A Wave of Homelessness Threatens Seattle Businesses – Local Owners and Operators Take Matters Into Their Own Hands

Posted Saturday, October 13th, 2018

A Wave of Homelessness Threatens Seattle Businesses

Did you know that King County has one of the largest populations of homeless people in the country? It’s not hard to believe when you see the mountains of garbage and acres of tents all around the city. It’s just heartbreaking to see the number of homeless people living outside. This unfortunate reality is causing Seattle business owners and operators to face unprecedented challenges. Just look at some of the problems owners and operators are facing on a daily basis.

The homeless are:

  • Sleeping in doorways
  • Using doorways as their personal bathrooms
  • Using doorways to shoot/do drugs
  • Dashing into business openings to steel goods
  • Breaking into businesses to steel goods
  • And so much more

Frustrating? You bet it is. Unfortunately, due to a lack of response by the city, local owners and operators have had to take matters into their own hands. In fact, many have turned to Cressy Door and Fireplace to help them find solutions to combat these issues.

Fortunately, Cressy Door and Fireplace knows a thing or two about barriers. Here are some of the creative solutions our commercial teams are installing all across the city.

Homeless Barriers for Seattle Business Owners and Operators

A Wave of Homelessness Threatens Seattle BusinessesDC Series Gates by Lawrence/Criterion

DC Series Gates are designed for maximum durability and security. Double steel channels are riveted together to form each vertical member and connected with double rows of steel lattice bars traveling on nylon bearings and washers to operate with a minimum of effort. Leading and trailing edges are steel box shaped sections. DC series gates can be manufactured to almost any size.

LT-Series-Gates-Criterion-LawrenceLT Series Gates by Lawrence/Criterion

LT Series Gates are performance-designed to meet the needs of the most cost-conscious buyer. Quality construction is achieved by the use of diagonal steel lattice channels in a diamond pattern riveted together through nylon spacers for light weight and smooth operation. LT series gates are normally limited to 26 ft. wide with a standard height of 6′-6″.

EG-Series-Gates-Critereon-LawrenceEG Series Gates by Lawrence/Criterion

EG Series Gates are value engineered to offer a balance between security and economy. Vertical members are single steel channels, alternating with steel flat bars, and connected with single rows of steel lattice bars traveling on formed steel glides for carefree operation. EG series gates are commonly provided up to 30 ft. wide and 12 ft. high, but even larger sizes may be available for some models.


Portable Gates by Lawrence/Criterion

Portable Gates – DC and LT Series gates are also available in fully portable versions on rolling stands for temporary usage in adjustable widths and a typical 6′-6″ extended height.

Gate-Cabinets-Lawrence-CriterionGate Cabinets by Lawrence/Criterion

Gate Cabinets can be provided to secure and conceal gates when not in use. Recessed steel cabinets with lockable hinged doors are available in deep and shallow designs for varying installation conditions.


If you are a Seattle Business Owner or Operator affected by the homeless challenges, give Cressy Door and Fireplace a call. One of our experienced commercial specialists will be glad to help you find a solution to best fit your needs. Contact Cressy Door and Fireplace today!