Using Smoke Screens to Protect Your Property
When it comes to building security, there are numerous products and services that help prevent break-ins, such as CCTV, physical barriers, access control and intruder alarms.
But what happens in the unfortunate event that someone still manages to get inside the property?
In this instance, something like a smoke screen can be perfectly positioned to act as a final barrier to prevent theft and burglary.
In this article, we highlight what security smoke screens are, how they can be used for improving building security and the benefits they offer.
For help in building security, do not hesitate to get in touch with our expert team here at A.P.E Fire and Security. We can help you get the most from industry-leading, reliable and innovative fire and security systems and products.
What is a Security Smoke Screen?
A security smoke screen is an innovative product that fills a room with dense smoke. Within seconds, a room can be transformed into a confusing and disorientating environment that is virtually impossible to see in. This helps to deter any criminals from pursuing their intentions and forces them to leave the building.
The dense smoke creates an extra layer of protection and security for a building, which is particularly useful for those looking to protect valuable assets.
The smoke used won’t cause any harm when breathed in, instead, it is solely there to obscure visibility and make it extremely difficult to navigate within.
Smoke screens are also often referred to as fog security systems too (depending on the product manufacturer).
How Does a Security Smoke Screen Work?
There are different types of smoke screens available, and they can often include unique specifications and functionality, but most will be connected to an intruder alarm. Once the intruder alarm is triggered, the smoke generator is automatically activated.
This makes it a very automated process and one that is instant, helping you have peace of mind, even when you’re not there.
Smoke screens can generate and disperse smoke very quickly and the innovative technology is designed to maximise the way the smoke protects and hides valuables. Depending on the manufacturer, the way smoke is generated and dispersed may vary, but they all achieve the same end result.
Benefits of Smoke Screens
Smoke screens offer a wealth of benefits, including:
Smoke screens can fill a room of dense smoke within seconds. This makes it perfect at stopping criminals in their path. No need to wait on the police to arrive, no need to hope CCTV caught the burglary, instead, benefit from knowing that the smoke screen will likely force any criminals to abandon their original plans and exit.
Burglars usually want to be in and out of a property as soon as possible to reduce the risk of getting caught. Any obstacles, such as a smoke screen, that slows them down, will be very effective at preventing theft.
As previously mentioned, burglars want to get in and out of a property as soon as possible so waiting for smoke to eventually disperse is far from ideal for them. Smoke screens can linger in the air for long enough that a criminal simply won’t have the time to wait for it to eventually fade.
Smoke screens are proven to be highly effective at preventing theft.
Although the smoke is harmless, the nature of how it fills the room is certainly enough to intimidate and confuse any burglars. There’s no time to think, and no time for plan B, which reduces the ability to burgle a property.
It’s very hard for a criminal to adapt when visibility is so poor. It creates an environment that is too difficult to navigate through.
Security systems that help to prevent theft are also much better than just relying on CCTV to record any incriminating evidence, which may then be followed by a lengthy police investigation.
Smoke screens are well suited to protect valuables and high-priced assets. By triggering a smoke screen to hide these assets and valuables, criminals simply won’t be able to see them.
As the smoke fills the room, the criminals are likely going to want to leave as soon as possible and won’t have the time (or visibility) to try and find the valuable items.
Smoke screens come in all shapes and sizes and have been adapted for both the domestic and commercial markets. Small boxes that generate smoke screens and fog can be placed next to a safe in your house to protect those family heirlooms. Or similarly, large scale generators can be used in industrial units to protect vast amounts of stock.
Whatever you need to protect, smoke screens are likely to provide some peace of mind.
The beauty of smoke screens is that they can be integrated into your existing security system. This means that an intruder alarm could be used to activate the smoke, helping create a very integrated and comprehensive security solution.
Used alongside CCTV, access control, and intruder alarms, smoke screens can help add an additional layer of security to protect buildings and their assets.
Being able to monitor CCTV footage remotely could mean that you can quickly watch the smoke screen in action and see the effectiveness from anywhere in the world.
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As well as helping design and install security systems, we offer service and maintenance for a wide range of fire and security systems including; intruder alarms, smoke screens, CCTV, access control, intercom and fire alarms.
We have a diverse team of skilled, trusted and experienced engineers who will be happy to discuss service and maintenance contracts with you, even if your existing installation was not completed by us.
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