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Rancho Cordova Businesses Could Soon Send Shocking Message To Criminals
CBS 13 Sacramento ^ | 11/19/2012 | Tony Lopez

Posted on 11/20/2012 9:33:46 PM PST by Huntress

RANCHO CORDOVA (CBS13) – It’s a shocking way to stop the copper theft crime-wave – a 7,000-volt electric security fence.

The Rancho Cordova City Council voted Monday night to draft an ordinance allowing businesses to put up electric security fences that will zap would-be copper thieves.

Sam Matsoyan of MP Auto Parts said Monday he can’t wait to install it around his Rancho Cordova business.

“It’ll be a little fun to watch one of these guys get electrocuted holding my fence trying to rob me,” he said.

His laughter said it all. This has become personal for Sam after copper and aluminum thieves have cost his business big time.

“We’ve been doing this for 12 years and it’s been a persistent issue for all 12 years,” he said.

Barbed wire fencing isn’t cutting it, guard dogs haven’t worked and neither has a security system. But the electric fence idea has Sam amped up.

“It’ll be very effective,” he said. “I mean, nobody wants to get jolted.”

It’s a split-second jolt designed to make criminals bolt. What’s the shock feel like?

“It’s a memorable experience,” an electric fence manufacturer said.

It’s one designed to force criminals to make a run for it before they can steal.

Now, you’d expect the company that makes the fence to call it “incredibly effective.”

The City Council agrees. Council members granted unanimous approval to pass a new ordinance making these currently illegal fences legal in their city.

“I think it’s going to have a significant effect,” Sam said.

Sam believes it could be a powerful deterrent that gives his gives his business a better shot at success – and would-be criminals the shock of their lives.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: copperthieves; oddjob
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1 posted on 11/20/2012 9:33:55 PM PST by Huntress
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To: Huntress

ACLU, NAACP, LaRaza, LULAC, Just-us department and PETA in 3 ... 2 .... 1 ...


2 posted on 11/20/2012 9:36:57 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: Huntress

Some months back someone broke into a substation. He apparently thought that it would be safe to disconnect a ground wire and steal it. When he disconnected it, he became part of the ground circuit and departed this life in a flash.


3 posted on 11/20/2012 9:51:52 PM PST by davisfh
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To: davisfh

Don’t tell me, his last words were, “You’ll never take me alive, Copper!”


4 posted on 11/20/2012 9:54:17 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Huntress

So what does 7,000 volts do to a person? Also, can you defeat the fence by wearing insulated gloves or clothing?


5 posted on 11/20/2012 10:00:10 PM PST by Huntress ("Politicians exploit economic illiteracy." --Walter Williams)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

There is a reoccuring m.o. around here where they work during the day as laborors on job sites casing the joint, then come back at night with their buds and all the necesary tools.


6 posted on 11/20/2012 10:01:43 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: Huntress

We have had electric fences around our gardens for many years. Keeps the moose out.
It’s 3,600 volts, with minimal amperage. It won’t kill you, but it will get your attention.
It works for animals, but humans can disable it by grounding it out. ie; a steel rod from wire to ground on opposite sides of your intended entry point will render it harmless.
On the other hand, there are people like my Dad. He would grab the fence and ground it out while I climbed over it. I remember him telling me that if I didn’t hurry, he was going to let it go. He never did....


7 posted on 11/20/2012 10:23:29 PM PST by snowtigger (. Thanx to Charlie Daniels, " Let them win, or bring them HOME")
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To: Huntress
It’s all about the amps. That fence will knock them on there ass. The city of Sacramento has allowed them for years.
8 posted on 11/20/2012 10:37:30 PM PST by Domangart
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To: Huntress

Burglar Zappers, I love it. Been recommending my Mom electrify her copper gutters after copper thieves came in and stole a bunch of them. Somehow her insurance company doesn’t think that’s a good idea. But it would certainly be fun to watch the flash and two-storey fall.


9 posted on 11/20/2012 11:51:05 PM PST by kaehurowing
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To: Huntress

Nope. Real life ZOT. Even rubber is a better conductor than air...


10 posted on 11/21/2012 12:18:45 AM PST by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: Huntress

How about we install the same fence at the US-mex border?


11 posted on 11/21/2012 12:18:49 AM PST by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: Huntress

Don't do it!!

12 posted on 11/21/2012 4:51:35 AM PST by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: JRios1968

Electric fences are country kids greatest fun. City kids come out to the farm and the country kids would get them to either touch or pee on the fences. City kids got a quick lesson in electric fences. Won’t kill you but sure and hell gets your undivided attention and something you will NEVER do again.


13 posted on 11/21/2012 6:59:42 AM PST by Progov
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To: Huntress

I would imagine that any electric fence would be pretty easy to defeat. Just short it out for starters. What is needed is a really good alarm system. This fence is a waste of money.


14 posted on 11/21/2012 12:49:38 PM PST by Revel
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