SA in­ven­tion al­lows you to leave win­dows, doors ajar but se­cure

The Star Early Edition - - LIFESTYLE -

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.lock­

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.

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