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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
20th June 2012 Issue no. 125

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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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Last week we mentioned two companies in this industry who were among the very few who were doing marketing promotion around Euro 2012. We're delighted to report that the Euro Access ad (see below) had an incredible 674 downloads of its promotional leaflet the same day that LASN was broadcast!

That's an amazing result from a single appearance of an ad and we're delighted that the investment in taking the time to do something like this is paying off so handsomely for the company. We're not expecting everyone to now rush off and place an ad with us (although that would be nice) but it underscores the fact that good marketing ideas do work. And if you can't think of anything original, what about adapting an idea that's been used elsewhere?

The big news this week is the launch of the Golden Key Award sponsored by Lockdecoders. More details below.

Fatalities involving securty guards have made international headlines this week. Closer to home, we hear that security guards will begin to patrol city streets. We're not sure that private police forces are a good idea, but if the real police are too busy ticking boxes to come out themselves, then they only have themselves to blame.

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This Week's News

Announcing the Golden Key Award

Golden-key.jpgDo you have a trainee or apprentice working and learning with you who is truly exceptional?

Or have they perhaps had to rise to overcome a physical or social disability or other life disadvantage in order to get to a position where they are now learning their locksmithing skills from you or your company?

If so, the Golden Key Award is for them! And for you.

G4S to probe triple fatality robbery to improve safety

The private security company at the centre of last week's deadly armoured-car heist in Edmonton, Canada, is conducting an internal investigation and will, if necessary, rewrite its policies or procedures to improve safety, its head said recently.

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Security guards to form 'private police force' in city centre

Up to 100 officers could be employed by Securitas to patrol the streets of Manchester in a pioneering deal with local businesses, reports the Telegraph.

They will wear stab-proof vests, cameras to gather evidence and have radios on their utility belts, just like constables.The security guards will visit shops up to eight times a day and respond within 90 seconds if staff sound a panic alarm.

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Rumana Bill streamlining licensing procedures passes Assembly Committee

By Daniel Hubbard

New Jersey nurses, locksmiths and accountants might not have to wade through as much red tape to obtain a professional license if a bill sponsored by Assemblyman Scott Rumana becomes law.

Legislation streamlining the state's licensing procedures was approved Monday by the Assembly Regulatory Oversight and Gaming Committee.

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Security guard 'bashed to death' after 'misreading' alleged break-in

In news from Australia, a security guard who was allegedly beaten to death by a couple in an inner-city shopping centre may have wrongly assumed they were stealing from an ice-cream kiosk.

According to the report in the Sydney Herald Hans Schulz, 69, was allegedly attacked by Adrian Gallaher and Svetlana Avrashkova at the Broadway shopping centre in Sydney on Sunday night when he approached them as they were allegedly breaking into an ice-cream kiosk on the ground floor.

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Tecton integrates AMG-Panogenics technology

* Tecton-AMG.jpgAMG-Panogenics, the British manufacturer of sophisticated 5 Megapixel cameras, solutions is pleased to announce that the company has entered an OEM partnership agreement with Tecton Ltd, the UK based designer, developer and manufacturers of Closed Circuit Video Equipment (CCTV ) for commercial, security, government and broadcast applications.

Under the new agreement, Tecton will integrate PanoCam360 into all their Video Management Systems complementing Tecton's unique range of British made products, fully capable of making the most of HD video.

Security plan over Norwich Castle Museum thefts

Extra CCTV should be considered at all Norfolk museums after Lord Nelson artefacts were stolen, a report shows.

Items valued at more than £36,000, including a ring, saucer and medals, were taken from Norwich Castle Museum on 25 February. However, the review states security is sufficient to exhibit items from national museums.

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New ultra-high resolution thermography camera

* VarioCam-thermal.jpgFor the first time a thermographic camera with a 1024 x 768 pixel sensor array has been introduced to the market by InfraTec GmbH of Dresden, Germany. The new VarioCAM HD range, available in the UK from Armstrong Optical Ltd., delivers over 2.5 times more spatial resolution than the VarioCAM hr camera range, which when coupled with a thermal resolution of less than 0.03 degrees C and temperature measurment range of -40 degrees C to +1200 degrees C allows the professional thermographer to operate with unprecedented capability and efficiency in an extensive range of scenarios.

Unlike some cameras that use software to "enhance" spatial resolution the VarioCAM HD uses a proven optomechanical Microscan function to provide a 3.1M pixel (2,048 x 1,536) resolution. The Microscan

Milestone Systems number 1 worldwide yet again

Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), maintains its position as the number one vendor for total VMS global market share in the latest report from IMS Research.

IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc. has just published the ninth edition of its report: World Market for CCTV and Video Surveillance Equipment. The results are based on data from 2011. It contains comprehensive information on all suppliers providing analog and digital video surveillance components such as cameras, recording solutions, video encoders and more.

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

The 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.

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.

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