Genius Skunk Lock Stops Bike Thieves By Making Them Vomit

There are few things that feel worse than realizing that someone stole something from you. It’s even worse when that something is one of your main modes of transportation, like a bike. If you’re a bike rider, choosing the right bike lock can be a tough decision. What lock takes the longest for a thief to unlock or cut through? Which one will make it the hardest for your bike to get stolen?

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No lock is perfect, but one San Francisco entrepreneur is hoping to make the idea of even stealing a bike revolting to bike thieves. Daniel Idzkowski has introduced his game changing invention. The Skunk Lock looks like a basic U-lock that many cyclists use today, but it has a catch. If a thief tries to cut through the “U” of the lock, pressurized noxious gas gets emitted, hopefully deterring the thief from finishing the job.

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After cutting into the lock only 30% of the way, a gas is released that according to Skunk Lock induces vomiting in 99% of people in a two foot radius. Even 10 feet away, the company says that the the odor is, “definitely detectable and very unpleasant.” A mix between pepper spray and just a terrible smelling odor, the pressurized gas in the lock hopes to serve as a deterrent, not a preventive, for bike theft.

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The key lock on the Skunk Lock could still be picked by a thief, but it takes much longer than cutting through the lock itself, which is what most U-lock bike thieves choose to do.

 

The lock itself is emblazoned with the “Skunk Lock” brand, hoping to keep thieves far away. Technically, a thief could still cut through the lock and escape with your bike, but as Idzkowski puts it, “you’re basically just puking on yourself the entire time.”

Currently available only on their IndieGoGo page, the company hopes to start shipping out their first shipments in June 2017.