Up-North lore says a yeti is an elusive snow Wookiee that lives in the Himalayas — you know, the Abominable Snowman. And it’s pretty easy to lure one out into the open: Just steal a guy’s tools out the back of his truck, and sooner or later the yeti/owner will appear, screaming his fool head off. The guys at Trident Security Concepts want to arm you with a Yeti of your own, so you don’t have to become one. We got our hands on one of the screaming yellow security units to find out if it could actually help keep your gear safe or not. Guess what? In certain situations it could.
The system is built around two infrared sensors and a bump sensor. The front sensor covers a 25′ area, and the rear a 12′ area, which adds up to a 37′ protective radius. Plus, the bump sensor can detect something as light as footsteps up to eight feet away from the unit. Tripping any of the sensors triggers an ear-splitting 110dB alarm. Much like a car alarm, you control the unit entirely from the key-fob remote.
The arm/disarm button cycles the entire unit between Active and Off, and two sensor buttons at the top of the fob allow you to turn the motion and bump sensors on and off individually. Indicator lights on the front of the Yeti show the status of each of the sensors and functions: front, rear, and bump across the top; tripped, armed, and low battery to the right; and Bluetooth, siren, and accessory below. Once you’ve got the settings right, just plop it down and hit the arm button twice. The Yeti chirps like a car alarm to indicate it’s armed.
The siren is a (very effective) screeching wail that sounds like a European police car. But what if you don’t want to scare the thief off, but rather catch him in the act? (And maybe kick his ass?) By turning the siren off with a click of the bottom button on the fob, you can convert the Yeti to a “silent” alarm that calls your cellphone via another Bluetooth-capable phone placed within thirty feet of the Yeti. If you don’t have a spare Bluetooth-capable phone, you can get one prepaid with a few minutes on it for pretty cheap.
Since we tend to lock our tools up when we’re out, we looked to the back yard to find a real-world environment in which to test the Yeti. Having done battle with the local ring-tailed bandit for three weeks in a row, I set the Yeti atop the garbage can for frontline duty. Around 3:30 a.m. the little garbage-pilfering bastard started his advance and set off the siren. I rushed to the window in time to see a fat critter frantically jamming itself back under the fence. Once he was gone, I reset the Yeti with the remote from the bedroom window and went back to bed. Round one goes to the Yeti. We’ll see what tomorrow brings.
So, to answer the big question — does it work? — we can answer: absolutely. The question you’ll have to answer is, “Will it help you in your particular situation?”
If you spread out tools in the back of your truck and sometimes leave them unattended while working, throwing a Yeti in the back could save you some dough, especially considering that even a single pro-line hammerdrill will set you back more than the Yeti. We could also see whipping it out for other more-imaginative applications, like dropping one in the office’s supply closet to halt paper-clip raids.
Seriously: Nothing short of attack choppers and 24/7 guards can make a site totally secure. But, for far less cash, a piercing alarm and ability to call for help might make a difference.
Yeti Portable Security System [Website]