Most tiedowns are pretty standard. In the last few years we've seen some pretty functional innovations and the Lock Straps provide another one--locking tiedowns. As the driver of a truck, not an enclosed van or trailer, I worry about the stuff in the back if I venture into a restaurant to eat or have to leave my truck and bikes unattended. We've all heard the stories of bikes being jacked out of the back of a truck, and I don't want this to happen to me. And after using Lock Straps for the better part of six months, I'm pretty sure they're a solid deterrent that will further discourage a thief from pinching your ride.Now you'll never be fully protected from the serious professionals out there because they have cutting tools and preplanned routines for stealing stuff, and it would take a small fortress to stop these guys. But since the Lock Straps have a build of eight bound steel cables sandwiched between double nylon webbing, tough rivets and dual-combination carabiner locks, one on each end that, on the bike side, has a soft-tie loop, they could help.