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18th July 2012 Issue no. 129
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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.Full Story
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Can a company grow too big? With plunging shares and national humiliation G4S has certainly appeared to have made a complete shambles of the London Olympics security contract. On the one hand, they knew just how many security personnel were needed to begin with, and surely someone keeps a list of how many have actually been engaged to work there? Compare one list to the other and hey presto! you know at once whether you have a shortfall or are over manned. In a nutshell its what contractors do all the time, whether security, cleaning or any other service that is contracted out.
On the other hand, will it really really affect actual security at the Games all that much? We don't think so. With all the military personnel, police and hardware already earmarked for Olympics duties on top of the security personnel they have recruited, another few thousand here or there aren't going to to make much odds, especially if all they are going to do is just give directions. Some have even pointed out that it might be the regulations that have held up the recruiting process. Maybe if G4S had just subcontracted and thus taken on security personnel who had already been accredited it might have made the whole process - certainly less profitable - but far speedier. Mind you, how many years have we known the Olympics were going to be held in London?
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This Week's News
These heavy duty combination padlocks are constructed of a solid hardened steel lock body and hardened boron steel shackle - with a protective lock body cover for extra high security.
Locks & Security Group in association with OPAL (Organisation of Professional Accredited Locksmiths) have arranged with Konig UK for a UPVC Repairs Training Day to take place on the 13th September at the company's premises in Nuneaton. Repairing UPVC could well be a natural add-on to your skills that you could charge for.
The corse is a step by step guide to repairs for all types of damage to white and wood grain profiles, Touch Up & Repair Procedures and colour matching.
An important initiative from the UK lock industry to raise domestic security standards has coincided with increasing concerns about the rise in burglaries in some parts of the country.
A police chief has stated that cuts in police numbers has led to an "inevitable" increase in the number of burglaries being committed. Acting Chief Constable Chris Weigh of Lancashire Constabulary, whose force has lost 500 front-line officers, says house burglaries were up 8.4 per cent in April compared to the same time last year.
Skills for Security is inviting applications from fire and security systems apprentices who would like to undertake a fully-funded, two-week work placement in Denmark next year. This Leonardo Mobility Project is funded by the EU Lifelong Learning Programme and is the first of its kind in the security sector.
Three groups of 10 apprentices will travel to Copenhagen in April and June to work alongside Danish engineers, exchange ideas, learn about different working methods, enhance their skills and experience the work and social culture of Denmark.
automaticdoorquotation is designed as a comparison site so that specifiers and buyers have an opportunity to receive multiple quotations from different door contractors who are experts in these types of systems.
By T.F. Stern, writing in The Moral Liberal
Wesley Hottot, an attorney with the Institute for Justice, sent an email a while ago requesting I participate in shaping future legislation as pertain to the locksmith industry. He suggested sending recommended changes in policies which regulate locksmith licensing in the State of Texas to The Texas Red Tape Challenge, a project arm of House Government Efficiency & Reform Committee, which will accept suggestions from all members of the locksmith industry until July 31, 2012.Full Story
A U.S. government adviser on cyber warfare last night attacked his government's 'ridiculous' and 'punitive' attempt to extradite Gary McKinnon.
Almost half of 70 businesses visited in a series of operations in the London Borough of Newham are being investigated on suspicion of failing to pay the national minimum wage.
HM Revenue & Customs officers were taking part in Operation Vermont, a multi-agency exercise which ran for six weeks in May and June. During this time 31 businesses were suspected to be underpaying workers, or were considered a significant risk requiring further HMRC investigation. It is thought that approximately 100 workers could be owed a total of £30,000.
Kingston Digital Europe Ltd., an affiliate of Kingston Technology Company Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, has announced the second-generation of its popular DataTraveler Locker+ secure USB Flash drive. The new, lower priced DataTraveler Locker+ G2 works interchangeably between Mac OS X and Windows systems and all data is secured with hardware-based encryption.
The family of a U.S. military medic killed when a rogue security guard opened fire on American troops in Afghanistan is suing the Ontario-based security firm that hired the guard, alleging it failed to document and report the threat he posed to coalition forces.
The lawsuit, filed in California, alleged Tundra Group and its subsidiary Tundra Strategies, Inc., which is headquartered in Toronto, are responsible for the wrongful death of Rudy Acosta, 19, in a March 2011 attack at Forward Operating Base Frontenac, as well as injuries to three other soldiers.Full Story
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