What is a Fog/Smoke Cannon?
Fog cannons can protect businesses from the threat of theft by obscuring the vision of intruders. They are sometimes referred to as “security smoke machines” or simply, “smoke screens” and are most often used in the banking and retail industries.
A fog cannon can be integrated into existing security systems so it operates when an intruder is detected. A powerful jet of smoke is dispelled from the cannon, filling a room in a matter of seconds.
The fog is harmless but it acts as a very effective visual barrier against thieves looking to steal valuable items. Because they cannot see the contents of the room, they have no choice but to retreat and leave the premises.
Protect Valuable Assets
Fog cannons can help to stop thieves stealing highly value property. For example, a criminal gaining access to a car showroom will not be able to take a car if they cannot see anything in the room. Fog can linger for up to one hour, which means they cannot simply wait for it to clear. They must flee.
In certain scenarios, fog cannons can also protect people as well as property. An example of this is a fog cannon being deployed in a bank when a thief threatens staff. If the intruder cannot see staff members, then they will be unable to target them and become violent.
Resolve a Break-In Peacefully
The smoke dispelled from fog cannons cannot hurt intruders. It is most commonly formed from substances such as water, glycol and glycerine – ingredients also found in toothpaste and pharmaceuticals. However, a startled thief may not realise this and may mistake the smoke as toxic. Their natural instinct will be to run from the building.
No Damage or Disruption
When a fog cannon is activated, the smoke screen typically lingers in the air for up to one hour. Once this time is up, there is no residue left behind or mess to clear up. This means that businesses will not be disrupted as a result of a fog cannon being deployed.
If businesses have fog security systems in place then they should advertise this to thieves who may be looking to target their property. Criminals are much less likely to target a premises if they know that they will have a smokescreen to contend with.