A brand new invention aims to punish thieves by making them vomit when they cut through a bike lock.
The inventors of SkunkLock say they were so sick of having their cycles stolen, they decided to give robbers a taste of their own medicine.
Daniel Idzkowski from San Diego realised there's pretty much no solution to the problem of bike theft because you can cut through nearly every type of lock in a matter of seconds. So he decided to fill a U-Lock with a cannister of smelly gas instead!
“It’s pretty much immediately vomit inducing, causes difficulty breathing... A lot of similar symptoms to pepper spray.”
The lock hasn't been tested out on thieves yet but Idzkowski and Skunklock co-founder Yves Perrenoud say their own experiments have shown the gas "makes 99% of people puke."
The inventors say their special smelly formula and pressurised canister meet safety standards in the US and EU.
The project is being crowd-funded so it isn't available yet. Anyone who pledges $99 to their Indiegogo fund will get SkunkLock in June 2017, if it's given the go ahead from the team's legal eagles.