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Monday 19 March 2018

The bike lock that stops thieves by making them vomit uncontrollably

The Skunklock.
The Skunklock.

Adam Boult

Is your bicycle lock good enough? Do you feel your bike is truly safe when you leave it out in the street?

Most good-quality locks are good enough to deter the passing opportunist – but what about more determined thieves, who may be equipped with lock-picking equipment, bolt cutters, or power tools?

Inventor and entrepreneur Daniel Idzkowski thinks he might have the answer. He is co-creator of the Skunklock – an innovative security device that promises to make anyone attempting to make off with your bike vomit.

“After witnessing first hand, and becoming victims of bike theft ourselves, we realized that people don’t need a bigger stronger lock, we needed a lock with a fundamental deterrent, says Idzkowski. “After six months of work, we created SkunkLock.

“Skunklock is a hardened medium-carbon steel U-Lock that's as difficult to compromise as the strongest U-Locks, AND comes with a surprise.

“Its pressurized inside with anoxious chemical deterrent that slams the would-be thief with noxious chemicals. The chemicals are so disgusting they induce vomit in the majority of cases, and elicit an instinctive response to run away immediately.”

If anyone attempts to cut into the Skunklock it instantaneously emits the sick-making chemical, a proprietary compound called ‘formula D_1’, which the company boasts has “economic implications for the thief”.

“Our formula irreversibly ruins the clothes worn by the thief or any of the protection they may be wearing, and replacing these items is likely more expensive than the resale value of your stolen bike (generally only 1/10 of the retail price).”

Describing the effects of the compound, Idzkowski told the Guardian: “At two feet it was pretty bad. It was absolutely vomit inducing in 99% of people. At five feet it’s very noticeable and the initial reaction is to move away from it. At 10ft it’s definitely detectable and very unpleasant.”

The SkunkLock team is appealing for funding on Indiegogo, where anyone who pledges $99 should receive their lock by June next year.

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