May 13, 2005
How to Catch a Thief

creative perspectivesWell, our house robber has struck again after we laxly left the door unlocked when we came home last night (this morning at 5 am, actually). He’s ventured farther into the apartment, opening two briefcase bags in the hallway and stealing 5,000 yen in coins from a basket tucked out of sight under a table in the hall.

So now I’m thinking of ways to catch this bastard in the act. Of course I will set up a motion detecting webcam to record any activitiy at the door. Perhaps I will also install a very loud buzzer to wake up not only us but every tenant in the building.

But what I really want to do is to invent a really novel way to incriminate him. I envision a Rube Goldberg contraption that sets off a chain of events when the door opens—a rope tied to the doorknob pulls upward as the door swings out, lifting a … what would you add to the machine and what would it do?

Posted by kuri at May 13, 2005 11:32 PM


For some reason I am always attracted to the machines that scoop up the villian. So, I would drop a net covered in skunk juice, and then we’d pull off the burgler’s mask to reveal the face of the guy that you probably met just a couple of months ago…you know, just like on Scooby Doo.

All silliness aside, I hope you do catch the creep in the act. What a little weasel.

Posted by: Jenn on May 14, 2005 06:32 AM

or you could just lock the door.

Posted by: tokyogoat on May 14, 2005 10:22 AM

Do the “a pail of something on top of door”. Get something like coloured paint or powder. If the thief venture further, gave an sensor alarm that will blare at instant motion. Put like sticky tape on strategic sides of the door in case the thief is not wearing gloves and you might be able to get his/her fingerprints. Ooo.. this is fun!

Posted by: Lisa on May 14, 2005 10:51 AM

Place a water balloon filled with Food or Fabric Dye on top of the door.

Any trap that you can set with brightly coloured dye would be good - the culprit won’t be able to wash it off.

Buy second wallet - red - and coat it in wet food dye - leave it on the stand near the door. Leave the door unlocked. See what happens.

And I am all for the very loud alarm that will wake the entire building.

Posted by: Natalie on May 14, 2005 11:37 AM

motion detecting webcam plus one of those “security light” (sort of a spotlight connected with motion detecting device) should do the trick.

Posted by: Kimura on May 14, 2005 12:02 PM

You need an Attack Aibo…

Posted by: MJ on May 14, 2005 08:55 PM

You need an Attack Ando…

Posted by: Ando on May 14, 2005 10:50 PM
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