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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
6th February 2013 Issue no. 154

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International News

"Is this one of yours? It looks like one, but I'm not sure it is...

That's what a number of Roto customers have been asking recently, with regard to their TSL espagnolette. As with any market-leading product, there are inevitable imitations.

Advanced Keys new interactive product catalogue

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Advanced Keys is pleased to announce that its new interactive product catalogue is now available. You can search within it easily and click through to the relevant page on the website making ordering simple.

The Jan 2013 Catalogue is available on the 'Downloads' page on www.advanced-keys.co.uk

Surveillance statistics highlight security value of spy cameras and other devices

Statistics have found a surprising fall in crime in the UK over the course of 2012, with 8% less crimes being committed last year; some of the lowest figures in recent memory.

AMG-Panogenics launches SmokeCam360

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Squeezing the electronics into a smoke alarm case offers the perfect solution for 360 degree camera implementations in sensitive environments. 

Free training courses on automatic doors for locksmiths

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Global Automatics has extended its range of free training courses on automatic doors. Course lengths run from one-day  through to eight-day courses for new people, run on a one-day per week basis. Different courses are available and bespoke courses can be put together based on specific needs.

CES announces immediate support for Citysafe customers

CES UK has moved quickly to reassure locksmiths who have purchased CES own section self-assembly suites through Citysafe Wholesale Ltd. CES UK's Managing Director - Mario Del-Signore says: "It has come to our attention that as of Thursday 10th January 2013, Citysafe Wholesale Ltd is no longer able to supply CES products. We realise that this will adversely affect a number of locksmiths who have purchased our products in good faith through Citysafe."

Voice 'fingerprints' could plug call-centre security leaks

By Brandon Butler

You've heard such stories. Mat Honan, a reporter for Wired magazine had almost his entire digital life erased when a fraudster used social media account information to trick Apple and Google into allowing him access to Honan's account information. Paul Allen, the billionaire co-founder for Microsoft fell victim to identity theft when an AWOL US Army solider called Citibank and changed the address of Allen's card from Seattle to Pittsburgh, which he then used on a $15,000 shopping spree.

The common theme between these two high-profile stories is the way fraudsters were able to penetrate the contact centres of these big companies and misrepresent themselves as legitimate customers.

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Global car theft hot spots and trends revealed

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:
- Covers 26 countries across the globe
- Provides an in-depth insight into theft factors
- Identifies future trends for global car theft


Weak passwords to be major security risk in 2013

At the start of a new year, two security specialists have highlighted the main areas of concern for corporate IT security in 2013.
The biggest security threats to companies in 2013 will depend on who is attacking the business: Opportunistic criminals will continue scanning for accounts with default or weak passwords, while targeted attackers will refine their attempts to fool employees, business services firm Verizon and security software firm McAfee stated in separate reports.

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Oz McDonald's installs a DNA deterrent spray in all 700 stores

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 fast food giant is taking the drastic action following a spate of robberies in its Australian outlets over Christmas and New Year.

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.

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We're on the final roll down the road to the biggest annual event in locksmithing: the Locksmiths Exhibition 2013.

Visitor registration number 750 has just been awarded his prize (as well as a bit of fame, or is that infamy?). Will you be visitor registration number 1,000? You can still come in on the day of course, but pre-registration cuts the queues and makes us feel very proud! In addition to the various show offers and new products that you will find, there will also be the announcement of the winner of the Golden Key award to the lucky trainee or apprentice.

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This Week's News

We have Mail: Event Security sector research

Worcester Research has been commissioned by Skills for Security, the Skills and Standards setting body for the security sector, to undertake research with companies from the Event Security sector, across the UK, to better understand how the existing qualifications and training meet the needs of the Industry. We anticipate that this research can be used to support changes to the current qualifications framework within the industry.

As part of this research, we invite you to take part in an online survey, which will take 10-15 minutes to complete. The survey can be found at the

Locksmiths Exhibition draws closer and closer

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Lots to tell you about this week: Visitor registration No 750 was Graham Piggot - so Graham nip along to the Payatrader stand and get your free drink voucher. Will you be registration number 1000? If you haven't yet regsistered DO IT NOW!

While on about Payatrader here is another SHOW ONLY offer:

Payatrader would be pleased to offer visitors to the show / readers of LASM the opportunity to join Payatrader and to have the joining fee refunded.

Advanced Keys free postage offer

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Advanced Keys are offering free postage on UK orders over £100 (excluding VAT) for the rest of February.

Advanced Keys Limited
Tel: +44 (0)121 355 8510
Fax: +44 (0)1213555922

MPL Director celebrates Bradford City cup success

* Graham-Jones_Phil-Parkinson.jpgGraham Jones, owner of the MPL Group of Companies, is 'over the moon' following Bradford City Football Club's historic cup run to reach the Capital One cup final at Wembley Stadium on February 24th.

Graham, a locksmith by profession, is a lifelong Bradford City fan and has been a full board director of the club for the past five years.

Surveillance Success Stories

Installing a CCTV system onto a home or property is becoming more and more prevalent and a popular way to protect homes against intruders. From comprehensive systems which connect to an interior television for complete surveillance, to the high-tech cameras which have infrared capabilities and a huge amount of memory storage, there are options for almost every property owner.

Not only do these camera systems offer the homeowners peace of mind, it has also been proven to work in the amount of cases which are publicised, where a burglar has been caught on home surveillance cameras and subsequently prosecuted.

SSAIB reveals plans for 2013 as registrations reach new peak

* Geof-Tate_SSAIB.jpgSSAIB, the UK's leading certification body for security organisations. has unveiled a range of new initiatives for the coming year. These include further enhancements to its new website, an easier online application system, and an electronic auditing package.

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The Golden Key Award

The Golden Key Award, sponsored by Lockdecoders, was announced last year in Locks and Security News and sister publication Locks & Security Magazine.

UK to launch public cyber security awareness campaign

The Cabinet Office is to launch a public cyber security awareness programme early this year aimed at improving the online security of consumers and small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

The initiative is part of the government's cyber security strategy, aimed at ensuring the UK can manage the risks and harness the benefits of cyberspace, reports Computer Weekly.

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