Apollo Beach woman invents antiburglary device
APOLLO BEACH -
From a simple piece of cardboard, a home security device was born.
Molly Edmunds and her husband, Wayne, are not your everyday Apollo Beach residents. Molly, the 2011 honorary mayor of Apollo Beach, had no idea she would turn inventor until five years ago when a piece of cardboard and a Sharpie sparked an idea.
The duo own Universal Power Solutions LLC, an electrical consulting business. Due to her husband’s travel schedule, Edmunds was concerned about burglaries and never quite felt secure. The device is placed inside double front-entry doors to secure them.
“The first prototype made from cardboard had many revisions along the way,” said Edmunds. “We met with door manufacturers, law enforcement and design engineers clarifying the specifications for the product. A safety bar was added to help prevent children and pets from exiting through French doors to pool and patio areas.”
In April 2012 the Sure-Shut Double Door Security System was complete. As Edmunds shared the new product with friends and neighbors, word spread about its effectiveness.
Made in the United States, the product can be found online at www.homedepot.com or sure-shut.com.
Lorianne De Loreto is a freelance writer who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Daystarter: Stormy forecast for Tampa Bay; watering restrictions back in place; new DEP head denies political conflict; peering ahead to Super Bowl LV in Tampa