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24th October 2012 Issue no. 141
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By Rachael Williams
Police have come under fire in the current row over locksmiths which overcharge for their services after it was revealed that officers had been recommending companies suspected of ripping off clients.
The scandal came to light when one caller who had been recommended a shoddy firm by police made a formal letter of complaint.Full Story
This new hacker invention may look like a harmless dry erase marker, but in truth it's the ultimate electronic lock pick. In a post titled 'James Bond's Dry Erase Marker,' hotel hacker Matthew Jakubowski demonstrates how anyone can build this pocket-sized device which will open the lock on an estimated 4 million hotel rooms.Full Story
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.Full Story
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.
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The Auto Locksmiths Expo (ALEX) is now just days away. We hope to see you at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham this weekend where the first show of its kind in the UK will open its doors. To a few surprises, we can promise. In addition to the 'camera action' and plasma screen display so that everyone can get a good view of the live demos, there will be some great new products on display and some fantastic show offers!
I don't know about you, but when I read the news about the art robbery in Rotterdam I had to chuckle. When the alarm goes off the back door unlocks! The thieves nip in and out with the swag minutes before Clouseau (I mean the local constabulary) arrive. And I thought the Pink Panther franchise had finished!
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This Week's News
"Well I am officially gobsmacked!" says organiser Mick Friend. "I have had confirmation that almost every auto expert in Europe will be there - the show has arrived."
The Miracle A9 is claimed to be more capable and more versatile than any other automatic key cutting machine ever produced.
By Doreen Carvajal
The Kunsthal museum in Rotterdam, facing strong criticism over its security measures after seven valuable paintings were stolen last week, on Monday issued a statement explaining that the thieves were able to snatch the artworks swiftly after an alarm briefly deactivated a rear door's electronic lock.Full Story
Swedish security services group Securitas, which has posted seven straight quarterly earnings drops, is to cut costs and merge two divisions, it said on last week. The company, the world's second largest security firm after British-Danish G4S, has suffered from weakness in Europe during the sovereign debt crisis, affecting key contracts. Profitability in its U.S. market has been weaker than expected.Full Story
Hickleys are launching a new range of vehicle opening tools for the Auto Locksmith market at the ALEX international Expo show on the 27th & 28th October.
Shanghai University students have invented a new type of bicycle lock - a coded-lock that can be inserted in the beam of bikes or other two-wheelers - and so effective has it been that China's top bike maker, Forever, has come knocking on their doors.
Alert Pal is a totally unique security camera that uses a SIM card, which when triggered will send the user an immediate text alert and 5 images - usually in less than 60 seconds (costing less than 60p).
A deadly attack at a US consulate in Libya involved a Welsh firm based in Carmarthen, according to reports. US Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed in the attack at the consulate in Benghazi on September 11.
The attack coincided with the demonstrations of the US embassy in Egypt, in protest to the anti-Islamic film Innocence of Muslims, and was initially reported to be a similar demonstration.Full Story
Mul-T-Lock's patented MT5 cylinder platform has been installed at Peckforton Castle by Safeguard (NW) Ltd, to restrict the unauthorised distribution of keys and ensure its security can operate from a single master key suite, without compromising on the medieval style architecture.
Based in the heart of Cheshire, Peckforton Castle has been transformed into a luxury hotel with conference facilities and has also gained a license to undertake wedding ceremonies. However, with a number of different cylinder platforms on site securing the castle, security was being compromised.
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The Standards Development team at Skills for Security has been working with representatives from the security systems sector to review the National Occupational Standards.
It is now time for wider consultation on the changes that have been made and all practitioners in the sector are invited to have their say. This is an important part of the review process and all comments will be considered by the working group.
Customers want the convenience of smart key now, but are too concerned with security and reliability to accept a smartphone key system just yet, says SBD's latest customer survey. Data sourced from SBD's new customer survey - Cautious to Converted: A Survey Of Existing And Potential Smart Key Customers In EU.
High-definition closed-circuit television (CCTV) risks sparking a public backlash, according to the UK government's surveillance commissioner. Andrew Rennison told the Independent newspaper that "the technology has overtaken our ability to regulate it."
Surveillance cams now offer up to 29 megapixels, surpassing many cameras used by professional photographers.Full Story
An airport security worker has been suspended after she failed to spot a fake bomb designed to look like explosives as it passed through the X-ray machine. The guard did not detect the dummy explosive as it passed through Manchester Airport's 'air side' meaning it could have been taken on board a flight by a passenger.
It is believed that the woman missed the fake bomb because she was looking at her work rota at the time rather than watching the screen.Full Story
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.Full Story
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."Full Story