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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
31st October 2012 Issue no. 142

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International News

The new A9 - another Miracle ... from Lockdecoders!

Just in time for the Auto Locksmiths Expo (ALEX) opening this weekend, Lockdecoders, said to be one of the most innovative world players in auto locksmithing equipment, have launched another winner.

Rotterdam Museum says deactivated lock helped thieves

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.

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Security firm Securitas to cut costs, lose 400 jobs

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.

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New range of "thru the door" vehicle opening tools

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.

Alert Pal: a portable GSM instant alerting security camera

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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).

Austrian police under fire from locked out callers

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.

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Hacker cracks 4 million hotel locks with 'James Bond Dry Erase Marker'

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.

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What a cracking show! The Auto Locksmiths Expo (ALEX) held last weekend at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham, has reached new heights as far as UK exhibitions to the locksmithing industry is concerned. The product demonstrations featuring live camera action with large screen displays so that everyone can follow the process proved to be a great success. This is the first time that this has been done in this country for this market and is an idea that will most definitely be repeated by us at future events. We saw visitors from Belgium, Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Poland, Holland and even South Africa! UAP Tradelocks brought over Jim Hetchler from Texas, USA, so even the Americas were represented!

One exhibitor (Lockdecoders) even said that the show was "Like 3,000 visitors had come through the doors, it was that successful for us." Although we didn't see quite those numbers (just as well!), the quality was extremely high, as was expected at this elite level of the locksmithing industry, and most visitors not only stayed for much of the day, visiting each stand in turn, but they came back the next day as well. Many did their buying there and then, thanks to the show offers that were available.

The consensus of opinion seems to be 'more of the same please' and so ALEX is to feature as an annual event in the locksmithing calendar. This issue of Locks and Security News features a photo review and some of the comments.  

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ALEX show review

They started arriving on the dot at the 9.30 am opening.ALEX-Hickleys.jpgAnd the exhibitors made certain there was plenty to see!
ALEX-gen3.jpgALEX-Gen2.jpgMost visitors stayed for hours, many returning the next day as well.ALEX-gen.jpgMany thanks to sponsor Lockdecoders who supplied the bags! Their stand was at times crowded out, as you can see in the photo below.

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NOS Consultation: Electronic Security Systems

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 auto smart keys now, but are too concerned with security

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. 

ALEX is now less than 3 weeks away

Visitor pre-show registration is still going strong with visitors booked from all over the world. Do pre-book it will save time on arriving. The QR codes will be going out later this week, please print at a reasonable size making sure you have all the edges or bring your smartphone with the image on-board.

High-def CCTV cameras risk backlash, warns UK watchdog

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.

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Airport security worker 'failed to spot fake bomb clearly designed to look like explosives as it went through X-ray machine'

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.

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DHF publishes guide to the specification of CE marked doorsets

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A comprehensive guide designed to help building professionals correctly specify CE marked doorsets has been published by the Door & Hardware Federation (DHF).

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