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31st October 2012 Issue no. 142
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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
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).
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
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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!
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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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