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Everyday Armor | Bulletproof Vests For Civilians

While law enforcement and military personnel are our frontlines for combat, our emergency services and civilians need protection as well for a wide range of occupations.  With rising civil unrest in the world, various industry workers including mail carriers, teachers, bank clerks, church leaders, jewelry store clerks, convenience store clerks, and private security personnel need additional protection.  

Civilian Bulletproof Protection

A major key to civilian bulletproof protection is being covert.  If a potential attacker can see that an individual is wearing a vest, they will aim for something that isn’t protected.  That’s where concealable bulletproof vests have the advantage.  They are more easily worn under your everyday apparel without attention drawn to the fact that body armor is being worn. 

Keys To Civilian Ballistic Protection

If you want to be protected as you work each day, there are some factors you should consider.  Whatever vest you buy should be comfortable, compliment your occupation and be concealable.  Citizen Armor proudly offers the V-Shield concealable bulletproof vest.

  • Reliable – Your vest is meant to protect your life.  You should demand a vest that can do the job.  Not all vests can take multiple hits. One of our vests has taken 113 hits, and still no penetration.
  • Concealable – It’s best if you are wearing a concealable bulletproof vest.  It makes it so attackers do not know to aim for more vulnerable areas.
  • Lightweight – Noone wants to add too much additional weight to their everyday work attire.  That’s another advantage to Citizen Armor vests which are 66% lighter.
  • Flexible – All jobs require some mobility.  Your vest should be a soft body armor option that allows for a full range of motion.
  • Sweat-wicking – Quality vests feature sweat-wicking materials that help keep you cool and dry.
  • Odor control – The best vests also are made from materials that do not hold onto body odor.  This means that you don’t need to worry about your presentation.
  • Durable – As an everyday part of your attire, your vest should be durable.  It isn’t something you only wear occasionally, so it needs to last.
  • Comfortable – Your vest needs to be something you don’t mind wearing every day.  The size and fit should compliment your body.  Citizen armor offers various sizes and fabricates women’s bulletproof vests that are designed to fit the female form. 

Civilian Armor Applications

Any civilian is legally allowed to own and wear body armor, with the exception of convicted felons.  There are certain occupations that do tend to experience higher rates of assaults and should be protected by quality bulletproof vests.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics has stated that over 80% of all workplace homicides involve firearms. 

EMS Personnel

The CDC has stated that there are approximately 2,000 EMS professionals injured each year by violent assaults.  In fact, EMS personnel experience lost workdays due to violence 22 times more than the national average.  

Health Care

A staggering 75% of all assaults happen to workers in the healthcare industry.  While this includes EMS personnel, they are not the only professionals at risk.  Staff in emergency rooms, hospitals, and private care facilities are prone to higher rates of assaults. This statistic also covers mental health workers who are attacked on average about 1,700 times per year. 

Mail Carriers

Mail carriers have more to worry about than slipping on ice, dog bites, and sunburn.  The USPS has stated that in 2019 their Postal Inspectors investigated 576 reported threats and assaults against postal workers.  

Banks & Financial Institutions

From commercial banks and credit unions to armored carriers those that handle money are at risk for assault.  In 2018 the FBI has stated that there were 3,033 crimes committed in these types of work environments.  

Uber, Lyft & Taxi Drivers

According to research performed by the US Department of Justice 184 out of 1,000 taxi drivers were victims of violence during a 5-year study of the most dangerous occupations.  Picking up strangers for a living while alone in a car is, by no surprise, the 3rd most dangerous occupation.

Gas Station Attendants

Over 3,000 gas station attendants are attacked each year.  This is the reason their booths are typically made from bulletproof building materials.  Such as ballistic glass and wall panels.

Jewelry, Liquor, & Convenience Store Clerks

Unfortunately, the Simpsons tell an all too true tale of convenience store assaults and robberies.  Well over 12,000 clerks are the victims of assault each year.  

Bartenders & Bouncers

In the same study performed by the US Department of Justice, it was found that over 5,000 bartenders had been the victims of a violent assault per year.  

Teachers

From elementary and high school teachers to college instructors and special education teachers, there is risk.  Thousands of teachers are attacked each year.  This is most common for junior high, special education, and high school teachers.  

Conclusion

No matter what occupation you’re in, violence can happen.  Lightweight yet quality bulletproof vests are an easy and affordable way to provide yourself, your family, and even your employees the peace of mind they deserve.   

Citizen Armor proudly offers the highest quality bulletproof vests available.  We license our ballistic vest technology from the military armor manufacturer ATEK Defense Systems. This allows us to use the higher performance technology of Protek graphene armor.  This means you have the same NIJ Level 3A protection, with less than half the weight!  Browse our body armor lineup today.

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Female Body Armor | Engineered For Form Following Function

Through the past few decades as women have increasingly joined the armed forces and law enforcement, the need for body armor made for females has also increased.  USA Today reported that all branches of the military are seeing an increase in female soldiers.  Most notably is the US Air Force, with 21% of its members being female.  Even outside of the armed forces, more and more consumers are interested in female body armor for civilians. Due in large part to the general perception of civil unrest mixed with recent conditions of quarantine and competition for supplies.

Primary Differences in Female Body Armor

Weight

One of the most important differences between male and female body armor is weight.  Older bulletproof vests are made from heavier materials and simply weigh more.  Efforts have been made to reduce weight for both males and female bulletproof vests.  This helps reduce fatigue while improving mobility.

Size

One of the primary issues with body armor for females has been size.  Statistically women are smaller than men, and vests made for males are generally too large for females.  When vests are too large they can put pressure on the rest of the gear a soldier is wearing.  This can push equipment belts and sidearm holsters into their bodies.  When soldiers are distracted by their gear they are less effective in whichever role they are fulfilling.

Coverage

Some body armor manufacturers have chosen to accommodate the female form by cutting back on coverage.  A well known armor company has a “swimmer’s cut” option which does provide some protection for vital organs.  

Citizen Armor provides the same coverage for female body armor as we do with options for males.  Our lightweight soft body armor materials allow for better custom fitted female body armor without sacrificing coverage to provide a more comfortable fit. 

Shoulder Cutouts

Shoulder cutouts are areas of the vest that are made smaller for female vests.  This is especially relevant when discussing using firearms while wearing the body armor.  The correct position to fire most rifles is fairly specific in the shoulder area.  To be anchored correctly and shoot accurately, body armor for females had to be designed to ensure that this area is clear.  This advancement in body armor allows females to position the butt of rifles property to reduce trauma while operating a firearm.

Shape

There are certain obvious biological differences between men and women.  Female body armor is designed and fabricated to be more form fitting while still fulfilling its function.  This means that the waist area is more fitted and contoured to the shape of the female form  in addition to improved accommodations for larger chests.  Body armor manufacturers accomplish this by using a technique called darting.  Darting is the use of overlapping fabric to create angles which can provide a more fitted design, specifically around the breast area. This ensures a closer fit of ballistic materials to ensure increased comfort and protection.   

How Many Armor Companies Offer Female Bulletproof Vests?

Outside of those who supply the military with bulletproof vests,  civilians have a number of sources for female body armor.  Most of these options are from body armor companies that produce vests with older technologies which are cumbersome, heavy and ill fitted for females.  

Citizen Armor  has proudly designed and manufactured two female body armor options.  These are the V-Shield Ultra Conceal Female Vest and the Civvy Covert Female Vest

Each of these vests are available in smaller form fitting sizes specifically designed for women.  They are both concealable and Level 3A NIJ tested.  Not only are they designed for protection, but also boast all day comfort for female wearers.  The fabrics used in our vests are selected for comfort and their moisture wicking and durable characteristics. In addition, our female vests have a starting weight of only 2.2 lbs for vital protection and only 3 lbs for full armor coverage.  We pride ourselves in designing for the modern age using cutting edge technology, to provide effective armor solutions for both men and women.

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