Today I Learned about “Watching Eyes” and bike theft

Yesterday’s episode of Sci Show Psych with Hank Green discussed the Watching Eyes Effect, in which people act differently when there’s a picture of eyes in plain view.

Hank caught my attention when he mentioned that pictures of eyes result in things like fewer bike thefts. Hello!

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Chemical warfare against bike thieves!

Introducing … the SkunkLock! This awesome San Francisco invention shoots a vomit inducing chemical spray when cut.

skunklock = bicycle u-lock with chemical spray

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Announcing the INVINCIBLE theft-resistant city bike

You might remember Slava Menn’s story: He began designing and selling theft-proof bicycle components after a friend’s bike was stolen.

He and his company, Fortified Bicycle Company, have now upped that game with a bike designed from the ground up to be resistant to theft: the Invincible.

Fortified Invincible Bicycle

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Uglify your bike: Does it work?

To make your bike less likely a target for bike thieves, you’re told to sloppily rattle can and sticker your frame. I knew a guy who completely wrapped his frame in duct tape, which very effectively uglified it.

I’ve long been skeptical of the usual advice to “uglify” your bike to make it less appealing to thieves. When I look at stolen bikes recovered by police they’re almost always ugly. Take a peek at the bikes in the Santa Cruz PD property room.



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UCSC: Two dozen stolen bicycles in 3 weeks!


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The University of California Santa Cruz Police Department sent this Crime Bulletin about campus bike theft on Saturday.

The UC Santa Cruz Police Department is seeking the public’s help with its investigation into nearly two dozen reported bicycle thefts since February 24. The thefts appear to have been mostly during the day from bike racks throughout the campus with most of the thefts being in the Porter College area. The suspect has used bolt cutters to cut off or pry open the locks. In one case, the suspect was seen after cutting a lock and fleeing on the stolen bicycle.

The suspect was described as a 5-foot, 8-inch Hispanic male with short hair and a medium build. He was wearing a white hooded sweatshirt and carrying a sling-style backpack with yellow straps.

Anyone who may be a witness or has information regarding these crimes is encouraged to call the UC Santa Cruz Police Department at 831-459-2231, ext. 1. Bicyclists are encouraged to use strong locks when securing their bikes to campus racks.

Report all in-progress crimes by calling 911.

The UCSC Winter Quarter ended last Friday; Spring Quarter classes begin Monday, March 30, so the campus is a ghost town this week and bikes are an easy target for thieves.