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16th January 2013 Issue no. 151
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by Paul Cunneen, President of the Associated Locksmiths of Ireland (ALOI).
This is a new law that forbids any contractors in from operating within the Republic Of Ireland, in the Access control or CCTV sectors without a PSA (Government) licence. This will also affect UK companies from operating in the Rep. Of Ireland, and would be extremely difficult for these companies to obtain the licence. Part of the licence requirements are a valid Irish C2 (Tax clearance certificate) for each and every director in the company, Irish Gardai vetting certificate (Police vetting and certificate). UK CRB check is not acceptable (as any offence in Ireland must be checked as part thereof).
The following is an article from the Annals of Improbable Research.
by Peter Freundlich, The Peter Freundlich Institute New York City
The author of this study has often been an object of intense study by Uniformed Private Security Guards. In response, he has spent much time in turn studying them and their behavior. Here is the fruit of that study. Read it, and you will have a clear understanding of the concept of Gluteal Hardness.Full Story
Cybercrimes have become the No. 1 worry of publicly traded U.S. companies, in terms of potential litigation and financial losses, according to a recent survey of the Chubb Group. Fully, 63 percent of the respondents said they were most concerned with losing customer or employee data through an electronic security breach.
In an article in PC Advisor an insurance company data breach that exposed 1.1 million people to identity fraud exemplifies the kind of cybercrime that companies increasingly fear will land them in civil court.Full Story
Held from the 23rd to the 25th November, Peter Southern says: "What a well turned out exhibition it proved to be! I think about 800 people attended and we were there for the first time with our new Turkish Distributor Severn Security Systems.
The year saw a huge upsurge in the amount of online hacking. Cyber attacks in some form or another were practically a monthly occurrence. In fact, Venture Beat called 2012 a 'big, bad year for online security breaches', citing high-profile companies such as AOL, LinkedIn, Google and Yahoo as falling victim to hacking attacks that have exploited their customers' private information.Full Story
An IT security firm is to create 100 jobs at a new operations centre in Dublin. Mandiant is opening a security and engineering centre to develop products to fight cyber attacks.
Ireland Jobs Minister Richard Bruton said: "Today's announcement that Mandiant, a specialist company in the fast-growing IT security sector, is establishing operations in Ireland with the creation of 100 high-end jobs is great news."Full Story
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You don't need us to tell you it's tough on the high street with music store HMV going into administration, quickly following camera retailer Jessop's demise. For this industry the cessation of Citysafe Wholesale is a blow much closer to home. This company had planned to exhibit at the Locksmiths' Exhibition - fortunately a replacement soon filled the gap (see item below). For both Jessop's and HMV it seems that failure to adapt to new technology and keen price competition brought about their end. One way to make sure that you and your business does not follow the same untimely path is to visit the Locksmiths' Exhibition in March where not only will you see the latest technology on show from the industry's leading lights - but you will be able to pick up many fantastic show offers on products as well, helping to keep your own costs down.
Remember, f you choose not to visit, around 1200 of your contempories will, so make sure you are not left behind.
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This Week's News
Luxury car owners have been warned to increase their vehicle security after tech-savvy crooks used a gadget to steal two BMWs from outside homes. The cars were taken from outside properties in Granary Lane and Meadow Lane in Worsley, Salford, within hours of each other.
Officers say the offenders used an 'unknown device' to override the vehicles' keyless security systems. They are now urging motorists to use steering wheel locks to further protect vehicles. The blue BMW 320 and white BMW 318 Sport are both started using a security fob which is plugged into the dashboard to start the cars.
Police are issuing advice to motorists following a number of catalytic converter thefts across the country.
Thieves have been targeting the catalytic converters of predominately Mercedes Benz Sprinter vans. Catalytic converters are targeted due to the high value of the precious metals they contain. Since 1 January 2013, there have been 10 reports of catalytic converter thefts from areas including Medway, Sittingbourne, Tonbridge, Maidstone, Ashford and Ramsgate.
Statistics show that South America is the car theft capital of the world - but does this tell the whole story?
SBD's latest research, Global Theft Guide 2012, looks at the worldwide trends in order to profile current market conditions and to predict which markets are most likely to show an increase in vehicle theft in the near future.
This quick and easy guide for vehicle theft statistics:
The Locksmiths Exhibition opens at 10.00 on Saturday 2nd March and record numbers of visitors are expected. The registrations continue at a high rate. If you have not yet registered now is the time to do it at: www.lockexpo.co.uk
As a BONUS for ACTUAL attendance at the show Locks and Security Magazine will offer a full years subscription of 6 issues for just £12 if you register on the door or £10 if you have pre-registered - makes sense to pre register.
Taxpayers have had to foot a £330,000 bill for changing the locks at four prisons after guards lost their keys, ministers have admitted.
a new Conservative justice minister, said that the prisons had to have all their locks replaced over the past two years as misplaced or stolen keys caused security scares. The Ministry of Justice declined to say which ones were affected, but there have been a number of reported incidents involving missing keys.Full Story
At the start of a new year, two security specialists have highlighted the main areas of concern for corporate IT security in 2013.
McDonald's is installing a spray in more than 700 stores which covers thieves in DNA linking them to a specific crime for several months, it has emerged.
The burger chain has linked with up with UK security firm SelectaDNA and will now install the system which covers thieves with the invisible, non-toxic spray in all its 780 outlets across the country.Full Story
UAP TradeLocks have had a positive start to the New Year with a new addition to the team in the form of accomplished locksmith, Warren Rockley.
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Almost 200 people have registered on the www.lockexpo.co.uk site - over 100 in the last week!
This will allow them to print off or download the QR entry code and to update their details. It also means that future shows, including ALEX next October. All you will need to do is log in and request your QR code. A one time registration for all future shows! Just a quick login for each show and it's done. The login will also give you access to other things like booking training etc.