Govt backs retailers with expansion of fog cannon programme

Published: 30 May 2023

The Government is continuing to support retailers with additional funding for the highly popular Fog Cannon Subsidy Scheme, Police and Small Business Minister Ginny Andersen announced yesterday.

With 582 installations completed, and 1664 applications approved, the scheme has proved to be incredibly popular. The scheme is expanding with an extra $11 million to continue to give eligible retailers across New Zealand certainty that they can get a fog cannon if they need one.

Fog cannons can help deter ram raids and burglary and reduce the risk of people being harmed. The dense cloud of fog is highly disorienting and prevents attackers from targeting cash, stock, or workers.

Small retailers believe the scheme is working well. For many small retailers, the upfront cost of a fog cannon is beyond their budget.

In February the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment opened applications for the $4000 subsidy.

Demand has been strong, with the number of daily applications being received by MBIE significantly increasing since April.

As part of the increase in funding for the Fog Cannon Subsidy Scheme further consideration will be given to ensuring there’s better integration with the safety measures provided through Police’s Retail Crime Prevention Programme.

Read the Minister’s press release(external link) —

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