HexLox With Magnetic Key Makes It Hard For Thieves To Steal Your Bike
When it comes to stopping thieves everybody’s always looking to build a better mousetrap. Now it looks like somebody has. A new product called HexLox is a deterrent device designed to stop bike thieves before they can run off with your bicycle’s components. It’s not a new form of hack- or saw-proof chain for locking your ride up. HexLox are clever little inserts that fit directly into your existing bolts so that no one can steal your handlebars, wheels, saddle or other desirable bike parts that lowlifes seem to gravitate to when looking for a freebie.
These super smart inserts from Germany are lightweight and install in an instant. All you do is place them into the depression at the top of any standard hex bolt and it blocks the insertion of an Allen wrench or other tool for loosening them. If you need to remove them for whatever reason, like adjusting height levels on your handlebars or seat, you just whip out your handy little magnetic hex key and the insert pops right out. They’re a crafty take on anti-theft bolts already on the market for keeping rip-offs at bay. Plus, German engineering is legendary, so they’ve gotta be good; right?
The HexLox product is currently a Kickstarter project looking for support from bicycle enthusiasts that are tired of getting burned. Bike parts are expensive to replace, and a lot of people customize their bicycles with high-priced or custom add-ons that aren’t always easily replaced. Depending on where you live, this can be a major source of frustration, not to mention expense. Of course, bigger cities are the hardest hit, but smaller bergs can experience similar problems. It seems no matter where you live there’s a rotten apple lurking in every barrel.
Statistics on Bicycle Thefts
According to the National Bike Registry, they say that bicycle theft is on the rise by as much as 10 percent while many other crimes are down. There are a lot of reasons for this that they cover on the site, but the information referenced comes from the FBI. With those thefts comes the theft of bicycle parts as well. Apparently, people now chop and part out bikes the same way car thieves chop and part out car parts. If you want to deter them, you have to get up pretty early in the morning, metaphorically speaking, to keep them from stealing your stuff.
Center for Problem-Oriented Policing
Another site dealing with the theft of bicycles and their components is the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing. They offer a guide to The Problem of Bicycle Theft and cover subjects like “reviewing factors that contribute to the crime,” which a lot of people might find interesting. If you can find even one solution that works for reducing the likelihood of theft of all or parts of a bike in your area, then it’s well worth the read. Quick release features as outlined above and including lights and flashers are just too tempting for someone with sticky fingers looking to make an extra buck or pimp their own ride.
Security Bolts & Anti-Theft Devices for Bicycles
As far as the HexLox goes, the way the company can ensure you won’t get ripped off while using the “elegant” security device is that the keys are proprietary, meaning you’re provided with a “unique and personal key system” that you receive with your set. In other words, you purportedly can’t go out and buy a set and then run around unlocking other people’s HexLox with your key. Sets include two HexLox, one unique personal key and one key code card with a three-digit code on it that supports your key. At this point, HexLox comes in common bolt sizes 4#, 5# and 6#.
If this sounds like something you could use, visit their site or support them on Kickstarter and get a complimentary set for backing the project. That there doesn't appear to be any reason you can't use the devices with other applications gives it a broader appeal. There's a whole host of things you could lock this way. The product should be available by June 2016 with shipment worldwide.