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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
16th October 2013 Issue no. 188

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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.

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This Week's News

You can learn from ALEX!

ALEX 2013, taking place over the weekend of Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th October at the East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham, is going to be the place to learn about all aspects of auto locksmithing. Show organiser Mick Friend has once again put together a full programme of live demonstrations, workshops and master classes to suit all levels of experience and abilities.

Encryption: the options available and how you can use them

If you have ever thought about the need for encryption but don't fully understand the different options available to you, the ICO's Group Manager for Technology, Simon Rice, has published a new blog to help you on your way www.ico.org.uk

The Data Protection Act (DPA) requires organisations that are storing personal information electronically to have appropriate measures in place to keep the information secure. If the loss of this information would cause damage and distress to those affected then we expect the information to be encrypted. If it isn't, then an organisation is not keeping the information secure and leaving themselves open to possible enforcement action.

Tokheim Eye service station solution named finalist in Business Awards

* Ron-Perry.jpgTokheim Eye, the new integrated security system specifically developed for fuel service stations, has been named a finalist in the Havering Business Awards' Innovation category. The awards scheme rewards excellence and innovation and recognises best practice, with a record number of businesses entering this ninth annual contest.

Security hole lets criminals fly into Britain with no check

Terrorists and dangerous criminals can take advantage of an "incredible" hole in border security and secretly enter Britain, MPs have warned. Members of the House of Commons' Public accounts committee expressed grave concern about the Home Office's failure to check passports of passengers who arrive in light aircraft or private jets.

Sir Charles Montgomery, director general of the Border Force, told the committee he was working on solutions to improve checks on small planes - known as "general aviation" - but admitted some arrivals are not examined by his officials.

FrontPoint Security named best US home security company

A home security review site that combines customer and professional reviews to help homeowners pick the best security company, names FrontPoint Security to the number one position of home security companies for 2013.

By comparing the top five security companies in the U.S., Best-Home-Security-Companies.com gives readers the confidence to select the best options for their needs while keeping their homes and families safe and secure.

Russian Winter Olympics security: "Prism on steroids"

Athletes and spectators attending the Winter Olympics in Sochi in February will face some of the most invasive and systematic spying and surveillance in the history of the games, documents show.

Russia's powerful FSB security service plans to ensure that no communication by competitors or spectators goes unmonitored during the event, according to a dossier compiled by a team of Russian investigative journalists looking into preparations for the 2014 Games.

AMG enters Strategic Technology Partnership with Luxriot

AMG Systems, the British manufacturer of sophisticated Megapixel cameras and CCTV transmission technology, and Luxriot, market leading suppliers of Enterprise Video Management solutions in the USA, have announced a strategic technology partnership that will see the AMG-Panogenics 5 megapixel 360 degree PanoCam360 camera range integrated into Luxriot's signature Video Management Solution (VMS).

Winsted unveils WELS '3D Design' software version 4

* WELS5.jpgLeading control room furniture manufacturer Winsted has released the newest and perhaps the greatest version of WELS, its unique Winsted Equipment Layout Software (WELS) version 4.

Winsted have reworked the software with the end-user in mind. The biggest change is the improved look and feel. The equipped version 4 has been revamped with a completely redesigned user interface with exciting new features promised to streamline the design process and improve the user experience.

So we're sharing our social security numbers on social media now

By Meghan Neal

We all know that people overshare on social media and are blase about privacy and all that. But a recent security survey by Visa found that 7 percent of Americans even admit to having shared their social security number on social media.

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Microsoft pays hacker $100,000 for finding security holes

Microsoft is paying a well-known British hacking expert more than $100,000 for finding security holes in its software, one of the largest bounties awarded to date by a tech company.

The company also released a much anticipated update to Internet Explorer, which it said fixes a bug that made users of the browser vulnerable to remote attack.

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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.

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.

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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