Preventing Bike Theft With Chemicals (BBC)

In a city where bikes are a popular and energy efficient way to get around and avoid the city traffic, there is increased bike theft. One company, “Skunklock,” is trying to combat the issue of bike theft with their new product. The “Skunklock” is a bike lock that emits “noxious” chemicals that cause vomiting, shortness of breath and impaired eyesight if the lock is cut. Once the chemical is released, it needs to be replaced with a new “Skunklock,” costing over $100 per lock. The goal of the company is to decrease the value of stealing a bike as it will cause pain, nausea and ruins the thief’s clothing. In their first day of campaigning for funds, the company received over $8,000.