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Haunted Security System

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Modern security systems in public buildings and museums rely on the vigilance of police departments or private security services, which can be affected by a plethora of outside factors such as weather. I propose that these systems work in tandem with a back-up system that is contained within the building. At the end of each day, a caretaker or official activates a mechanism that converts the building into a terrifying haunted house. Pedestals and displays containing valuable objects are booby-trapped to transform into gruesome zombies and monsters when touched, and half of the tiles actuate spring-loaded ghouls when stepped on. These traps utilize the Uncanny Valley and other deeply ingrained phobias that effect the majority of the world's population. The end result is a would-be villain who is converted into a cowering wreck, unable to do anything but willingly turn himself in to the authorities.
Lottere, Jul 02 2010

The Uncanny Valley http://www.arclight...uncanny-valley.html
Deep-seated psychological weakness evident in many humans [Lottere, Jul 02 2010]

Common Phobias http://psychology.a...p/commonphobias.htm
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Thir13en Ghosts http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0245674/
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       // villain who is converted into a cowering wreck //   

       "He'd have gotten away with it too, if it wasn't for those pesky kids ... "   

       Or possibly <link>.
8th of 7, Jul 02 2010
  

       Yes! And as we know, Scooby and the gang always get their man.
Lottere, Jul 02 2010
  
      
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