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Car Thief Busted By Spray That Secretly Turned Him Neon Green

A car thief was caught red – or rather green – handed after attempting to steal from a car fitted with an anti-theft device. SmartWater traceable liquid burst on Yafet Askale's face as he rifled through valuables in a bait car set out by police in Brent, England. According to The Telegraph, Askale initially denied breaking into the vehicle, until police used an ultraviolet light to make the ink visible.

Askale was sentenced to 49 hours community service and ordered to pay 400 (British pounds) or about $650. Brent police have been using the SmartWater technology in bait cars and homes to deter thieves and more easily catch those who do commit a crime. Police also provided free kits for residents to use on their valuables. Burglary and street robbery have dropped in the city.

Car theft has been steadily dropping since the 1990's as manufactures began to make anti-theft devices standard in many new vehicles. The average age of a car on American roads is 11 years however, and chances are your car isn't sporting the most up-to-date technology. Older cars are more valuable to thieves due to a high-demand parts market. Here are a few aftermarket options to protect your car from theft.

Kill Switch: Kill switches are a smart way to detour potential thieves. They interrupt the flow of electricity to the battery, ignition switch or fuel pump, leaving the thief's prize dead on the road.

LoJack: Claiming a 90 percent recovery rate on their website, LoJack Stolen Vehicle Recovery System is another effective aftermarket technology for combating theft. A small transmitter is hidden somewhere on the vehicle, allowing police to track it. LoJack can also send emails and texts to the cars owner when the car is moved without authorization.

Biometrics: This includes fingerprint scanning and voice authorization. Though still in its infancy, there are several companies selling aftermarket biometric systems. Your car would not be able to start without the presence of a pre-approved fingerprint or voice identification.

Brain waves: Mashable recently reported Japanese electrical engineer Issa Nakanishi and his team at Tottori University have developed a security system that measures a user's brainwaves. The driver would have to wear headgear that constantly monitors his EEG signals, causing the car to stop if signals other than those pre-programmed into the car were detected. The system could also identify intoxicated drivers via their changed brainwave patterns.



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      Tom
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love new teck. Catch them all!
      • 1 Year Ago
      a big dummy he should have his ass kicked!
      Erik
      • 1 Year Ago
      Love the idea! But Im sure the ACLU would find a way to dispute something like this from happening in the United States and to keep it from not being used, though it really is a good idea all together. But, what I want to know is if this stuff is un washable and how do you keep tract of a low life criminal who has been sprayed several times over and how do we know when the true last time he was sprayed over again between crimes?
        lawoff414
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Erik
        I worked for paid fire dept. for 28 yrs in the US. We had a lot of college dorms and apartments in our jurisdiction and a lot of false alarms. We purchased a powder called, I believe , Stop Thief. We went to all the buildings and sprinkled the powder on the alarms. Once it comes into contact with the skin, it turns the skin a very bright purple. It was fairly easy to pick the culprit out of the crowd. By the way, this stuff did not wash off with anything. The skin stayed purple for a month or so until it wore off.
          lawoff414
          • 1 Year Ago
          @lawoff414
          False alarms dropped by 96% after the first month.
      Bruce
      • 1 Year Ago
      LoJack only works if the police are will to take the time to recover it < I had it on a laptop and over 10 time I was able to trace the signal to a street address and notify the police who responded 1 hr later only to say the computer was not there. Finally I just gave up notifing them and took a buddy and took it back
      David
      • 1 Year Ago
      Now, if can make a bicycle that tazes people when they try to steal it we'll be getting somewhere (just kidding). But seriously, people get their bikes ripped off like crazy and if the thieves can't steal them, they break them. I would love to see more bike thieves caught.
      Boogaloo
      • 1 Year Ago
      And they say it won't wash off. Poor guy, gonna be a greenie for life.... bahhhahahahaha....
      carpro33
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yet another example of a fine, upstanding Muslim. I'm bad, am I not? NO, just speaking facts. Great Britain welcomes them with open arms, too. Way to go !
        pandocommando24
        • 1 Year Ago
        @carpro33
        You can't label an entire culture based on the deeds of a few.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @pandocommando24
          and I bet you are one of the people who want to take away guns from everyday americans- you can't label an entire culture based on the deeds of a few - unless it fits your agenda? hmmmm.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @pandocommando24
          yes you can. you can do that when the criminal is not white.
          castcutters
          • 1 Year Ago
          @pandocommando24
          You're right. Just the great preponderance of them. There's always one or two good apples in the bunch.
        takyoueddine
        • 1 Year Ago
        @carpro33
        Yafet Askale is not a Muslim name!!!??
      Mac
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love it ! go to Jail do not pass go.
      dexrmerritt
      • 1 Year Ago
      excellent
      Mary M. Revis
      • 1 Year Ago
      LOL LOL so love this. Idiots...such fools with idle time. I truly wish there was a car that could MACE or SHOCK/TASE these morons, as they attempt to steal a car.
      Gina
      • 1 Year Ago
      LOL ACID! Yes officer, it was that melted guy who broke into my car. Love the invisible ink! This should be EVERYWHERE! It should be hooked up around every window and door of everyone's homes. It should be automatically installed in every car. It should be at every store, bank and anywhere else people get robbed. Forget pepper spray! They're not going to get away with whatever crime they pull if they are permenantly inked! This A HOLE'S sentence was a slap on the wrist! He should have done jail time AND community servives and owed whatever the amount of what he stole was worth. Maybe THAT will also create a reduction in crime.
      jaymzth
      • 1 Year Ago
      Replace the SmartWater with pepper spray and see if the thieves try to deny anything. Save money on the UV lights!
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