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Crime: A lock that defends itself - Skunklock anti-theft device

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A new U-lock comes from the USA that has its own defensive mechanism. If it is cracked, it sprays irritant gas.

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If you want to protect your two-wheeler against theft, you can use the good old U-lock as additional security. With a special tool, however, professionals can crack this additional safety device in no time at all.

Gas versus thieves

Now comes a U-lock from the USA that actively defends itself against attempted break-ins. The Skunklock U-Lock does exactly what its name suggests. The skunk lock counteracts thieves with a gas attack. If the lock is opened forcibly, its interior releases an over-smelling gas, which is also said to cause dizziness and nausea. The Skunklock inventors naturally tested the lock extensively and had to vomit every time it tried to crack it.

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The defense gas special defense gas called "Formula D_1" is hidden inside the bracket and is under pressure. If the lock is broken open, it escapes suddenly and incapacitates the thieves, but without leaving any permanent damage, the manufacturer promises.

Anyone who loses their key as a lock owner can request a new one using a special code. The manufacturer's website leaves open whether the use of irritant gas locks is legally permissible in Germany. The lock is permitted in the USA.

From around 180 dollars

The Skunklock itself also offers a lot of mechanical resistance to thieves. It is made of high-strength carbon steel and offers a drill-proof closure. Three keys are included in the scope of delivery. It is nearly 30 inches long and 17 inches wide. The bracket has a diameter of 24 millimeters. A print warns thieves of the irritant gas it contains. In the US, the Skunklock lock starts at around $ 180. In Europe it can be obtained from the relevant online wholesalers.

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