Nice idea.To prevent a fuel tank being drilled I was just wondering if there is any way of alarming it? But guess that fitting a motion sensor where the fuel tank is mounted could be set off by cats etc, probably a slim chance though. Any other ideas?
Yes. Much less in my opinion.Part 1 - Good on him
Part 2 - Is doing that any less stealing then the people talked about in Part 1?
Vigilantism. Taking the law into one's own hands and attempting to effect justice according to one's own understanding of right and wrong.
I accept your principles but reject your argument that seems to imply that it is acceptable to take revenge on a common thief but not the Government.don't fully understand the replies which seem to to me, but to clarify my own reply and stance.
farmer spiking the fuel that is being stolen:
a product is being stolen. If the legitimate owner of that product wishes to spike it in some way that is up to him. It is up to the thieves if they want to steal it and use it. The fact it will damage the thieves vehicles ... tough. consequence of their actions. Is it illegal to spike it? I very much doubt it. it is his product. he can mess around with it if he wishes to.
The action of stealing it is theft. the action of spiking it before hand. irrelvant. He didn't go up to the thieves vehicles and pour sugar into their tanks (that could be vandalism/vigilantism maybe) but the scumbags poured the concoction into the tanks themselves. their choice, their consequence. zero sympathy.
farmer using fuel on the road that has no road duty paid on it:
Illegal. no two ways about it. if he gets caught, zero sympathy. The fact that he has also gone to the trouble of fitting a hidden tank for the red diesel and blocked off the standard tank that contains road fuel for the sole purpose of trying to fool the authorities makes any possible defence of his actions void and I would expect if he does get caught, he will get the maximum penalties imposed on him. Zero sympathy if that happens also.
I think it is clear what the farmer intended his spiked diesel to do; and that is to damage somebody else's property beyond repair. It is that intent that makes it illegal.The argument ref spiked diesel makes no sense , You might as well say it is illegal for him to make a fuel cocktail coz he didn't put an olive in it . If he had a gun in a cabinet , and someone steals it and shoots someone the farmer should be prosecuted for conspiracy to murder ?
Yes they should but unfortunately we live in a rules based society where morals have no to little influence in law.Sometimes moral rights outweigh legal rights.
A vibration sensor alarm may work, stuck on the tank with double sided tape out of sight.To prevent a fuel tank being drilled I was just wondering if there is any way of alarming it? But guess that fitting a motion sensor where the fuel tank is mounted could be set off by cats etc, probably a slim chance though. Any other ideas?
Intent."I think it is clear what the farmer intended his spiked diesel to do; and that is to damage somebody else's property beyond repair. It is that intent that makes it illegal. "
What you THINK is of no relevance , please find me a piece of legislation that prohibits anyone doing what they like with the fuel in their vehicle tank . Unless you are very bored and have lots of time to waste I would suggest you dont even start . If you do you can start with OATP (Offences Against the Person) Act 1861