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Why Don't People Steal Electric Scooters Like Bird or Lime?

Electric scooters, such as those from Bird and Lime scooters, have taken the world by storm as a convenient and eco-friendly way to travel short distances in urban areas. As these scooters have become more popular, many people may wonder why they are not being stolen more often. This article will delve into the reasons behind this phenomenon and explore the various security features implemented by these scooter companies that deter would-be thieves.

One of the major reasons people do not steal electric scooters is due to their built-in GPS tracking systems. Both Bird and Lime scooters come equipped with GPS trackers that allow the companies to monitor the location of each scooter in real-time. This makes it extremely difficult for thieves to take and hide the scooters without being tracked down.

In addition to GPS tracking, another element that deters possible thieves is the fact that these scooters have a custom firmware, which can only be unlocked and operated using the corresponding smartphone app. This means that even if someone were to steal a scooter, they would not be able to use it without the app or extensive knowledge of the scooter's firmware.

Furthermore, the scooter companies themselves have taken measures to prevent theft. For example, Bird has a team of chargers who are responsible for collecting, charging, and distributing scooters around the city. The company maintains a close relationship with these chargers and has implemented security measures such as geo-fencing, which alerts them when a scooter is being taken out of a designated area.

Lastly, the fact that these electric scooters are fairly inexpensive to produce and replace reduces the incentive for potential thieves. With a low resale value and the risk of being tracked and caught, stealing an electric scooter simply isn't worth it for most individuals.

In conclusion, the combination of GPS tracking, custom firmware, company security measures, and the lack of financial incentive has made it difficult for thieves to steal and profit from electric scooters like Bird and Lime scooters. As these transportation options continue to increase in popularity, it's likely that additional security measures will be implemented to further discourage theft.

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