Protect Your Property With Non-Lethal Booby Traps
By Adelia Ladson
What is a Booby-Trap?A booby trap is defined as an improvised device that is intended to automatically detect, scare or injure anyone who is trying to enter a property or home without the owner’s permission. They range from simple intruder deterrents to traps that are meant to kill or maim and have been used for thousands of years by civilizations all over the world.
Low Wire Entanglement
What You’ll Need: stakes, fence wire
A low wire entanglement is basically constructed by stringing fence wire in a web between several stakes placed at different heights. This booby trap works the best in tall grass or brush where it’s perfectly camouflaged. Set several stakes in the ground from 3’ to 4’ apart scattered randomly in the area you want to cover. Set them at heights varying from 6” to 18” and string the fence wire between the stakes, leaving about an inch of play in the wire. String the wire haphazardly between the stakes to create a web across the coverage area. You can even plant vegetation and let it grow up through the tangle of wire to hide it. When an intruder tries to walk through, they will be instantly tripped up and possibly tangled in the wire. This booby trap has been employed in combat using barbed wire for more serious consequences.
Stink Bomb Pit Trap
What You’ll Need: shovel, plastic sheeting or garbage bag, glass-vialed stink bombs, vegetable oil, brush and branches for camouflage
Pit traps have been around for hundreds of years and are quite effective booby traps for animal or man. Over the years, they have been used in times of war with lethal consequences and used by drug dealers to protect their products. The most well-known version of this booby trap (used by the Viet Cong) was lined with sharpened stakes, also known as, punji sticks. The Stink Bomb Pit Trap is a non-lethal, intruder deterrent version that can be used to send a message to an unwanted guest. This trap will cover a three-foot area only so make sure to bear this in mind when choosing a set-up location. Dig a hole that is 3 feet wide and 2 feet deep. Line the hole with plastic sheeting or a large garbage bag. Just cover the bottom of the hole with about 2” of vegetable oil. Then, use glass-vialed stink bombs, which can be found online, to cover the bottom of the hole, as well. If you can’t get the stink bombs, simply use hard-boiled eggs. Rotten eggs can be just as effective as stink bombs. Camouflage the hole with loose brush and branches. When an intruder steps into the hole, it’ll be like falling into something really, really nasty that’s hard to get out of.
You’ll Also Need: sandbag, rope, tripwire, stake
Set your tripwire up between two trees or between a tree and whatever stationary object is available to tie off one end. You can use a stake in the ground, if necessary, but make sure to camouflage it well. Tie your sandbag, by its neck to a length of rope. Then, secure the rope to a tree limb that juts out over the path of your tripwire. The sandbag should be suspended from the limb about the height of an intruder’s head or chest. Attach a length of tripwire to the neck of the sandbag and place the sandbag up on the tree limb, making sure that it is precariously balanced. Run the tripwire down from the sandbag and tie it off to the tripwire across the path of your booby trap. When an intruder crosses the tripwire, it will cause the sandbag to be pulled from the tree limb and swing down to clobber the unwanted guest. With this booby trap, just about anything can be used in place of the sandbag to swing down and clobber someone. It just has to be able to be balanced on the tree limb.
Important Legal InformationAccording to the United States Department of Defense, the definition of a booby trap is: An explosive or nonexplosive device or other material deliberately placed to cause casualties when an apparently harmless object is disturbed, or a normally safe act is performed. If a person sets up such a trap to protect his/her property, he/she will be liable for any injury or death even to an unwanted intruder like a burglar. Keep this in mind when making plans to secure your property and use your better judgement when determining which methods to employ and what consequences they may incur. Protecting your family and property can be achieved quite safely and within legal limits with careful consideration.