Co-op in the UK is one of the world’s largest consumer co-operatives and UK’s fifth biggest food retailer with more than 2,500 local, convenience and medium-sized stores.
Co-op has recently launched PROTECT SmartWater Fog Cannons for colleague and community safety reasons.
A PROTECT SmartWater Fog Cannon is designed to deter crime by deploying a dense fog to obscure vision while at the same time linking criminals and stolen goods back to the scene of a crime with forensic liquid.
PROTECT is working with SmartWater to roll-out the new forensic deterrent in e.g. Co-op’s food stores in the UK.
The PROTECT SmartWater Fog Cannons are particularly effective in the kiosk area of a food store – a target for criminal behaviour due to the sale of age restricted products. Once activated, the fog obscures an intruder’s vision, and covers the criminal in a spray containing SmartWater’s unique forensic signature. Increasing the risk to criminals of stolen goods being tracked by Police, and helping to secure convictions.
Invisible to the naked eye, an amount of SmartWater spray equivalent in size to a speck of dust can help Police with identification. It is guaranteed to last at least five years.
The move from Co-op forms part of their multi-million pound investment in innovative technology to keep its colleagues safe.
Andrew Needham, Co-op Head of Retail Loss and Costs, said: “Safety and security is our number one priority. We know that violence and crime is about much more than statistics, it is about its impact on people’s lives and the communities in which they live and work. As a community-based organisation we see the impact of social issues in our stores, and we’re committed to playing our part and working together to do all we can to protect colleagues and make our communities safer.”
The latest figures from the British Retail Consortium showing the direct costs of crime rising to over £700 million.