High-Security Briefcase

Anybody who grabs Joe's briefcase uninvited is in for a shock.

Joe's got the latest version of his secret in his high-security briefcase. Needless to say, it's not your typical leather attache. This briefcase is equipped with a remote-controlled shock alarm that can deliver a 30,000-volt shock to anyone who puts the handle in his grasp, along with a loud alarm. (He got it through PImall.com, one of his favorite leisure reading and shopping sites. He hopes he never has to use the shock function, as he is vaguely concerned about winding up in court or prison.)

The remote-control function offers other security features. The case can be set to a "loss-proof" function that alerts Joe with an alarm signal when he is more than five meters away from the case.

If Joe is robbed or threatened, and he's forced to give up the briefcase, its robbery-proof function will wait until the robber is as far as 100 meters away and cannot hurt Joe before it delivers the high-voltage electric shock and sounds the alarm. Retail price: $595.

Joe has briefcases like Imelda Marcos had shoes. On days when his cargo is not top secret but is still confidential, Joe might carry his Caseva Security Briefcase, which is made of lightweight aluminium alloy. Fitted with a 10-pin high-security tumbler lock and a pair of high-quality cast-steel combination locks, the briefcase is claimed to be "impenetrable to the opportunist thief." Each case also comes with a 1-meter-long plastic-coated multicore security tether, "allowing the briefcase to be secured to any immovable object in an unfamiliar environment such as a hotel room, vehicle interior or office."

Or he might carry his sleek Zero Halliburton attache. It's made of high-strength aluminum with a console lock that conceals a triple-digit combination and a single-button release mechanism. Extra-strength hinges withstand more than 400 pounds of pressure. The Halliburton set Joe back about $650.

-Stacy Collett

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