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Video: Lock And Secure Your E-scooter: Lock, GPS Tracker, Theft Insurance
2023 Author: Sheila Hailey | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-24 11:17
Ideally, a secure bicycle lock is used as a lock on an e-scooter, with which the scooter is connected to an object (for example a bicycle stand). You have to make the type and size of the lock dependent on your own e-scooter: if there is a fixed eyelet, you are quite flexible and can use a U-lock or a folding-lock - the safest types. If you have no such attachment to the scooter, you have to look for another place. Good if the manufacturer gives a recommendation right away.
The connection between the footboard and handlebar or the folding mechanism could offer a suitable option. If there are two connecting rods, you can also securely attach a U-lock here. With a single connecting rod, a shackle connection is in many cases too small and / or inflexible to be able to connect the e-scooter. On the other hand, with a long chain you have to be careful that a thief cannot simply pull the scooter out of the loop. Repeating the wrapping around the bars can avoid the danger.
At Stiftung Warentest (05/2019), the Abus Granit Xplus 540 / 160HB230 + EaZy KF is the test winner among the padlocks, with a grade of 1.6.
Abus U-lock Granit X-Plus 54 / 160HB230 + Eazy KF
Now from € 69.12 at Amazon price can now be higher. Price from 2020-27-07 1:21 a.m.
Among the chain locks, two models achieved a grade of 2.0. The cheaper:
Kryptonite KryptoLok 990 Combo bike lock
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If you have disc brakes, you can attach a lock here. However, it is usually only a second option. Most models are not particularly safe and with many scooters the thief could unscrew the axle and leave it behind.
Alarm for the e-scooter
A thief is tampering with an e-scooter and a loud siren sounds - certainly a deterrent method. In busy environments, you can also protect yourself with an alarm (in addition to the lock). Complicated handicraft is not necessary at all: A brake disc lock with integrated alarm for a good 20 euros is rated very well by the customers on Amazon:
BACKTURE brake disc lock with vibration alarm
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What do you have to consider when driving an e-scooter? Our video reveals:
E-scooters in Germany: what is allowed?
GPS tracker and immobilizer on the e-scooter
You are lucky if the manufacturer has thought about securing his product. A sensible feature is an immobilizer that is unlocked using a smartphone. In the event of damage, an integrated GPS tracker helps at least to find the scooter again: by locating the scooter, you can find out where it is and notify the police. Both are scarce in most scooters.
You can retrofit at least one GPS tracker yourself. Most products have three disadvantages:
- The battery only lasts for a limited time.
- The tracker must be positioned on the scooter so that a thief cannot detect and / or dismantle it.
- A separate mobile phone tariff is required to transmit the location data.
This model does not require a tariff, which also has a very long battery life:
Cobblestone GPS tracker for car, bike, etc
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Theft insurance for e-scooters
Like a GPS tracker, theft insurance only helps if it is already too late. Insurance companies can replace the purchase price of a stolen e-soooter. The most important prerequisite for this is that the scooter was really well connected and the theft was reported to the police. At the Bayerische Versicherung, you can upgrade the mandatory e-scooter liability insurance to a partial coverage. In this case, theft of vehicle parts is included.
If you have household insurance, you can clarify whether an e-scooter is also insured here - and under what conditions.