Crowdfunded creator of SkunkLock says device emits special smelly formula when it is being cut
A man approaches a bicycle, handheld electric saw at the ready. He powers it on, starts to drill, and is shot in the face with a noxious spray that stimulates him vomit uncontrollably. This is the dream of the discoverers of SkunkLock.
Basically “were in” fed up with thefts, said Daniel Idzkowski from San Francisco, one of the discoverers of SkunkLock. The real last straw was we had a friend park his very expensive electric motorcycle outside a Whole Foods, and then went to have lunch and chat. We went out and his motorcycle was gone.
Idzkowskis friend had employed two locks, each $120, whose inability to stop a bandit outraged him. I ejaculated out, why didnt it blow his balls off?
He eventually landed on a less violent and more legal invention. I realise there really is no solution to this problem, he said. The biggest problem in this industry is that people dont know that the lock that they bought for $20 is absolutely worthless. It costs at the least $100 to have at least somewhere close to where you can at least curb the chances of a robber was intended to steal your bike.
With the right tools, Idzkowski said, a burglar could cut through most locks in less than a minute. Thieves, he said, talk in seconds: a 15 -second bike, a 20 -second bike, and it goes up to 30 -6 0-second bikes, with Kryptonite locks that require two cuts, each about 25 seconds.
With his co-inventor, Yves Perrenoud, Idzkowski created a U-shaped lock of carbon and steel with a hollow chamber to hold one of three pressurized gases of their own concoction, including one called formula D_1. When someone cuts about 30% of the route into the lock, Idzkowski said, the gas erupts in the direction of the gash.
Its pretty much immediately vomiting inducing, causes difficulty breathing, Idzkowski said. A lot of similar symptoms to pepper spray.
The discoverers have not yet tested the device on an actual would-be bandit, but have tested it on themselves and volunteers at distances of two feet( 60 cm ), five feet, 10 ft and 20 ft. At two feet it was pretty bad. It was utterly vomit inducing in 99% of people. At five feet its very noticeable and the initial reaction is to move away from it. At 10 ft its definitely detectable and very unpleasant.
Bike thieves have had virtually free rein around San Francisco and the Bay area for years, stealing thousands every year, turning warehouses and underpasses into chop shops, victimizing residents and city officials alike. Last year the steals prompted a 20/20 news segment, and city police estimated that eight in 10 motorcycles in a chop shop are stolen. Anecdotal evidence supports the statistics: on Thursday, a Mission resident told the Guardian that thieves had recently strolled into his garage and cut three motorcycles from their locks on the wall.
Idzkowski said their chemical had passed compliance tests and was legal, and that its variants were designed to be compliant according to the differing rules of 50 countries, major cities and EU nations.
He acknowledged the lock was not foolproof. It could be picked, for example and many bike locks can be picked with something as simple as a inexpensive plastic pen. Idzkowski argued, though, that the widespread employ of advanced disc-cylinder tumbler locks, including in the SkunkLock, entailed it might take even skilled lockpicks up to half an hour of tinkering long enough to draw attention.
A thief could also simply return to the spent lock, though Idzkowski insisted this would not be easy, because the noxious spray clings to skin and clothing.
Youre basically merely puking on yourself the entire day, he said. They could change all their clothes, shower, if the bike is still there come out and cut the remaining 75% of the lock. You cant avoid a stealing 100%, so thats why we call it a discouraging lock , not a solution.
All you have to do is be better than the bike across the street.
Like many Bay area entrepreneurs, the SkunkLock creators are crowdfunding for their own future. Pledging $99 to their Indiegogo money promises a customer their own SkunkLock in June 2017, pending risk assessment by their legal team.
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