Burglars flee after being smoked out by security system
CCTV video shows the moment a gas machine prevented a burglary by filling the site of the incident with thick smoke.
Two men broke into a business in Corby, Northamptonshire, by smashing the glass doors of the property.
But their plans were foiled as the security system rapidly emitted the smoke, impairing their vision.
The pair broke a machine in the commercial property but had to leave before they could take anything, and are seen in the footage fleeing the scene as visibility decreases.
The security system was installed by Northamptonshire Police, who released the footage and commended the “extremely effective” crime prevention method.
“If offenders can’t see it, they can’t steal it,” said crime prevention team leader Paul Golley.
“In light of recent commercial burglaries, we have been working with businesses across Northamptonshire to talk about the range of crime prevention equipment they can utilise to prevent burglars from destroying their livelihoods.
“Many of these businesses have taken up our offer of help and their premises are now equipped with a range of bespoke kit that will thwart any people who try to steal from them.
“Make sure to remove anything valuable from view and lock it away in a secure place overnight.”