Secured by Design backing foggy crime deterrent

August 7, 2022


A crime deterrent system backed by Secured by Design called Fog Bandit is proving very unpopular with burglars and thieves.
Fog Bandit releases, under high pressure, a vapour which reduces visibility to zero at a premises within seconds.
Secured by Design member company Bandit UK is highlighting the crime prevention credentials of their Bandit Fogging System as a proven 24/7 defence mechanism.

In 51 cases and across thousands of UK shops throughout the UK and the Republic of Ireland, thefts were foiled without any injuries to the people exposed to what is typically a most frightening experience.
No activation failures have ever been experienced, proving the incredible dependability of the system.
The majority of cases have seen no stock losses, or just minor losses.

These incidents have taken place across the UK including in Hampshire, West Sussex, Surrey, London, Middlesex, Hertfordshire, Berkshire, Birmingham, Cambridgeshire, Lancashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire and Glasgow.

Confidence in the Fog Bandit, knowing that the system will work instantly when required, has helped empower staff to protect themselves and their businesses by creating an element of control in an otherwise frightening encounter.

The Bandit UK Team applauded the staff during all of these incidents for acting promptly in initiating the Fog Bandit and forcing the raiders to leave their shops.

This consistent success at foiling robberies has been achieved by establishing and maintaining the following objectives, as a best practice approach:
• Highly visible Fog Bandit deterrent warning notices on public display
• Creating a curtain of fog in seconds in areas where assets are displayed
• Instantly breaking the raiders eye contact and threat to staff
• Quickly pushing the raider out of the premises
• Rapidly removing the criminal’s access to assets and has negated or minimized stock loss & damage to property.

Bandit UK aims to communicate a clear deterrent message to the criminal fraternity, namely that targeting premises with a Fog Bandit system installed is a fruitless exercise and heightens the likelihood of being caught.

Lyn Poole, Secured by Design spokesman, said: “I have known about Bandit since 2005 and have had the experience of being in a room when one was set off – no, I wasn’t attempting to rob anywhere! – thanks to a demo being delivered to a group of crime prevention officers in the Metropolitan Police by Bandit UK. It’s a great product and can stop offenders in their tracks and I’m thrilled it’s still one of our SBD Police Preferred Specification accredited products.”

The state-of-the-art Bandit is the fastest security fogging system of its kind in the world.
When sensors detect an intruder (overnight protection) or a personal alarm is raised (daytime protection) the Bandit’s patented high-pressure system instantly delivers a dense, visually impenetrable fog at the incredible rate of 28 cubic metres per second, projecting it six metres in the first two seconds alone. An average sized shop, office or showroom of 140 cubic metres takes just five seconds to fill.

The same Bandit unit can be used for 24/7 risk applications. Daytime robbery deterrent is achieved by deploying a short controlled activation to create a fog curtain between the raider and the staff and/or goods.

Overnight protection is achieved via a longer activation filling the entire area with impenetrable fog where valuable stock, equipment and other contents can be obscured from sight, thus protecting them from the possibility of theft or damage, until the authorities arrive.


David Mellor Jewellers is an independent family business with three shops in Hampshire, Amy Mellor explains: “Our security measures in place stopped the raiders entering the shop.
“Nobody was hurt, we did not suffer any loss and the shop is open for trading. Without the quick thinking of our vigilant staff and the deployment of the Fog Bandit the outcome could have been very different”.

Laings of Glagow Directors Joe Walsh and Wendy Laing said after an attempted robbery at their flagship store at Argyll Arcade, Glasgow, said: “All security procedures were followed by our quick thinking staff, resulting in no-one being hurt from our store or any stock being taken.
“Laings thank everyone for their concern and well wishes. Our security system is Fog Bandit and was installed by our alarm company Pointer.”

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