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As cauldrons bubble and candy abounds in the dark nights before Halloween, a troubling, real-life specter lurks in the minds of designers and facility owners. *Cue scary music.* A lack of building security!
Flesh-eating zombies and bloodthirsty vampires may star in many nightmares during spooky season. But true terror lies in unsecured building openings, creating at-risk buildings.
What can you do to keep ghouls and goblins out on Halloween night, and bad actors away on all the other days of the year?
The answer can’t be found by peering into a crystal ball. Instead, we’ve predicted your fortune using this store security guide.
Every storeowner is understandably hyper-aware of building security. On-site staff and security cameras keep an eye on inventory and shoppers, whether werewolf or human. Locked backrooms and safes guard goods, valuables, and cash not on display. It almost seems like every corner should have its own surveillance system or at least a security guard or wizard on duty.
Understanding that different areas of your store may need different security closures is crucial when specifying store security closures. Your loading dock door may see more traffic and potential damage than front of house areas, haunted or unhaunted. Behind-the-counter areas may require more visibility and have less room for a rolling door or grille, making counter shutters a better option for your store’s treasures.
Back of Store/Receiving
First up is one of the most important spots for store security: the back of store/receiving areas. Because these areas are delivery hubs, they see a lot of wear and tear, whether in the ghostly realm or on this side of the veil.
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Rolling service doors: For protection from security threats and entry to weather events, CornellCookson’s rolling service doors are ideal for retail applications, and can be used in interior and exterior areas. These doors are made from slats of formed galvanized steel, aluminum, or stainless steel that roll up to store in a coil above an opening.
High performance 1024 rolling door: Our Extreme 1024 High Performance Doors are tested to perform for more than 1,000,000 cycles at an opening speed of up to 24 inches per second – three times faster than standard coiling or overhead sectional doors.
Insulated rolling doors: When you want to protect your building and the people inside it from harsh or intense weather conditions, insulated rolling doors are a great solution. Keep your store toasty when it’s cold and cool when it’s sweltering, regulating the inside temperature (and your heating and cooling bills) with insulated rolling doors.
Sectional doors: Sectional doors are ideal for back of store areas because of their durability and convenience. These commercial doors offer an assortment of flush, ribbed or raised panel designs in a variety of colors, textures, windows and steel gauges. Ideal applications include warehouses, loading docks and industrial and agricultural facilities. Visit Clopay’s site to learn more: clopaydoor.com/industrial-overhead-doors.
Behind the Counter
Next, we’ll talk about counter stores/stores behind a counter. Think of a pharmacy or witch’s apothecary conveniently located inside a larger retail space. While you don’t want to obscure what’s behind the grille from shoppers and sprites, you also don’t want to leave these areas vulnerable to bad actors. CornellCookson has security grilles to fit the bill, whether you’re looking for one that can accommodate high cycles, additional locking mechanisms, or offer the highest level of protection available in the market or oddities parlor.
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Rolling counter shutters or doors: Rolling counter shutters and doors protect your areas behind the counter from intruders while still allowing for visibility and airflow. Counter shutters and doors coil above the opening for easy, compact storage in limited ceiling spaces. We design these closures to fit your space, leaving no exposed edges for seamless integration into masonry and drywall openings 4 inches to 13 inches thick.
Rolling security grilles: Rolling security grilles are well suited for retail applications where you’d like to restrict access, and provide protection, visibility, and breathability. Roll-up security grilles and gates come in several different configurations, and are fully customizable to meet your store’s needs.
Side folding grilles: Side folding security grilles and partitions are effective barriers that deliver a range of benefits. These products are highly customizable and suited for spaces with large widths and a range of ceiling heights to meet the demands of your space. Often, these doors are recessed into a pocket, allowing for a streamlined aesthetic when the door is open.
Storefronts are up next. This is (usually) the first area people will see when encountering a retail store. Whether your store is a standalone structure or one of many in a shopping mall, making sure smash-and-grab attempts are thwarted, building break-ins interrupted, and spells are blocked is key.
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Maximum protection doors such as StoreDefender™: The latest addition to our Defender Series, it’s built to protect with heavy-duty, 18-gauge slats. Withstanding lifting attempts and “push” tested to 2,500 pounds of force, StoreDefender is a versatile option that can be used in any storefront or back of house application. StoreDefender also has a 6” heavy-duty bottom bar, tamper-resistant fasteners, and continuous wind locks. It comes as a service door or as a Thermiser Max insulated door for those interested in creating a more environmentally conscious workspace.
Sentry Gate Grilles: The patented design of our SentryGate® Grille includes injection molded components and continuous metal rods, making it extremely durable. It’s lightweight enough to be ideal in retail applications, yet still heavy duty to keep would-be infiltrators out.
Perforated Slat Doors and Grilles: ScreenGard perforated slats allow for ventilation and visibility while still securing the building. ScreenGard is ideal for applications that need airflow and/or insect control in a secure environment.
Fire and smoke protection
If needed in certain areas of your store, we also offer fire and smoke security doors and counter shutters rated from a half hour to four hours for even more protection. Those cauldrons can be a fire hazard, so learn more about your options with our fire products.
When the moon rises on Halloween night, don’t let a lack of security in your building cause a fright! Ward off evil intentions by choosing the right security closure for your facility.
To see our full product range, visit cooksondoor.com/products or contact us to get in touch with a door expert.