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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
11th July 2012 Issue no. 128

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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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The 56th annual ALOA Convention and Security Expo takes place from tomorrow, July 12th, to the 14th at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. If you are visiting, there appears to be a wealth of products and innovations to look at. And of course the giveaways!  We report on one example below.

Locksmiths are routinely engaged in the unhappy business of repossessing property. Usually the worst that can be expected is some verbal abuse and possibly some degree of physical assault including being spat at. It goes with the territory. However we were all shocked to learn recently of the situation that developed in the beautiful town of Karlsruhe in Germany last week when four people were shot dead, including a last-minute substitute locksmith, who, it turns out, bravely tried to thwart the gunman. Our thoughts are with his family, who hopefully will be properly looked after in the years to come. More below.

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This Week's News

The TradeLocks Dragons need your help!

In February TradeLocks launched the Dragons' Den competition to try and find the next innovative product to be added to their exclusive Signature Range. After 3 months and hundreds of entries being submitted, the TradeLocks Dragons have now whittled down all the ideas to just 5. They are now calling upon you to help decide the ultimate winner...

To view the shortlist and place your vote, please click here. You can vote only once, so make sure you vote for the idea you'd most like to see produced by simply clicking the 'I'm in!' button.

Project Griffin new refresher programme online

The newly updated online refresher programme for security personnel who have attended a Project Griffin awareness day is now available through Skills for Security and over 200 learners and 26 companies have already signed up to refresh their knowledge and understanding of practical counter-terror measures.

The programme, which takes around 30 minutes to complete, has been revised to include a Firearms module and new material appropriate for London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games events. .

Gunman who killed four was French national

The gunman who shot dead four hostages, including a locksmith, during a flat eviction in western Germany and then killed himself was French, it emerged. Police say he had been planning the bloodbath for some time.

The man died along with his four victims in Karlsruhe last Wednesday. He was originally from the Alsace region, a police spokesman said. The spokesman could not confirm whether the man also had German nationality.

"People don't want to work" - security boss slams benefits culture

The head of a small security firm has launched an astonishing attack on the benefits culture in the South Wales Valleys, claiming he could be forced out of work because people won't work.

John Gibbon said he had been trying to recruity new security staff for several weeks, but could not find employees because people would rather live off benefits.

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Master Lock Company to celebrate American Lock's 100th anniversary

American Lock to give away A700 lock to first 100 booth visitors at ALOA Convention and Security Expo

A century ago in 1912, John Junkunc invented the world's first keyless dial combination padlock. It set him on a path to buy a company that would eventually become American Lock and is operated today by Master Lock Company (booth 634). That important slice of history will be recognized during the tradeshow portion of the 56th annual ALOA Convention and Security Expo, which takes place July 12-14 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

MOBOTIX Launches S14 FlexMount - The World's First Flexible Double Hemispheric Camera

* Mobotix-smallest.jpgThe S14 FlexMount from MOBOTIX, the world's first flexible double hemispheric camera, is now available. The camera, which is available in both mono (S14M) and dual (S14D) versions, features miniature lens units and offers a wide range of application opportunities. For instance, the S14D can be equipped with two hemispheric lens units with integrated microphone that are connected to the main housing via cables. This makes it possible to fully secure two rooms located next to or on top of one another with just one single S14.

California Assembly says no to car-key exemption for foreign automaker

The Assembly has rejected legislation to permanently exempt BMW from a state law requiring automakers to provide locksmiths with electronic code information enabling production of replacement keys.

"This is preferential treatment," Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, said of the legislation to accommodate a single foreign car maker.

Secure Watch ADT: new technology galvanizes US Home Security Industry

In recent years, America has become increasingly concerned with security and defense, especially in areas that may be targeted by terrorist groups. While security professionals work hard to analyze constant streams of security camera display at places such as airports and government facilities, recognizing threatening situations or persons of interest from so many video feeds can prove difficult.

A recent article from MITnews discusses how modern security tactics are stretched to deliver the response needed to protect buildings and individuals from threatening persons. MIT graduate Christopher Amato is designing an extensive security system that will improve real-time surveillance effectiveness.

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999 emergency number marks its 75th anniversary

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In 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!

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.

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