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The latest craze? High-voltage fences promise to zap would-be copper thieves

coondoggie (973519) writes | about 2 years ago

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coondoggie writes "It may be a gimmick or maybe the ultimate answer, but a California city this week Ok'd a draft ordinance that would let businesses install 7,000 volt electric fences to protect sites from rampant copper thieves. As reported by the Sacramento CBS station, the reaction form one business owner to the ordinance says it all: "It'll be a little fun to watch one of these guys get electrocuted holding my fence trying to rob me.""
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In before "It's not the voltage that'll get you.." (1)

Atrox Canis (1266568) | about 2 years ago | (#42056027)

As a former business owner that had to address the risk of materials theft, I support the idea of business owners being allowed to take reasonable measures to prevent this type of loss. Potentially killing the possible drunk homeless guy looking for shelter seems a bit "unreasonable" to me. Our solution was to analyze the potential loss over the course of five years and then accepting the need to spend a good portion of that in setting up a very high quality monitoring, recording and reporting system. We then put up lots of notices and worked with the local police to convince them to step up patrols in the area. Our loss prevention solutions reduced our overall risk which resulted in a lower insurance rate and our neighbor businesses benefited as well. We saw an almost one hundred percent reduction in theft attempts and in three years, each of the small number of successful attempts ended in prosecution and in one case, full recovery of all the stole items. In retrospect however, shocking the shit out of the thieving bastards and catching it all on tape would have been more fun.
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