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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
13th November 2013 Issue no. 192

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International News

Burglar calls locksmith to open house door

A burglar in Belgium had a locksmith open the door to a house. The 21-year-old criminal called the gullible craftsman and paid him with some of the 1500 euros stolen from the home, it was reported.

The prosecutor in Leuven demands six months in jail for theft, and another three months for possession of heroin. The burglar also risks a fine of 6,000 euros.

Zedbull new update

The latest update for the Zedbull has extended the cloning applications still further. Now it is possible to clone the Texas 8C transponder mainly used in Mazda and some Ford applications say Hickleys.

This new cloning ability is carried out simply and quickly without the need of a PC, Internet, or going to the vehicle. "It is a simple read and write process and it is done."

Security Excellence Awards 2013: Winners revealed!

With close to 1,000 attendees, the highly coveted Security Excellence Awards, organised by UBM Live, took place during a Black Tie gala ceremony at London's prestigious Hilton Hotel, Park Lane on 23rd October 2013.

Navtech Radar Scoops prestigious Detektor International Award

Navtech Radar, a world leading developer and manufacturer of wide area Security and Surveillance systems, has won the Highly Commended Detektor International Award 2013 in the Alarm & Detection category. Launched in January 2013, the new AGS1600 EXTREME radar surveillance solution is specifically developed to cope with the environmental and climatic conditions found in oil & gas exploration.

'Smart' lock turns smartphone into bike key

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Bitlock lets cyclists lock and unlock a bicycle with nothing other than a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone.

Dortronics Systems announces new electromagnetic locks at ASIS 2013

Dortronics Systems recently introduced two new electromagnetic locks for use with a variety of door and frame types at ASIS 2013. The 1107xD maglock and the 1107xEDR delayed egress actuating maglock offer smart features in a slim configuration and at a competitive price. Both units deliver fail-safe operation, releasing instantly upon command or loss of power.

Viscount signs distributor agreement with Tri-Ed Distribution

Viscount Systems a leading edge high technology supplier of security systems and software, has announced that the company has signed a distributor agreement with Tri-ED Distribution to begin selling and stocking Viscount's new Liberty access control system at its 65 North American branch locations.

IFSEC Istanbul conquers the region

IFSEC Istanbul, organised by UBM Live, has closed its doors for 2013 following a very successful launch event on 30 September - 2nd October. The inaugural IFSEC Istanbul welcomed more than 2,000 visitors from across Southeastern Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East at the Lufti Kirdar Convention and Exhibition Centre, Istanbul, Turkey. More than 57 countries were represented and the exhibition attracted high level security professionals with buying power in excess of $10million.

Zapper launches Scan-to-Pay to help SMEs who suffer from late payments

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Zapper's new Scan-to-Pay service help reconcile the £36.4bn currently owed to six out of 10 UK SMEs in late payments. The service makes invoice payments as quick and easy as taking a photograph.

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This Week's News

Mobile locksmith earns 3rd Super Service Award

For the third consecutive year, mobile locksmith Teds Locksmiths has won the Super Service Award in Charlotte, North Carolina for excellence in customer service. The Super Service Award is provided to businesses in recognition that "honors excellence among service and health providers who maintain a superior service ratings and reviews."

Locksmith cracks open old safe, finds $2.5 million in gold and silver coins

A scrap collector and a locksmith got the surprise of their lives after discovering an old family safe filled with hundreds of gold and silver coins.

The anonymous Houston collector took the safe to locksmith David Molick and asked him to break into the vault before it was turned into scrap. Mr Molick then spent 20 hours breaking into the safe, drilling through six-inch concrete walls, before uncovering the secret stash of money.

ACT crossing bridges

* ACT-severn-bridge.jpgAn access control solution from Access Control Technology (ACT) is being used on the main crossing points between England and South Wales. The two bridge crossings are the (suspension) Severn Bridge and the (cable-stayed) Second Severn Crossing which span the estuary between South Gloucestershire and Monmouthshire.

SBD's electronic thefts threat database

Electronic equipment to override vehicle security systems have been available for several years, but their capability and availability has rapidly increased in the past 12 to 18 months.

SBD's Electronic Theft Threats Database details a range of tools and devices available. These tools have had the most impact on vehicle theft or have been reported to have been used to steal vehicles.


Shopping centre security staff issued with body cameras

The 12-strong security team at Poole's Dolphin Shopping Centre have been issued with personal body cameras. The discreet lapel cameras are the latest video technology and their aim is to improve customer service and ensure shopper safety.

Notices have gone up across the town centre mall informing shoppers that not only are there fixed cameras in the centre, but moving cameras as well.

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Working with the Surveillance Camera Commissioner

The Information Commissioner has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Surveillance Camera Commissioner, Andrew Rennison, on 23 October. The agreement commits both organisations to working with each other to regulate the use of CCTV and other forms of surveillance cameras in England and Wales. The pledge will help to avoid duplication of effort by establishing clear working relationships between both Commissioners.

Avocet unlocks ABS sales potential with new appointment

* Raymond Pearce-Avocet.jpgBrighouse-based Avocet Hardware has appointed Raymond Pearce as head of UK sales for its ABS snap-secure lock system.

Milestone Systems acquires Connex International, Inc.

Milestone Systems, the Copenhagen based open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), is purchasing all outstanding shares of the surveillance training, certification and consulting company Connex International, based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Milestone was already a majority stakeholder in Connex from an initial investment in July 2010.

IFSEC & OSH Arabia

The 16th International Conference for Industrial Security will be held 24 - 26 November 2013, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The Conference programme has been revealed and you can now book your place to attend.

Hear directly from the authorities about how they are planning and responding to the security threats facing the region.

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Transponder cloning: are you aware of the risk? Asks SBD

Vehicle manufacturers adopted transponder technology two decades ago to successfully tackle rising levels of theft with electronic immobiliser systems.

Since that time, however, advanced code-breaking techniques and more powerful computers have meant many early, but still widely-used, transponders are no longer secure.

Read an explanation of how cloning tools have been developed; a unique analysis of the risks of transponders being cloned; guidance for OEMs on what can be done to secure their future systems.


Keep homes secure in worst burglary month with Mul-T-Lock

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Mul-T-Lock is working closely with its dealers across the UK and Ireland to focus on home security following Government statistics revealing November as being the worst month of the year for break-ins.

Security solutions protect against card and currency fraud logical and physical attacks

Experts from Diebold showcased the company's high-performance security solutions at the ATM Security 2013 Conference on Oct. 22-23 in London. During the conference Diebold addressd the following automated teller machine (ATM) security threats: card and currency fraud, logical attacks and physical attacks.

ALEX 2013 photo review

Despite the extensive roadworks in and around Nottingham and the closeness of the MLA show, attendance at this year's Auto Locksmith's event was only marginally down on 2012 - exhibitors reported a good turnover of visitors and some very good orders taken by discerning customers.

3D Group are going moustache mad for charity

Throughout November 3D Group are continuing to give you the same Free Delivery on all orders, the same excellent customer service, and the same easy ordering methods as always, but this November we are doing it with moustaches to raise money for men's health issues!

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