Electronic Cries for Help

by | Nov 7, 2020


A robot in Germany is being credited for stopping its own robbery.

Robots are designed to make life a little easier. They’re used on manufacturing lines, to sanitize buildings, and to defuse danger. In other cases, they play our music, vacuum our floors and, for one person in Germany, alert them of a crime in progress.

A homeowner in a West German town says he had a robot hard at work cutting the grass. Suddenly, he got a message on his smartphone that said the robot had flipped upside down.

But when he went outside to rectify the situation, he found a person walking away with the robot tucked under his arm.

Caught in the act, the would-be thief dropped the robot and ran away. Police were called in to search the area but could not locate the would-be robot thief. They are asking other potential witnesses to come forward.

It doesn’t appear that the robot was damaged in the attempted crime. The homeowner says he’s glad he answered the bots electronic cries for help. Ended up saving his investment—and his gardener.

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