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Every room in the house is fitted with several blacklights, and every
window and door has a container of baking soda or hypoallergenic
baby powder with a release mechanism connected to a regular
intruder detection system. If forced entry is detected through any
window or door, the powder is dumped
the intruder in prodigious
quantities. The blacklights then come on, which should not only
highlight the intruder himself (should he try skulking in the corner) but
also the trail of white powdery footprints left behind if, say, he tried
hiding in a closet or behind furniture. This all assumes, of course, that
he doesn't panic and run in fear of being heard during the inevitable
powder-in-the-face sneeze attack.
||Nice low budget effect - I prefer neon-green pepper spray myself...As a backup I have fire extinguishers that meet similar purposes.
||Halon fire extinguishers are a surprisingly effective close-quarters weapon.
|| CO2 extinguishers are nearly as good, if the "horn" is unscrewed.
|| Dry powder units are better for generating a "smokescreen".
||I was thinking that baking soda would be good because then you
kill two birds with one stone, as vacuuming up the baking soda
also freshens up the carpets and upholstery. Halon would work
well as a crime deterrent, particularly if the room was sealed
airtight prior to deployment.
||Nice idea. Maybe a little more explanation to the method of applying the powder. It has to be timed correctly so it is applied as the intruder passes through the entry point instead of when it is forced open.
||Well I don't see how it matters if it's applied to the intruder
before or during entry, so long as it is applied to the intruder, as
the post says it shall be. If it's applied prior to entry and the
would-be intruder runs off, then the system has successfully
acted as a deterrent. That is a win scenario. If it's applied during
or after entry, then the intruder might still run away (post-entry
deterrence... still a win scenario). If applied before, during, or
after entry and the intruder is not deterred, it still prevents said
intruder from hiding or avoiding detection. Win.