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Title:
SECURITY APPARATUS AND METHOD OF USE
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2018/141005
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A security apparatus for securing an article. The security apparatus includes a contact means, attachable to the article, substantially without the need to modify the article, and a securing means, associated with the contact means, and operable between a secure state and a released state. In the secured state the contact means is maintained attached to the article, and in the released state the contact means is released to be readily removed from the article. The securing apparatus also includes a control means associated with the securing means to control the securing and releasing of the contact means to the article. The invention also relates to variants thereon and methods of use.

Inventors:
CRAIG, Geoffrey Steven (Breakwater Marina, Townsville City, Queensland 4810, 4810, AU)
Application Number:
AU2018/050036
Publication Date:
August 09, 2018
Filing Date:
January 19, 2018
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
CRAIG, Geoffrey Steven (Breakwater Marina, Townsville City, Queensland 4810, 4810, AU)
International Classes:
B25J15/06; B60R25/00; B66C1/02; B67D7/06; E05B73/00; F16B47/00
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
PARISH, Tara Jane (TJIP Patents, Trade Marks & DesignsSuite 4, 45-49 Bundock Street,Belgian Garden, Townsville Queensland 4810, 4810, AU)
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Claims:
THE CLAIMS:

1 A security apparatus for securing an article, the security apparatus including: a contact means attachable to the article, substantially without the need to modify the article;

a securing means, associated with the contact means and operable between a secure state, whereby the contact means is maintained attached to the article, and a released state whereby the contact means is released to be readily removed from the article; and

a control means associated with the securing means to control the securing and releasing of the contact means to the article, wherein, the contact means can be secured to the article when the securing means is so controlled by the control means and may only be released when authorised to do so by the control means, and the securing is achieved substantially without modification or damage to the item.

2. The security apparatus of claim 1 , wherein the security apparatus is used to secure an article without any damage.

3. The security apparatus of claim 2, wherein the security apparatus is used to secure an article without damaging the article unless the article is removed from the security apparatus without authorisation.

4. The security apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 3, wherein the security apparatus provides a temporary security measure that is readily secured through use of any suitable locking system and readily released on authorisation of said locking system, without damage to the article. 5. The security apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 4, wherein the article is chosen from the following group: jewellery; mobile phone; vehicle; clothing; people eg in police riots; computers; white goods; cars; trucks; boats; repossessed items; motor bikes; gates; doors; machinery; building sites; roller doors; furniture; house; and trailer.

6. The security apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 5, wherein the article is a vehicle and the vehicle is temporarily secured through use of the security apparatus.

7. The security apparatus of claim 6, wherein the vehicle is temporarily secured during a fuel purchase and released only on payment.

8. The security apparatus of claim 6 or 7, wherein the vehicle is secured by the contact means and fuel released at the pump to be pumped into the vehicle and after payment for the fuel the security apparatus released.

9. The security apparatus according to any one of claims 6 to 8, wherein alarms are included so any attempt to be made to drive the vehicle away, without authority the attendant is immediately alerted and or automatic calls to security or police on unauthorised removal of the security apparatus. 10. The security apparatus according to any one of claims 6 to 9, wherein other security devices chosen from the group: security dye, including UV dye; windscreen blocking; bollards; road spikes; or gates; are used to increase the chances of stopping the theft or later identifying the thief.

1 1 . The security apparatus of claim 6, wherein the vehicle is secured at a parking meter.

12. The security apparatus of claim 1 1 , wherein the vehicle is secured and the time at the parking meter measured.

13. The security apparatus of claim 12, wherein the vehicle is secured and the measured time paid for before the security apparatus will release the vehicle. 14. The security apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 13, wherein a membership system is employed so that the details of the users are recorded in case of non-payment.

15. The security apparatus of claim 14, wherein the details include taking credit card details for payment. 16. The security apparatus of claim 14 or 15, wherein messages, such as the time recorded or other information may be communicated from the parking meter to the driver of the vehicle such as through mobile phone messaging.

17. The security apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 16, wherein the contact means is approximately 100 millimetres in diameter.

18. The security apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 16, wherein the contact means is a very large contact means. 19. The security apparatus of claim 18, wherein the contact means is approximately 1000 millimetres in diameter used to substantially prevent a vehicle from driving away, the contact means being adapted to be far larger and act on the roof of the vehicle, or other large area to prevent the vehicle from driving away or being removed.

20. The security apparatus of claim 19, wherein a strong suction is used to secure the vehicle to the ground in such a way that it simply cannot break the seal and be released, without the authorised release of the contact means.

21 . The security apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 20, wherein a swipe card or key code is used to authorise and release the vehicle.

22. The security apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 21 , wherein the attachment of the contact means to the article is through means of suction.

23. The security apparatus of claim 22, wherein the contact means is a suction cup.

24. The security apparatus claim 23, wherein the material of the suction cup is suitable such as not to damage or mark the article to which it is secured, in proper use.

25. The security apparatus of claim 23 or 24, wherein the material of the suction cup is a soft rubber or plastics material.

26. The security apparatus according to any one of claims 23 to 25, wherein the suction cup includes a concertina part adapted to enable a strong suction to the article in the secured state.

27. The security apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 19, and 21 , wherein the attachment of the contact means to the article is through means of a magnetic securing and release mechanism.

28. The security apparatus of claim 27, wherein an electromagnetic system is used, similar to that used in gate security.

29. The security apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 28, wherein the contact means is in communication with a vacuum pump arrangement is in communication such that in the secure state the control means causes a vacuum to be generated and communicated to the contact means so that the contact means can be strongly suctioned to the article.

30. The security apparatus of claim 29, wherein the control means can remove the vacuum from being communicated to the contact means for release. 31 . The security apparatus of claim 29 or 30, wherein the control means controls the turning on and off of the vacuum to enable securing or release of the contact means from the article.

32. The security apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 31 , wherein a locking system is used so that only authorised access enables release of the contact means from the article whereby the article can be moved.

33. The security apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 32, wherein the attachment is very readily attached and released on authorisation, as a temporary attachment.

34. The security apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 33, wherein a vacuum arrangement is included including a pump and pipe in communication between the vacuum arrangement and the contact means such that a vacuum can be created by the action of the pump to remove the air from the pipe and contact means.

35. The security apparatus of claim 34, wherein on turning off the pump the vacuum and seal is removed enabling the contact means to be easily removed from the article. 36. The security apparatus according to any one of claims 29 to 31 , 34 and 35, wherein the control means controls the vacuum arrangement.

37. The security apparatus of claim 36, wherein the control means controls the pump between a secure state whereby a vacuum is created in the contact means and a release state where the vacuum is reduced or removed.

38. The security apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 37, wherein the association of the securing means with the contact means is through communication between the secure and released state.

39. The security apparatus of claim 38, wherein the association is through communication between the secure and released state including fluid or gas communication through use of a pipe. 40. The security apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 39, wherein the association is through application of a vacuum through a pipe to the contact means.

41 . The security apparatus of claim 40, wherein the association is through use of a vacuum pump arrangement included in communication through a pipe to the contact means to turn on the suction or remove the suction between the secure or released state. 42. The security apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 41 , wherein the association is a pipe to communicate a vacuum to the contact means under control of the control means.

43. The security apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 42, wherein the control means provides the operation between the secure and released state by control of the securing means.

44. The security apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 43, wherein the securing means is a vacuum arrangement the control means turns the vacuum on and off to secure and release the contact means from the article.

45. The security apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 44, wherein an extension means may be included as part of the security device and this provides the limitation of movement allowed by the security device.

46. The security apparatus of claim 45, wherein for small articles such as on display on a shop this may be a short distance extension means.

47. The security apparatus of claim 45, wherein the invention is used at a fuel pump as an extension for the contact means to provide sufficient extension to enable comfortable use of the fuel pump.

48. The security apparatus of claim 47, wherein the invention is used at a fuel pump and the extension means includes an automatic retraction is included so that on release the extension means automatically retracts back to a set position.

49. The security apparatus of claim 45 to 48, wherein the extension includes a pipe for a communicating a vacuum.

50. The security apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 49, wherein a locking or authorisation system is included and the control means is only able to unlock or release the contact means from the article when authorised.

51 . The security apparatus of claim 50, wherein the authorisation or unlocking includes means chosen from the following group: swipe card or other electronic card; pin code; electronic payment leading to authorisation; fingerprint, retinal or facial recognition or other biometric security authorisation; password protection; or a combination of one or more of these; remote control key; or electronic key.

52. The security apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 51 , wherein the secure state is where the contact means is very strongly attached to the article in the secure state. 53. The security apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 52, wherein the secure state is to substantially prevent moving of the article a particular distance from a fixed location.

54. The security apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 52, wherein the contact means is a suction cup strongly attached by a vacuum to the article and if an attempt is made to remove the suction cup from the article while the vacuum is turned on, a prising action will be required to release the suction, which is likely to damage the surface of the article.

55. The security apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 51 , wherein the article is only lightly attached and an alarm will sound on any break of the seal to attempt to release the contact means instead.

56. The security apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 54, wherein the if the article is removed without authority an alarm is raised chosen from the group: silent alarm; audible alarm, lights; or call to alert to security or police; doors of a shop may automatically lock, or barriers or other security measures close.

57. The security apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 56, wherein a sacrificial anchor is used whereby on unauthorised theft, a part of the securing means breaks to prevent undue damage or risk through broken parts.

58. A method of securing articles using a security apparatus, the security apparatus including a contact means attachable to the article, substantially without the need to modify the article, a securing means, associated with the contact means operable between a secure state whereby the contact means is maintained on the article, and a released state whereby the contact means can be readily removed from the article, and a control means associated with the security means to control the securing and releasing of the contact means to the article, the method including the following steps:

a) securing the securing means by use of the control means whereby the contact means can be attached to the article;

b) maintaining of the article in the secured position;

c) authorising release of the contact means through the control means; and d) releasing the contact means from the article, whereby the article can readily removed.

59. The method of securing articles of claim 58, wherein the article can be secured and released very readily without damage to the article.

60. The method of securing articles of claim 58 or 59, wherein the unauthorised removal of the contact means causes an alert or alarm to be activated.

61 . A method of securing the sale of fuel for a vehicle using a security apparatus, the security apparatus including a contact means attachable to the vehicle, substantially without the need to modify the vehicle, a securing means, associated with the contact means operable between a secure state whereby the contact means is maintained on the vehicle, and a released state whereby the contact means can be readily removed from the vehicle, and a control means associated with the security means to control the securing and releasing of the contact means to the vehicle, the method including the following steps:

a) securing the securing means by use of the control means whereby the contact means can be attached to surface of the vehicle;

b) maintaining of the vehicle in the secured position;

c) putting fuel into the tank of the vehicle;

d) paying for the fuel;

e) authorising release of the contact means through the control means; and f) releasing the contact means from the vehicle, whereby the vehicle is secured while fuel is being dispensed and until release is authorised after payment.

62. The method of claim 61 , wherein the vehicle is a car, boat, plane, truck or motorbike.

63. The method of claim 61 or 62, wherein the fuel is sold at a service station and whereby the release of the contact means occurs after payment for the fuel. 64. The methods of any one of claims 58 to 63, wherein the security article is the security article of any one of claims 1 to 57.

AMENDED CLAIMS

received by the International Bureau on 18 May 2018 (18.05.2018)

THE CLAIMS:

1. A security apparatus for securing an article, the security apparatus including: a contact means attachable to the article, substantially without the need to modify the article through use of suction;

a securing means, associated with the contact means and operable between a secure state, whereby the contact means is maintained attached to the article, and a released state whereby the contact means is released to be readily removed from the article;

a control means associated with the securing means to control the securing and releasing of the contact means to the article; and

a vacuum arrangement, part of the securing means, for creating and releasing suction as controlled by the control means wherein, the contact means can be secured to the article when the securing means is so controlled by the control means, and the control means turns a vacuum of the vacuum arrangement on and off to secure and release the contact means from the article, and release of the secured article occurs through release of the vacuum, and only when authorised to do so by the control means, and further wherein the securing and release of the article is achieved by turning on and off of the suction through use of the vacuum arrangement such that substantially no modification or damage to the article need occur, whereby the article may be repeatedly secured and released.

2. The security apparatus of claim 1 , wherein the security apparatus is used to secure an article without damaging the article unless the article is removed from the security apparatus without authorisation. 3. The security apparatus according to claim 1 or 2, wherein the article is chosen is temporarily secured through use of the security apparatus and is chosen from the following group: jewellery; mobile phone; vehicle; clothing; people eg in police riots; computers; white goods; cars; trucks; boats; repossessed items; motor bikes; gates; doors; machinery; building sites; roller doors; furniture; house; and trailer.

4. The security apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 3, wherein the article is a vehicle and other security devices are included, chosen from the group: security dye, including UV dye; windscreen blocking; bollards; road spikes; or gates; are used to increase the chances of stopping the theft or later identifying the thief.

5. The security apparatus of any one of claims 1 , 2 or 4, wherein the article is a vehicle and the vehicle is secured at a parking meter and the measured time must be paid for before the security apparatus will release the vehicle.

6. The security apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 5, wherein a membership system is employed so that the details of the users are recorded in case of non-payment.

7. The security apparatus of claim 6, wherein messages, such as the time recorded or other information may be communicated from the parking meter to the driver of the vehicle such as through mobile phone messaging. 8. The security apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 7, wherein the contact means is approximately 100 millimetres in diameter.

9. The security apparatus of claim 1 , wherein the contact means is approximately 1000 millimetres in diameter used to substantially prevent a vehicle from driving away, the contact means being adapted to be very large and act on the roof of the vehicle, or other large area to prevent the vehicle from driving away or being removed.

10. The security apparatus of claim 9, wherein a strong suction is used to secure the vehicle to the ground in such a way that it simply cannot break the seal and be released, without the authorised release of the contact means.

1 1 . The security apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 10, wherein a swipe card or key code is used to authorise and release the vehicle.

12. The security apparatus of claim 1 1 , wherein the contact means includes a suction cup and the material of the suction cup is suitable such as not to damage or mark the article to which it is secured, in proper use.

13. The security apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 12, wherein the vacuum arrangement includes a pump and pipe in communication between the vacuum arrangement and the contact means such that a vacuum can be created by the action of the pump to remove the air from the pipe and contact means, creating or releasing suction.

14. The security apparatus of claim 13, wherein the control means controls the pump between a secure state whereby a vacuum is created in the contact means and a release state where the vacuum is reduced or removed.

15. The security apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 14, wherein the association is a pipe to communicate a vacuum to the contact means under control of the control means.

16. The security apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 15, wherein an extension means is included as part of the security device and this provides the limitation of movement allowed by the security device. 17. The security apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 16, wherein a sacrificial anchor is used whereby on unauthorised theft, a part of the securing means breaks to prevent undue damage or risk through broken parts.

18. A method of securing articles using a security apparatus, the security apparatus including a contact means attachable to the article through use of suction, substantially without the need to modify the article, a securing means including a vacuum arrangement, for creating and releasing suction as controlled by the control means, associated with the contact means operable between a secure state whereby the contact means is maintained on the article, and a released state whereby the contact means can be readily removed from the article, and the control means turns a vacuum of the vacuum arrangement on and off to secure and release the contact means from the article, and release of the secured article occurs through release of the vacuum, and only when authorised to do so by the control means, the method including the following steps: a) securing the securing means by use of the control means whereby the contact means can be attached to the article substantially without modification or damage, through use of suction created by the vacuum means;

b) maintaining of the article in the secured position; c) authorising release of the contact means through the control means; and d) releasing the contact means from the article by release of the suction created by the vacuum arrangement, whereby the article can readily removed. 19. A method of securing the sale of fuel for a vehicle using a security apparatus, the security apparatus including a contact means attachable to the vehicle by suction, substantially without the need to modify the vehicle, a securing means including a vacuum arrangement, for creating and releasing suction as controlled by the control means, associated with the contact means operable between a secure state whereby the contact means is maintained on the vehicle, and a released state whereby the contact means can be readily removed from the vehicle, and the control means turns a vacuum of the vacuum arrangement on and off to secure and release the contact means from the article, and release of the secured article occurs through release of the vacuum, and only when authorised to do so by the control means, the method including the following steps: a) securing the securing means by use of the control means whereby the contact means can be attached to surface of the vehicle substantially without the need to modify or risk damage to the vehicle through use of suction created by the vacuum arrangement;

b) maintaining of the vehicle in the secured position;

c) putting fuel into the tank of the vehicle;

d) paying for the fuel;

e) authorising release of the contact means through the control means; and f) releasing the contact means from the vehicle by release of the suction by the vacuum arrangement, whereby the vehicle is secured while fuel is being dispensed and until release is authorised after payment.

20. The methods of any one of claims 18 or 19, wherein the security apparatus of the method is the security apparatus of any one of claims 1 to 17.

Description:
AMENDED CLAIMS

received by the International Bureau on 18 May 2018 (18.05.2018)

SECURITY APPARATUS AND METHOD OF USE

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to a security apparatus, and in particular to a security apparatus to secure an article without modification or damage to the item. Security of items is a significant issue in modern times. It is desirable to be able to keep valuable items secure from theft, or to be quickly alerted if theft is about to occur. A wide range of locking systems are available using pin codes, physical locks, or other restraints to prevent theft. The difficulties include the connection between the locking or security system and the item or article itself, and securing the article without needing to make modifications to the item. In order to be usable, the more sophisticated locking systems and alarms must in some way be securely attached to the item itself; otherwise the item can simply be removed from the attachment rather than the system unlocked. Generally, the only way to do this involves damage to the item to secure through the item, itself. Many ways have been determined to do this, but all involve making a hole or other modification to the items so that the securing can take place.

With large items such as a car, alarm systems are used as there is no secure means to actually prevent the car from being driven off once access to the drive mechanism is established. In part this is due to the difficulty in creating a security device or lock which needs to be attached strongly to the article without damage or modification to the article. A vehicle, which is an integral, solid item, generally with no suitable areas to attach a strong security device. A vehicle is very heavy and so securing a chain through a bumper bar or to the chassis, as an option, may seem convenient but there is a risk that the weight of the vehicle and relative weakness of the chain to the bumper or chassis means that it can be readily broken free, by simply reversing or driving the car away. For valuable articles such as a mobile phone, jewellery, clothes or other electronics for sale in a shop, clearly the article itself cannot be damaged to attach a security apparatus- a significant problem. Customers would not be pleased to have a new phone with scratches or damage, or fine clothing with holes where security tags have damaged the fabric. However, these articles are easy to conceal in a pocket and rapidly moved out of the shop for a quick profit, and so are highly desirable items for theft and on sale. Known devices such as chains or locked boxes to contain valuable items are inconvenient to use, as they do not allow the potential customer to handle the item fully or the full extent of use, they are restricted and restrained. For individual items, the size factor means that these items cannot be secured utilising more sophisticated locking systems such as swipe cards and pin codes. There is a significant limitation in the locking systems that can be used for these valuable small or large items, to strongly secure the item, but without causing damage through the need to modify to use a security system.

In particular situations, there is a desire to temporarily secure a car at a fuel station, for example. Fuel theft can be a serious problem as the person may simply drive off after the fuel has been put in the vehicle and there is no restraint on the vehicle. When the theft is noticed, which may not be for several minutes the police can be called, but the vehicle will already be far away.

Therefore, there has long been a call for a security apparatus that can be used without damaging an item that can be repeatedly and easily used, to provide a strong security against theft. The inventor, has through extensive research and development, invented a completely new and surprisingly effective security apparatus. The new security apparatus has a great many applications and may be used to secure a wide range of items large, and small, which on unlocking can be readily released. Conventional locking means can be used as normal to secure between locked and unlocked states through use of keys or electronic locks, for example, it is the securing of the item or article that works in a new manner, securing without damage.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

The following describes non-limiting examples of the invention being used with reference to securing a fuel pump at a service station, and other situations, for example. The uses and applications of the invention is not intended in any way to be limited to use for fuel pumps at services stations, or than these other examples, other than as limited in the claims.

Clearly, this significant invention and important invention is applicable to a plethora of uses and applications, not limited to the illustrative examples described below. For clarity, any prior art referred to herein, does not constitute an admission that the prior art forms part of the common general knowledge, in Australia or elsewhere.

It is an object of the present invention to provide a security apparatus that at least ameliorates one or more of the aforementioned problems of the prior art. It is a further and separate object of the invention to provide a method of use of a security apparatus that at least ameliorates one or more of the aforementioned problems of the prior art.

DISCLOSURE OF THE INVENTION

Accordingly, the present invention provides a security apparatus for securing an article, the security apparatus including:

a contact means attachable to the article, substantially without the need to modify the article;

a securing means, associated with the contact means and operable between a secure state, whereby the contact means is maintained attached to the article, and a released state whereby the contact means is released to be readily removed from the article; and

a control means associated with the securing means to control the securing and releasing of the contact means to the article, wherein, the contact means can be secured to the article when the securing means is so controlled by the control means and may only be released when authorised to do so by the control means, and the securing is achieved substantially without modification or damage to the item.

Preferably, the security apparatus is used to secure an article without damage. Most preferably, the security apparatus can be used to secure an article without modifying or damaging the article unless the article is removed from the security apparatus without authorisation. In other forms of the invention the security apparatus may be adapted to not ever cause damage to the apparatus.

Preferably, the security apparatus provides a temporary security measure that is readily secured through use of any suitable locking system and readily released on authorisation of said locking system, without damage to the article. In an alternative form of the invention, the system may be used to include some modification of the item, during securing.

Preferably, the security apparatus is the means of securing an article separate from a locking system that may authorised locking or release of the security article. In this way any suitable locking system may be used with the same security apparatus.

The security apparatus may take any suitable form. The security apparatus is preferably made of a number of suitable components to maximise the effectiveness of the security of the particular article to be secured.

The article may be any suitable article that it is desired to secure. The article may be a valuable article. The valuable article may be delicate or susceptible to damage through use of conventional security measures. Preferably, the security apparatus of the invention may be used to secure a valuable article susceptible to damage without damage in either the secured or released state. In this form of the invention the security apparatus may be adapted to cause damage to the article only if removed without authority eg without the release of the security apparatus. The valuable article may be an item of jewellery. The article may be a watch. The article may be a ring. The article may be an item of electronics. The article may be a mobile phone. The article may be a valuable article on display for sale. The article may be chosen from the following group: jewellery; mobile phone; vehicle; clothing; people eg in police riots; computers; white goods; cars; display items; trucks; boats; repossessed items; motor bikes; gates; doors, including standard doors, sliding doors, garage doors, French doors and gates; machinery; building sites; roller doors; furniture; house; trailer; trolleys; animals, including pet animals; wheelchairs; or any suitable item it is desired to secure.

The article may be a vehicle. The vehicle may be temporarily secured. The vehicle may be temporarily secured while a fuel purchase is being made. The vehicle may be secured using the securing apparatus in order that a purchase may be made and released only on payment for the purchase. The vehicle may be secured by the contact means and fuel released at the fuel pump to be pumped into the vehicle and after payment for the fuel the security apparatus released. This particularly useful form of the invention may include alarms so any attempt to be made to drive the vehicle away, without authority the attendant is immediately alerted. Automatic calls to security or police may be included on unauthorised removal of the security apparatus, for example in this form of the invention. Other security devices such as security dye, including UV dye, windscreen blocking, bollards, road spikes or gates may be used to increase the chances of stopping the theft or later identifying the thief. The vehicle may be being secured at a parking meter. In this form of the invention the vehicle may be secured and the time at the parking meter measured. The measured time may then be paid for before the security apparatus will release the vehicle. In this form of the invention a membership system may be employed so that the details of the users are recorded in case of non-payment. Details may include taking credit card details so that on connection the charge may be made; variants to this arrangement may be made. Messages, such as the time recorded or other information may be communicated from the parking meter to the driver of the vehicle such as through mobile phone messaging. As would be understood, use of a membership system, would be useful to obtain security and personal details of the user and verify these before the use takes place.

The article may be an article of any size or shape. Preferably, the contact means is adapted to be a suitable size and shape to fit use with the particular article. For example, where used to maintain a car in place at a fuel service station the contact means may be approximately 100 millimetres in diameter. Where the security apparatus, in another form of the invention, is used to substantially prevent a vehicle from driving away the contact means may be adapted to far larger. In this form of the invention the contact means may be substantially 1 metre across and act on the roof of the vehicle, or other large area to prevent the vehicle from driving away or being removed. This form of the invention is useful for high value vehicles and for secure car parking arrangements. Where a vehicle is impounded a strong suction may be used to secure the vehicle to the ground. The site of the impounding can therefore be mobile but the vehicle held securely in place. The security apparatus may be used to secure the vehicle in such a way that it simply cannot break the seal and be released without the authorised release of the contact means. A swipe card or key code may be used at the site so the driver can quickly authorise and release the vehicle. It is useful to be able to substantially prevent the vehicle being moved unless authorised. In other forms the security apparatus may be connected to the vehicle in such a way as to cause damage to the vehicle if the vehicle is removed without first unlocking the security apparatus through authorised release. The contact means may take any suitable form. Preferably, the contact means is to be secured and released from the article without causing damage. Preferably, the contact mean causes no damage at all to the article to be secured in normal use. In other forms of the invention where it is desired, as a deterrent, to cause damage to the article only if the security device is removed without authorised release.

Preferably, the contact means is a suction cup. Preferably, the material of the suction cup is suitable such as not to damage or mark the article to which it is secured in proper use. Preferably, a soft rubber or plastics material is used for the suction cup. The suction cup may be made of any suitable material or combination of materials. The suction cup may take any suitable shape or form. A cup shape with a circular cross-section may be used as forming a particularly good and useful way of creating and keeping a strong connection in the secured state.

Preferably, the suction cup includes a concertina part. Preferably, the suction cup concertina part is adapted to enable a strong suction to the article in the secured state. The suction cup may attach to a curved or even uneven surface. The suction cup may attach to a flat surface. Any suitable adaptation may be included to improve the seal of the suction cup to prevent unauthorised removal.

The attachment of the contact means to the article may take any suitable form. The attachment may be through any suitable means to secure and then release without causing damage to the article. Preferably, the attachment is through means of suction. In alternative forms of the invention a magnetic securing and release mechanism may be used. An electromagnetic system of a known form may be used, similar to that used in gate security. Where magnets are used a known system of use of rare earth metals having a current applied and removed may be used to magnetise and release the magnetic hold. Any suitable manner of magnetic hold and release may be used instead. Other attachment may be used, suitable for the applications of the invention.

Preferably, the contact means is in communication with a means of creating a vacuum. Preferably, vacuum pump arrangement is in communication with the contact means such that in the secure state the control means causes a vacuum to be generated and communicated to the contact means so that the contact means can be strongly suctioned to the article. Preferably, the control means can remove the vacuum from being communicated to the contact means for release. Preferably, the control means controls the turning on and off of the vacuum to enable securing or release of the contact means from the article. Preferably, a locking system is used so that only authorised access enables release of the contact means from the article whereby the article can be moved. Multiple means of attachment may be used, in some forms of the invention. Preferably, the attachment is very readily attached and released on authorisation. The attachment is preferably a temporary attachment. The temporary attachment may be a short term or long term attachment.

The securing means may take any suitable form. Preferably, the securing means strongly attaches the contact means to an article and on release the article can be removed. The securing means is preferably a vacuum applied to the contact means so that in the secure state the suction attaches the contact means to the article and in the released state the vacuum removed so that the contact means is released from the article. The vacuum may be sufficiently removed to enable release of the contact means without being fully removed.

Preferably, a vacuum arrangement is included. Preferably, the vacuum arrangement includes a pump. Preferably, a pipe is included in communication between the vacuum arrangement and the contact means such that a vacuum can be created by the action of the pump to remove the air from the pipe and contact means. On turning off the pump the vacuum and seal is removed enabling the contact means to be easily removed from the article. Preferably, the control means controls the vacuum arrangement. Preferably, the control means controls the pump between a secure state whereby a vacuum is created in the contact means and a release state where the vacuum is reduced or removed. Any suitable pump may be used for example, a refrigeration vacuum pump; low voltage vacuum pump (solar); high 30 industrial vacuum pump eg 415v Pump. The pump may be sold under the brand Edwards, Hella, Welch, for example, or the vacuum of an engine.

The association of the securing means with the contact means may take any suitable form. The association may be through communication between the secure and released state. The associate may be fluid or gas communication. The association may be through use of a pipe. The association may be through application of a vacuum through a pipe to the contact means. Preferably, a vacuum pump arrangement is included in communication through a pipe to the contact means to turn on the suction or remove the suction between the secure or released state. The association is preferably a pipe to communicate a vacuum to the contact means under control of the control means. The control means preferably provides the operation between the secure and released state by control of the securing means. Where the securing means is a vacuum arrangement the control means turns the vacuum on and off to secure and release the contact means from the article.

An extension means may be included as part of the security device and this provides the limitation of movement allowed by the security device. For small articles such as on display on a shop this may be a short distance. Where the invention is used at a fuel pump an extension for the contact means may be provided sufficient to enable comfortable use of the fuel pump. Preferably, where the extension means is used an automatic retraction is included so that on release the extension means automatically retracts back to a set position. A weighted anchor or bias spring mechanism of a known form may be included to achieve the automatic retraction. The extension means may be a cord or cable. The extension means may include a pipe for a communicating a vacuum. Electrical communication cables may also be included where appropriate in the extension means.

Preferably, a locking or authorisation system is included and the control means is only able to unlock or release the contact means from the article when authorised. The authorisation or unlocking may take any suitable form. The authorisation or unlocking may include means chosen from the following group: swipe card or other electronic card; pin code; electronic payment leading to authorisation; fingerprint, retinal or facial recognition or other biometric security authorisation; password protection; or a combination of one or more of these, remote control key; or electronic key. In other forms of the invention the security apparatus is manually controlled to authorise release. In another form of the invention the security apparatus itself may include a built in lock. Or the security apparatus may utilise known locks or locking systems from other suppliers, as appropriate. Any suitable form or forms of locking can be used with the new securing means of the invention.

Preferably, the secure state is where the contact means is strongly attached to the article. Or where alarms are used instead of or with a strong connection the connection means may be simply connected sufficient for a break in the connection to operate the alarm. Most preferably, the contact means is very strongly attached to the article in the secure state. The secure state may be to substantially prevent moving of the article a particular distance from a fixed location. Preferably, the secure state is use of suction cup strongly attached through use of a vacuum to the article. Most preferably, the strong seal of the suction cup of the contact means and strong vacuum make it very difficult to remove the suction cup from the article while the vacuum is present. If an attempt is made to remove the suction cup from the article while the vacuum is turned on a prising action will be required to release the suction which is likely to damage the surface. Where the article is a vehicle the paint is likely to be damaged, a strong deterrent to the owner against not paying for the fuel. Where the article is a small article or jewellery or piece of electronics such damage may be highly detrimental to the sale value of the stolen goods, which again acts as a deterrent.

Preferably, the contact means is strongly maintained in secure contact with the article in the secure state until released through authorised release by the control means. Where the article is only lightly attached an alarm will sound on any break of the seal to attempt to release the contact means instead. The particular strength of attachment can be varied to suit the particular application and circumstances of use.

Preferably, the released state is where the contact means can be easily removed from the article. In some forms of the invention the released state will positively detach the contact means from the article. In other forms of the invention the released state will be where the contact means is still in contact with the article but can be readily removed with the hand. In the released state where an extension means is included the contact means may withdraw from the article and retracted away. The control means may take any suitable form. The control means may be from the service station control unit. The control means may be part of the security apparatus. The control means may be part of a fire system. The control means may be from a separate device. For example, an application on a smart phone or other portable electronic device may control the release and securing of an article. Payment may be made through use of a smart phone or electronic device whereby an electronic signal may then be sent to operate the release mechanism of the security apparatus. Any manner of additional security such as biometric, pin or pass codes may be used with a smart phone or portable electronic device. Payment may be made by shop computer or till system, remote control, control security office or manual release behind counter.

Preferably, the control means is electrically powered. The power may be supplied from the mains supply. The power may be battery or other portable power supply. A power supply to the security apparatus may be supplied independently or through other equipment used with the security apparatus. For example, when used with a fuel pump the power from the fuel pump can also power the securing means. Where the securing means is a vacuum pump the vacuum pump is powered by the power supply of the fuel pump operable by the control means. In this case the control means may also be powered by the fuel pump where card payment is made directly or from another location when operable by an attendant. Power may be supplied in any suitable manner to each part of the security apparatus, including solar or battery or with battery back-up for when if the power is cut.

Preferably, if the article is removed without authority an alarm may be raised. The alarm may be chosen from the group: silent alarm; audible alarm, lights; or call to alert to security or police. Other suitable action may be taken if a theft is possibly taking place. For example, doors of a shop may automatically lock or barriers or other security measures close. Other security devices such as security dye, including UV dye, windscreen blocking, bollards, road spikes or gates may be used to increase the chances of stopping the theft, or later identifying the thief.

A sacrificial anchor may be used whereby on unauthorised theft, a part of the securing means breaks to prevent undue damage to the item or vehicle, or risk broken parts. A support or post may be included, and the sacrificial anchor breaks before damage occurs to the support. The support may take any suitable form. Any suitable protection, through use of a sacrificial anchor may be used, to break before the risk of damaging the item occurs.

The invention also provides a method of securing articles using a security apparatus, the security apparatus including a contact means attachable to the article, substantially without the need to modify the article, a securing means, associated with the contact means operable between a secure state whereby the contact means is maintained on the article, and a released state whereby the contact means can be readily removed from the article, and a control means associated with the security means to control the securing and releasing of the contact means to the article, the method including the following steps: a) securing the securing means by use of the control means whereby the contact means can be attached to the article;

b) maintaining of the article in the secured position;

c) authorising release of the contact means through the control means; and d) releasing the contact means from the article, whereby the article can readily removed.

Preferably, the article can be secured and released very readily without damage to the article. For example, this form of the invention is useful for clothing and may include a backing disc which can assist to prevent damage in removal and assist to secure the article in use. Preferably, unauthorised removal of the contact means causes an alert or alarm to be activated. Preferably, the apparatus of the method is the apparatus of the invention in any of its forms or variants.

The invention also provides another method, of securing the sale of fuel for a vehicle using a security apparatus, the security apparatus including a contact means attachable to the vehicle, substantially without the need to modify the vehicle, a securing means, associated with the contact means operable between a secure state whereby the contact means is maintained on the vehicle, and a released state whereby the contact means can be readily removed from the vehicle, and a control means associated with the security means to control the securing and releasing of the contact means to the vehicle, the method including the following steps:

a) securing the securing means by use of the control means whereby the contact means can be attached to surface of the vehicle;

b) maintaining of the vehicle in the secured position;

c) putting fuel into the tank of the vehicle;

d) paying for the fuel;

e) authorising release of the contact means through the control means; and f) releasing the contact means from the vehicle, whereby the vehicle is secured while fuel is being dispensed and until release is authorised after payment. The vehicle may be any suitable vehicle. The vehicle may be a car. The vehicle may be a boat, plane, truck or motorbike. The fuel may be sold at any suitable outlet. The fuel may be sold at a service station whereby the release of the contact means occurs after payment for the fuel. The methods of the invention wherein the security article is the security article of the invention in any of its forms and variants.

INDUSTRIAL APPLICABILITY

The security apparatus may be manufactured and assembled industrially and supplied to the end user, or via retailers or wholesalers. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The invention will now be described in connection with non-limiting preferred embodiments with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which:

Figure 1 is a skewed perspective view from above of a security apparatus according to a preferred embodiment of the invention being used for a fuel pump at a fuel services station, and car;

Figure 2 is a side view of the security apparatus of Figure 1 , in use to dispense fuel to the car, the car being omitted for ease of illustration;

Figure 3 is a front view of the security apparatus of Figures 1 and 2, after release from the vehicle, on payment for the dispensed fuel. Figure 4 is a schematic diagram showing components of the apparatus;

Figure 5 is a schematic diagram of the circuits utilised in the preferred embodiment;

Figure 6 is a perspective view of a door and security apparatus, according to a second preferred embodiment of the invention, where the security apparatus is used as a secure closure for the door; Figure 7 is a perspective view of items for sale and security apparatus according to a third preferred embodiment of the invention, illustrating how the security apparatus is used to secure a number of items for sale; Figure 8 is a detailed perspective view of the items for sale secured through use of the apparatus of Figure 7;

Figure 9 is a perspective view of security apparatus in use in a car park, according to a fourth preferred embodiment of the invention\; Figure 10 is a schematic perspective view of a fourth preferred embodiment of the invention used for securing clothing articles;

Figure 1 1 is a detailed schematic view of a clothing article secured in Figure 10; and

Figure 12 is a schematic according to a fifth preferred embodiment of the invention for securing valuable electronics equipment articles. DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION INCLUDING A BEST MODE

With reference to Schedule 3 (9) of Patent Regulations 1991 , we note that labels are included in some of the drawings to particularly facilitate understanding the workings of the invention.

Referring to Figures 1 to 5, a preferred embodiment of the invention will be described, where security apparatus 1 , is being used to secure fuel purchases between fuel pump 10 and vehicle 12. The particular fuel is shown as standard unleaded petrol but equally could be any fuel. Vehicle 12 is shown as typical family car, but again could be any suitable vehicle. The article and use may be varied, the invention lies in use of security apparatus 1 itself. Security apparatus 1 includes suction cup 14, cable 16, pipe 18 and is mounted on support 20 on base 22. Base 22 is shown as a metal rectangle bolted by bolts 24 to the concrete ground support of fuel pump 10. Support 20 is shown as a generally square based pillar, hollow inside and made of strong steel. Cable 26 is anchored to base 22 by anchor 28 and connects to internal counterweight 30. Pipe 18 is a standard strong plastic pipe with a hollow core attached to a vacuum generating device (not shown) the device may be located beneath the apparatus as shown by pipe 18 passing through base 22. The vacuum unit may be a single unit for each apparatus or a single unit that provides vacuum to several security apparatus. The particular form of vacuum can be varied, within the scope of the invention. The vacuum is supplied through pipe 18 on control from the petrol station, so that when on suction cup 14 can be brought into contact with a surface vehicle 12 a strong connection is possible. With pipe 18 is brought cable 16 extending from counterweight 30, and biased thereto. On release of the vacuum, by turning it off on authorisation suction cup 14 releases from the surface of vehicle 12 to be drawn back and away by counterweight 30 under gravity with minimum air gap, causing controlled slower retraction by air or fluid passing post counterweight. Anchor 28 and cable 26 assists to draw the rest of the apparatus away from vehicle 12 smoothly, when released and prevent accident damage or contact. Anchor 28 of cable 26 is important as it is sacrificial if counter weight 30 is at the full reach, to release whereby on the thief driving off will break away here rather than risk tearing up the pole. If the pole were to be damaged or torn up there would be a high risk of damage to other vehicles, equipment or to people. So instead cable 26 will snap for safety.

Referring to Figure 2, marked with double lines to indicate that only part of the extended length of cable 16 and pipe 18 are shown for ease of illustration. Both cable 16 and pipe 18 can extend a suitable long distance to enable contact with a vehicle parked to get fuel.

Electrical control of the apparatus is powered locally using the power supply of the fuel pump connected to the console controls, bowser connections, alarm controls and other various alarm deployment systems, refer Figure 4. The power supply is also used by the high vacuum pump system used to provide the vacuum for suction cup 14. Electrical controls and gauges measure the vacuum and monitor that there are no leaks or problems with the vacuum provision. The electricals can be mounted in support 20 (not shown) for convenience. A microcontroller is included to enable control and communication with the electrical system of the fuel attendant, as would be readily understood. Referring to Figure 5 in particular, the arrangement of controls is illustrated, with controls for the vacuum pump, switchable between a secured and released position depending whether the pump is turned on or off. The consul controls these and alarms are activated when unauthorised detachment of suction cup 14 is achieved without removal of the vacuum. It is useful to connect the security apparatus into the existing alarms and fuel pump control of the petrol station in the given example. Power and control can be extended from the existing arrangements. In other uses of the invention such as for parking meters, the security device and pump are connected to the existing power and microprocessor. Stand alone, portable devices or attachments to add to other equipment may also be used instead. There is a "no release" indicator for emergency use only in the event the vacuum does not release when authorised.

On securing the vehicle the fuel will be enabled to flow from the pump to the vehicle. In the present form of the invention the attendant visually notes security device 1 in operation by application of suction cup 14 and manually enables fuel pump 10. To remove the suction the vacuum must be turned off, or the seal broken by use of significant force. The person can then access the desired amount of fuel, remove and replace the pump, and make payment as usual, in the given example through payment to the attendant. In other forms of use, a credit card or other electronic payment may be made direct at the pump. Once payment has been made the attendant will cancel the suction/vacuum application to the particular security apparatus 1 , for that particular fuel pump 10. The release of suction to suction cup 14 releases the apparatus from the side of vehicle 12, and returns to a storage position, as shown in particular in Figure 3. As the person has paid for the fuel their vehicle has been released to allow the vehicle to be driven away as usual. Should the person instead try to drive off without making payment for the fuel, security apparatus 1 will remain in place and will strongly hold on to the vehicle. Clearly if the suction was weak the car could drive off to break the vacuum and be released. But the invention works with a very strong suction such that should the vehicle try to drive off without payment they are likely to be strongly impeded. For example, they could perhaps lose a door or windscreen or other significant damage may be caused to the vehicle. The damage will be such that if the person does drive off, it will be very clear to the enforcement authorities on seeing the damage that the person has committed a crime. The alarm will be activated as installed, established and required by the fuel company. Additional alarms or security arrangements may also be included as decided by the operator themselves. These measures may include security dye, including UV dye, windscreen blocking, bollards, road spikes or gates may be used to increase the chances of stopping the theft or later identifying the thief.

A further aspect to the invention is that should a person drive off without paying and break the suction of suction cup 14 a loud alarm will sound. In this way action can be taken immediately to try to prevent the theft and stop the person leaving. Embarrassment will ensure for the person, so everyone in the location will be made aware that a crime is being committed, and the person may be stopped. The alarms can include sirens, lights and an automatic call to the emergency services in the usual manner. The fuel pump will also automatically be shut off/cancelled from operation so no further fuel may be removed.

In some uses if the person drives or moves the vehicle away without making payment the vehicle will not be damaged by the removal. In this case the alarms act to alert that nonpayment has occurred and to cause action to be taken to try to remedy the situation with the person. In some cases the non-payment could be a genuine mistake, and so the particular arrangement will depend on the particular circumstances of use. For example, a recorded message may be caused to sound to remind a person to pay once the fuel filling is completed. Other messages may also be included.

There is a very strong deterrent through use of the system as fuel will only be able to be dispensed if security apparatus 1 is used. However, to release security apparatus 1 and avoid damage to the vehicle and the alarms, payment must be made for the fuel. It is unlikely that a person wanting to get fuel and not pay for it will choose a business with the security apparatus in use as it will make it considerably more difficult. The person will not want to damage their car and the likelihood of escape without notice is removed due to the loud sirens and other alarms including the alerting of the law enforcement services. Messages may be sent through the application, these may be to advise of the cost of parking so far or to assist a person to find their way back to their car, or to find a vacant car parking space, for example. These may be used for both public carparks and parking meters, for example.

There are a great many other variants and applications for the invention for vehicle security. As a few examples, car parking may be made more secure through use of the invention whereby only authorised release of the vehicle will release the suction cup. If a person tries to release the suction cup without the proper authority there may be damage to the vehicle and alarms will sound. In secure carparks it is envisaged that doors may close automatically and law enforcement or security officers automatically called to capture the thieves. The security apparatus could be used at a work carpark, public carpark or longer term at an airport carpark, for example. In these forms of the invention the lock and release would be controlled locally and accessed through use of a pin code or swipe card. Any attempt to release the suction cup without first entering the correct card or pin will lead to alarms and security measures. In some forms of the invention to secure a vehicle, a very large suction cup arrangement could be used, such as provided from above or other areas of the car, to secure the vehicle strongly in place over a wide area. In this form of the invention removal of the vehicle without authorisation and removal of the suction cup may cause damage to the vehicle, and again set off alarms.

Vehicle parking meters, such as are used in busy streets and city centres are expensive to administer. Use of the subject invention would enable a credit card payment to be made on returning to the vehicle for the full period of parking. This removes the need to estimate the time needed for a particular trip. After the payment is made the suction cup is removed the time of payment ends, the transaction completes and the person can safely drive away. Again attempting to drive away without making payment will cause damage to the vehicle, cause an alarm and other security measures to trigger. In these uses, a login system so the details of the user are logged is useful and can enable text and other messaging so that the person can be alerted to the use of the car parking metre, or check the details. The membership or login system associated with a phone system will assist to track the person should they not pay for the parking. Again messaging may be used to assist a person back to their vehicle or other parking related information. The application associated with use of the invention can assist to manage the messaging through the usual mobile and wireless networks. Impounding or securing of vehicles against removal such as in the case of police or repossession, is another application of the invention. A tyre, or panel, door or windscreen, for example, may be secured using a suitably adapted suction cup to prevent removal until the matter of the police or repossession is addressed. The suction cup may be very large and applied from above such as to the roof or boot of a car. In other forms of the invention mobile secure spots can be created by use of the invention to secure to a surface such as the ground or building and then securing vehicles thereto. In this form people could be temporarily detained such as in an emergency or riot situation.

Security of motorbikes, buses, boats or in fact any sort of vehicle may be improved by installation of a suitable security apparatus whereby only authorised release enables the person to move off. Unauthorised release, if achievable may damage the vehicle and will be adapted to cause alarms and security to be alerted immediately, a great advantage to the invention. Referring to Figure 6, there is illustrated another use of the invention where a second preferred embodiment of the invention is used adapted to be suitable to secure doors, gates, sliding doors or similar. The fundamental method of use is the same in this and in all the described embodiments, described for all the Figures. A securing apparatus is described where turning on or off of the suction provided through a pipe arrangement to a suction cup, locks or releases the item. The securing, for all the items is through the combination of the suction cup, securing through use of a vacuum pump providing vacuum through a pipe to the suction cup, and control of the suction, on and off. The locking or unlocking or turning on or off of the suction and vacuum can only be done if authorised through the control system. The authorisation can be any suitable form, such as turning a physical key, or an electronic lock or use of a remote signal locking, such as by use of a mobile phone app. The control when authorised turns off the suction through the pipe from the pump to the suction cup. When the suction is turned off in this way the suction and vacuum through the pipe stops, and so that the suction cup that was strongly attached to an item or in place is no longer held strongly. So on release the item can readily be removed. The invention is a very clever way to easily secure an item, but without the need to modify or damage the item. The locking is quick, just reactivate the vacuum so that the suction cup applies and similarly, unlock by removing the vacuum that maintains the suction in place. Although easy to install and use, this clever security apparatus is a very useful means to secure these items.

With respect to Figure 6 in particular, it is most advantageous to use the security apparatus in this way as not only is there electronic control but also a silent closing and locking of the doors. In Figure 6 security apparatus 101 can be seen to run the length of the door closing segment, in door 1 10. Door 1 10 could be any door, gate or other closure but is illustrated as a standard house door. Door 1 10 includes hinges 1 1 1 at three points as usually, and door jamb 1 12. Door jamb 1 12 runs from top to bottom of door 1 10 on the part that closes with the wall. In door jamb 1 12 of security apparatus 101 comprises suction cups 1 14 along the length of door jamb 1 12. As illustrated these are made of a suitable plastics material and there are 8 installed. The number of suction cups 1 14 may be varied to suit the particular application, as can their size.

As illustrated, the only part of security apparatus 101 in use is suction cups 1 14, the remainder being internal to the door, the vacuum pump, pipe and control (not shown for ease of illustration). This enables the invention to be retrofitted to a door, or to be supplied with new doors. Suction cups 1 14 are connected together and the suction can be turned on and off through use of the vacuum pump on locking or unlocking of the door. Control can be through a simple button on or off on the door, associated with a handle which actuates the suction pump between on and off, suction on and suction off, or can be controlled remotely as in the illustrated version. Where control is remote a transmitter from a phone sends the signal to turn the suction pump on or off, to lock or unlock as received by a corresponding receiver. Other forms and variants to the invention may also be used to secure doors. Referring to Figures 7 and 8, the invention is used in a third preferred embodiment for securing articles for sale, the method of operation being similar to those described above and below. Again a suction cup arrangement is used with a vacuum pump and control to turn the suction on and off, for authorised lock and unlock as required. As illustrated in Figures 7 and 8, security apparatus 201 is used with stand 202 with support 203, on base 204 with wheels 205. Stand 202 is a familiar sort of stand used in retail outlets to hang and display items for sale. Any suitable stand may be used instead, or other means to display items.

As illustrated control of security apparatus 201 is in control box 206 on base 204. In box 206, the vacuum pump and controls are kept (not shown) secure, only accessible for maintenance by an authorised user. Each item, in this case handbags 210 is secured to stand 202 so that these are held and secured until released by an authorised user. The security apparatus in this case, as described elsewhere, is used to help to prevent theft, as the item can be very quickly and easily released if the shop worker unlocks the item for the customer. However, if a would be thief tries to pick up and remove handbag 210 it is restrained an held on stand 202 through the looped securing loop 214. Looped securing loop 214 is connected to suction tube 212 loops through the item and it is through turning the suction (from the suction pump in control box 206) on and off that handbags 210 can be locked and released. Suction cup 221 of securing loop 214 is strongly held by the vacuum provided the vacuum pump in control box 206 through suction tub 212 to security loop 214. The turning on and off of the vacuum secures or locks together suction cup 221 or releases it, and hence the item when the vacuum is released. The strong suction strongly maintains handbag 210 on security look 214, at it will require strength to break the security apparatus without authorised unlocking. If authorised unlocking does occur then linked alarms will sound so that security staff will be alerted that a theft is occurring so they can apprehend the offender. Sacrificial anchors or detachment points may be included but generally these are unnecessary as the item, in this form of the invention, is protected from damage as the security apparatus is not fixed to or through the item itself other than the suction cup which if broken will not damage the item.

Referring to Figure 9 a similar invention the fourth preferred embodiment is shown that works in the same way, with suction provided through a vacuum pump to secure in a car park. The difference in this form is that multiple connection points are used to secure an item, which can be used to secure an item many times or to multiple secure locations. The invention has a great many facets and aspects. The method is as described for the other embodiments but for use in a car park. As illustrated security apparatus 301 includes suction cups 314 placed to secure items through turning on and off of the vacuum provided through suction tube 315. The other components are not shown but work as described elsewhere.

Referring to Figures 10 and 1 1 , the fifth preferred embodiment works as described with respect to the third preferred embodiment but is used to secure clothing items rather than handbags. The suction cup arrangement is used with a vacuum pump and control to turn the suction on and off these parts in the most residing in a control box locked away. For security apparatus 401 stand 402 is similar to that of 202, having with support 403, on base 404. Again the particular form and nature of the stand is not important, it is the security apparatus and control that is applicable here.

As illustrated control of security apparatus 401 has control box 406, again located conveniently on base 404. In box 406, the vacuum pump and controls are kept (not shown) secure, only accessible for maintenance by an authorised user. The items for this form of the invention are clothing items 410 through which security loop 414 are passed. The clothing has straps or loops that enable the locking to occur through the item without contact or damage to the item. Suction tube 412 is connected to looped securing loop 414, similar to 214 but with securing cup 421 occurring above the support rather than hanging down as in 214. Each securing cup 421 can be seen in position, securing the item until there is authorised release. Suction cup 421 of securing loop 414 is strongly held by the vacuum provided the vacuum pump in control box 406 through suction tub 412 to security loop 414. The turning on and off of the vacuum secures or locks together suction cup 421 or releases it, and hence the item when the vacuum is released. Alarms will sound or other security messages occur if there is unauthorised detachment, and the item will remain undamaged when the thief is apprehended at the shop door. In this way there is a strong deterrent to theft of these secured items, and if theft is attempted instant alerts should mean that the theft is prevented and the item can be returned for sale directly, undamaged.

The detailed view as shown in Figure 10 shows how security loop 414 is threaded through the item and secured through the locked suction cup until authorised release. Clearly, there is no need to make a hole in the item or damage it, as would reduce the value through this security system, a key advantage over prior art system.

Referring Figure 12, the sixth preferred embodiment of the security apparatus 501 is illustrative shown as securing electronic items 510. The method of use is as described elsewhere, including a suction cup, vacuum pump and controller. As shown electronic items 510 a variety including a laptop computer and mobile phones. These are valuable items and an important purchase and so the potential customer will wish to really look at the item, pick it up and examine it for quality, for example. Use of security loop 514 is unobtrusive and strongly secures the item without getting in the way. Again a strong suction is used, on a suction cup arrangement (not labelled) that can only be released by use of an authorised control, as described elsewhere.

The invention is certainly not limited to securing vehicles, it is useful for any item or article it may be desired to secure. For example, valuable items such as jewellery or electronics may be secured using a small strong suction cup to a flat surface or to packaging in some cases. Clothing, lingerie, jewellery or other delicate and valuable items can also be secured in this manner. These valuable items may be displayed securely with the security devices in place as any attempt to remove the very strong suction is likely to be thwarted. Damage may be caused to the item which would reduce the possible sale price. If it is possible to break the strong seal then a high pitched alarm may sound, causing the security guard to move swiftly to the location while the security doors close to capture the thief; variants to the system can be made depending on the nature of the goods. High end clothing would be particularly appropriate to have the suction apparatus used as ultimately there will be no damage to the garment, provided removal is authorised. Unauthorised removal will damage the clothing item which will stop it being desirable for theft as it is unlikely to be sold. The operation of the security apparatus is made to be very simple, no matter how sophisticated the locking system or security alarms attached. Once installed the person connecting an article or releasing an article can do so easily without the need for special training or equipment.

Instead of suction a magnetic system to strongly hold the item may be used, particularly for very small items. However the principle is the same with only release on authorisation, or an alarm will sound and security measures take place.

Overall, the inventor has developed a significant new form of security that may be used in many ways to improve security for fuel sales, high end goods, car parking and many other industries. The manner of use and manner of installation is simple, scalable and extremely useful in many different applications.

It will be apparent to a person skilled in the art that changes may be made to the embodiment disclosed herein without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention in its various aspects.

REFERENCE SIGNS LIST:

1 Security Apparatus 202 Stand 412 Suction tube

10 Fuel Pump 203 Support 414 Suction loop

12 Vehicle 204 Base 421 Suction cup

14 Suction Cup 205 Wheels 501 Security apparatus

16 Cable 206 Control box 510 Electronic item

18 Pipe 210 Handbag 514 Security loop

20 Support 212 Suction tube

22 Base 214 Securing loop

24 Bolts 221 Suction cup

26 Cable 301 Security apparatus

28 Anchor 314 Suction cup

30 Counterweight 315 Suction tube

101 Security Apparatus 401 Security apparatus

1 10 Door to be secured 402 Stand

1 1 1 Hinges of door 403 Support

1 12 Door jamb 404 Base

1 14 Suction points 406 Control box

201 Security apparatus 410 Clothing items




 
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