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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
13th June 2012 Issue no. 124

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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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It's good to see at least two companies in this industry using a special occasion as a marketing opportunity. Euro Access and Ironmongery Direct have each come up with its own European Cup promotion, one a bit of fun with prizes for the individual, the other, lots of special offers to help your business. 

We don't recall seeing anything like this for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee held last week, but maybe the London Olympics will inspire some ideas. We know that times are tough, but its especially when time are tough that you need to think more about marketing yourself and/or your business. It's not too late to put something in your shop window for the European Cup, or to start thinking about Olympics deals in any leafleting or local advertising. After all, it's always better to shave off 20% from 12 items (or 20 items / 12%) for example, for two or three weeks than have 100% of nothing.

Looking forward to 2013, the Locksmiths' Exhibition is a virtual sell-out with 9 months to go! If you have been thinking about re-booking or coming in for the first time, better act now before all the space is taken. 

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This Week's News

Locksmith Exhibition is virtual sell-out with 9 months to go!

LE2012.jpgThe Locksmiths Exhibition - held annually at The East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham and organised by Locks & Security Magazine editor Mick Friend, has reported a record uptake of stands for the next year's event in March 2013.

"Of the 59 stands available, 46 have now rebooked," says Mick. "The level of support from exhibitors reflects the hard work we've put in to making the event as strong as possible. We have made significant investments in IT and ticketing. The visitor experience has improved with more training classes and better catering facilities and through our magazine, Ezine and forum; we have been able to give the show maximum exposure."

London 2012 security operation investigating 500,000 people

The backgrounds of up to 500,000 people are being scrutinised in an unprecedented security screening designed to stop the Olympic Games being disrupted by criminals or terrorists, the Guardian reports.

In what is understood to be the biggest vetting process since the second world war, the Home Office has so far refused about 100 applications for Games accreditation, mostly because of concerns about the extent of people's criminal records.

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It's all kicking off; IronmongeryDirect launch 'Site Soccer' online game in time for Euro 2012

Ironmongery Direct, said to be the UK's largest online and mail order supplier of ironmongery products to the trade launched online game 'Site Soccer' on the 8th June to coincide with Euro 2012.

Get ready to be addicted, step up and show your football skills in a penalty shoot-out competition. Play against your opponent, another builder on site.
It sounds simple but once the wind gets involved windows may get broken! The more penalties scored the higher the chance! Enter into a league table with other players for the chance to win.

Transom door closers from Alpro

* stanmore-place.jpgThe Alpro closers are being installed on doors manufactured by Hampshire-based Heritage Window Systems which are 'thermally-broken' meaning that temperature transfer through the doors is minimised by use of a polyamide thermal barrier. This energy efficiency contributes to the green credentials of the housing development which is aiming for maximum environmental-sustainability.

Alpro's overhead transom closers are a means of hydraulically controlling the opening and closing of aluminium doors. Builders and glaziers benefit from the ability to adjust the latching and closing force created by the hydraulic valve according to the weight and height of individual doors as well as type of usage.

Security questions after break-in at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

A break-in at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport could open the door to security questions reports WFAA.com. Someone pried open a door near Gate 29 in Terminal B last Monday week. Nothing was taken - except for the core of the lock. Several locksmiths were asked about what this threat really means. One told WFAA.com it's possible to fashion a key from the core.

A News 8 investigation two years ago led to Dallas/Fort Worth scrapping an outdated key-and-lock system. The airport still used locks dating back to 1973 to access some sensitive areas - including runways. 

Sizzling new Dorgard effect!

* Dorg-Red.jpgFireco are adding a sizzling new colour to their smart Dorgard Effects range. Flame Red!

This new red hot colour is the latest addition to the Dorgard Effects range of finishes that are designed for the more discerning architectural interiors market, and available in a range of ultra high gloss finishes, including Mahogany, Beech, Oak and Ash, which are designed to blend into a fire door.

Ahead of its launch in September, Fireco are making a limited number of new Flame Red Dorgards available now... but you'll need to be quick to get your hands on one!

Security Alarm Services in the US Industry Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld

The Security Alarm Services industry provides the installation, maintenance and monitoring of alarm, fire and surveillance equipment. Locksmiths are included in this industry but generate only a small portion of total sales.

"While the industry has benefited from an overall trend toward alarm and surveillance systems, the recession caused many clients to reduce security budgets," says IBISWorld industry analyst Kevin Culbert. Consequently, in the five years to 2012, IBISWorld estimates that revenue will decline at an annualized rate of 0.8% to $16.7 billion.

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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.

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.

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