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Say goodbye to bike theft

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If you own a bike and live in a city, chances are you or someone you know has had to deal with bike theft at some point. It's a widespread problem and falls fairly low on police departments' radars. If you are unlucky enough to get your bike stolen, chances are slim that you'll see it again.

A new Kickstarter project called the BikeSpike hopes to change that. The gadget has a built-in GPS and connects to a global cellular data network. What this means is that in addition to locking your bike on the street, you can lock it digitally as well, using the BikeSpike app. If it moves from that space, or is tampered with, you'll receive an alert, so you can track your stolen bike in real-time and alert law enforcement officials to its whereabouts.

In addition to tracking down a stolen bike, the gadget allows cyclists to share ride stats (distance, speed, location) in real-time, even sending alerts in the event of a crash. Watch the video to see how BikeSpike works.

For anyone who's had their bike stolen, this seems like a promising solution. But one doubt remains: as the gadget attaches to the bike frame, what's to keep an enterprising bike thief from simply identifying and removing the BikeSpike before making off with the bike?

The Kickstarter campaign hopes to raise $150,000 by April 9 - at time of writing, BikeSpike had raised more than $37,000.

Photo: BikeSpike

via [EarthTechling]

— By on March 24, 2013, 8:15 PM PST

Channtal Fleischfresser

Contributing Editor

Contributing Editor Channtal Fleischfresser has worked for The Economist, WNET/Channel 13, Al Jazeera English, Wall Street Journal and Associated Press. She holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She is based in New York. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure