Originally Posted by Rakuflames
Better check the laws there. In the US, it's illegal to booby-trap your property in order to keep people out if there's any chance the peson caught would be hurt -- in all 50 states. Someone hits an electrified lifeline, falls in the water
, hits his head
on the boat he was going to use to carry away YOUR belongings, and drowns, YOU are liable.
That's because, say, an electrified fence can't make judgments the way you would when deciding whether or not to shoot at someone.
It is true, setting a man trap is illegal most places. I am also not a fan of such things, as they often get you, your neighbor trying to save your boat, etc..
There was a case many years ago in the Little River section of Miami
. A shopkeeper tired of thieves knocking the windows out every night and stealing him blind, installed bars on the windows and doors. The thieves responded by cutting holes in the roof to enter. This went on night after night, and the police did what they usually do, write reports after every break in.
Tired of fixing his roof every day, he electrified a grid under the roof. His trap caught it's prey on the very first night, and killed a young man. The shop owner was charged with murder.
A Jury of his peers heard his case and refused to convict him. Not a couple of sympathetic Jurors who caused a hung Jury, but an Acquittal of all charges. A foreign yachtsman could hardly count on such sympathy, however.
All of that being said, if a thief gets shocked and hits his head
and drowns due to your electrified lifelines
, there are questions like, how far can I throw my portable electric
fence box? Take the stickers identifying it as an electric
fence box off first though, I'm hoping the water
will be pretty clear.