As the theft of bicycles, scooters and motorbikes in urban areas edges towards epidemic proportions, so continues our quest to thwart thieves. Last week we brought you the Biskiple, a fake skip that acts like an urban cloaking device for bicycles, but this idea is altogether smaller and cheaper. Although no less effective.
Bike theft countermeasures: Booby trap your water bottle
Using little more than a standard water bottle, a retractable lanyard and a smoke grenade of the sort used in military reenactments it is possible to build a simple and effective booby trap to dissuade bicycle thieves. The EG18 smoke grenades cost about £5 each and produce a 30-second burst of thick acrid smoke. Watch our short video on how to assemble your own anti-theft smoke grenade booby trap.
Gangs of thieves in London and other cities are capitalising on the police’s refusal to chase scooters as a way to rob with impunity. Since thieves have getaway vehicles they know will not be chased by police, their modus operandi becomes evermore brazen. Reports of thieves using loud angle grinders to cut through locks in the dead of night are now commonplace. A good insurance policy provides a vital safety net for riders now unable to rely on the police , but this can be complemented with imaginative bike theft countermeasures.
Win a smoke grenade boobytrap for your bicycle
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Don’t forget cycle insurance
Whatever bike theft countermeasures you put in place, don’t be without a good cycle insurance policy. With ETA cycle insurance, however old the bike, if it’s stolen you get enough to buy a new model. Furthermore, every cycle insurance policy you buy from us helps support the work of the ETA Trust, our charity campaigning for a cleaner, safer transport future. No wonder The Good Shopping Guide has voted us Britain’s most ethical insurance company three years in a row.