Protecting property with security shutters
What is a security shutter?
Security shutters are physical measures implemented on a property to protect against forced entry. There are several types of security shutters, ranging from window and internal shutters, to shop front security shutters.
Serving as a durable and visible deterrent, security shutters are highly effective and can be specified for both high-risk and low-risk properties. Security shutters can be used for a wide range of applications such as commercial, residential, government and financial institutions, among many more.
Why are security shutters useful?
Essentially, a shutter provides an additional and retractable layer of protection for entrances and apertures. Assuming that other security measures already set in place are enough protection can have costly consequences.
A burglar typically targets properties with inadequate security. Deploying security shutters discourages burglars from initially considering an attack. Even if they decide to pursue forced entry, security shutters dramatically increase the length of time a criminal spends in trying to gain access to a property.
Apart from deterring intruders, security shutters are highly reliable in preventing vandalism for windows and doors.
Security Ratings & Benefits
In order to assess whether a security shutter meets certain standards, it must undergo specific testing. The conditions of the tests vary depending on the authority body, but these tests mainly focus on the types of tools a shutter must resist and the amount of time the shutter delays attempted entry. For more information on security ratings, we’ve created a detailed guide that you can access for free here.
Reinforcing an existing doorway or window with an independently certified shutter will not only discourage petty crime but efficiently protect the property from serious risks including bodily force, power tools, ballistic, and blast.
Certified security solutions may also reduce insurance premiums, as by reducing the risk posed to the site, you are less likely to need to claim.
Charter Global has implemented security shutters on hundreds of properties over the years. Our security shutters currently offer the most comprehensive range of independent certifications on the market including LPS 1175, Secured By Design (SBD), CPNI, and US Department of State approved.
We understand better than most the risks a shutter needs to protect against, but also the best methods of integration for each property type.
Unique to Charter Global Roller Shutters:
LockDown is a security system for roller shutters that prevents the shutter from being raised by lifting the bottom rail. If any upward force is applied to either the shutter lath or the bottom rail, the profiles lock within the side guides and prevent the shutter from opening.
LockDown is not an additional locking system and it requires no manual, auto, or solenoid lock. There are no keys and it is not possible to override or disengage.
RapiDeploy is a custom-built upgrade feature. It ensures a swift and total closing of the security shutter and can be used to enhance emergency securing of commercial spaces, government buildings, financial institutions and high footfall areas. RapiDeploy is perfect for properties facing an incident that requires rapid closure of the shutter in lock-down or crises.
A non-standard feature, RapiDeploy ensures the roller shutter closes in half the industry-standard time.
Charter Global’s Security Shutter Range
Charter Global has specialised in securing the shell and interior of applications for many years and currently offer the highest performance roller shutters available on the professional market.
With dedicated manufacturing facilities within the UK, an experienced workforce and unrivalled product range, Charter Global understands the bespoke requirements each sector may have and provides a tailored service offering through associated brands:
Obexion Security Shutters
Obexion Shutters are highly developed, quality security rated shutters. Applicable for high-risk properties, the Obexion range of security roller shutters have been rigorously tried and tested in attack scenarios to effectively against multiple risks. Obexion roller shutters are certified to LPS 1175 Issue 7, SBD, and the CPNI approves the Obexion MDXR for UK Government use.Read more
Equilux Security Shutters
Equilux is the prestigious, residential branch of Charter Global Ltd. Dedicated to securing only residential properties of Ultra High Net Worth Individuals (UHNWI), Equilux Security Roller Shutters are entirely tailored to client preference through smart home integration, architectural style and quality finishes, as well as the ability to integrate the roller shutter within a structural lintel.Read more
Integr8 Security Shutters
For applications that require a built-in security roller shutter – Integr8 Shutters offers specialised solutions that do not compromise on specification, building restrictions and aesthetic. A comprehensive range of curtain styles, lath profiles and security ratings available, and the ability to either house the roller shutter within a structural lintel, or a non-structural box.Read more
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are security shutters?
Security shutters (or security roller shutters) are physical measures implemented on a property to protect against forced entry. There are several types of shutters, ranging from window and internal shutters, to shop front security shutters. Serving as a durable and visible deterrent, security shutters are highly effective and can be specified for both high-risk and low-risk properties. Security roller shutters can be used for a wide range of applications such as commercial, residential, government and financial institutions, among many more.
Why are they useful?
Essentially, a shutter provides an additional and retractable layer of protection for entrances and apertures. Assuming that other security measures already set in place are enough protection can have costly consequences. A burglar typically targets properties with inadequate security. Deploying security shutters discourages burglars from considering an attack. Even if they decide to pursue forced entry, shutters dramatically increase the length of time a criminal spends in trying to gain access to a property. Apart from deterring intruders, security shutters are highly reliable in preventing vandalism on windows and doors.
How do security shutters work?
Security shutters are composed of various laths that work by sliding up and down the shutter’s side guides. When switching to an open position, the laths are rolled into and stored inside a headbox. A security shutter can be integrated within the structure of the building during the early stages of construction or can be installed as a retrofit measure.
How strong are security roller shutters?
A growing number of property protection products, including roller shutters, are security tested by the Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB) to a range of security ratings. The Loss Prevention Standard (LPS) 1175 is becoming increasingly recognised amongst security consultants, specifiers, risk managers and property owners as it provides a framework to assess products against an identified risk.
LPS 1175 Security Ratings are the different categories the LPS 1175 standard defines the resistance grade of a physical security product. The performance ratings SR2 through to SR8 are the most relevant, specifically designed to imitate different risk scenarios. This useful diagram from BRE shows the areas of asset protection that the LPS 1175 standard is relevant to and the measures that cover all other areas of asset protection:
How much do roller shutters cost?
Charter Global are proud to work with specialist projects by providing security solutions for unique requirements, therefore, we do not have standard products for a particular cost. If you would like to obtain a project-specific quotation for a product, click here to contact us and we would be happy process your enquiry.
Discretion is essential. Unattractive, invasive shutters will detract from the look of a property. So, if aesthetics is important for you, be sure to look for shutters that can be discreetly rolled away when not in use. Lastly, keep in mind whether you need your shutter to interact with other, third-party security systems. Charter global are experts on assessing potential security threats and providing aesthetic, robust solutions.
Should I be servicing my property’s security shutters?
Establishing a security shutter servicing contract early on is vital to ensuring maximum performance. Security shutters, regardless of manufacturer, are serious pieces of machinery. Regular use will make a roller shutter susceptible to general wear and tear. There are a number of options when it comes to the ongoing maintenance of security shutters;
- Service contracts offered from the manufacturer.
- Service contracts offered by independent companies.
- Ongoing maintenance by on-site facilitators.
Whilst service contracts are not compulsory, there are heavy implications should there be a failure.
Having your security roller shutter serviced is a legal requirement. Relevant for business premises and public facilities, employers must take all reasonable actions to safeguard employee’s welfare and the public’s safety. One part of this is scheduled maintenance, in accordance with the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC. Find out more here.