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4th December 2013 Issue no. 195
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IFSEC India returns in 2013 to bring the latest technologies and innovation to top professionals interested in operating in the Indian market. With over 9,000 security and fire professionals looking to network and 220 world leading companies displaying their tailored solutions expected at this year's show, this is a must-attend event to network with your clients, suppliers and peers and stay abreast of industry trends if you are looking to learn more about industry within India.
Valencia Airport in Spain has become one of the latest European Airport to conform with new EU Regulations (EC 300/2008) stipulating that measures for perimeter intrusion must be in place by 2015.
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)
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.
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."
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.
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This Week's News
A Newport, Wales, businessman hoping to open a new city nightspot next month is appealing for help to open and move a "massive" safe which is holding up work at the former tax office. Iftekhar Haris intends to open the Courtyard cafe-bar and nightclub on December 13 - but a large steel unit is currently blocking contractors building a wall necessary to complete the renovation on Cambrian Road.
A number of Newport locksmiths have failed in attempts to open the three-ft-by-three-ft fireproof box, while Mr Haris says the council have also told him they cannot help. Can you?Full Story
As the company's Rebecca Lee-Jones tells it:
"We convinced the MD to donate £5 for each order our customers placed that was over £200 +VAT, we begged our nearest and dearest to donate what they could, and we made sure everyone knew that we were growing our lip cozies for a damn good reason."
The night watchman of the future is 5 feet tall, weighs 300 pounds and looks a lot like R2-D2 - without the whimsy. And will work for US$6.25 an hour.
A company in California has developed a mobile robot, known as the K5 Autonomous Data Machine, as a safety and security tool for corporations, as well as for schools and neighborhoods.
"We founded Knightscope after what happened at Sandy Hook," said William Santana Li, a co-founder of that technology company, now based in Sunnyvale, Calif. "You are never going to have an armed officer in every school."Full Story
This is the biggest so far and includes all the greenteQ products launched during the course of 2013. These include stainless steel lever/lever and pull handles, the Sigma Compact door hinge, new Kappa Pony Tail and Doctor door knockers, Alpha inline sliding patio door handles, Clearspan hardware for aluminium bi-fold doors and more.
Kent burglary detectives are asking homeowners to be on their guard against a technique that burglars have been known to use to identify vulnerable properties.
In other parts of the country, reports have been received of stickers being placed on doors or letterboxes of houses advertising a locksmith service. The sticker has a telephone number on it, but the number is not a registered number. If the stickers are not removed, burglars presume that the house is empty or that the owners are away.
15 - 16 JANUARY 2014, Sophia Antipolis, France.
The annual ETSI Security Workshop has built a reputation of being a premier event on Security. It brings together the latest from those developing International Standards and security experts to discuss recent developments, share knowledge, identify gaps and co-ordinate on future actions and work areas.
UK based control room console designer and manufacturer Winsted Limited, welcomed Lord Lieutenant Patrick Holcroft , the Queen's representative in Worcestershire, for the official presentation of The Queen's Award for Enterprise 2013 for the companies achievement in International Trade.
Mayor Steve Fulup says he has no idea what they may have been used for, or whether anything might be inside. But he is planning to have a locksmith open them in December. City officials think they have been around for generations and not opened for many years.
Mayors who have served over the past 30 years say that they don't have any answers about them. But one bit of lore is that they may have been used to store kickbacks from city workers to Mayor Frank Hague, who ran the city from 1917 to 1947.
Marine terminal operator DP World is constructing the UK's first major deep-sea container port this century as part of a development that will include the largest logistics park in Europe. The London Gateway terminal is on the north bank of the river Thames at Thurrock in Essex, to the east of London.
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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.Full Story
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.
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.Full Story
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.