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Do clear burglar bars provide the same level of security?

Clear burglar bars are transparent window barriers made from polycarbonate material. They are essentially designed to be less obtrusive than other burglar bar options. The question, however, is do they offer the same level of security. It is true that they are preferred for lower-level security needs and do not provide as much protection as static metal burglar bars. But, as an additional layer of security, they are a strong deterrent. Let’s take a closer look at polycarbonate to better understand the strength and protection it can offer. We will also look at some of the great advantages of transparent burglar bars.

What is polycarbonate?

Polycarbonate is a polyester formed by the reaction of carbonyl chloride and BPA in an interfacial process. Polycarbonate is quite similar to acrylic and has some properties of glass. It’s a transparent plastic that possesses the following fantastic properties:

  • Tough and durable
  • High impact resistance
  • Light (half the weight of glass)
  • Easy to handle
  • Flexible
  • Good heat and UV resistance

This highlights that polycarbonate is a great material to use in the manufacturing and design of burglar bars. In addition to the strength of polycarbonate, here are some other reasons to consider installing clear burglar bars in your home or business.

Advantages of clear burglar bars

Let’s look at six advantages of clear burglar bars.


The primary advantage of clear burglar bars is that they are “see through”, as we like to say. This makes them unobtrusive – they won’t obstruct the lovely view that you have outside your window.


This means that they can withstand any UV rays that pour through the window and will not easily yellow or deteriorate.


The polycarbonate material can be modified to fit any window openings, and the gaps between the bars can also be customised to suit specific needs.


They can be used as a security measure in home or business settings. They can also be installed on different types of window frames.


They are neat and discreet. Because they are virtually invisible, they complement any interior (and exterior) design.


They are not only useful in preventing burglaries, but also at keeping primates out. This is especially useful in parts of KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape.

So although clear burglar bars do not offer quite the same level of security as static metal burglar bars, they are perfect for home and business settings that are inside secure estates and where other levels of security are in place, e.g. security shutters are installed or electric fencing surrounds the property.

If you’d like to receive a quote on our King Clear barrier range or if you just want more information then do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We’d love to help you find the best solution for your space.

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