Time for another little story.
In 1986 I too searched for an idea to stop people sitting in my TR6 after it
was stolen by a joyrider. I got it back 5 weeks later after it was found
abandoned in the Laurentiens north of Montreal. I wanted to ensure that it
didn't happen again. Along came a friend who was a Volkswagen Beatle
fanatic. He suggested the following:
Take the electrical starter from the gas-burning cabin heater for the
Beatle. It is a rather odd looking small brick with a set or reed contacts
on one end. 6 volts DC goes into one wire and a rapid set of 10000V sparks
come out on another. Even better with 12 volts. He suggested putting a wire
mesh on the seat and use some copper wire on the steering wheel wrapping
connected to the ground.
Turn on the box when the car is unattended. Joy rider sits in car and grabs
steering wheel. Zap! Right through the pants! Careful placement of the grid
on the seat could result in some pretty impressive soprano shrieks.
He gave me one of the boxes. It really works. Really stings when you touch
the wire. I have never had the nerve to set it up on the car, but am
seriously beginning to think about it.
Today's events seem to show that you can kill any number of people under the
most deplorable of circumstances and still get away with it. If being
stressed about the noise the kids is making is a good enough excuse to kill
5 of them, imagine what zapping a thief who was molesting your antique
sports car would be good for. They would probably give you a medal. That, or
using the perverse logic of the courts, they might just shoot you on the
From: Fred Thomas [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, March 15, 2002 3:48 PM
To: Doug Hamilton; email@example.com
Subject: Re: anti theft ideas
> Just an idea for a proximity device rather than a verbal warning the
device should emit a foul smell. After all who would ever vandalize a cattle
liner or some other foul smelling vehicle. Nothing has a better proximity
alarm than a skunk just so long as the smell doesn't stay on the car after
it's tripped. And you don't want it to smell like a dead body in the trunk
or the cops will ruin your nice new paint job when they spring the trunk.
> Doug Hamilton
> 1960 Triumph TR3A
> 1963 Fiat Cabriolet
Somehow Doug I just cannot imagine this as a working idea, might work in the
movies and it is funny when you think about it. "FT"
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