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‘Out of the box’ thinking keeps tools in the box

Fri, July 06, 2018

A clever approach to mitigating a security risk has resulted in what could be a first in this country – installing a fog cannon in a tool shed.

The innovative solution came about when one of Armourguard’s clients – Ryman Healthcare – asked us for ideas on how to prevent tools and equipment being stolen from one of their construction sites.

Ryman Healthcare is one of New Zealand’s leading providers of retirement living options for New Zealanders over the age of 70. Armourguard provides static guard services at its apartments and hospitals, as well as patrol services at sites where new facilities are being built.

It is becoming increasingly common for thieves to target construction sites in New Zealand with ‘smash and grab’ burglary raids of tool rooms.  Even though tradespersons’ tools are typically insured, it can take days or longer before claims are processed and tools are replaced - creating stressful hassles and delays for all concerned.

Ryman Healthcare’s Project Manager Matthew (Matt) Hutchinson wanted to add another layer of security to complement the patrols and CCTV cameras already in place at Ryman’s Devonport site, so asked us for ideas.

As a result, a fog cannon has been installed in the tool room and a prominent warning sign placed on the door. If it is activated, the fog cannon will trigger an alarm that initiates a security patrol (response) visit.

Matt liked Armourguard’s out-of-the-box thinking to address the security threat.

“The deterrent has worked perfectly so far there has been no evidence of tool shed tampering, which is just the way we want it,” he says.