It’s estimated that 1.5 million bikes are stolen every year and FBI statistics show that bicycle theft is on the rise.
LINKA, an Oakland, California-based startup, discovered that 85 percent of stolen bikes are inconspicuously ridden away. LINKA focused on smart technology that immobilizes the wheel and locks it to the frame while sounding a 100 decibel siren if the lock senses that the bike is being tampered with. Having to carry off a screeching bike should be more than enough to discourage most would-be bike thieves.
The Bluetooth-enabled LINKA bike lock will recognize you through your smartphone and will automatically unlock as you approach so you don’t need to carry a key. It also features tamper alerts that are sent to you via your smartphone in the event that your bike is messed with. The built-in siren is programmed to minimize false alarms by discerning between the movements of thieves and someone who might have bumped your bike by accident.
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