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Would you use a transponder to prevent bike theft?(4 posts)

Would you use a transponder to prevent bike theft?Slipstream
Mar 20, 2002 11:46 AM
I came across this device that is being advertised in England to deter bike theft.

It is a miniature transponder that "requires no power source and is designed to be hidden. Tags can be scanned through most materials, and be read by a special scanners that are supplied to all Police forces. Each transponder contains a unique number permanently programmed into it's integrated circuit by a sophisticated laser etch process. Numbers cannot be altered or deleted."

Cost is about $30. Question: does anyone know if it works? and, if so, would you use one?
If all Police Departments have the same scanners...Me Dot Org
Mar 20, 2002 2:24 PM
The advert says "Established infrastructure with over 3,500 scanners in place with Police"

...what is the scanning range? this in Great Britain only? Not going to do much good outside the U.K. if all Police Departments need the scanner.

This is a good idea in theory, but I would want to know a lot of particulars before I bought in...
If it is easy to install - it is easy to
Mar 20, 2002 2:28 PM
And it won't save your bicycle from being used for parts.
re: Would you use a transponder to prevent bike theft?Akirasho
Mar 20, 2002 8:04 PM
... the problem is, it's not a deterrent but a recovery device... and by then, it may be too late. I've yet to be blessed with a frame that cost more than it's components.

There are, however other uses for said... in particular, pets.

While, unfortunately, some stolen pets are used for parts too... chances for a recovery are "slightly" enhanced with such a device...

And, it's not like a police department has prowl cars scanning neighborhoods for bike codes... Again, it would be used to identify an owner of a recovered bike... and that's about it.

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