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6th September 2017 Issue no. 376
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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.
Chubb Fire & Security Ltd is helping boost the reliability of CCTV systems with a new service that proactively checks the status of installed CCTV equipment, bringing enhanced levels of safety and security to customers throughout the UK.
Chubb ServiceCheck is an automated service that connects regularly to individual CCTV systems over the Internet to check on the status and operation of their digital video recorders (DVR), network video recorders (NVR) and cameras.
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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.
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'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:
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.
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%.
When the Scrap Metal Dealers Act (SMDA) was implemented in the UK four years ago, the government and police introduced cash payments ban, enhanced identity and the licensing regulations, to severely restrict the stolen metals market.
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
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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
Responding to British Home Secretary Amber Rudd's comments suggesting that "real people" don't expect security in their communications, Jim Killock - executive director of UK digital rights campaign Open Rights Group - said: