Protecting against ram raids Protecting against ram raids

Ram raids have become an increasing issue in our communities, and we know that many business owners are looking for ways to protect their staff and their property. On this page you'll find information about some of the options that might be available to you.

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How can I protect my business against ram raids?

There are a number of methods you can use to protect against ram raids, and each has benefits and drawbacks. It's important to consider your specific context to determine the best option for you, your budget, and the constraints of your site. Where possible, we recommend using multiple methods in combination to maximise protection.

Security cameras

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Security cameras can be an affordable psychological deterrent against ram raids and other types of break ins. They can also provide you with useful information if your business is broken into. They are best used in combination with other protective measures.

Fog cannons

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Fog cannons fill the room with dense security fog to block an intruder's vision and slow them down. They won't physically stop a break in, but can help to reduce losses and buy time for police to arrive.

Roller doors

Picture of a silver roller door with gaps, at the front of a closed shop.

Roller doors can be put down at night as an additional physical layer of security that can reduce the impact velocity of vehicles attempting ram raids as well as making other types of break ins more difficult. To install a roller door, it's likely that you will need to apply for a Building Consent with Auckland Council.

Street furniture like planter boxes or benches

7 large dark grey planter boxes with plants, each with pink and white flowers, sitting in a row on the kerb alongside the road

Well-placed planter boxes or benches can act as both a physical and psychological deterrent for ram raids, while also being an asset to the area. They may be easier and cheaper to install than bollards but tend to take up more space so may not be appropriate if the footpath is narrow. You will need to apply with Auckland Transport for permission to install street furniture on public footpaths. To do this, please email us at with your enquiry and we can guide you from there.


Two round black bollards about one metre apart on a road, each with two stripes of yellow reflective tape at the top

Bollards are short posts that can be placed on roads or footpaths to prevent vehicle access or mark boundaries. They can be effective physical or psychological deterrents against ram raids depending on the context and the design of the bollards. To install bollards on the footpath, you will need to complete a Bollard Installation Application with Auckland Transport.

Ram raid beams

A person seen wearing a protective helmet who is welding a straight steel beam with a welding tool which is creating sparks where the tool and the steel are coming into contact.

Ram raid beams are fixed steel beams that can be installed across the front of a business. They are primarily a visual deterrent.

Building reinforcement

A ceramic art workshop with colourful ceramic pots around the store-front and in the shop window. The store has a 1 metre high concrete brick wall on the outside

Floor to ceiling glass storefronts are particularly vulnerable to ram raids. Because of this, one of the best ways to protect your business is to reinforce the building itself. While more costly than other options, this is also the longest-term solution.

How can Auckland Transport help me?

Most of the ram raid protection methods mentioned above are things you can put in place if you own the property or have approval from the property owner. However, if you decide that bollards or street furniture are the right option for you, and you want to place them on the public footpath, you will need to submit a Bollard Installation Application with Auckland Transport. This is so we can help you make sure they are installed safely and correctly.

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