Ireland Gardaí took angle-grinders to some bike locks in Dublin today (but they'll pay the owners back)

18:50  11 july  2018
18:50  11 july  2018 Source:   thejournal.ie

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We tested bike locks by cutting through them with an angle grinder . We knew that all the locks would fall to the 7,000 rpm of an aluminum oxide disc—we just weren’t sure how long it would take .

So maybe they don’t really need to be that audacious! Angle grinders will cut through any lock given enough time. However, the thicker the lock , the longer it takes . Here’s some CCTV footage of a bike being stolen using an angle grinder in an underground car park.

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CYCLISTS WHO PARKED their bikes along Camden Street in Dublin this morning may be left a little mystified later – gardaí have been removing bikes from the street today due to the presence of the visiting royal couple.

Meghan and Harry have been visiting the Áras, Croke Park and Trinity College today – and went for lunch at Delahunt on Camden Street ahead of their afternoon engagements.

A video from the southside street showing a garda cutting through a lock and removing a bike as other security officials looked on was posted to Twitter this afternoon – prompting some surprise, and a few calls to Joe Duffy’s Liveline.

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Today Aziz locks his own bike up with two thick chains, through both wheels and the frame. "Someone, if they find their tyre punctured they should take their bike with them , right at that minute because Owners of bikes costing more than a few hundred quid should always take them indoors.

What’s more, they ’re not necessarily attacking the locks in the same way a thief would. In fact, beyond “all cable locks are rubbish” and “an angle grinder will cut through The New York Fahgettaboudit Mini is quite simply the most secure (Sold Secure Gold) portable bike lock available today .

“If you left your bike locked on Camden Street today and it was gone when you returned to it, please contact @GardaTraffic – whose efficiency knows no bounds when vehicles are causing obstructions,” campaign group Dublin Cycling tweeted, tongue-in-cheek, adding a hashtag #FreeTheCycleLanesDublin.

Gardaí provided a statement to Liveline saying that the bikes had been taken to Pearse Street Station for safekeeping.

Owners could collect them at any time, the statement said, adding:

“The State will fully reimburse the owners for the locks.”

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(Joshua Simpson). When John Loughlin lowers a cordless angle grinder onto a ­section of a TiGr ­titanium bike lock clamped to a table, it emits the He got his first patent in 1957 and has generated a slew of them since—though he calls some of them “10-dollar solutions to one-dollar problems.”

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