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13th September 2017 Issue no. 377
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Hundreds of LockState smart locks around the world stopped working after the company mistakenly issued the wrong over-the-air (OTA) software update for the devices, according to Ars Technica.
In the aftermath of the incident, angry users reached out to the company to express their frustrations and took to social media to share those concerns with a larger audience. This incident casts doubt on the benefits of OTA updates for smart home device makers for the first time.
That's the thinking behind Liftmaster's newest product, an automatic garage door lock that promises to bring some peace of mind to the place where you park your car.Full Story
Thursday night is Israel's big night out - and the biggest night for Israelis to get locked out, according to data from "The Professionals," an organization that provides a platform for independent tradespeople like locksmiths, plumbers, and electricians to offer their services. Fully 25% of the "lockouts" - instances in which people lose their keys and are unable to get into their homes - occur on Thursday nights.
That's probably due, the group said, to the fact that more people go out on Thursday nights. When people get locked out, they call a locksmith, and hence Thursday night is the busiest one for workers of that profession. Between 10% and 15% of lockout calls occur on Sunday through Wednesday nights; Saturday night was the least busy for locksmiths. Throughout the week, most lockouts occur in Tel Aviv, which is fortunate, as about a quarter of Israel's locksmiths are based in the city.
OK we know it's the 'silly season' but...
a prison inmate convicted of killing his parents says he was allowed to fix locks inside a maximum-security New York state prison before an elaborate escape plan he developed was uncovered. Gordon "Woody" Mower told a Syracuse newspaper that guards at the Auburn Correctional Facility had him repair locks throughout the prison regularly.
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Whilst details are subject to change, initial information shows Courses/Seminars offered will be offered in the areas of General Locksmithing (to include non-destructive entry, Lock ID, UPVC related training, High security cylinders, abrasive wheel certification, tool sharpening an overview of the BLI exam, auto gates), as well as Safes. On top of these there will be a variety of business related seminars (including Social Media) that will also be run.
Borg Locks will be exhibiting their Easi-code Pro range including the new BL2501 which features their patented 'On the door' code change system, which allows you to fully update and change codes without the hassle of removing any pins or tumblers.
This model is fully reversible and is suitable for all light to medium duty doors. This has been cycle tested over 100k+ times to ensure each model works as intended and is available in both holdback and non-holdback.
See more at www.locksmiths.co.uk
Door Jammer was invented by product designer Von Saint while on holiday in Mexico. The innovative idea was sparked when Von Saint found his hotel room had a broken door lock and no secondary door security.
One of the largest security breaches ever has come to light today as Equifax revealed attackers used an exploit on its website to access records for 143 million US citizens (for reference, the US has a population for 323 million or so, that's about 44 percent).
The oldest of the three major US credit bureaus, it maintains information on over 800 million people for credit and insurance reports, which is also a juicy target for anyone trying to steal data. Equifax says the breach lasted from mid-May through July 29th when it was detected.
Keyless: No password, your finger is your key.
Robert Jones has joined Vanderbilt Industries as Area Sales Manager for Ireland. Robert who has comprehensive experience in the security industry will be promoting the full Vanderbilt product portfolio of Intrusion, Access Control (including ACT) and Video solutions. He joins our sales team which includes Troy Sullivan and Michael Byrden.
Michael Byrden, Market Manager for Ireland says: "Vanderbilt Industries is a global manufacturer of electronic security solutions with our European headquarters in Clonshaugh, Co. Dublin where we employ over 100 people.
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'Chris, one of the best-known, and well-liked locksmiths in the UK, had suffered a 6-month battle with lung cancer, but passed away with his dignity, with his charm, with his sanity, in his own bed with his family around him', writes Suzzie Belcher.
'If you wish to read more about the cancer journey that he took, please read this page www.facebook.com and if you wish, you are welcome to contribute to the MacMillan Tribute Fund which I promised him that I would do.
'Without the help and support of the MacMillan Nurses I don't know how I would have managed.
'Chris was a shining light, and shared his knowledge where he could, he was a skilled artisan with wonderful humility and dignity. May his light shine for years to come.'
MLA Expo 2017 is fast approaching - Europe's Largest Locksmith & Security Exhibition. Taking place at the Telford International Centre, the event will span the course of 3 days, from 6th - 8th October 2017. This year we have exhibitors/visitors from all across the globe.
Here's 13 reasons why Expo brings a huge crowd:
The price of copper has increased by over 50% in little more than year, raising fears that when metal prices rise, so will the incidence of metal and cable theft. In the last four months alone, the value of copper rose 25% to $6800 per tonne on 29th August, according to the London Metal Exchange. Since its low point in 2016, when it was just $4310 per tonne, the overall increase is over 50%.
Home and commercial security company UAP has unveiled plans for a six-figure investment to increase brand awareness.
The Greater Manchester-based firm is spending around £550k on a new campaign that will include a series of nationwide TV and radio adverts during the next 12 months. Sean Wilson, the man behind Coronation Street character Martin Platt, features in the UAP adverts currently airing across 200 TV channels and more than 30 radio stations.Full Story
The man contacted the locksmith from outside Van Cleef & Arpels jeweller's in Bond Street and said that he had forgotten his keys, according to The Sun newspaper. The locksmith arrived within half an hour of being called about 10.30 on Wednesday evening and let the man in through the double glass doors. Police have not confirmed what was stolen but the thief is thought to have spent up to 45 minutes filling his pockets while the shop alarm rang out.
Non-fire resisting doors in high rise tower blocks should be replaced immediately with doorsets that are certified for fire performance by a third-party certification authority, according to the Government.
Wednesbury-based Eliza Tinsley is to create 10 new jobs as the result of a partnership with smart lock developer Smarke and sister company, Avocet Hardware. The Black Country hardware manufacturer made the announcement during a visit to its site from West Bromwich West MP Adrian Bailey.Full Story