Data from a 2011 IBIS World study (the last available) found the commercial blinds sector was at $991.3 million in annual sales. Adjusting for inflation and not accounting for additional sales growth, the market would be worth $1.18 billion as of 2018.
There are many reasons for this. Homeowners and businesses pour a lot of effort into design and materials. They see it as home decor. But these products serve a more vital function than appearance.
In the following article, we’ll discuss the various privacy and security benefits. It doesn’t matter if you’re building a home or redecorating. Perhaps you’re protecting your business from an assortment of threats. These are purchases you should not overlook. Let’s begin!
Commercial Blinds Improve Visibility
Fears of workplace violence pepper the media now more than any other time in American history. Take this recent study examining the number of fatalities and injuries involved in workplace shootings.
The numbers take select events since 1982. Their findings: 173 dead, 116 severely injured, just from gun violence.
While those are relatively small numbers, it is enough to show the threat of violence is not beyond the realm of possibility. Improving visibility helps to address this concern.
While blinds may obscure visibility from the outside looking in, they give your team inside the building an advantage over potential attackers. Being able to see threats before they get closer to the building allows for the barricade of easy entry points and enough time to dial 911.
They Help Provide Asset Security
Many companies work in industries where they have to keep high-dollar assets outside and visible to the public. Trucking companies are one such example.
The installation of commercial blinds allows security personnel to keep a closer watch on assets such as tractors, trailers, bulldozers, and other heavy equipment.
You may not want to ditch your overnight security measures. But during normal business hours, blinds visibility will make vandals and thieves think twice about tampering with equipment because they’ll never know for certain if they’re being watched.
And some commercial blinds systems even allow for remote monitoring and office automation. That means you don’t have to keep an employee posted on the lookout to know if anything questionable is occurring with your vulnerable assets.
They Bring Lighting Benefits Related to Security
You’re a homeowner. You know you’re going to be gone for the day, but there have been break-ins around your neighborhood. It worries you to leave the property unattended, so what do you do?
Most would probably leave the lights on and a television blaring loud enough to deter potential burglars. Businesses have these same fears because few are open 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
They have plenty of moments where no one is “minding the store.” A commercial blinds system can be an effective way to deter break-ins.
This is especially true when coupled with noticeable lighting, sound, and other security-related measures. You won’t even have to keep an overnight security detail.
A potential predator will look for the easiest available target. If they think there is the risk of being engaged, it won’t matter to them whether they “can” pull it off. Getting caught is simply not worth the risk.
They Mitigate Violent Attacks
The 2015 San Bernardino shootings and attempted bombing are still fresh on the minds of many Americans. The attack by homegrown terrorists Tashfeen Malik and Syed Rizwan Farook left 14 dead, 22 injured, and a nation stunned.
Unfortunately, incidents like this one continue to resonate with Americans for good reason. While it was considerably more deadly than most incidents of workplace violence, it serves as an ongoing reminder of how vulnerable our places of work can be.
In fact, the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) from the Bureau of Justice notes that in 2015 alone there were 2 million assaults or threats of physical violence directed toward individuals in the workplace. Vulnerable industries included gas station workers, retail sales associates, and security guards.
Most threats and attacks came from perpetrators originating outside of the workplace.
While no one can tell you commercial blinds or any one thing would have stopped all these attacks before they could occur, they certainly could have mitigated damages. They provide an extra layer of insulation from outside violence whether that be gunshots, break-ins, or even bomb blasts.
They Assist with Data Protection
There are two types of data protection initiatives you can take. The most obvious would be to invest in a team of cyber-security experts and purchase cyber-security insurance in case you are affected by hacks, malware, and other scams.
But there is another aspect to protecting data businesses don’t often like to think about because it causes them to turn a questionable eye to their employees.
A recent example of insider threats: Google is suing Anthony Levandowski, a former engineer, for allegedly stealing 14,000 files from the company and porting them over to his new job at Uber. The outcome of that case is still in question, but that’s not really the point.
The point is that many data breaches occur because of either malicious actors within your company or clueless employees who aren’t aware of the vulnerabilities they’ve created.
In other words, threats to your data can come from both inside and outside the business. And it can happen in ways where physical access plays a role.
Installing commercial blinds systems around sensitive data points within your organization can mitigate damages. It does this by limiting access, keeping sensitive data available to only authorized personnel, and providing recourse (i.e., being able to “narrow it down”) should a data breach occur.
Commercial Blinds Add Peace of Mind
In life, there isn’t a single solution for protecting the things that matter to you.
But there are “smart” solutions that you can incorporate into your day-to-day, and commercial blinds should be at the top of your list. You can choose from several materials, designs, and security features.
If you’re ready to improve the levels of safety and privacy in your world — at home or work — contact BBD Lifestyle today. We can discuss all your options. We’ve even got answers to your smart home automation and window treatment questions.