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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
7th November 2012 Issue no. 143

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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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This Week's News

IFSEC Seeks Top 40 Security and Fire Industry Influencers

As IFSEC approaches its 40th year, the IFSEC team would like to know who you deem the 40 most influential players in the global security and fire industry today. From the hottest conference speakers, to the most followed tweeters, we want your help to compile a global list of the top 40 leading thinkers and innovators.

SSAIB launches UKAS-approved fire risk assessment scheme

SSAIB, the UK and Ireland's leading certification body for security organisations - providing a variety of electronic security, manned guarding services, fire protection, intruder, and other alarm systems - has unveiled an important and topical fire scheme.

Soon security cameras will be predicting your next move

As if the prospect of being watched by security cameras wasn't unsettling enough, they may not only be watching you. Computerised surveillance software currently under development will also let them predict what you're about to do.

Lockdecoders is everywhere...almost

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This has been a very busy year for me both in our product development and in my visits to assist our various Principal Distributors in the many countries in which we are represented. Those tasks have taken me this year so far to Norway, Spain, Holland, Belgium, Poland, Bulgaria, Turkey, France, the USA, Australia, Hong Kong, South Korea - some of those twice.

Security alert over print at home plane tickets that can be altered to avoid US security checks

Barcodes on airline boarding passes can be read using smartphones and altered to allow passengers through lighter security checks, an aviation security researcher has claimed. The U.S. Transport Security Administration (TSA) runs a programme called PreCheck which allows frequent fliers to be randomly chosen for 'expedited screening' before boarding domestic flights.

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Police commendation for SmartWater specialist

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A member of SmartWater Technology Ltd's Special Support Team, has been honoured by one of the police forces he works with, for his commitment in supporting its fight against metal theft.

Security guards take on the payroll parasites

by Nick Sommerlad

Gutsy security guards have won a rare victory against the type of payroll parasites exposed recently.

The 32 posted to Lloyds TSB took their bosses at Vision Security Group to an employment tribunal over admin fees they were being charged for taking part in a so-called travel and subsistence scheme.

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Milestone video chosen for architectural landmark

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Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), has been chosen as the surveillance solution for Aker Brygge, an iconic architectural landmark owned by Norwegian Property, and a top destination for living, working, shopping, dining and entertainment in the center of Oslo.

Illegal marketing clampdown begins as spam texters set for six figure fine

By Simon Entwisle

Many people have experienced the irritation of having received unwanted marketing calls or spam texts. Over recent months we have seen a rise in the number of complaints. Tackling this problem is a key priority for the ICO and we are currently chasing up leads and investigating complaints in order to identify the rogue companies behind this.

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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.

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