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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
6th June 2012 Issue no. 123

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International News

Cat's out of the bag - Catalytic Converters targeted by thieves


Whilst there are many press reports that state that the number of vehicles being stolen is decreasing in many markets, cases of component theft appear to be increasing.  This shows that improved security may make it more difficult for entire vehicles to be stolen, but criminals will adapt to find new ways of making profit from theft.

NAPCO's Networx wireless locking system installs across USA

NAPCO Security Technologies, Inc., one of the world's leading suppliers of high performance electronic security equipment for over 30 years, announces its Networx Wireless Locking System is being installed nationally, with many organizations placing repeat orders or standardizing with the product line for future jobs, according to dealer feedback the company has received.

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Hope everyone in the UK enjoyed the Queen's Diamond Jubilee weekend celebrations. Fortunately there were no major security breaches over the four days - just as well with the Royal Family all in plain view for most of the time. The only damper - was the rain. Oh well, this is England, after all.

Now its back to work for those who shut up shop for the long weekend - there is business out there, just getting it is a bit harder. Maybe the London Fire Brigade saying they would rather not deal with lock-outs will help. See below.

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This Week's News

Firefighters - not locksmiths!

The London Fire Brigade revealed that firefighters are being called out almost once every hour to rescue people who have locked themselves in or out of a building or vehicle. Over the last three years, the Brigade was called out to around 22,000 incidents involving people being locked in or locked out - costing taxpayers around £5.7m.

The Brigade wants to reduce the number of these incidents and is reminding the public to call a locksmith, not the fire brigade, when they find themselves stuck.

Mul-T-Locks break secure XP claim first to achieve TS007

* XPcylinder.jpgMul-T-Lock UK's innovative new Break Secure XP cylinder has become the first retrofit anti-snap cylinder solution to achieve the coveted BSI Kitemark TS007 3* industry ratings.

Break Secure XP was the first to achieve the revised Diamond Level of Sold Secure SS312 Lock cylinder specification and has once again been independently tested and proven to exceed the brand new TS007 industry standards.

Skeleton keys?

* royal-college-of-surgeons.jpgThe headquarters of the Royal College of Surgeons in London is being secured by door controllers and management software from Access Control Technology (ACT) as part of an IP security system.

The college promotes and advances excellence in surgical practice and patient care in England and Wales. It is active in supporting surgeons at all stages of their careers and also promotes public understanding of the conditions in which they work. The principal building at Lincoln's Inn Fields in Holborn receives visitors from around the world.

Live video feeds with full bandwidth adaption to suit low cost network connections

Multi-channel, reliable live video feeds over GPRS, 3G, ADSL/DSL and Satellite

Vemotion Interactive, specialists in live video transmission over low bandwidth connections, has announced a powerhouse unit that connects multiple locations and control rooms together where other network options would be cost prohibitive. The low bandwidth video encoder provides multi-channel, reliable live video feeds with full manual and automatic bandwidth adaption to suit low cost network connections such as GPRS, 3G, ADSL/DSL and Satellite.

Estate Swing releases low impact automatic Gate Opener lock

* gate-closer.jpgEstate Swing, a Florida based automatic gate opener and access control brand, releases a new version of an automatic gate lock design to mechanically latch with very light force.

Fire safety drives Stockport Homes

* Stockport_Fire-doors.jpgStockport Homes has installed Mul-T-Lock's patented MT5 high security locking system on all newly installed fire doors, to create a master key suite and balance resident reassurance with the need for emergency escape.

Stockport Homes is a limited company that exists to manage the housing stock owned by Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council. The core role of the Arms Length Management Organisation (ALMO) is to ensure all of its homes are well maintained and its neighbourhoods are pleasant and safe places to live.

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Event Security - development of National Occupational Standards

The Standards Development team at Skills for Security is calling on industry practitioners to lend their knowledge and experience to develop a new suite of National Occupational Standards for Event Security. An Advisory Working Group is being formed to start work in mid-June.

SmartWater aids identification of huge stolen metals haul

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Dozens of SmartWater marked graveyard memorial plaques, along with other metal ornaments and a large quantity of cash, have been seized during a police-led Day of Action at a South London scrap yard.

MLA unite with Neighbourhood Watch

The Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) has just announced an important new partnership with The Neighbourhood Watch and Home Watch Network (NHWN) who represent schemes across England and Wales. United by a common mission to promote safer communities, the organisations will work closely together to promote domestic security.

IFSEC International Security Industry Awards 2012

After a thrilling evening at the Hilton Hotel in Birmingham last night, UBM Live - organiser of IFSEC International, the world’s largest annual security event – is pleased to announce the winners of the IFSEC International Security Industry Awards 2012. 

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