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Secure locking for caravans and motor homes

17 October 2006

An innovative new security device just launched at the International Caravan & Motor Home exhibition at the NEC is using purpose-designed locking technology from Camlock Systems. The pull handle door lock typically fitted to caravans and motor homes can be susceptible to attack, especially the key barrel on the outside of the door.

Entrepreneur Bob Bright is a keen motor home enthusiast and like many others felt vulnerable when touring or leaving the vehicle unoccupied. He was reluctant to have extra bolts fitted or to have unsightly bars and locks permanently fixed to the outside of the vehicle. He wanted a way to secure the pull handle door lock and make it and the key barrel inaccessible. The result is the Brightlock Shield.

An excellent visual deterrent, it locks onto the existing pull handle and completely covers it to protect it from attack and vandalism. There is no drilling, bolting or screwing needed to fit the Shield and it is easily removed when not required. It can also be transferred to a new vehicle, leaving the previous vehicle unmodified.

The Shield consists of a top quality aluminum alloy casing finished in a tough gloss white powder coating and is light but very strong. Specially developed for Brightlock, the casing is manufactured by Camlock Systems and is equipped with a high security lock having half a million different key combinations. The unit is supplied with three high security keys as standard.

The locking insert features a 7 pin radial pin tumbler mechanism made of brass and hardened steel, to provide a high level of security, and incorporates Camlock’s award-winning and patented ‘Octagon’ mechanism. The Octagon patent ensures only Camlock Systems can legally produce Octagon locks and keys. Key blanks are never issued to third parties, which helps prevent unauthorised duplicate keys being cut. The design of Octagon locks makes them highly resistant to picking and manipulation.

In addition to operating when the vehicle is unattended, the Brightlock Shield can also be locked onto the handle before the door is closed for the night, enabling the door to be locked from the inside. This enables the user to sleep soundly knowing that the vehicle is secure but in an emergency the occupants can still exit the vehicle by simply opening the door in the normal way. Also it is almost impossible to be locked out of the vehicle by accident when using the Brightlock Shield.

Bob Bright, inventor of the Brightlock Shield says: “I wanted the Shield to have a substantially higher level of locking security than a typical pull handle door lock. Having looked at locking systems from the major manufacturers, the Octagon lock from Camlock Systems was the best available.”

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