5 Leading Reasons Cottage Guard is Ideal for Retail Spaces

There are many reasons why retail spaces need security barriers on windows and doors. These range from smash-and-grab theft to invasion attempts to looting during protest marches. There is a wide selection of burglar bars for retail outlets and a serious contender in terms of strength is Cottage Guard.

These burglar bars can be made to match cottage pane windows or used to protect large windowpanes, creating a cottage pane effect. They can be used in homes or in retail spaces.

Cottage Guard burglar bars for retail spaces can be used in areas such as the following:

  • Display windows that face on to streets with passing traffic, whether on foot or in vehicles.
  • Windows off-street at the back of the shop that are frequently unattended, and thieves could get inside unobserved.
  • Staff and public bathroom windows. These are often small windows but could provide a handy escape for robbers.
  • Retail premises kitchen windows.
  • Storage room windows that would otherwise provide easy access to stock for thieves.
  • Windows on either side of entrance doors into retail shopping precincts or shops.

Cottage Guard benefits

All the locations mentioned above are vulnerable to a break-in attempt and should be protected to avoid this. Cottage Guard  is an excellent choice as burglar bars for retail for the following 5 leading reasons:

  1. Strength

Trellidor Cottage Guard is a premium quality burglar bar system that has few rivals on the market in terms of strength.  It is manufactured using aluminium square tubing reinforced with a threaded steel rod through the centre of each tube, making it extremely robust under attack.

The strength of these burglar bars is further enhanced by a full, four-sided frame. It is firmly fixed into the substrate surrounding the window, not into the window frame.

Each cottage guard unit is purpose-made for the window and fitted by a Trellidor technician to ensure that the installation is strong and reliable.

  1. Lifespan

During the manufacturing process, Trellidor Cottage Guard goes through a process that treats the components for corrosion and UV resistance. They are then powder coated in a state-of-the-art powder coating plant to provide a beautiful finish.

Both these processes improve the lifespan of cottage guard, so that it provides many years of service without deteriorating. The burglar bars maintain their high-quality appearance so that the retail space windows continue to look attractive over time.

The quality finish of cottage guard needs to be maintained with regular cleaning, but this is a simple process and more can be found on the Trellidor website. It is a requirement in terms of the warranty, which runs for five years both inland and at the coast.

  1. Custom-made

Trellidor Cottage Guard burglar proofing is custom manufactured to fit the window. This has several benefits including enhanced strength and no large gaps around the frame for robbers to get a grip with a crowbar or some other break-in tool.

A purpose-designed product also looks better due to its excellent fit, so it does not detract from the appearance of the shop window.

Trellidor Cottage Guard can be manufactured to match the size of existing cottage pane window panels, making them hardly noticeable. Whether it is destined for cottage pane windows or plain glass ones, the opening sizes should comply with insurance specifications. Gaps that are too large will be easy for small thieves to get through.

  1. Colour options

Cottage Guard can be powder coated to blend in with the retail space’s décor palette or corporate colours by requesting those particular colours in the product order. The more commonly requested colours are white and bronze, with sand, light brown, aluminium, charcoal and black also popular.

The colour range gives retailers the option to choose cottage guard burglar bars that will fade into the background and be hardly noticeable, or bold colours that are ‘stand-out’ and highly visible.

  1. Suitable for any conditions

The Trellidor security barrier manufacturing process includes pre-treatment for enhanced corrosion and UV resistance, which makes Cottage Guard burglar bars suitable for both coastal and inland conditions.

The Cottage Guard units are installed next to the window without welding, so there are no weak points for corrosion to set in.


Like all Trellidor security barriers, Trellidor Cottage Guard is custom-made to fit the opening and its specific requirements, so there is no standard price. Trellidor security barriers are available through authorised Trellidor franchises countrywide and they will gladly measure the opening and give a quotation.

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