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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
2nd October 2013 Issue no. 186

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International News

Man shoots locksmith during eviction

A man has been arrested after shooting a locksmith who was helping authorities serve him an eviction notice. Two officers knocked on the man's door to serve the notice, but no one answered. A locksmith then started drilling the door knob, when a gun shot was fired through the door, hitting the locksmith in the leg.

After a four hour stand off with the police in a gated San Ramon community, authorities say the man finally surrendered.

Reports say the 1.6 million dollar home was in foreclosure. The locksmith was taken to a hospital to treat his injuries.

Source: KVOA.com

No foreign security company can operate in Pakistan

The National Assembly was informed that no foreign security company is allowed to operate in the country under the prescribed criteria for private security companies. Minister for Interior Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan told the House during question hour that if any company is illegally operating in the country then strict action will be taken against those who issued visas in this regard.

MOBOTIX launches Lowlight Exposure Optimization - MxLEO and new DoorStation hardware

MOBOTIX AG launches the new Lowlight Exposure Optimization (MxLEO) software and new hardware for its building automation/home automation offering. The MxLEO is part of the latest MOBOTIX firmware 4.1.9 that also includes support for Hemispheric 5 Megapixel technology sensor modules.

Security guards strike in South Africa

Private security guards in Pretoria, South Africa, have joined the list of employees around the country who have gone on strike over wage increases.
An employer, who did not want to be named, said the guards were acting the victim.

IFSEC Istanbul Conference paints a picture for the next ten years

IFSEC Istanbul 2013 takes place from 30th September- 2nd October 2013 and features a dedicated conference programme as part of the ongoing education delivered by the IFSEC Academy.

Security cameras that were not so secure after all

A company that sells security cameras that were hacked, causing live feeds from hundreds of homes and small businesses to appear on the Internet, has settled allegations that it failed to adequately secure the devices.

Data protection authorities' enquiries into PRISM continue

The Article 29 Working Party, made up of representatives of the 27 EU data protection authorities including the UK's ICO, is continuing its enquiries into whether the PRISM surveillance programme complies with European data protection law.

ACT launches ACTpro eLock and ACTenterprise, access control software suite

Access Control Technology (ACT), the Irish-based access control manufacturer, has announced the launch of their latest product, the ACTpro eLock. The ACTpro eLock will go on sale through the established ACT network of distributors this month.

Security tech firms hit jackpot in Asia casino boom

Asia's new mega-casinos are driving sales and innovation in advanced surveillance technology, from chips with built-in radio transmitters to high-definition, multi-lens, digital cameras that can scan huge gaming floors and catch the deftest sleight of hand.

Home security solutions market worth $34.46 billion by 2017 - new report by MarketsandMarkets

According to a new market research report "Home Security Solutions Market - Global Forecast & Analysis (2012 - 2017) By Products, Security System Solutions & Homes" published by MarketsandMarkets, the home security solutions market, on the whole, is expected to reach $34.46 billion by 2017 at a CAGR of 9.1% from 2012 to 2017.

Skyguard launches MySOS Mandown the personal safety device for high risk lone workers

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Skyguard - the personal safety service for lone workers and at risk individuals is pleased to announce the launch of MySOS Mandown - Europe's smallest personal safety device fitted with a sensor which automatically raises an alarm to Skyguard's Incident Management Centre in the event of a fall or sudden impact.

Urmet's new S-Steel range - now available in kit form and compatible with all systems: analogue, 2wire GSM and IP

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With the successful launch of the new S-Steel range of entry panels, Urmet, Europe's largest door-entry manufacturer, is now pleased to offer this award-winning panel as part of a kit, providing installers with unbeatable value and flexibility. No matter what cabling you're using, these kits are compatible with all of Urmet's systems, including analogue, 2 wire, GSM and IP.

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This Week's News

Confessions of a Locksmith: An Insider's Guide to Securing Your Home and Business.

Melbourne's Toplock Locksmiths founder Justin Fankhauser says the majority of robberies are committed by opportunists. "They'll look for the weakest attack," he says. "If someone wants to get in they're going to get in, but what we try and do is make it less appealing."

Fankhauser has written a book based on his 12 years in the business - Confessions of a Locksmith: An Insider's Guide to Securing Your Home and Business.

ALEX - Auto Locksmiths Expo

* ALEX-LOGO.jpgFollowing last year's success, ALEX returns to Nottingham on the weekend of October 26th and 27th. Free to enter, it's the place to learn about auto locksmithing and see the latest equipment from the UK's leading suppliers.

Mul-T-Lock launches flex control

* Flex-Control.jpgMul-T-Lock introducess a revolutionary new cylinder system with the capability to control access in set time periods for any business, retail or residential environment.

The new Flex Control cylinder, operating from the high security telescopic pin Interactive+ cylinder platform, is presented with a set of colour-coded, patent protected keys to facilitate timed and scheduled access to a premises.

Mobile security costs UK SMEs over £66 billion per year

SolarWinds, a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, has announced the results of a survey* looking into the mobile security challenges faced by UK IT decision makers in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

Parc Properties selects MOBOTIX Video Door Station to secure luxury Docklands development

T24.jpgMOBOTIX AG, a leading manufacturer of digital high-resolution, network-based video security systems has released details of a successful implementation of its T24 Door Station technology at the prestigious City Harbour development in London Docklands to provide security and peace of mind for tenants within 86 luxury apartments.

London Security sees profits drop

Fire protection business London Security increased its revenue by 0.2 per cent to £47.8m in the first half, but profits suffered a decline. The company, which is based in Elland, West Yorkshire, builds fire-protection products and provides related services to more than 180,000 businesses across the UK, Belgium, Holland and Austria. It trades under the brand names Ansul, Nu-Swift, Total, Premier and Master.

The firm said that while revenue rose by £200,000 year-on-year in the six months to the end of June, 2013, operating profit decreased by £800,000 - or 8.2 per cent - to £9m.

NOS currently out for industry consultation

Skills for Security regularly undertakes projects to develop new National Occupational Standards (NOS) and review existing ones, to ensure that they are up to date and fully reflect the job roles within the sector.

There are two suites of NOS currently out for consultation:

- Remote Monitoring Operations (NEW)
- Skills for Security Essential Employability NOS (REVIEW) Previously known as Common Core NOS.

To submit your views:

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UK commits to help raise standards of private security industry

The UK joins new international oversight mechanism for private security companies to help raise standards of conduct across the industry.

Online presence sees NLS Security's sales rise

A family-run security firm in the North East has seen a rise in sales and national contract wins after the introduction of its e-commerce sites
Established in 1979 by Eric and Pauline Wylde, NLS Security Ltd was originally set up as Newcastle Locksmiths and Safe Company.

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Traka celebrates international growth

Traka plc, a leading developer of intelligent key and asset management solutions around the world, has appointed 16 new resellers in 2013 including 10 in Europe and five in Asia. These new channels join a network of 40 global resellers spanning countries such as Hong Kong, Turkey, Colombia and Poland.

2013 has seen the highest rate of reseller appointments for the company so far as a direct result of the indirect channel strategy being implemented by Brenda Taylor, sales & marketing director, since her appointment in January.

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