SA invention allows you to leave windows, doors ajar but secure
SAILING along the coast of Brazil, Anthony Bairos had a spate of burglaries on his yacht because he would leave his yacht hatch open for ventilation when he went ashore.
It was then that the idea of a lockable latch came to him. Back in South Africa, he realised that it would also be useful to allow pets access in and out of homes. He knocked up a few prototypes that impressed friends and family.
After putting the idea on hold for a while, he sought the help of a veteran inventor, who showed Anthony how to turn his idea into a real marketable product, including costing, market and materials, research, manufacturing systems and patenting – a long and arduous process.
Today, Bairos holds the South African and international patent for LockLatch, and a hitech engineering company manufactures high-quality LockLatches from stainless steel.
As the name indicates, LockLatch is simply a lockable latch that allows you to leave your windows or doors open but locked. It’s adjustable and can leave a gap of 8cm to 16cm. Made from stainless steel with a satin finish, it fits all doors, windows and hatches vertically and horizontally. LockLatch comes with a lifetime guarantee.
They cost R329 each and can be ordered from www.locklatch.co.za.
LockLatch prevents opportunistic theft, wind damage, and baboon and monkey access while providing fresh air, small pet access and peace of mind.
Now living in the seaside town of Hermanus, Bairos promises that more inventions are in the pipeline.
The LockLatch allows your pets access to the outside, and lets fresh air in. It also prevents windows and doors slamming in strong winds.
The LockLatch fits all wood and aluminium doors, windows and hatches horizontally and vertically.