Burglars don’t need a lot of time to make off with your valuables. Many times, the goal is to get in and out as fast as possible, getting away before the authorities can get there.
While it’s best to make sure they never break in in the first place, there are ways of tripping up robbers as they try to escape. And one way is using fog.
The system works by quickly evaporating a substance composed glycol or glycerine mixed with water, which turns into a smoky white mass that fills the room. Security smoke systems also often include a loud siren and strobe light, which combined with smoke help to disorient those who are trying to make off with stolen goods.
The fog security systems are usually implemented alongside other security measures, like motion detectors, high-strength window bars and hired security guards. The systems have been put in place in jewelry stores, gun shops and other often targeted retail stores for a number of years, but they’re also available for home use.
The benefits of a security smoke system are numerous. They are hard to circumvent, as the smoke usually sticks around for quite some time. But besides temporarily obscuring vision, the smoke has no lasting effect. It is non-toxic and leaves no residue, so it can be used around a range of valuables.
The fast-acting smoke can even scare a criminal away. While it won’t cause any lasting harm, the robber doesn’t know that. Combined with the loud alarms and flashing lights, the systems can act as a great secondary deterrent.
However, there are some downsides to smoke. It can make it hard for police or other responders to assess the situation — but letting your local safety teams know about the system can help them mount a proper response.
Another concern is that false alarms with a bunch of smoke can be a much bigger nuisance than traditional alarm systems. However, properly installed systems will only trigger the smoke after redundant detectors have been tripped, cutting out false alarms for the most part.
Of course, the smoke screen should be a last resort — but if you want to be sure a criminal won’t make off with stolen goods, a security smoke system may be the right choice.