Gross: Can anti-intrusion fog system stop Seattle crime in its tracks?

Jan 31, 2023, 5:53 PM | Updated: 5:57 pm


(Photo courtesy of DestinyUSA)

(Photo courtesy of DestinyUSA)

Despite Seattle’s crime crisis continuing to worsen — while seemingly nothing is being done about it — a California-based company may have a creative solution to deter potential criminals and protect local businesses.

The same systems in place aren’t working — that’s obvious. Outside-of-the-box thinking is necessary, and DensityUSA makes ‘anti-intrusion fogging systems’ that are meant to make it impossible for criminals to see once a break-in occurs. The product is currently used in 80 countries worldwide, selling the most in European markets.

Seattle small business owner discouraged by endless break-ins

“As the intruder comes in, they’ll see a bellowing fog coming at them,” Harry Merzian with DensityUSA told The Jason Rantz Show. “They don’t know if it’s pepper spray or tear gas, or they just don’t know. So this fog repels them out from where they came in.”

The fog itself is compromised of water and a food-based glycol solution. It is not a harmful substance but is a deterrent for potential invaders. The fog can be tied in through most common alarm systems businesses have in place.

“So the fog will stick around,” Merzian said. “It’ll expand out wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling and it will stick around for 45 minutes. It does not leave a residue, it will just dissipate.”

The growing crime rate in Seattle is a significant problem and DensityUSA believes it could be a potential solution.

“[Coming from] local government leaders and officials, it lends credibility to the product because it is brand new, it’s never been in the United States,” Merzian said.

Merzian stated he made multiple attempts to contact city reps, including Mayor Bruce Harrell. However, no correspondence was returned.

More from Max Gross: Needless bill proposes protection for those already protected

With major layoffs hitting the tech sector, there could be a trickle-down effect that hurts local small businesses — especially in the downtown area. These are the businesses already fighting for their lives due to light-on-crime policies.

KTTH has reported on so many cases of repeat offenses, including Serafina in Eastlake, a local staple that has spent thousands of dollars repairing and replacing damages.

The city has made it clear — they don’t have a real solution. Business owners must take it upon themselves to protect their assets.

Maybe a new fog can help local leaders see this crisis more clearly.

Jason Rantz on AM 770 KTTH
  • listen to jason rantzTune in to AM 770 KTTH weekdays at 3-7pm toThe Jason Rantz Show.

Jason Rantz Show

KTTH Opinion

Image: Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., joins fellow Democratic members of the House of Representativ...

Jason Rantz

Rantz: Seattle Democrat Pramila Jayapal laughs about young girl’s rape coverage

Rep. Pramila Jayapal thinks coverage of the rape of a 13-year-old is funny. Why? It's her way of dismissing politically inconvenient stories.

9 hours ago

Image: Seattle Police Department officers arrest a woman caught driving a stolen car full of stolen...

Jason Rantz

Rantz: Seattle Police staffing lowest since 1958 as 38 cops leave so far

Seattle Police staffing has hit a terrifying low, with fewer officers in 2024 than in 1958. The population and crime have soared since then.

2 days ago


MyNorthwest Video

Video: Adrian Diaz Shares his secret. EXCLUSIVELY with Jason Rantz

Former Seattle Police chief Adrian Diaz. Find out what else he has to say in his only interview. Listen to The Jason Rantz Show weekdays from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. on AM 770 KTTH or on-demand wherever you listen to podcasts.

4 days ago

(Photo courtesy of SPD via LinkedIn)...

Jason Rantz

Rantz: Seattle Police Department recruiting DACA recipients to be cops

The Seattle Police Department (SPD) is actively looking to recruit DACA recipients to be cops. Is this constitutional? Is it a good idea?

5 days ago

Photo: Bow Lake Elementary...

Jason Rantz

Rantz: SeaTac teacher to host 5th graders on a protest march for social justice causes

A Bow Lake Elementary teacher is planning a March for Justice for 5th graders. It's unclear if there is parental consent.

8 days ago

Image: Semi Bird is running in 2024 to be Washington's governor....

Jason Rantz

Rantz Exclusive: Soldiers who researched Semi Bird detail what led to reprimand for ‘fraud,’ wearing awards and badges he did not earn

Three National Guard soldiers offer exclusive details behind what led to gubernatorial candidate Semi Bird earning a reprimand for "fraud."

9 days ago

Gross: Can anti-intrusion fog system stop Seattle crime in its tracks?