Glasgow inventor’s home safety device to be rolled out to …

Jun 21 2012
By Joe McGuire

Jim McConkey

A SAFETY device invented by a Glasgow pensioner is set to benefit vulnerable people on the east coast.

Cardonald resident Jim McConkey’s alarmed lock is to be installed in pensioners’ homes in Dundee.

The kind-hearted inventor offered the gadget to people in the city in the hope it will make them feel safer in their own homes.

The security system sets off a shrill alarm in the event of an intruder forcing entry.

Jim, who has personally installed more than 100 of his locks free of charge in his native Glasgow, said: “It’s my pleasure to help out in any way I can.

“I’d like to see my device offered by councils nationwide as pensioners everywhere can fall victim to the terror a home invasion brings.”

Jim, 75, says his easy to operate lock will give old people peace of mind.

He added: “Pensioners don’t want something with lots of buttons that’s complicated to operate.

“My alarm is easy to use and operate.”

Jim held talks with community workers and police officers in Dundee.

Claire Ramsay, a community safety officer in the city, said: “Our meeting with Jim was a great chance to exchange ideas and good practice ideas. It was great to meet Jim and see his invention. He does great work in his area.

“We’re currently working with local police officers to identify who in our community would best benefit from his alarm.”

The alarm is the latest in a long line of ingenious devices created by Jim.

He also invented a self-extinguishing chip pan and a safety nut which he believes could have prevented the fatal Potters Bar train derailment crash in Hertfordshire in 2002.

In 1999, Jim won a John Logie Baird award for his chip pan and he appeared in BBC programme Tomorrow’s World.

The chip pan also got the top award at the BBC’s Best Inventions in 2002.

Jim said: “Even as a child, I was inspired by great inventors like Thomas Edison. I always had ideas in my head of how I could improve things. I’m always on the look-out for that next challenge.”

He added: “I’d like to thank staff at Helen Street police station for all their support and for providing the alarm component itself.”

Last year Jim was hailed as a hero by relatives of two elderly sisters who were conned out of their life savings, after he got in touch and fitted one of his alarms in their home.

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