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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
3rd October 2012 Issue no. 138

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International News

Security guard training organisations face scrutiny in Australia

Some government-approved organisations are under fire in Australia for providing security guard qualifications to people without any training, with potentially deadly consequences.

The following is a transcript taken from ABC's investigation into the system that's been exploited by 11,000 people in the past two years alone to avoid the tough training, probation and citizenship requirements in states like NSW and Victoria.

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Easydor opens the door to easier access

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New Easydor is an eco friendly wireless door operator that also acts as a door closer. This heavy duty, low energy opener is designed for institutional, high traffic manual opening in applications such as Education, Healthcare and Leisure facilities, making access much easier.

Investigation reveals cyber espionage technique used for government intelligence gathering

A joint investigation by the Guardian Newspaper and the Cyber Security Research Institute has revealed that nation states are now routinely deploying cyber espionage software across the internet.

Gartner: Worldwide security spending will approach $86 billion in 2016

Worldwide spending on security is expected to touch the $60 billion mark in 2012, up 8.4 percent from $55 billion in the previous year, according to research company Gartner -- this figure will approach $86 billion in 2016.

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

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Urmet 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.

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Quite a week for embattled global security provder G4S. Not only have there been resignations at the very top over the Olympics security fiasco, but the news is out that the company ignored warnings over one of its security guards who then went on to kill two colleagues. Now, it emerges that one of its subsidiaries has lost the 'Nuclear Fort Knox' contract - due to an embarassing security breach! All the stories are below.

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This Week's News

The keys to the city: Retired locksmith selling master keys that will open subways, elevators and power stations

A retired locksmith is leaving the door open for anybody who wants to make themselves at home in various areas of New York City's infrastructure. Daniel Ferraris, 69, of Union City, New Jersey, is reportedly not asking questions as he sells the keys, which have some crying foul over a possible security breach.

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ALEX - Auto Locksmiths Expo - 3 weeks to go

ALEX.jpgThe show is jointly sponsored by Lockdecoders, Hickleys, UAP/Tradelocks and KAP Diagnostics.

The show dates are 27th and 28th October 2012. Doors open at 09.30 on both days. Saturday will close at 17.30 and 15.30 on Sunday. The event will be held at the East Midlands Conference Centre, University Park, Nottingham, RG7 2RJ

CAWA and AAIA have reported a victory for consumers and the automotive aftermarket alike

This was following the veto by California Gov. Jerry Brown of SB 750, reports Aftermarket News.

The bill, introduced by Sen. Ed Hernandez, and sponsored by BMW, sought to exempt automakers from providing electronic key code information to locksmiths, requiring motorists to contact the automaker to get a replacement key for their vehicle.

Security expert donates new safe to Grimsby charity shop after break-in

A charity is feeling as safe as houses thanks to a generous donation. More than £800 was stolen by thieves who raided the Grimsby and District Healthcare charity shop, in Freeman Street, Grimsby. Now, security and locksmith expert Richard Ellis has donated a new safe to the charity.

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Senior G4S executives resign over Olympics security failure

Two senior executives at G4S have resigned over the company's failure to deliver its contract for the London 2012 Olympics, but chief executive Nick Buckles has kept his job.

David Taylor-Smith, chief operating officer, and Ian Horseman-Sewell, managing director for G4S Global Events, are stepping down following the firm's failure to meet its Olympics commitments. The G4S board, though, has concluded Buckles should stay on "in the best interest of the company and all of its stakeholders."

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G4S 'warned' over killer security guard Danny Fitzsimons

Danny Fitzsimons was convicted of shooting dead fellow security guards Paul McGuigan and Darren Hoare. Security firm G4S was sent warnings not to employ an armed guard in Iraq just days before he murdered two colleagues, a BBC investigation has found.

Private security guard Paul McGuigan, from the Scottish Borders, was shot dead by Danny Fitzsimons in 2009 in Baghdad while on a protection contract.
Another man, Australian Darren Hoare, was also killed. All were working for UK contractor G4S, which was operating under the name ArmorGroup in the region.

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US nuclear site ends security contract following nun's break-in

The U.S. government's "Fort Knox" of weapons-grade uranium storage has ended its contract with a unit of international security firm G4S, two months after an 82-year-old nun and other nuclear activists broke into the site.

VDT Direct adds latest android notifications to webeye

* webeye_samsung phones.jpgVDT Direct, the leading developer of rapid deployment video security solutions, has added new Android enhancements to WebEye CMS, the world's first fully cloud-based alarm monitoring software for the RSI Videofied system. 

First Surveillance Camera Commissioner appointed

The Home Office has appointed Andrew Rennison as the first ever Surveillance Camera Commissioner. The new post was created by the Protection of Freedoms Act.

The new commissioner's first task will be to report back to Parliament on how CCTV and automatic number plate recognition cameras (ANPR) are being used, before publishing a new voluntary code of practice in April next year. The ICO will be working closely with the new commissioner to support his role.

Greenfox Solutions have moved

Greenfox Solutions have just moved! Their new numbers are:

Tel: 0151 530 2020 Fax: 0151 539 0479 mob: 07801 368614 
e: [email protected] 

Not all systems are fully up and running yet so they ask customers to please bear with them for the moment.

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