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(Sydney Morning Herald)   Inventive criminals are constructing homemade spike strips which are used against police cars during high-speed chases (w/pic)   ( divider line
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2003-12-08 05:16:24 PM  
Inventive criminals? More like criminals who just finially got around to watching Heat for the first time.
2003-12-08 06:45:33 PM  
I thought the headline said invective criminals and got really excited for a second there.
2003-12-08 07:47:12 PM  
Maybe it isn't a great idea for the police to let it slip that there's nothing they can do about the spikes.
2003-12-09 12:09:41 AM  
two seconds with a welding torch and a few nails and you have caltrops.
2003-12-09 01:26:26 AM  
Now all I need is a secret compartment under my trunk. Flip a switch to release it and hit the gas.

Seriously though, butterknives?
2003-12-09 02:18:32 AM  
What the fark's a tyre?

Ok, enough ignorant making fun of foreign language conventions..

If this is new, they obviously aren't as inventive as the criminals that don't get caught.
2003-12-09 05:21:07 AM  
That's why I got a box of caltrops in the back seat.
2003-12-09 05:24:54 AM  
Ummmm, Heat??? Hello?
2003-12-09 05:34:09 AM  
Bloody Blue Peter presenters I'll bet...
2003-12-09 05:37:36 AM  
Police later released this sketch of the suspects
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2003-12-09 05:39:20 AM  
Excellent reference, zerkalo.
2003-12-09 06:00:28 AM  
I was able to track down the suspects and they sent me a photo on their steering wheel.

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Police should watch out for machine guns mounted to the headlights, smokescreen, and the dreaded oil slick.

Also, they said they use a red van, so be on the lookout!
2003-12-09 06:03:59 AM  
If one were to develop a similar product, how would one look into the legality of it?
2003-12-09 06:07:07 AM  
2003-12-09 06:17:07 AM  
Jeez, I've only been waiting for this to come out forever. A few simple modifications to a normal vehicle can make it much more survivable in a car chase situation. I'm not talking rear-mounted flamethrowers, but things like droppable spike strips, a few tanks of oil to drop on the road, and race training for the driver. Anyone capable of ricing up a car can certainly put a few spike strips on the bumper with a lever to release them.
2003-12-09 06:19:01 AM  
um ok but i think it would be cooler to have like the oil slick gimmick commin out the rear bumper like on spyhunter!!
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something like that
2003-12-09 06:22:14 AM  
yep gregory and i have the right idea!
2003-12-09 06:42:32 AM  
Man, I loved that game, the Peter Gunn theme -- especially in the sit-down version -- blew me away. That and Gauntlet. And Sinistar. I dropped so many quarters in those machines back in the day.
2003-12-09 06:47:24 AM  

Awesome. It's nice to see someone actually going out and building some of the devices I've cooked up on my doodle-pad.

A couple of my other "inventions":

- The ol' Flare Grid, a grid of magnesium wires (or strips) that has a heating element attached to it. Normally folded down and disguised as an innocent luggage rack, the spring-loaded grid can be popped up to an upright position via a release cable in the passenger compartment. It is then ignited by the heating element, searing the retinas of and blinding anyone in a pursuing vehicle with a blaze of white light brighter than the sun. It only works at night, though.

- The ol' Microwave Array. This one requires some serious body work to install. It involves the use of several salvaged microwave emitters harvested from ovens, installing them in the rear end of the vehicle arranged so as to focus a blast of microwave energy on the pursuing vehicle's engine compartment and fry its electrical and ignition system. Ever put a piece of metal in a microwave oven? 'Nuff said.

/Evil Engineering School

2003-12-09 06:48:12 AM  
Plastic tubing and tape? Sheesh, these guys can't even weld. Bunch of farkin' amateurs.
2003-12-09 06:56:43 AM  
I've seen you've played Knifey-Spikey before...
2003-12-09 07:08:13 AM  
american_draka... love the ideas! especially the micro machine one! build me one will ya!?
2003-12-09 07:30:48 AM  
one2toke, I think I'll be posting plans on my website soon. There's also the directed EMP (electro-magnetic pulse) device that does pretty much what the microwave array does. But the power requirements are pretty extreme, and can only be used after driving for a while to charge the capacitors from the car's alternator. Also, it would have to be carefully installed in order to keep the device from backfiring and disabling your own car.

Love the screen name, BTW.

ZAZ [TotalFark]
2003-12-09 07:31:58 AM  
Maybe it isn't a great idea for the police to let it slip that there's nothing they can do about the spikes.

Standard policy in the USA.

NHTSA vs. Firestone:

NHTSA: "We are unable to do our job of setting and enforcing safety standards so you should reward us with more money and power."

Congress: "Yes, this is a horrible crisis you and the media have manufactured and we must respond. Here's a big wad of cash. Don't hesitate to ask for more."

Same deal with the MIRT light-changing devices. There a CRISIS! calling for immediate legislative action.
2003-12-09 08:03:01 AM  
my theoretical high-speed escape kit includes caltrops & golf balls. on concrete, they never stop bouncing.

add several hundred/thousand fake $20 bills and the streets should be gridlocked with flats tires, broken windshields, and money grubbin' pedestrians.

2003-12-09 08:35:14 AM  
Or keep some water ballons filled with old motor oil in the car. Toss 'em behind you for instant oil slick. Especially good in the corners.
2003-12-09 08:35:37 AM  
DIY, and NSW police? what the hell are they talking about?
(ok, Do It Yourself, got that one, but NSW? Not Safe (for) Work??) Oh wait, it's australian? New South Wales? Damn those aussies and their abbreviations. I thought it was the americans that were the lazy ones.
2003-12-09 08:49:19 AM  
I don't mean to rain on your parade, American_Draka but the reason you're not supposed to put metal in a microwave is because it reflects the microwave energy back the emitter, and right back into it. The sparks are just deflected energy. So the best you'll do is mess up your car.

Unless of course you're being satirical, and I've failed to see it, which in these early hours is entirely possible. Fark on.
2003-12-09 09:03:56 AM  
"Carpet tacks? Great. They have guns, we have carpet tacks!"

"Those aren't carpet tacks. They're drywall nails."

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2003-12-09 09:17:11 AM  
cops should slime their tires, problem solved (o:`,
2003-12-09 09:18:24 AM  
All of this was predicted a long time ago.
2003-12-09 09:50:40 AM  
They'll need more than one of those things though because they're sure to be pursued by more than one squadcar. Unless, of course, they're Bo and Luke Duke being pursued by Roscoe, in which case I would recommend just pressing the "Turbo" button when they come to a natural ramp formation.

Thanks for the Spy Hunter citations too, oil slick rules!
2003-12-09 09:51:56 AM  

The reflected microwave energy would be too dispersed to cause any damage to the user's vehicle. But get that shiat bouncing around in an engine compartment, and it's nighty-night, copper!

2003-12-09 09:55:16 AM  
Usually I just tape a stick of dynamite to an arrow, light it, and fire it from my compound bow at the cops. Makes Daisy bubble in her panties.
2003-12-09 09:56:48 AM  
"Usually I just tape a stick of dynamite to an arrow, light it, and fire it from my compound bow at the cops."

Just two good ol' boys,
never meanin' no harm...
2003-12-09 10:26:17 AM  
Other police said they were unsure which offence a criminal could be charged with if found with home-made road spikes.

Why don't they just say it was "drug paraphernalia"?

"A butter knife taped to some PVC? Must be some kind of crack pipe."
2003-12-09 10:29:42 AM  
Actually, something that was kept pretty well out of the news when I was in high school....

The police were driving after what appeared to be a handicapped van(it had the lift). They were doing the "slow pursuit" thin up interstate 275 and the rear doors pop open and one of the passengers opens up with a brownhing 30 cal machine gun. Cut three police cars down. It was great.

What made it so wierd was that there was NO mention of this in the news save one little blurb about drug runners. The only way I heard about it was through a neighbor that was an officer on duty.

Spike strips? Farking amateurs.
2003-12-09 10:33:36 AM  
Feh. Get back to me when they've got the homemade pop-up cannon in the trunk. I'll spring for one of them.
2003-12-09 10:49:16 AM  
Aircraft landing lights on the back of the car would do nicely for blinding the cops. You'd have to be careful when you used them, though - obviously if you left them on it'd be fairly clear where you were headed.. :)
2003-12-09 10:52:34 AM  
The magnetic dealies you find in an oven aren't directed energy, they make a semi-spherical loop that happens to go through your food. Might work if you put it on a trailing unit and bring it's power up a factor. I'd just recommend a simple emp after hardening your own systems. Hard to deploy that sort of weapon in a non-lethal way in that setting though. The tolerances would have to be investigated closely.

A couple of simple electro magnets behind your bumper hooked to a switch in the cab and not hooked to your basic wiring would provide a very broad range of malicious entertainment possibilities.

All of that is really a waste of time without a prior apocalypse of course. Cops today have no sense of sportsmanship. There is no non-lethal dickering around with them. Be willing to put a bullet in them, or be wealthy; otherwise, assume the position. They'll just gang up on you with their larger numbers and legal immunity or cower behind the military you helped build if you and your posse get too strong. Personally, I'd just get out of the country if I was in your position and was feeling that oppressed.

Ninjas now, ninjas are where it's at..
2003-12-09 10:53:32 AM  
This deserved the "hero" tag.
2003-12-09 11:01:15 AM  
Suppose the cops were chasing some punks who killed your wife and anally rapped your cocker spaniel. Still think they deserve a hero tag?
2003-12-09 11:06:20 AM  
good for them. I killed the dog, and the wife cheated on me, the farking biatch
2003-12-09 11:08:38 AM  
I think it's funny how the police say, "We must outlaw these spikes!". I'm sure that will make those criminals trying to evade the police think twice about making homemade road spikes.
2003-12-09 11:13:31 AM  
Ooooo... Spy Hunter...

I'm pretty sure that the game wraps without end. The local Boys and Girls Club had one of the arcade games, and one day in probably 1987 or 1988 I was playing, and I was in the zone. I can't remember exactly what the high score was, but it was high enough to be about four times the one recorded in the game, and I wanted something somewhat cool to put in, so I came up with "TWX". That high score lasted until the game physically died about a year later.

*sigh* I've had my BBS handle for more than 2/3 of my life...
2003-12-09 11:16:02 AM  
They swerved out of the way of the spikes....... I doubt they would of worked if the knives were just taped on to keep the bar from rolling
2003-12-09 11:21:33 AM  
If they want road spikes to be especially nasty, they need to put floating sleeve washers over the nails, just slightly larger than the nail. That way, the car runs over the spike strip, punctures, and the sleeve washer embeds in the tire, leaving a nice hole to let the air out very quickly. That's how regular police-issue spike strips work, anyway. They're designed that way to make sure that tires like self-sealing Uniroyal Tigerpaws, runflats, and heavy duty models go flat anyway.
2003-12-09 11:41:20 AM  
Suppose the cops were chasing some punks who killed your wife and anally rapped your cocker spaniel. Still think they deserve a hero tag?

Yeah, 'cause the cops would only take the guy and keep him safe from me, thus preventing real justice.
2003-12-09 11:55:06 AM  
You could always just throw a box of these out the window. Much easier than making some complicated strip.

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2003-12-09 12:11:19 PM  
It's all about caltrops. Far more portable, and easier to deploy. C'mon criminals, think!
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