3 Reasons Why You Should Never Booby Trap Your Property

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As a business owner, the safety and security of your staff and merchandise are probably on the top of your list of priorities. And if you’ve been dealing with a series of break-ins on your property, it may seem clever or maybe even fun to set a trap to catch a potential thief or bugler in the act. However, there are a number of legal and ethical reasons why you should avoid setting traps on your property, even if you are at your wits’ end thanks to break-ins. Before you unlock your inner Home Alone star, consider these arguments against business booby traps.

  • They’re illegal. There is a common misconception amongst home and business owners that they have a right to harm anyone who illegally trespasses onto their properties. While some states afford homeowners the right to protect their properties with lethal force if they believe that their lives are in immediate danger, booby traps (defined as concealed or camouflaged devices intended to cause injury to an intruder) are illegal on a federal level. This means that you may be legally held responsible for injuries or even deaths that occur from your traps—regardless of the fact that the burglar has illegally entered your business.  
  • They put your employees in danger. Booby traps aren’t just dangerous for criminals—they can also harm or even kill the employees that protect your property. Like a burglar who is injured by your trap, an employee who hurts themselves thanks to an illegal trap you’ve set up has a very compelling case for an expensive lawsuit against you.
  • There are better ways to protect your property. Legal property protection strategies like the use of a Guard Tour System from PatrolScan remove the potential for criminal or civil actions brought against you. They also act as a powerful deterrent for thieves, lowering your chances of a break-in.

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