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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
9th October 2013 Issue no. 187

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International 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."

Mul-T-Lock launches flex control

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Mul-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.

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.

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.

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Lockdecoders news

"Not long ago we had to increase prices by 5% because of a drop in the value of the British Pound. That now shows an upward trend. We have no idea if this will continue but we are offering all our customers an extra 5% off all purchases ordered and paid for in October 2013.

These can also be purchased from our authorised distributors around the world." Note: This does not apply to any special local prices that we have agreed to in the past and it does not apply to transponder chips.

Winter warning to protect heating oil supplies

An opportunity for savvy locksmiths and security consultants perhaps? At a time of year when supplies of heating oil are being replenished the police are urging homeowners to take steps to deter thieves.

ALEX show 2013 shaping up to be best ever!

ALEX-LOGO.jpgEast Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham, October 26 and 27

This year's ALEX (auto locks exhibition) is on course to exceed last year's highly successful event, according to show organiser Mick Friend. He says: "We launched the ALEX show last year and we were overwhelmed by the response from both visitors and exhibitors. ALEX is the only dedicated and independent show for auto locksmiths in the UK and last year's show proved that there was a real appetite for a specialist event."

UAP TradeLocks geared up for Auto Locksmiths Exhibition

* Lishi-ALEX.jpgAs the Auto Locksmith Exhibition approaches its second year, UAP TradeLocks is gearing up for what is set to be a show to remember. There will be product demonstrations, free personalised laser engraving, fantastic show prices and free tea and coffee.

Man sought in auto locksmith killing

Oklahoma homicide detectives said they are looking for a man they believe to be the one who shot and killed a Tulsa locksmith last Tuesday night.

Tulsa Police are calling 22-year-old Dewayne Fulsom a person of interest in the shooting. Detectives said the evidence points to Fulsom being the one who shot into locksmith Sebastian Geiger's truck.

The Master Locksmiths Association backs National Home Security Month

This October, The Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) is supporting National Home Security Month, which is designed to raise awareness of home security as the darker nights draw in.

With the clocks going back this year on Sunday October 27, the national initiative aims to highlight ways in which the general public can keep their homes and families safe, and provides advice through its website, www.homesecuritymonth.com, where users can also register for a newsletter providing security information.

Nearly 3 million in Adobe security breach

US software giant Adobe said on Thursday it had suffered a security breach affecting almost three millions accounts. "Our investigation currently indicates that the attackers accessed Adobe customer IDs and encrypted passwords on our systems," Adobe chief security officer Brad Arkin said on the company's website.

Navtech Radar nominated for Detektor International Awards 2013

* NavTech-Radar.jpgNavtech Radar, the world leading developer and manufacturer of millimetre wave (MMW) radar sensor solutions for outdoor, wide area Security and Surveillance applications, has been nominated for a Detektor International Award 2013 in the Alarm & Detection category.

Novelist's GCHQ concerns after reading top-secret files

Top-secret files explaining the scope and nature of GCHQ's work and its ambitions have been examined by an award-winning novelist.

John Lanchester was allowed by The Guardian to read the files leaked by National Security Agency analyst Edward Snowden in New York, even after UK government officials oversaw the destruction of computers containing the data in the newspaper's London offices.

Hopes Queensland licensing overhaul will rid security industry of bikies

Locksmiths and bouncers would be licensed by police under a government plan to head off bikie infiltration of the Australian security industry. The shake-up would also stop criminals exploiting a "dead easy" licensing regime under Queensland's Office of Fair Trading to get security work interstate, industry sources claim.

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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

MOBOTIX 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.

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