Introduction: Zip Tie Thumb Cuffs

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You can restrain a person or even hobble a dog with three 7" zip ties!

Step 1: Prepare the Zip Ties

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If a picture is worth a thousand words, this 7 picture ible is roughy the length of a cheap romance novel.

Form loops with 2 of the zip ties.

Step 2: Attach the Zip Ties to Your Prisoner

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Step 3: The Great Escape!

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Do not allow the prisoner access to a safety pin, lest they slide the tip of the pin through the zip tie locking mechanism and UNZIP the restraints! 


Mihsin (author)2013-03-20

How in the world a zipped criminal get a hold of a safety pin to unzip the third lock?

Instructable04 (author)2011-12-20

Right...There's a criminal robbing a bank. You come up to him with a zip tie thumb cuff. "excuse me, can I please just pop this around your thumbs to stop you from hurting anyone"? "Yeah, sure mate." I just don't think this would work to restrain a violent person...

apprehension locks + zip tie thuumb cuffs = problem solved

dvbmesa (author)2011-08-01

If a picture is worth a thousand words, why isn't that said in a picture rather than in words?

cloudifornia (author)dvbmesa2011-08-05

Who cares?

dvbmesa (author)cloudifornia2011-08-06

Apparently, no one.

crapflinger (author)2011-08-01

gah, please don't use these during games with kids or other people. the width of these will quickly cause damage to someone's thumbs if they decide to try to struggle. there's a reason no one in any law enforcement actually uses thumbcuffs. and zipcuffs (for wrists) are about 1.5" wide so they don't cut through your wrists...

cloudifornia (author)crapflinger2011-08-05

I don't recommend them for any use, but if I needed to restrain a violent criminal, I wouldn't hesitate to use zip ties in this fashion.

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