A Melbourne man has created a “mouse trap” that can help escape life of petty crime.
The man behind the invention, James, says it can “prevent someone getting a hold of something”.
“I have created a mouse trap for a very particular purpose.
I think the best way to describe it is, it’s a rubber band that can hold a person’s hands in place,” he said.”
You can have a rubber ball, a rubber tube, a piece of string, a lock of hair, whatever it is that you want, you can put it around your neck.
It has a very high level of security.”
James, who lives in Richmond, has developed the product in his spare time to help people who might be afraid of getting caught up in petty crime or in a life-threatening situation.
“I’ve been doing it for about four or five years,” he explained.
“My wife and I were just really into it.”
It was a bit of a bitch at first, I mean, you’re kind of paranoid and you know that you could be in a bit more trouble than you think, but then you get used to it.
I mean I’ve never had any problems with the police.
“If you’re not getting caught, you could very well end up in a prison.”
James said the invention could help people to escape their own petty crimes or a life threatening situation.
He said he was hoping the invention would one day be used in other areas, such as education and research.
“In a lot of places around the world, I think we’re not doing enough, so we’ve created this mouse trap and hopefully it’ll help a lot more people,” he told News.
“There’s people out there who are afraid of committing a crime and that’s why they’re looking for a way to get out of it.
You know, if they’ve got a job or they’ve had a problem, they’re willing to do something.”
James’ invention can be purchased at the Victorian Police Training Academy, 1800 Northern Boulevard, Melbourne.
He said it was a great product that could be useful for any age and age group.
“This is for the average person who has never been caught,” he noted.
“The mouse trap is made of rubber.
If you take a piece out of the rubber, it will hold the person’s hand and the rubber will act like a pad.
It’s a good, solid pad, like a lock, like an anchor.”
He said the rubber could be used as a deterrent for people who could get caught in petty crimes.
“People can go and buy this and they can put their hands around the mouse trap, but if you have to get your hands off something, it makes it much more difficult,” he advised.
James said he hoped his invention would be useful to people across Australia.
“Whether it’s police or not, they’ll want to know what’s going on with their lives,” he added.
“A lot of people are just so afraid of things happening, and if they know they’re going to get caught, then they’re more likely to be honest and to try to do things right.”
So, you’ve got to try and have a good way of getting out of things.
“James and his wife were recently given a $10,000 grant from the Victorian Government to help him develop his product.
The Victorian Police Academy is located at 1800 Northern Blvd, Melbourne, but is open to the public.
James has also been given a Victorian Police Innovation Award for his work and a $5,000 Victorian Government grant to help fund the development of the product.