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How to catch someone letting air out of your tires.

Someone is regularly letting air out of my tires. It is a different tire each time. I want to catch them or at least stop doing this. I live in town by a high school and have an ex that may do something like this. I have to park on the street. Does anyone have any ideas?


  • edited September 2007
    Is a motion-activated video camera feisable?
  • edited September 2007
    Cover the valve stem caps with Crazy Glue or other strong adhesive just before you leave the vehicle. Then, when you come back, the culprit will be glued to the tire.

    Or, put some gooey substance on the covers that is difficult to get off skin (tar, perhaps.) After one air removal episode, the culprit won't do it again.

    Lastly, you could put some corrosive material on the caps that will burn the culprit - but I do not recommend or condone doing this.
  • edited September 2007
    I'm thinking you could put some black toner from a copier or printer on the wheels and tires. This is a very fine black powder that will get on the perp's hands and clothes and cause a big mess. You might not find out who did it, but it should discourage them.
  • edited September 2007
    Tonight, put a sticky note by each valve stem that says "Smile, you're on Candid Camera".

    Don't worry about a camera. The jerk won't know you don't have one trained on him and he'll get out of there and think twice before coming back.
  • edited September 2007
    I Googled "car proximity alarm" and came up with Clifford AdvantGuard 5.5X. There should be more proximity alarms. I encountered one quite a few years ago. When you got within about a foot of the car, a speaker would loudly say "Get away from the car!" or something to that effect.

    We have a method to monitor the car that we use away from home once in a while when the occasion demands. We have a dog, kept inside the car, that barks when someone gets too close to our car. I set up an inexpensive FRS radio to VOX (voice activated transmission) and then can hear the dog barking on my receiver in my pocket.
  • edited September 2007
    Check out these caps-

    If the act is malicious, defeating them might escalate the activity to something worse.
  • edited September 2007
    i know that hunters have a motion activated camera that takes a photo when anything gets within so many feet (its adjustable)

    the only problem is it has to be pointed AT the subject. so this means it has to be outside the car.

    i am not sure if it would work from inside the car, with the flash and all reflecting off the glass.

    have you considered keeping a log of the nights this happens, and on a suspect night sending it outside in an area within view of the car, but sort of hidden and kept watch yourself? (with a flash camera)

    also have you discussed this with the police?

    do you have a restraining order out on this individual?
  • edited September 2007
    "Cover the valve stem caps with Crazy Glue or other strong adhesive just before you leave the vehicle."

    Since Crazy Glue dries within seconds, this absolutely would not work. And, the chance of some of that glue dripping into the tiny gap between the valve caps and the valves (thus making it impossible to remove the valve caps) makes this a VERY risky proposition--in addition to the fact that it would not snare the offender.

    Please ignore the advice about using Crazy Glue or other Cyanoacrylate glues.
  • edited September 2007
    check this sout for a way to alert you when someone comes near it. but you have ot be within about 300 ft of the car for this to work.

  • edited September 2007
    Please don't break the law to enforce your idea of justice. Call the police or hire a detective to sit out and catch this pos, then add the detectives fee to the criminal charge when he/she is convicted as restitution. Spring guns, booby traps and the like are illegal and could subject you to criminal and civil problems. Rocketman
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