AEGIS Security & Investigations knows active shooters. We have tested and researched bulletproof materials, bulletproof glass, and other bulletproof gear. Our experts have developed in-person and online active shooter trainings that cater to all levels within corporations and across a variety of organization types, including education institutions, large businesses and small businesses.
While we teach the best ways to handle active shooter situations, we also believe it is important to promote bulletproof materials that can save your life in the event of an active shooter. For student-oriented and business settings where using a bag is practical, we recommend an insertable bulletproof backpack shield.
This shield insert from TuffyPacks, sold on Amazon, goes into your backpack, briefcase or computer bag to provide personal protection from ballistic threats. They mimic bulletproof vests worn by law enforcement in their protection level, protecting the user against most handguns and semi-automatic rounds up to 44 magnums.
The benefits of a bulletproof product are clear. They offer protection in an active shooter situation for the individual using them. They are concealable, allowing the user to take them just about anywhere without raising concern for others. This particular model from TuffyPack for a backpack shield insert is even light enough that you would not notice the difference between carrying your daily gear with or without the shield in place.
However, there are cons to having a bulletproof shield on your person. Because it is readily accessible, people tend to develop a Superman complex. “I have a bulletproof shield, so I can take a bullet,” becomes the line of thinking. This is NOT the case, though. While bulletproof shields absorb the impact of bullets, they should not be your first line of defense in an active shooter situation.
If you are involved in an active shooter situation, you should still follow the practice of run, hide, fight. With a product like the bulletproof backpack shield, you should run with it on your back to take any potential bullet spray headed into a crowd. If you are hiding, use the shield to cover important areas of your body that may be exposed like your chest or head. You can also use the whole bag to better hide you when wedged under a desk or chair. If you have to fight, use the shield to protect yourself as you work to disarm the assailant.
AEGIS Security & Investigations offers active shooter training programs designed for people at levels within an organization. These training are the first step in understanding you and your organization’s capabilities and responses to an incident. Taking the steps to become better prepared in hostile situations cannot only save your life but help save the lives of those around you.
The civilian active shooter training provided by AEGIS are intended to build on “run, hide, fight,” the long-standing method of saving yourself in these events. Workshops run from an hour to several hours dependent on the needs of the organization and individuals. Our most highly sought after workplace violence training program is our one-hour plus add-on Run, Hide, Fight Live Fire Demo; participants begin with a lecture and basic training on how to handle the situation and are then exposed to sample scenarios in which they practice those same skills. The effectiveness of this scenario can be viewed when on CBS here.
AEGIS Security & Investigations is a Los Angeles based security firm that is licensed and insured to provide high-end armed and unarmed regular and temporary off-duty police officers, bodyguards, security officers, loss prevention agents, and hostile termination support. Additionally, we offer private investigation, consultation, skip tracing, and background investigation services. Our security training and active shooter workshops have been featured in news media and are renowned for their effectiveness and transparency. For more information or to contact us, visit www.aegis.com.
NOTE: This article is not an endorsement of the TuffyPacks bulletproof inserts or a guarantee these or similar products will be effective. Use these items at your own risk.