The Window Security Film Project is an effort from the CID Small Business Relief Team (SBRT) to address the security issues that small businesses in the Chinatown International District (CID) have been experiencing since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. CID businesses have been impacted by increased break-ins, burglary, and vandalism, in addition to the economic struggles of operating a small business during a pandemic. The increase in property damage has led to many businesses putting plywood boards up to cover their windows as a preventive measure. As the pandemic continues, business owners are understandably concerned about the risks of taking down the plywood and the impact on security and safety. There needed to be a way to address these concerns with concrete actions that alleviate the concerns for our community members and reduce the vulnerability of our small businesses, which is where security film comes in.
While no film guarantees complete protection, thick film prevents glass from scratching and scattering, and keeps intruders and projectiles out. Throughout the pandemic, more business owners have sought façade protection measures, including film, gates, lighting, and cameras. Transparent film is the most economical and least invasive. If a majority of storefronts have it, the district could be more resilient to crime.
The overarching goals of the Window Security Film Project are:
1) Discourage storefront vandalism and break-ins throughout Chinatown ID; and,
2) Support small business owners in protecting their storefronts while removing plywood.
As of September 2022, the CID Small Business Relief Team (SBRT) has been able to replace broken glass for 15 businesses and install security film for 42 businesses. The second round of businesses to receive security film is currently underway. Thank you to Protection Seattle and A&C Glass for partnering with us to repair and reinforce windows and doors for CID small businesses.
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Before & After Photos
Round 1 Security Film Recipients
Round 1 Security Film Installation took place between May 2022 and September 2022.
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