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24th July 2013 Issue no. 178
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State officials say faulty locks may be a root cause of the deadly violence occurring in Georgia's high-security prisons. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that state facilities housing gangs and hardened criminals continue to deal with the dangers of doors that do not lock.Full Story
In 2009, the 10 News Investigators went undercover to help bust deceptive locksmiths. After the investigation, 10 News sat down with Victor Crist, then a State Senator leading the effort to regulate the locksmith industry. But a statewide bill to crackdown on dirty locksmiths died in the legislature.
But Crist hadn't forgotten the story, or the locksmiths. Last week County Commissioner Victor Crist, with the help of his fellow commissioners, moved to act. And they've got backup- professional locksmiths also want tougher regulation of these shady competitors.Full Story
A Chesterfield, VA, county locksmith will be appearing in federal court on July 16th to answer to charges of possession and distribution of child pornography. Harry Lee Palmquist Jr. told federal investigators earlier this year that he had been downloading child pornography for about a decade, according to an affidavit. Based on the document, Palmquist didn't come to the attention of investigators until September 2012.Full Story
The company has installed its self-service 'locksmith' kiosks in several 7-Eleven stores around New York City.
With the kiosk, people can store digital copies of their keys. If they lose their keys or get locked out of their apartments, people can simply go back to a KeyMe kiosk and create a spare key by accessing their digital copy.
Digital copies can be accessed via fingerprint scan so people can be assured that nobody else can access their keys. The kiosk is also equipped with high-level encryption and does not store any personal information.
Police in India have given agencies a 45-day ultimatum to get all armed security guards verified. Joint commissioner of police Maheshwar Dayal called a meeting of all the security agencies last week and directed owners to ensure verification of arms licences before hiring the guards.
In August last year, a little girl, Vaanya Chaddha, 5, was shot when a loaded double barrel gun of a security guard accidentally went off. The girl remained hospitalised for more than 10 days. Later, the police found that the guard had a fake arms licence.
Source: Hindustani Times
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An auto locksmith based in the London area took a call around 9PM at night recently and asked if he was able to work on a specific make and model of vehicle. He reassured them several times that he was.
Locking your keys in your car is a helpless feeling. You're on the side of the road and can't go anywhere, until a locksmith comes to rescue you.
Now a hidden camera investigation takes an eye opening look into just how much some of those locksmiths are charging stranded drivers. Are they jacking up the price once they're on the job?Full Story
MOBOTIX AG has launched the new camera platform, M15 based on the new MOBOTIX 5 Megapixel Technology. It offers two exchangeable sensor modules and further builds on MOBOTIX 'innovative camera platform concept.
Workers are far more likely to be injured in workplace accidents during the first few months of a new job than at any other time says the British Safety Council. With the holiday season approaching, employers are urged to pay extra attention to the health and safety of young people hired for temporary, summer work.
A new 'intelligent' home alarm aims to make false alarms a thing of the past.
The Canary is connected to a wi-fi network, syncs with a users smartphone, and not only detects movement in the home, but sudden rises in temperature as well, signifying a possible fire. Once an alert is triggered the homeowner can either call police, remotely trigger the alarm, or just call a neighbour to check over the property. The more alerts sent, the more the device 'learns' the behaviour of the residents and aims to eliminate false alarms triggered by pets. The device will be available for around $199 or £129.
Dublin's Aids Fund Housing unit provides 24 self-contained apartments - across three properties - for single people and couples in the later stages of AIDs related illness who are homeless or unsuitably housed.
Security software firm Symantec is to establish a European customer support base alongside its existing facility in Blanchardstown which will create 400 new jobs. The company, which produces a range of content and network security software, said the new centre would provide a Europe-wide sales and support function to its customers.
Pye will head up the ISM team, reporting to the Board with a remit to achieve what Stephen Smith Sales and Marketing Director describes as "Bold but attainable growth targets in the next 5 years."
Sony has begrudgingly abandoned its fight to contest a £250,000 fine handed down by the Information Commissioner's Office after its massive 2011 PlayStation Network data breach. The Japanese electronics giant was slapped with the fine back in January for breaching the Data Protection Act after the personal info of millions of Brits - including names, addresses and account passwords - were stolen by hackers who infiltrated its PlayStation Network systems.
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KAPdiagnostics Ltd, a leader in next generation auto diagnostic equipment, has become the overall sponsor of this year's ALEX auto locksmiths exhibition which takes place at the East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham on the 26th and 27th October 2013.
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The comprehensive training is designed for locksmiths who want to refresh their technical knowledge of digital door and cabinet locks. The sessions will take place between September and December at Codelocks' HQ in Newbury.
On the 24th June 2013 RhinoCo moved to their new offices and warehousing at Shawbury Park Farm, Shrewsbury, SY4 4JP.
UK Operations Director Lisa Lupton stated "We are thrilled to have moved to both bigger and better premises. With more office and warehouse space, we hope to provide an even better service to our customers."
SALTO Systems has seen its 1000th RFID lock installed into Jesus College, one of 31 individual colleges at the University of Cambridge.
Figures published earlier this year by law firm Pinsent Masons show that the number of corporate manslaughter cases rose to 63 in 2012, compared with 45 in 2011 - an increase of 40%. The firm also warns of an increased focus by the Crown Prosecution Service on corporate manslaughter claims, claiming that momentum is growing around enforcement of the 2007 Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act, with a number of new cases in the pipeline.
As the fast-paced development of telematics systems continues to provide an ever greater number of convenience features for car owners, what does this mean for car security?
A security company has been able to make £5m of savings for a police force a year after taking over its back office functions. Lincolnshire Police signed a £200m contract with G4S, the world's largest security company, last April. At the time G4S committed to making £3.6m - 13.6 per cent - of savings a year but in a report published reviewing the first year, the firm said it had been able to make savings of 18 per cent or £5m, the equivalent of an extra 35 officers on the streets.
As part of the partnership, 575 civilian staff were transferred to G4S.Full Story