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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
20th November 2013 Issue no. 193

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International 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.

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.

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This Week's News

UAP TradeLocks launch Plasticine Mortice Lock Impressioning Set

* Mortice-Lock-Impressioning-Kit.jpgAfter 12 months in development and a very large investment, UAP TradeLocks has launched the first of six TradeLocks' Mortice Lock Impressioning Sets. The first to be released is the Legge Black British Standard Set.

The sets are aimed to make the life of the Locksmith much easier when faced with many of the more common mortice locks. They comprise of everything required to impression a mortice lock and create a temporary replica key, allowing non-destructive entry in just minutes.

Thieves 'using fake locksmith stickers to mark houses'

Thieves fronting as locksmiths are using fake stickers to flag up London properties that could be easy to burgle. The conmen are pretending to distribute marketing material as they check the robustness of security on doors and windows.

Those homes that are believed to be easy targets are then marked with a tiny transparent sticker that advertises a "24-hour locksmith", the Evening Standard reports.

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SBD publishes global Smart Key database

SBD has just published its Global Smart Key Database saying it is the ultimate reference guide available in the market today. Data includes over 1,000 vehicle models from 3 regions (US, Europe, China).

- Photo library for 49 vehicle manufacturers (including door handle types, trunk and smart start buttons)
- Details include system pricing and supplier information
- Systems are categorised into different types with simple terminology

Guys and St Thomas NHS use skyguard to protect 600 lone working staff

* Security-Guard.jpgBased in central London, Guy's and St. Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust comprises two of the largest hospitals in the UK, employing over 13,000 staff. In April 2011, the Trust took over responsibility for the provision of community services in Lambeth and Southwark. As a result of this transfer, the Trust 'inherited' 471 personal safety devices, which were purchased from the 2009 Lone Worker Framework Agreement.

Inventhelp inventor develops improved lock system

Home invasions and break-ins are the stuff of nightmares, but the hard truth of the matter is that these crimes are dark facts of life for some unfortunate families and business owners. To offer protection against these violations, an inventor from Murray, Utah, created a prototype for The Power Locks.

The system secures the door against forced entry. The lock cannot be picked, and it can withstand being kicked in. The unit is designed to be virtually impossible to penetrate. In addition, it offers added peace of mind, and it is adaptable for use with any size or type of door.

Y3K revolutionises high-definition CCTV market with affordable HD 960H 4-camera kits

* Y2K-HD -camera-kits.jpgY3K, the UK's leading manufacturer and distributor of HD CCTV systems, is to strengthen its range of high-resolution cameras by offering HD 960H cameras and DVR kits at prices that will make this new technology affordable to everyone for the first time.

Lockey moves!

Total Product Sales, perhaps better known as Lockey after its brand, has moved. the new address is:

Unit 6, Saxon Way Business centre, Melbourn Royston, Herts, SG8 6DN. Telephone and fax numbers remain the same.

Winsted equips state of the art demonstration room at Samsung

* Samsung_Winsted.jpgLeading control room furniture manufacturer Winsted has equipped a new state-of-the-art demonstration room at Samsung Techwin.

New security boss for NZ

* Kitteridge.jpgPrime Minister John Key has announced Rebecca Kitteridge as the new Director of Security of New Zealand's Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS).

Ms Kitteridge will replace Dr Warren Tucker who is retiring next year. Ms Kitteridge is the current Secretary of the Cabinet and Clerk of the Executive Council at the Department of the Prime Minister and the Cabinet. She has served under four Prime Ministers and four Governor-Generals while at the department.

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ACT crossing bridges

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An 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

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

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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