Violence and crime is about much more than statistics or the impact it has on business, it’s about how it affects people’s lives. That’s why I’m so pleased that the Co-op is campaigning on the issue through our Safer Colleagues, Safer Communities campaign.
We’re working with SmartWater and security fog specialists PROTECT, to roll out a new forensic deterrent across our food stores, starting in cities including Cardiff, Manchester and London.
The fog systems are mainly located close to the entrances of our stores and are really effective in the kiosk areas, which are typically targets of crime. Once it’s activated, a dense fog obscures the intruder’s vision making it increasingly difficult for them to leave the store. More importantly, it covers the criminal in a spray containing SmartWater’s unique forensic signature.
Guaranteed to last at least five years and invisible to the naked eye, this signature spray (seen in the picture above) helps police to track criminals and stolen goods which can then lead to increased convictions.
We hope we never need to use these fog systems. But when we do, rest assured that criminals are aware of SmartWater’s ability to place them at the scene of a crime, and will therefore act as a further deterrent in our fight against crime.
Retail Loss and Costs Manager