Let’s all keep a watch out for this crowdfunded officer safety hazard. The TIHK, tiny inconspicuous handcuff key, is made for a person to evade being “illegally restrained in handcuffs.” Here is their disclaimer:
“The TIHK is to only be used to counter illegal detainment and in accordance with all local, state and federal laws by trained law enforcement, military and security professionals. Improper use by civilians is not endorsed or encouraged. Use of the product is at your own personal risk and discretion.”
It is a felony for a civilian to carry a concealed handcuff key in Florida under FSS 843.021, but my agency has seen an increase in the possession of such hidden keys. The GIF below illustrates the result of a bad prisoner search (in my opinion). Thus far, the TIHK effort has raised only $1705.00 toward the maker’s $20,000.00 goal.