Hancuffs are restraint devices designed to secure an individual's wrists close together. They comprise two halves, linked together by a chain, hinge or in the case of rigged cuffs - a bar. Each half has a rotating part which engages with a ratchet which is closed around a person's wrist. Without the key, the person cannot move their wrists more than a few centimetres (inches) apart, making many tasks difficult or impossible. This is usually done to prevent suspected criminals from escaping police custody.

Trivia about handcuffs

  • I hates it when the cops put these "bracelets" on me after a bust
  • Police equipment featured in ads for Clint Eastwood's "Tightrope"
  • Rhode Island's Matt "The Knife" escaped from a cop's pair of these in 5 seconds flat
  • They're manacles, man!
  • Jimmy "3 fingers" was hauled away in bracelets--slang for these
  • [Hello, I'm Benjamin Bratt] This piece of police equipment comes in a steel variety opened with a key & in a plastic version that has to be cut