SmokeCloak device aims to deter crime

Kassi Nelson
November 14, 2017 05:39 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- For some, it seems like property crime, break-ins and burglaries are a new normal. But there’s a new tool to fight crime here in New Mexico, and it may look similar to something seen in a theater production or haunted house.


The machine is called the SmokeCloak, and it hooks into an alarm system. Within seconds, it can fill an entire business or home with vapor similar to a fog machine at a theater.

Kevin Paul distributes the product in North America. He said the vapor is the harmless chemical as those in fog machines, but it can hang around for an hour and a half. The idea behind it is "if you can’t see it, you can’t steal it."

"They take a baseball bat to the door and the glass is going to crack, the security system's going to trigger, and they’re going to see through the window that they can’t move freely and they’re going to leave," Paul said. "They’re not even going to gain entrance."

And when the criminals leave, the goal is they'll take just one thing with them -- a DNA component that's unique to the vapor in each machine.

"Now they have a tag that can be forensically identified to say it was them that broke into the premise and give law enforcement another tool in their tool belt to help prosecute and get these criminals off the street," Paul said.

A-Tech Security is jumping on board. The Albuquerque-based company is selling the product to business and homeowners. They said its equipment that can help give people a piece of mind, as crime continues to increase. The machines sell for anywhere between $2,500 and $4,600.


Kassi Nelson

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