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31st July 2013 Issue no. 179
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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
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
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This Week's News
According to Access Control, a new Market Update from market intelligence provider Key Note, the UK access control market fell by 1.3% in 2012, after the market contracted by 1.6% in the previous year.
The UK Access Control market has been affected by the recent economic downturn, weak business investment activities, and a declining construction market. In 2012, the value for business investment at chained volume measures was significantly lower than it was in 2008. Business investment activities are important for the access control market, as they provide new buildings which often require security systems, as well as renovating and upgrading existing ones.
The Birmingham University co-authored paper highlighted security flaws in the security system used by Bentley, Porsche, Audi and others. The paper mathematically explored the software behind the code, highlighting many of the security holes and weaknesses of the system.
Volkswagen's request to block the paper's presentation was based on the fear that the information could "... allow someone, especially a sophisticated criminal gang with the right tools, to break the security and steal a car."
While the Dutch-and-British authors of the paper counter that "... the public have a right to see weaknesses in security on which they rely exposed ... industry and criminals know security is weak but the public do not."
SBD's forecast takes into account a number a potential growth scenarios to give our clients a more realistic market outlook and provides users with an easy-to-use interface to analyse the smart key market in Europe, including:
- Overall trends (unit sales, fitment rate, revenue)
Lockdecoders announce that qualified customers can now have extended credit for major purchases of £1500 and over.
No interest is charged, just a small administration fee of 3%. Customers can buy the firm’s range of automatic key cutting machines, engravers and high-end eeprom and cloning devices with the payments spread over 3 months.
The Governor's Office of Consumer Protection has found Atlanta Solution Locksmith guilty of "unfair and deceptive practices" and demanded the company pay nearly $112,000 in restitution and penalties.According to an investigation, ASL also said its employees were bonded and that the company was a member of Associated Locksmiths of America, but neither claim was true.Full Story
UAP TradeLocks has put the spotlight on Genuine Lishi and is giving away free Genuine Lishi Torch Attachments with every 2-in-1 purchased. TradeLocks has not put a limit on how many free torches one customer can get, so if a single customer orders one hundred Genuine Lishi 2-in-1s they will receive one hundred free torches.
This offer is subject to availability, so you'll need to get your orders in quick.
Following the riots in London of August 2011, the Metropolitan Police will be holding a conference on Wednesday 18th September 2013 at New Scotland Yard for all representatives of the CCTV sector to discuss lessons learnt, good and bad practice and how to improve the overall effectiveness of CCTV.
Detective Chief Inspector Mick Neville, Metropolitan Police said "CCTV continues to be the biggest contributor to successful prosecutions of rioters and looters from 2011. During the course of the investigation into the disorder many lessons have been learnt in relation to use of CCTV.
Researchers at Security Research Labs have discovered a vulnerability on SIM cards, which will allow hackers to take control of a phone. The vulnerability relates to cards using Data Encryption Standard (DES), developed in the 1970s.
Security Research Labs said with over seven billion cards in active use, SIMs may well be the most widely used security token in the world.Full Story
Considering we live in an era where the possession of too much hand sanitiser is enough to strike fear in the heart of airport security, you'd think passengers would exercise a little caution when it comes to carry on items - you know, like leaving the gun-shaped paraphernalia at home.
You'd be wrong. Last week, one LaGuardia-goer tried to pass through airport security in a pair of pistol-shaped high-heeled shoes.Full Story
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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.
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."
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.