket pharmacy counter, pointing a semi-automatic gun in the pharmacist’s face, demanding cough syrup containing Codeine.”

PROACTIVE Bullet Resistant physical security should be considered to protect our pharmacies and their dedicated staff members. Clear Security Systems installs bullet proof glass in approximately 150 banks across the United States every year, yet MEGA MILLIONS of dollars in drugs are sitting behind wide open counters in pharmacies, with no barrier systems in place.

Let’s tackle this national epidemic by making it very difficult to steal the drugs at pharmacies. Bullet Proof Glass/Materials are a safe and secure way to keep these drugs out of the hands of the criminals who are behind the mayhem. Contact today for your free site-visit and quote. Check out our website gallery for our "typical pharmacy drawing".