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Most bike locks child's play for thieves

The Local · 21 Mar 2013, 09:51

Published: 21 Mar 2013 09:51 GMT+01:00

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In a test of D-locks, folding locks, reinforced cables and chain locks, the majority could be broken within just three minutes - even the expensive ones.

The test found that no one lock would provide 100 percent security against a would-be bike bandit, but that in general, D-locks were most likely to stop a thief in their tracks. The majority of chains and cables were found to provide little to no protection.

Overall, 17 of the 37 tested locks were found to be "lacking", whereas just five were found to be effective in stopping or slowing down thieves.

The winners of the test, given the highest "very good" seal, were two D-locks on sale for a cool €80 and €85 each, with two cheaper versions going for €75 and €40 given the second highest "good" seal.

If you want to hang on to your two-wheeled buddy, the watchdog advised that it be locked up out of sight when out and about, and put it behind a locked door overnight.

Most bike thieves "specialise" in one type of lock and carry a special tool to make light work of breaking them. Securing your bike with two different types of lock could also help deter them, said the organisation.

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13:33 March 21, 2013 by yllusion
There is enough mobile and positioning (GPS) technology to have some hidden device in the bike with a rechargeable battery fed by generators at the wheels which would send an alarm notice to your mobile and allow you to track the location of the bike and inform the police.

This would end everything.
02:51 March 22, 2013 by RainerL
When I went to visit Berlin last year I was amazed to see the number of Bicycles being vandalized and just left there by the owner who obviously felt no sense in claiming it anymore.

There for I don't think securing your Bicycle better so as not to have it flogged off will do much for anyone unless you have it parked in an area where where anyone is less likely to want to vandalize because they can not flogg it. So ther for my suggestion is. Do not just securely lock it but also place it in a spot where it is less likely to be vandalized. That usualy is where there is lots of People, traffic areas, lots of Light seucrely stored away at your home (inside). That is what I would do.
08:35 March 22, 2013 by DoubleDTown
I don't get the German (DD, L, B) attitude to bicycle locks. So often I see EUR 400 bikes secured only by a EUR 2 lock through the quick release front wheel. Somehow, that seems to be enough to secure the bike though. In Boston, Hartford, NYC, and Chicago I had to lock my seat down with a hardened cable -- in Dresden, Leipzig, and Berlin I see such casual attitudes with bike locks I am surprised to read this article.
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