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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
4th July 2012 Issue no. 127

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International News

Bill to lock out aftermarket under consideration in California

From AAIA Capital Report

Legislation is under consideration in California that will indefinitely extend an exemption granted to certain European car companies from meeting requirements to provide access to key codes such that consumers can obtain convenient and affordable replacement keys as well as perform many security-related repairs.

Under a law enacted in the state in 2006, vehicle manufacturers were required to make security information available to the vehicle owner through a licensed and registered locksmith for all 2008 model year newer vehicles. At the time, certain European car companies requested and received a temporary exemption from the law due to the issues that would occur through changing their system for replicating keys by the 2008 model year. That exemption is due to expire on Jan. 1, 2013.

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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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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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Following the recent launch of the Golden Key Award, sponsored by Lockdecoders, we are delighted to publish our first nomination, given by Nick Williams. Managing Director of Brinnick Locksmiths and Security, for his apprentice Aaron Hammond, aged 19. As Nick observes in his interesting nomination, the Golden key Award is "a great way of highlighting the need for the correct training for young people coming into the locksmith and security industry."

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This Week's News

999 emergency number marks its 75th anniversary

* 1930sPhone.jpgIn 1937, members of the public were given an easy to remember number to call in an emergency following the deaths of five women in a London fire.

The first call led to a would-be burglar being arrested within 5 minutes of the householder dialing the new number. Now that's a service we could use today!

UAP Tradelocks purchase rights to Chris Belcher tools

UAP TradeLocks are delighted to announce the purchase of the rights to renowned Locksmith and Engineer, Chris Belcher's curtain picks and other related tools. Chris has worked with UAP over the years to develop some fantastic tools that allow users to open safes and mortice locks.

Golden Key Awards nomination

Golden-key_142.jpgI would like to nominate my apprentice Mr Aaron Hammond aged 19 for the Golden Key Award which I think is a great way of highlighting the need for the correct training for young people coming into the locksmith and security industry.

The ICO new guide for for small and medium sized businesses

The guidance provides a series of clear and practical steps which businesses can take to help make their IT systems safe and secure. It includes a checklist, as well as more detailed advice on securing data on the move; keeping systems up to date; keeping an eye out for problems; knowing what you should be doing; and minimising the data you keep.

Call for Olympic security rethink after fatal stabbing

Following a fatal stabbing at the neighbouring Westfield shopping centre, former Metropolitan Police commander Dai Davies has urged a re-think on Olympic security with the Games less than four weeks away. The violent death has been reported widely on the internet with people from around the world openly expressing fears of being attacked by armed gangs.

Westfield, which opened last September and is directly next to a main transport hub, will be the main thoroughfare for Games spectators. It has luxury shops, a casino and dozens of bars but is in one of London's biggest crime spots.

Locksmith accused of sexually assaulting girl

Houston detectives are searching for a locksmith accused of sexually assaulting a little girl while he was repairing a broken door lock at a home in northeast Houston.

Domingo Diaz is wanted on a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child, according to Crime Stoppers.

Security lapses found at CDC bioterror lab in Atlanta

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spokesman says the unsecured door incidents in 2010 and 2009 inside its Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory in Atlanta were "not an acceptable practice of the agency." At no time, though, were bioterror organisms such as anthrax at risk of falling into the wrong hands, he said.

"The doors in question here are but one layer of multiple layers of security when it comes to both the animals and the agents that are worked on," CDC spokesman Tom Skinner said. "The security measures we have in place, without going into detail, make it close to impossible for anyone who doesn't have approved access to the agents to get their hands on them."

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Cold-call firms flout rules that block telemarketers

It is the scourge of the dinner hour. The cold call from a telemarketer just as the family is sitting down to eat. But secret filming by the BBC's Panorama programme found that some firms are not just bending the rules meant to protect people, they are tearing up the rule book entirely.

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One door closes, another automatically opens

* Global8-Auto-Door-Conference.jpgOver 100 people attended the UK's first automatic door conference organised by Global Automatics, one of the leaders in its field, at Shendish Manor Hotel, Hemel Hempstead on 22 June.

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ALEX (Auto Locksmiths Exhibition) gains in strength

ALEX The Auto Locksmiths Exhibition to be held at East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham on the 27 and 28th October this year grows in strength as it is announced that there will be some exciting new concepts at this years show.

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.

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