09:11PM | 07/18/05
Member Since: 07/18/05
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I am in need of advice regarding my approx

66" x 79" picture window in the front of my home. Some local teenage vandals have targeted our window and vandalized our home 4 times in the last 7 months. As of a few days ago this is now the 3rd time we will have to replace the window. Aside from the expense they are shattering our nerves and peace of mind right along with the window. Our poor 8 year old son has nightmares and has trouble sleeping in his bed all night waking up crying in fear. We have been replacing the windows with a tempered bronze glass. The first two times the window shattered but never completely broke. When they came to replace it they had to knock out the old glass that had shattered but remained up (for the most part). This last time the window actually broke from the beginning. We have heard many suggestions but none from anyone with actual knowledge about windows. Vinyl has been suggested. So has the option of instead of a single pane to create a window with numerous panes so that hopefully if it breaks again we would not have to replace the entire window. I am going broke doing this at $300 each time. Is vinyl shatterproof? What do businesses use so that people cannot come by and smash in a window and steal everything.

I really would appreciate any advice. I am truly at my wits end. I am permanently disabled. Our 19 year old son was killed almost 3 years ago. Just 2 months later my husband was diagnosed with cancer. I am a strong person but I am truly at the end of my rope. But I keep trying because I have a wonderful 8 year old son who has been through h--- and back and never complains. Every time he has a nightmare and wakes us he apologizes. Who wouldn't have nightmares with all this? So, please, someone give me some advice that will help me end this nightmare and stop all the shattered glass and shattered nerves! Thank you!

Jim D

11:46PM | 07/18/05
Member Since: 01/06/01
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Rmagdalenorankins - hi, I'm sorry to hear about the problems you're having with vandals. It sounds like a Neighborhood Watch group should put you on the "high priority" list.

I believe you may mean Lexan instead of vinyl. Lexan is the commercial name for bullet-resistant glass - it's used in banks, armored cars, etc. and depending on its thickness, will stop repeated direct hits from high caliber rifles. Thinner sheets of it can be broken/shot through. Some businesses may use thick tempered glass instead of Lexan - cost will be one of the big factors.

One other thought comes to mind - if you make the picture window unbreakable, which windows in your house do you think the vandals may ****** next? It seems they've picked you deliberatley - you're not a random ****** for them. (Are you hearing or reading about others in your neighborhood getting the same treatment?) If you frustrate the vandals, would they decide to "step it up a notch" and start aiming for 2nd floor bedroom windows, etc.?

Your local police department may offer a service where an officer comes out and performs a security analysis of your property. They'd look at the surroundings and offer you ways to discourage this repeated vandalism, such as security lighting, use of Lexan or tempered glass, alarm systems, etc. It may be worth a call to them to see what they can do for you. If nothing else, such an action on your part may show them you're trying to resolve the problem and they may decide to step up the patrols in your area to try and catch the vandals in the act.

I hope this helps you some - good luck! Jim D/West Point, VA


06:55AM | 07/19/05
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
You might also want to check out Safety and Security Window Film.

Here are a couple of links.

Also instead of replacing the glass with polycarbonate you might want to look at getting a "storm window" with ploycarbonate. I suspect that it can be much thinner than as a window and still be enough to stop a pellet gun.

Try calling some companies in the area that do COMMERCIAL windows and store fronts.


09:53AM | 07/19/05
Member Since: 06/23/04
161 lifetime posts
Polycarbonate (Lexan) has a high resistance to breakage but it is easily scratched and will not give you the clarity of glass. Eventually it will become "foggy" due to the sun and abrasion. Billhart has a good recommendation in covering the bronze glass window with a polycarbonate storm window. It can protect the main window until the vandals lose interest or it becomes foggy.



12:12PM | 02/10/13
check out the glass protection film or for Do-it-yourself glass protection kits. :)


12:19PM | 02/10/13
check out the glass protection film or for Do-it-yourself glass protection kits. :)
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