Near where I live, there’s a pharmacy and outside it is usually parked a van with “medicine, money and oxygen are not kept in this vehicle overnight”. Which naturally makes me imagine someone breaking in, and going “no drugs, no cash, arrgh, can’t breathe, arrgh…” and passing out, clutching their throat. Perhaps it might be the new way of dissuading burglars, instead of sticking an alarm on the wall, why not depressurise the ground floor?
But also, I’m surprised to find that there is a problem with people stealing oxygen. Naively, I’d always assumed “oxygen thief” was a metaphorical insult, rather than someone that the police might be looking for to assist in their enquiries. What do people do with it once they’ve stolen it? Is it for health conscious people who don’t trust that everyday air, and need the pure stuff – rather like people who but mineral water to drink at home. It all seems very strange.