A Birmingham entrepreneur has developed a system to help people safeguard their alloy wheels from the attentions of car thieves.
Gurdip Gill has already secured agreements to produce the keyfob like device which he has dubbed the NutKase.
Mr Gill came up with the idea for NutKase when he realised that a thief could break into a car, get the keys to the locking wheel nut from the vehicle and simply remove the alloys, making a mockery of the security feature.
He came up with a lightweight key-ring that could hold the nut that unlocks the alloys and could be attached to car keys so they will be with the driver at all times.
It has proved to be such a success that it has even been given the seal of approval by Thatcham, the automotive testing and research organisation.
Mr Gill said: "I've spent a year perfecting the product, making sure it is robust enough, that it seals properly, that the logos don't come off, and it is now ready to go to market.
"Halfords have been really enthusiastic and they will go on sale soon and I have just secured a deal that involves a number of major car manufacturers.
"They will either be sold as an after market accessory or, in the case of some major manufacturers, be given out as standard when you buy a new car."
Mr Gill has received assistance from Business Link Birmingham and Solihull, which has helped him obtain intellectual property protection.
Richard Stannard, specialist counsellor for design, innovation and IPR at Business Link, said: "The NutKase was handed out as a gift at Birmingham Chamber's annual banquet and was praised by the president as being a prime example of West Midlands ingenuity.
"This is only the beginning for GNK and the design is so versatile. Two neat attentions to detail are the rubber O ring sealing the two halves together and a magnet inside which prevents the lock rattling around.
"Gurdip has already begun developing a version that will hold the locks for speedboats, while even people without cars are using them to keep their taxi fare home and other items safe."