Cars are equipped with an alarm system as standard and you can easily retrofit them on motorcycles and houses. Your own bike is dear to you and also expensive and especially a bicycle alarm would be useful. But a bike alarm system so far is rather uncommon and usually does not belong to the standard equipment.
A bike alarm system – upgrade is worthwhile
Indeed a bike theft is a very annoying thing, which is associated with costs and time. In addition, thieves also like to steal bike accessories. Although the accessories are usually inexpensive to replace, yet it is no joy to go home without a bike saddle. It is therefore important to implement all measures for effective theft protection.
The previously only protection by a classic bike lock is complemented by a bike alarm. Bike thieves – especially the pros – do not stop at bike locks, which they have broken up several times before.
The experience gives them the security to be able to steal the bike within a very short time. So if you’re unlucky, and the thief picks your bike, then the chances are very bad.
The commercially available protection is therefore obsolete and should be supplemented by an alarm system. A very good combination is a bicycle lock with alarm.
I LOCK IT is the best bicycle alarm with innovative features
With I LOCK IT – a bike lock with alarm – you maximize the safety of your bike or e-bike from theft.
Because I LOCK IT:
- Has a 110 dB loud alarm triggered by intelligent motion sensors
- Sends you a notification on your smartphone
- Secures your bike fully automatically via app or remote control
- Is extremely comfortable in its operation
- It is constructed with robust materials and is very resistant to frequently used theft methods
I LOCK IT users especially appreciate the easy operation of the lock, the integrated loud alarm system and the app connection.
Guide: What is a bicycle alarm?
The previously sole protection by a classic bicycle lock is supplemented by a bicycle alarm system. A bicycle alarm system is an acoustic protection that supplements the mechanical protection provided by a bicycle lock. Bicycle alarms react to unauthorized movement and trigger a continuous alarm that is up to 110 dB loud. This alerts the surrounding area and thieves usually stop their crime immediately.
Some bicycle alarms can be controlled intelligently and first trigger a pre-alarm and then the continuous alarm. The alarm can be switched off via code, smartphone app or fingerprint.
The previously only protection by a classic bike lock is complemented by a bike alarm. A bike alarm system is an acoustic protection that complements the mechanical security with a bike lock. Bicycle alarm respond to unauthorized movement and trigger a permanent alarm that is up to 110 dB loud. This will warn the surrounding area and thieves will break off their actions immediately.
Some bike alarm systems can be controlled intelligently and trigger first a pre-alarm and then the permanent alarm. The alarm can be turned off by code, smartphone app or fingerprint.
Why should I equip my bike with an alarm?
- The alarm surprises the thief on the project
- Real-time notification on your smartphone
- Passersby are alerted by the loud bike alarm
In Germany, thieves steal around 300,000 bicycles a year. The number of unreported cases is much higher. Bike thieves – especially the pros – do not stop at bike locks, which they have broken up several times before.
And even the place where the bike is at is not important: whether at the train station, in front of the bakery or in your own garage. Once thieves have chosen your bike and have time to break the lock, the expensive investment is gone.
Especially high-priced e-bikes are very popular for stealing, but even the supposedly old lover’s pieces are not safe from theft.
What types of bike alarm systems are there?
There are two different types of bike alarm systems:
External and internal bike alarm
- An external bike alarm is a small device that is mounted on the bike.
- Ideally, this is small, handy and can be installed inconspicuously.
- Internal bike alarm systems combine a bike lock with alarm.
- For thieves almost unrecognizable. A bike lock with alarm provides combined safety at a high level.
A bike lock with alarm – the internal variant
Bike locks with alarm are equipped with integrated motion sensors that monitor all movements of your bike around the clock. If a bike thief tamper with your bike or tries to carry it away, a 110 dB alarm will sound for up to 30 seconds. Comparable is this volume with a chainsaw or a rock concert. With further manipulation, the alarm continues, so that the bike thief is continuously disturbed in his plan and eventually abandons it.
When the alarm is over, it will usually sound again should the bike thief try his luck again. However, if it was an accidental shock, then the alarm goes off after the individual time has expired. The bike alarm can be switched off prematurely by opening the lock, entering a code or confirming in the app (depending on the model).
Only the volume of the alarm has a very high deterrent potential. The alarm starts abruptly and without warning and bothers the thief to calmly focus on his theft attempt. Passersby are made aware of what’s going on in the area and the bike theft is no longer in the secret. And attention is the last thing a perpetrator needs.
Some bike locks with an alarm are linked to a smartphone app. Then you will receive an instant message to your connected smartphone. This puts you on the safe side when someone is unauthorized on your bike and tries to steal it. In most cases, it is important that you stay within reach.
AT A GLANCE bicycle alarm system
- Integrated sensors in the bike lock register unwanted movement
- Up to 110dB and up to 30 seconds long
- Connection to a smartphone app
An external alarm on the bike
An external alarm on the bicycle must be mounted in addition to a separate lock. These transmitters are screwed in a suitable place.
Suitable places on the bike can be:
- Under the saddle
- On the handlebar
- Under the porter
Usually, there is an extra hand transmitter or remote control over which the alarm message is issued and operation of the bike alarm system is possible. This must always be carried along to be able to react.
The alarm sounds similar to a bike lock with alarm. The message on the remote control, on the other hand, can quickly be too quiet if the ambient noise is too loud or the receiver is in the purse. So you will not notice the attempted theft and have no way to respond. An app connection, as it is sometimes already common in a bicycle lock with alarm, offers an ideal supplement. If a long-range is important, you should definitely compare before buying.
A plus: The initial costs are usually lower than those of a bike lock with alarm. Nevertheless, it remains attached to an external device that must be securely installed on the bike and with an extra remote control to operate.
AT A GLANCE Alarm on the bike
- Transmitter and receiver device in addition to the bike lock
- Message about the alarm to the remote control
- Low acquisition costs
How much is a bike alarm system?
The prices of bike alarm systems vary depending on the range of functions and quality in the range of 15 euros to 150 euros. If it is an external bike alarm, these are usually cheaper. A bike lock with an alarm is available from 40 euros upwards.
|Bike alarm system (external)||15 – 50 Euro|
|Bike lock with alarm (internal)||50 – 150 Euro|
Bike alarm systems installed in bike locks are priced slightly higher, but offer more opportunities to protect the bike from theft. Because bike locks are the target of many thieves to steal the entire bike. By a constant alarm sound the thief omits his project fast.
Compare and buy bike alarm systems
A bike alarm system can either be purchased from a specialist dealer in the city or from larger and smaller online shops. It makes sense to think about which system of a bike alarm system is preferred and whether additional functions are desired, such as:
- App control
- Adjustment of the sensitivity of the alarm
- Smart alarm with pre-alarm
- The volume of the alarm
The bike lock with alarm I LOCK IT, which we present here, can be ordered directly in the online shop.
What is ultimately important?
Extended security is a must for those who rely on their bikes every day or where the purchase price was very expensive. A secure bike lock always forms a solid basis for protection against bike theft.
Modern and innovative enhancements such as an external alarm system on the bike or integrated into a bike lock increase security!
Do not let your bike get stolen and equip your bike with an alarm. Ideally, an alarm system on the bike discourages potential thieves from attempting theft.
An alarm system attached to the bike helps the potential thief to assess his chances of success as too low and ignore theft from the outset.
Take the opportunity to maximize safety!
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