On Wednesday 9th March 2011 in Southend and Maidstone, two separate jewellers were targeted by smash and grab raiders who came equipped to steal watches worth hundreds of thousands of pounds. This time though, in both instances, the raiders fled empty handed, yet no one had laid a finger on them or even attempted to offer any resistance.
So what makes the difference here and how did the jewellery stores stop the loss without risking life and limb or relying on passing members of the public to thwart the raiders?
The answer lies in an innovative new security system that is starting to be taken up by beleaguered jewellery stores nationwide. The system operates sophisticated detection measures that are triggered by the activities surrounding smash and grab style attacks. When an attack is detected, a specialised fog generation system is activated which quickly fills the high value window displays with an impenetrable Smoke Screen.
The raiders suddenly cannot see what they have come to steal and quickly realise that in order to get anything, they are going to have to spend far longer at the premises than they want to. In their minds the emergency services are getting closer and closer and time is a luxury they do not have.
As the system is fully automated, the staff themselves have no control over its operation and so are protected against situations where they may be duressed into complicity.
Aurum Holdings Group, the first chain of jewellers to roll out this style of defence, have experienced fantastic results, reducing a £3 million/year loss to a matter of thousands.
The system has been designed exclusively by a British security firm, Concept Smoke Screen and Aurum Holdings had this to say about the pioneering initiative: ‘After installing Concept Smoke Screen in our branches we have had attempted raids and witnessed dramatic results. Concept Smoke Screen have revolutionised our approach to daytime raids and the results have been phenomenal.’