Do It Yourself Home Security

September 21, 2013

In 2018 America, a tough new reality exists. Are bulletproof backpacks the answer? No. Of course not. 

It's actually absurd to us that these products sell so well. But even though our team at Bulletproof Workspace is made up of post 9/11 military veterans, we all have children. And we worry, just like you. If we have the capability to do something to help mitigate shooting tragedies, we feel it is our obligation to do so.

Bulletproof backpacks are not the solution to this complex issue. The real solution is layered security for schools, situational awareness, stricter gun laws, and a stronger mental health treatment system in this country.

The bulletproof backpacks and bulletproof blankets we sell make up just one small component of school safety.

Leveraging the state of Michigan's proud heritage of furniture manufacturing, we are currently developing bulletproof school desks that will stop bullets fired from an AR-15, the weapon used in 6 of the last 10 mass shootings.

Backpacks, unfortunately, will not stop an AR-15 bullet. Instead, they offer ballistic protection against most handgun bullets. So, why sell them? We feel that some protection is better than no protection.

Bulletproof Workspace was founded as Modern Workspace Tech Furniture in 2013 by Post 9/11 veteran of both the US Army and US Air Force Wes O'Donnell. Wes is a speaker and veteran advocate having spoken at TEDx, the US Air Force Academy and numerous corporate clients on getting veterans hired.

Today, we specialize in ONE area... and that's NIJ IIIA level ballistic protection enhanced backpacks and bulletproof blankets for schools. Veteran-owned and proudly made in the state of Michigan, every bulletproof backpack is made to order.

The best part about Bulletproof Workspace, is the amazing feedback from our customers. Wes believes that when you sell similar products that can be found elsewhere, outstanding customer service should be your brand!

So, what happens when a group of military veterans decides to open a bulletproof backpack store?  You have a highly efficient operation with most of our products made in the USA!

Free Shipping & No Sales Tax

All of our products ship for free within the continental United States! Additionally, we don't charge sales tax on orders placed outside the State of Michigan.

Outstanding Customer Service

We take outstanding care of our customers and have earned a reputation as a place you can count on to deliver quality, dependable service.  Especially when you're making a large business purchase, you need to be confident that the company you buy from will support you before AND after the sale.  


Our Promise to You

If we're fortunate enough to earn your business, we'll provide you with the professional, prompt and expert service you deserve.  And in the unlikely event something goes wrong with your order or shipment, we'll work to resolve any problems as quickly as possible at no cost to you.  We want you to be happy with the service you receive and will do whatever we can to ensure that's the case – that's our personal guarantee. 

Unfortunately, we don't currently ship internationally; that is, outside of the United States. We are working to include the UK, Canada, and Australia in short order. Check back!

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These days many people are unable or unwilling to fall victim to expensive monthly payments and lengthy contracts in order to secure their homes and small businesses. Especially since now this can be accomplished through the use of old electronics lying around your home or with reasonably priced equipment and free apps. With the large number of iPhones, iPads and iPods that are unused in homes and offices coupled with a wide variety of apps, it is simple to create your own home-based or office-based monitoring system. Your old smart devices can be transformed into video monitoring equipment, motion detectors and sensors. People Power Presence is a free app that provides you with security features right on your smart devices. This gives you the ability to monitor your home while away at work or on vacation or just to check up on the kids or pets when you’re not around. It’s also a great way to ensure the safety of elderly loved ones without infringing on their independence. Small business owners can use it as their very own security system that they can monitor personally when not in the office. Presently, the People Power Presence app also offers two way audio and visual communication between the receiver and the person at the actual camera location. The app’s developers plan on expanding their reach from not just iOS but Android as well and adding features such as thermostat controls, robotic camera holders and smart plugs.

If you don’t have any unused smart device equipment lying around there are other low-priced options that are an alternative to a monitored security system. For example, a Wi-Fi video monitoring camera available from DropCam offers bank level security encryption so no one else can have access to your video. Additional features of this camera are night vision, digital zoom and two-way talk back. Signing up for the optional Cloud video recording service would give you access to recordings even if your camera is stolen by the way of the Cloud. Users can also be alerted through mobile devices or email alerts if the cameras are triggered by movement.

Keeping in line with security technology, KeyMe, app developers from New York, created a very useful app if you ever find yourself locked out of your home or office. Using their free app you can create a duplicate image of your key by photographing both sides of the key which allows a locksmith to create a key from scratch using the developer’s instructions along with your snapshots. Whereas a locksmith responding to an emergency call to provide a lock change runs about $150, your key photograph information can be “unlocked” for use for $9.99 and given to a locksmith who can create a key for just his cutting charge. This app also allows you to authorize individuals to have a key made on your behalf even when you’re not present. The developer’s goal is to allow this process to be faster and more affordable since nearly 90 million Americans are locked out of their home each year and will spend close to 3 billion dollars in emergency locksmith charges. To accomplish this and add an extra level of convenience, this company currently has five kiosks in New York City located in 7-Eleven stores which are open 24 hours a day where you can simply take your information from your app and have your key made in minutes any time eliminating the need for a locksmith altogether. A guarantee is made by the company that no identifying personal information, such as credit card information, is stored by the company. Only an email and password are required for service.

With all of these do-it-yourself options available for such reasonable prices, it’s no wonder that homeowners and small business owners are less inclined to use big-name security companies. They are more equipped now more than ever to take on this task themselves.