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A Shocking Idea - Ingenious Theft and Kidnap Protection System

Posted on January 1, 1992 by LCT Staff

To guard against terrorist attacks or kidnap attempts on high-ranking business and government officials,Executive Armoring Corporation installs deterrents such as this tear gas system to confuse potential attackers. All of the controls are located on the chauffeur’s dash board to be within easy reach in case of such an emergency.

The dispatcher receives the call: a high-ranking Middle Eastern government official is in town and must be picked up when he departs from a secret meeting through the rear door.

The driver responds, a little daunted maybe. After the client is safely in the vehicle, the driver starts off slowly. Everything goes smoothly until they pass the local Dairy Queen where they notice that an ominous looking black sedan has begun to follow them. The driver tries various elusive maneuvers but to no avail. What can he do?

Thanks to Mark Burton of Executive Armoring Corporation in San Antonio, TX, this driver has many options. He can choose from the oil slick system, tear gas deterrent, or smoke screen. He chooses the smoke screen and successfully eludes the evil black sedan.

Burton equips limousines and other vehicles for the special needs of security conscious businessmen who may need to deter potential attackers and guard against kidnappings. Another system he offers is an electric shocking system that delivers a 110-volt charge to the door handles.

According to Burton, kidnappings occur in vehicles because of two main reasons. “First, most executives don’t lock the doors. Second, the door handle is wrenched off by the criminals using a crow bar. This system protects in both of these situations.

“The shock doesn’t kill them, but it sure brightens their day,” he adds.

Two separate switches operate the system — one in the trunk and a toggle switch on the chauffeur’s dash board. Both must be activated in order for the electrical charge to be triggered. The dash has a red light that tells the chauffeur if the system is on.

The dual-switch arrangement makes the system easy to use from either inside or outside the vehicle.

Almost every car Burton armors has the device installed. He mainly services the overseas market and some private executives in the United States.

“I’ve been shocked by it three times — twice on accident and once on purpose. I was trying to demonstrate the device for a client who wanted me to prove it worked. I usually take a long piece of Johnson Grass [common in Texas] and touch the door handle but I couldn’t find any and was tired of waiting, so I just grabbed the handle. I’ll never do that again!” Burton remarks.

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