An electrician has wired his van so would-be tool thieves get a 1,000- volt shock if they try to break in, says The Sun.
Ray Taylor, 61, took the drastic step after losing more than £5,000 worth of equipment in two years — and police say his device is legal.
It is part of an alarm system he fitted in his Citroen Dispatch that triggers a siren and sound bombs.
Ray, of Wolverhampton, said: “If the sirens don’t scare them off the shock will. They’ll get a zap.”
Thieves are in for a shock if they try to break in to an electrician’s van — a jolt from a “live” door handle.
Ray said: “It’s solved all my problems, so I can sleep easy.
“The shock isn’t going to do any lasting damage but it will make you jump a bit.”