You would probably be better off if you did kill them, dead folks don't
sue, but their families might. Consider those inexpensive game cameras
hunters use. They use motion sensors and digital cameras, catch them in
To answer your original question, a battery operated fence charger
should do the trick.
If you are really worried about that then just buy a listed
intrinsically safe model. They have to pass testing to prove that they
are non incendive in explosive atmospheres to receive that listing mark.
They are of course expensive.
"This alternating current stuff is just a fad. It is much too dangerous
You can get, from Harbor Freight tools, iirc, a DVR card for your
computer, for only about 30 or 40 dollars, I forget, and a camera too,
maybe in a package for 70 or 100 dollars.
The DVR, digital video something, card enables you to record the
pictures on your hard drive, if it is big enough, rather than using a
dedicated VCR and I think you would need one that is designed to stop
when the motion sensor doesn't see any motion.
But you're right, you better not kill anyone, because others may like
it or not, but the law in the US does not give someone the right to
take a life to protect property (unlike your life or that of others
present). The families absolutely would sue, and they'd probably win,
plus the prosecutor would probably prosecute criminally and you might
well lose there too.
Search on "trap guns" for more information, but it doesn't have to be
a gun. This has been the law in the US for 100's of years, probably
originating in England, and should not be attributed to the current
politicians you like or dislike.
I'm sure those don't kill people or no one (ok, few people) would use
them on their practically public fences.
I'm hoping that the car is in a locked garage and is therefore immune
from the possibility of accidental contact by children or the
developmentally disabled. A large animal fence charger installed in the
car and some means to attach one terminal to earth ground would work.
It will be extremely unpleasant but will cause no permanent harm. I
used to have one rigged to the tool chest inside my locked van with the
rest of the van as ground. As you might guess such fence chargers are
very carefully tested by the manufacturers to be incapable of harming
people or the very expensive livestock they are used to contain.
One Foreman I worked for almost two decades ago just clipped a 277 volt
line to the gang box every night before closing up the shed. We new
he'd got a thief when we found a pair of abandoned dirty underwear in
the shed one morning. He's very lucky he didn't end up in prison for
"people willing to trade their freedom for temporary security deserve
And who pays for YOUR legal fees?
Get them the right way. Get your old tools back, let everyone know who they
Cheaper and more effective.
Since time immemorial, booby-traps have been outlawed, both under the
criminal law and under civil tort claims.
There are many, many people who can legally access or confiscate your
property without your knowledge or without your permission. Here's a
representative (but nowhere near exhaustive) list:
1. Police with a valid warrant,
2. Firefighter, paramedic, or other governmental employee responding to an
3. A child with no criminal capability,
4. A civil tresspasser (i.e., a hobo looking for warmth),
5. Game warden or animal control officer tracking an injured/diseased
6. A letter carrier, deliveryman, or others with implicit permission,
7. A repossesor, lienholder, or bondsman,
8. ANYONE under exigent circumstances where life or signifcant property
damage is at issue,
9. Any of the above operating under harmless error (e.g., wrong address on
If you booby-trap your property, you WILL go to jail and you WILL lose ALL
your property under a civil claim.
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