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"I will Shoot you", sign

Discussion in 'Stolen Equipment' started by soloscaperman, May 27, 2008.

  1. soloscaperman

    soloscaperman LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,045

    Can I leave a sign that says if you trespass past this point you will be shot. Or I will shoot your legs.

    Just that there are times I leave the trailer on the side of the house with the equipment on it when I worked a long day and don't put it in the garage.
     
  2. MJS

    MJS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,316

    That's a good way to deter theft, no doubt about it - would make any burglar think twice. :laugh:
     
  3. Mowbizz

    Mowbizz LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 970

    What if the guy reading the sign (would be thief) just calls your bluff and hangs around to see if you will shoot or not...? Lurking around in the dark or just casing out your stuff will probably result in the thief finding out it's a bluff sign anyway...Better to have some motion lights that come on when equipment is approached as well as locking things up securely...might even attract attention to your stuff that otherwise would not??
     
  4. Johnson LCO

    Johnson LCO LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 336

    It might deter them...or encourage them to bring a gun. BTW I dont think you can defend your property with deadly force except in Texas.
     
  5. MJS

    MJS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,316

    Missouri too. . . legislation just passed last year, I think. If you feel that you or your property is seriously threatened, you can use a firearm for defense of that person or property.
     
  6. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,195

    Sure you can. It would be stupid to, in this country you are free to be as stupid as you want. Here's the reasons it would be stupid.

    1. You should never threaten to do something you won't do. If you don't intend to shoot a trespasser on sight then it does not make any sense to threaten them.

    2. If you do plan to shoot a trespasser on sight you need to be prepared to deal with the consequences. For example, if you shoot and miss and they pull a piece and don't miss, then you are injured, disabled or dead. If you shoot them and they are unarmed, you need to understand that you will face criminal consequences. In civilized society, you can only use deadly force if you or others are directly threatened. Just entering your property doesn't make it a threat to your life. (your locked house is a different matter) If they do happen to be armed and up to no good and you waste them, then good for you, you've done the world a favor. Hopefully the proscecutor's office will see things your way, otherwise it's jail time.
     
  7. Chilehead

    Chilehead LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Stockbridge, GA
    Posts: 1,891

    I'll take your suggestions one step further--don't threaten, just act. Threatening someone only gives that person a means to prepare[for your threat to be executed]. It would be much more effective/efficient to just shoot a criminal in the act of committing a crime. I don't threaten anybody, I just act. No vengeful plot I ever committed can ever be traced back to me, and those that receive such punishment have no idea that I am the revenger of vengeance--they really think we're cool with each other.:cool2:
     
  8. Happy Frog

    Happy Frog LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,224

    With a sign like that, good luck in court if you ever have to actually use deadly force... :hammerhead:
     
  9. huskres

    huskres LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 283

    There are tons of states that allow it. If yours doesnt say you thought the guy was reaching for a gun. Its what the cops do!
     
  10. Johnson LCO

    Johnson LCO LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 336

    Your lucky. Every state should pass that law as it would surely make a lot of people think twice before trying to steal. I would buy a shotgun tommorow if they passed that law in DE.
     

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