Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bang to Rights Cyclist's Booby-Trap Alarm Catches Thieves in Act with Blast of Noise and Smoke

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bang to Rights Cyclist's Booby-Trap Alarm Catches Thieves in Act with Blast of Noise and Smoke

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Byline: Mark Blunden Technology Reporter

A BURGLARY victim has invented a booby-trapped bike alarm that detonates a loud smoke-filled explosion if a thief tries to make off with the cycle.

Yannick Read claims his PS49 Bike Mine is the world's loudest cycle alarm and has launched a funding campaign on Kickstarter.

It is designed for a burglar to be caught in the act if they try to steal the bike from the owner's private property.

When Bike Mine is tripped, the device detonates a 150 decibel blast of sound and emits gunpowder smoke.

The kit consists of a length of titanium wire, a springloaded trap and a small detonator made from a widely available blank shotgun-style cartridge.

The detonator and trap are attached using Velcro and the wire fixes to the wheel that triggers the trap once moved. Mr Read, 45, from Kingston, was spurred into action after burglars stole his locked PS1,000 carbon-fibre Chris Boardman road bike in a night raid on his garden. …

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