It's not as hard as you might think it is to replace a window. Usually, I prefer to have an experienced glass company take care of it when I need a window replaced, but sometimes, they can't get to me as fast as I'd like, or I can't afford a new window right away. I keep a few inexpensive panes of glass and some supplies in my garage so that I can temporarily replace a window until I can get the glass company to my house to install a better one. This is definitely something that anyone could learn to do, so I decided to start a blog about it to try to teach others how to replace windows. Whether you're temporarily replacing a window or you want to do a permanent job, you can learn the basics here in this blog.
The "broken window" theory is a name used to refer to the phenomenon that occurs when a badly maintained building or facility becomes more likely to be targeted for vandalism than a building that is better maintained (this could include literal broken windows or could be simply figurative). There are several reasons for this, one of which is that if it seems like nobody cares what happens to the place, vandals feel like they are less likely to be caught and suffer repercussions for their actions. But the "broken window" theory isn't just useful for thought experiments; when applied to your business, it can actually help you develop a better plan to prevent acts of vandalism, such as graffiti tagging on your windows. Here are two ways you can apply it to this end.
1. Keep the building well-maintained and include a touch of personal style
The broken-window psychology goes both ways. Vandals are even less likely to target a space that has style, taste, and community ownership written all over it (figuratively, that is). So making sure your unique personality shines through and tailoring the decor and landscaping to your customers' needs and to your company's personality can help to repel all but the most determined and desperate vandals. One specific example of this is that it's important not to leave any walls "blank" (flat and neutral-colored). Blank walls on the outside of your building tend to catch the eye, and graffiti "artists" will be of the opinion that since nobody else is "using" the wall, they might as well decorate it. You can easily prevent this by simply deciding to "decorate" it yourself, whether with a painted mural, a trellis with plants growing up it, or simply a textured surface and dark-colored paint. This shows that the wall is "occupied" and not simply there for the taking. If you take this approach to decorating the outside of your business, you'll be able to protect not only the walls, but also the windows more effectively.
2. Never allow graffiti to stand for more than a couple of hours
If you ever do have the unfortunate experience of coming in to work in the morning and seeing graffiti on a wall or window, you'll probably want to get rid of it right away. But if it's a super-busy day and everyone's running late, there may seem to simply not be time to get it taken care of until after lunch or even the next business day. It's important not to allow any delay; first, because of the broken-window theory, your business is more vulnerable to other graffiti as long as it's carrying one graffiti tag, so the problem could proliferate if not taken care of at once. Second, because graffiti "artists" are looking for exposure for their work, leaving it up for an entire business day sends a much less stern message to them than getting it taken care of the same morning. Even if all you do is call a painter as soon as you see the mark or cover the window with a window shade and shutters until you can have the glass repaired or replaced, giving the graffiti as little exposure as possible is a crucial way to make the vandal feel like their work was in vain and that they'd better target someone a little more lax next time.
These two steps will help you leverage the psychology of the broken-window theory to keep your business and facility as safe from graffiti as possible. Remember, even if you do everything right, your business still has a small chance of getting graffitied. Since windows are especially vulnerable to etching and are quite expensive to repair, you may wish to cover them with an anti-graffiti coating that will make repairs much easier if graffiti does occur. If you find yourself in need of having your glass repaired, contact a company like Allied Glass & Mirror for assistance.