Docklands inventor seeks crowd-source funding for portable lock

PUBLISHED: 07:00 11 July 2014 | UPDATED: 11:30 11 July 2014

Bob Fitzjohn

Bob Fitzjohn


A new portable lock to keep people safe when they are on the move has been invented by a local entrepreneur, who is looking to crowd-source funding for his business.

Bob Fitzjohn, 66, from the Docklands, hopes TheEasyLock will empower people when they travel or who want extra protection for their goods.

This week he launched a funding appeal on the crowd-sourcing website Indiegogo to help get the project off the ground.

The new lock can be used from the inside of a door, which Bob says makes it especially useful for young women when travelling abroad.

“A lot of hotels have key cards but many have the standard locks,” he said. “Even with cards, there’s a way thieves can over-ride those locks.

“If you live in rented accommodation, the residents who lived there before may still have a key.”

Bob says the inspiration for the mobile lock hit him while on a plane.

“I was on a flight and I started doing some drawings,” he said. “I have to admit that my first one or two ideas were failures.

“But now I have got the idea that I think is really strong. I’d like to get it on sale at a reasonable price for people who need it.”

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