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3M Window Film Innovation Shields Drivers and Their Valuables

<p class='bwalignc'> <i>New 3M™ Scotchshield™ Automotive Security Films Provide a Powerful Deterrent to Smash-n-Grab Theft</i> </p>

Monday, March 25, 2013

3M Window Film Innovation Shields Drivers and Their Valuables09:05 EDT Monday, March 25, 2013 ST. PAUL, Minn. (Business Wire) -- According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), an auto theft occurs every 33 seconds in the U.S. That's roughly 1 million vehicles each year that wind up in the hands of thieves at a cost of nearly $6.4 billion.1 Today, 3M is making it easier for drivers to add an extra layer of protection to vulnerable vehicles with the launch of their new 3M™ Scotchshield™ Automotive Security Films. This car window has been shattered in the center. 3M Scotchshield Automotive Window Film holds the glass in place, increasing the amount of time and effort it takes a thief to enter your vehicle. (Photo: 3M) Skilled car thieves can require as few as three seconds to break into a car. 3M™ Scotchshield™ Automotive Security Films are designed to keep glass in place upon breakage, and have undergone rigorous testing to confirm that they will hold windows together and slow down a thief attempting to enter one's vehicle. Karen Martin, Automotive Marketing Supervisor for the US said, “3M™Scotchshield™Automotive Security Films are a great addition to our Automotive Window Film line where customers need theft or damage protection and will also receive the added benefit of solar heat rejection.” In addition to its security benefits, 3M™ Scotchshield™ Automotive Security Films provide the same outstanding UV protection and other privacy benefits for which 3M films are renowned, including: Rejection of up to 46% of the total solar energy coming through windows, providing protection from the sun's heat and harmful ultraviolet rays Increased privacy by shading windows from the sun and prying eyes. Non-metallized construction that won't interfere with mobile phone, GPS or satellite radio reception. Blockage of 99% of UV light and a total Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of up to 1000. Significant glare reduction from blinding sunlight, allowing drivers to see better and concentrate more on the road. A variety of tint levels to meet drivers' needs (from 5% to clear), allowing 5% to 50% of the visible light into vehicles. A limited lifetime warranty should they need replacing from bubbling, peeling, or blistering.* *3M films are sold and installed exclusively by professional, Authorized 3M Dealers. 3M Scotchshield warranty does not protect against glass breakage. Online, fans can engage with 3M Window Film on Facebook (, Twitter (@3MWindowFilmUSA), YouTube (, Pinterest (, and at About 3M3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the innovation company that never stops inventing. With $30 billion in sales, 3M employs about 88,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 70 countries. For more information, visit or follow @3MNews on Twitter. 3M and Scotchshield are trademarks of 3M. 1Vehicle Theft [Brochure]. Des Plaines, IL: National Insurance Crime Bureau. Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available: & Wolfe for 3MAlexandra Bocci, 212-798-9707alexandra.bocci@cohnwolfe.comor3MColleen Harris, 651-733-1566