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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
12th September 2012 Issue no. 135

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UAP cylinders now an option for Borg customers

Borg Locks now offer the UAP+ Zero Lift Cylinder as an option with their Key Override Gate Locks. This is great news for UAP TradeLocks as they have enjoyed a good working relationship with Borg Locks for the past six months since they became the master distributor for their digi-locks.

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The UAP Tradelocks 'Dragons' have found a winner whose idea will now go into production. Details below and congratulations to winner Tony Carter. It was a scary line up to have to face! 

We also have an email from the Master Locksmiths Association of Australasia, and a nomination for the Golden Key Award. So whether you represent locksmiths from anywhere in the world, or if in the UK, and you know or work with a trainee who shows promise, we would like to hear from you.

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This Week's News

TradeLocks' Dragons announce Tony Carter as competition winner

* UAP-Dragons-Den-Winner.jpgAfter receiving hundreds of entries and whittling them down to just five to be put forward for the public vote, TradeLocks have finally found a winner for their Dragons' Den competition. After months of anticipation, the winner has now been announced as, Tony Carter, owner of Earls Barton Locksmiths, who won with a staggering fifty per cent of the votes.

Letter from Australia

Jarad Morrison, Communications & Membership Manager, Master Locksmiths Association of Australasia, writes to LASN:

It's an exciting time in Australia in and around September and October, with the AFL Grand Final, NRL Grand Final, Spring Racing Carnival, Bathurst and many other sporting and cultural events.

ALEX - Auto Locksmiths Expo

Auto locksmithing is a specialist area. Very different to standard locksmithing, it involves the use of high-tech equipment and requires an understanding of programming and auto electronics.

ALEX is the first independent dedicated show of its kind in the UK. Leading suppliers to the auto locks industry will be showcasing the very latest equipment and technology.

Golden Key Award nomination

Fagan-and-son.jpgJack Fagan has been nominated by his father, Andy, who writes:

I would like to nominate my son Jack who has been working with me for just over a year now.

Gang jailed for 11 years following cable thefts

In the first case of its kind in the UK, four men have been sentenced for conspiracy to commit cable theft after forensic evidence provided by SmartWater linked them to multiple crimes.

Admitting to more than 30 offences of stealing railway cable, the gang have been jailed for a combined 11 years at Leamington Justice Centre with individual sentences ranging from 19 months to three-and-a-half-years. Whilst passing sentence, the Judge described their crimes as "theft on an industrial scale".

Urmet integrate Paxton reader into their new range of S-Steel door entry panels

* urmet.jpgUrmet has added several new and improved features to its incredibly successful and iconic range of stainless steel door entry panels. The S-Steel now replaces the original K-steel range, which has been selling in the tens of thousands for well over a decade. As testament to Urmet's dedication to manufacturing excellence the company have maintained the classic and unique design of the K-Steel but they've succeeded in making an already outstanding panel, even better.

Count, Measure, Analyze: New Video Analysis Tools For Retail Stores And Beyond

The MOBOTIX Q24M-Sec hemispheric camera, which can capture an entire room with no blind spots, has now even more to offer with the new integrated MxAnalytics video analysis tool. MxAnalytics is an efficient tool for process optimization or marketing purposes and can be used in small retail stores as well as in public buildings such as museums or airports in order to receive important information.

Heat Map: Track And Evaluate Movements

Garda World Security founder leads company buyout Add to ...

Stung by investor indifference and calls to eschew acquisitions in favour of debt reduction, Quebec entrepreneur Stephan Cretier is leading a buyout of his security services firm, Garda World Security Corp., so he can start cranking up the deals again.

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GWA to buy API Locksmiths

Australian building fixtures and fittings group GWA is to purchase API Locksmiths for $13.1 million. API Locksmiths is a provider of locksmith services, safes, locks and alarms through its national network, and has revenues of about $25 million a year.

GWA on Tuesday entered into an agreement to acquire the company. The transaction, funded from existing reserves, is expected to be completed by the beginning of October.

Kansas locksmith settles with Attorney General

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced a settlement on Tuesday with a Kansas City locksmith and its general manager resolving allegations that the company advertised lower prices than it actually charged.

Alpha Locksmith LLC and Eyal Tom Lugassi, the company's general manager, allegedly quoted and advertised low prices for locksmith services but then charged consumers higher amounts after the services were provided.

Hackers could be running company computers, GCHQ chief warns

Iain Lobban, director of the intelligence agency, said too many businesses have "misplaced" confidence over their security against cyber attacks and need to take the threat more seriously. He said some may not realise their systems have already been compromised, sensitive information stolen or even have their entire network until the control of criminals.

The agency revealed one, unnamed, security firm that ran large Government contracts went bankrupt after hackers released sensitive emails and data.

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UAP Tradelocks partner with JB Key to benefit irish locksmiths

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Leading UK supplier and distributor of Locksmith tools, UAP TradeLocks, have entered into a distribution agreement with Dublin based hardware and security company, JB Key Co.

Burglaries down thanks to home security

Figures released recently by the Office for National Statistics show that the number of recorded domestic burglaries has fallen four per cent compared to the previous year. The ONS, has attributed the decline in its figures to falls in large-volume offences such as vehicle crime and burglaries due to the rise in domestic security such as window locks, alarms.

The Auto Locksmiths Show latest

Is already looking to be a great success with over 500 pre-registered vistors. The demonstration area is proving popular even though there is a charge for watching the live demos (show entry is free). Demonstrations are selling very fast. Hickleys are offering a £10 voucher for anyone attending their demos off show purchases.

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