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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
19th February 2014 Issue no. 204

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International News

Avocet's 3 star diamond superstar delivers UK's best defence against lock snapping

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The ABS snap-secure lock from Avocet Hardware not only delivers TS007 3-star protection against lock-snapping attack, it is also boasts Sold Secure's SS312 Diamond accreditation - a combination that officially makes ABS the safest snap-secure lock in the UK.

"Lock-snapping has increased significantly as a means of forced entry in recent years and with it so have the number of snap-secure locks on the market," said Avocet's Raymond Pearce.

Threats from electronic theft methods

Working with intelligence from police and vehicle theft investigators, SBD's latest report shows the variety of cars from the Kia Sportage to the latest Range Rovers which are now being targeted by thieves using electronic theft methods. The availability of programmable keys and the speed at which today's diagnostic tools operate has meant that some Organised Crime Groups (OCGs) are increasingly adopting this method of theft in preference to targeting the owner's key through house burglary, etc.

The recent ESCAR conference in Frankfurt showed how methods from other industries, such as embedded Hardware Security Modules could be applied to make automotive anti-theft systems more robust.


Navtech Radar AdvanceGuard solution tightens security at Ostrava Airport.

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Four units scanning 360° every 1.5 seconds, detecting vehicles, human and animals in most weather conditions up to 1000 metres.

Ostrava Airport in the Czech Republic has become the latest European airport to conform to the new EU regulations, which stipulate that improved Perimeter Security measures must be in place by 2015.

Call for property owners to be social media savvy

Security systems expert, Hadrian Technology, is reminding property owners to be cautious when it comes to social media and home security. Research carried out by Legal and General has revealed that 84% of 18 to 35 year olds share photos and information on Social Media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, that could put their possessions and homes at risk from 'digital' criminals.

Cyber security: Answering tomorrow's problems today

By Mark Brown Director of cyber resilience at Ernst & Young

In 2014 cyber security challenges will be the scourge of international business and its boardrooms. As businesses struggle to grow and prosper, their risk agenda remains in a constant flux caused by the rapid pace of technological innovation.

So how should UK companies respond to cybercrime?

The Lock Charmer (El cerrajero)

One for our Spanish-language readers, El cerrajero is a new film by Natalia Smirnoff about an Argentinian locksmith who has surprising insights about his customers lives.

"The so-called "Smoke Days" that occurred for a couple of weeks in Buenos Aires in 2008, when the city was blanketed in a malodorous fog of unknown origin, are the perfect backdrop for Smirnoff's story, with its occasional touches of magical realism, though her small cast of characters finally emerges as recognizably human despite the somewhat unnatural twists and turns of the story. After a world premiere at Sundance, this humble, 75-minute tale will work its modest magic at other festivals and in niche release in the Hispanosphere."

The Hollywood Reporter

'Integrated Electronic Security a layered approach' by Martin Grigg

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Martin Grigg, a security consultant with international standing, has written a physical security textbook embracing the IP revolution. The book covers sectors including CCTV, access control, perimeter intrusion, biometrics and video analytics.

Grigg believes that a new breed of engineer is needed to design, install and maintain modern, integrated security systems. The book is also aimed at students and at end-users who are looking to maximise the return on their security schemes.

Global car theft decreasing... or is it?

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With a fall in traditional theft and a rise in electronic theft through organised criminal activity are we at the start of the next vehicle theft pandemic?

There is no single profile to fit vehicle theft across the globe, and often not even across a single country or region.

SBD's Global Car Theft Guide identifies common themes and elements to help our clients start to better understand the bigger picture.


Imtech Toegangstechniek fully implements Field Service Suite from ORTEC and Sigmax

Imtech Toegangstechniek (Access and Security) engineers have already been using a mobile software application on a handheld computer for the past two years, and recently Imtech also implemented the advanced Field Service Suite planning system from ORTEC and Sigmax.

This allows planners to monitor the current situation on the ground in real time via a seamless link between the planning system and mobile devices in the field.

Security check firm said to have defrauded U.S.

The company that conducted a background investigation on the contractor Edward J. Snowden fraudulently signed off on hundreds of thousands of incomplete security checks in recent years, the U.S. Justice Department said last week, according to the New Yok Times.

The government said the company, U.S. Investigations Services, defrauded the government of millions of dollars by submitting more than 650,000 investigations that had not been completed. The government uses those reports to help make hiring decisions and decide who gets access to national security secrets.

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5 guns a day confiscated from US airlines

The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has revealed some of the astonishing items confiscated at airports in 2013. Loaded guns, live ammunition, swords, throwing 'star' knives, dubious-looking containers of black powder, weapon replicas and even an 'inert' suicide bomber vest were all seized last year.

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This Week's News

Lockexpo 2014 classes and seminars update

The UK's only annual Locksmiths' Exhibition will soon be here! In a small change to training this year, these classes are on offer:

Saturday - Cylinder Bumping & Other NDE Techniques 

Maximum 20 per class taken by Mark Ward
Saturday 13.00 duration 2 1/2 Hours

All students receive:

Bumping Info Hand-out sheet
1 x Free Bump Key

Skills for Security develop National Occupational Standards for Remote Monitoring Operations

Skills for Security, the sector's Skills and Standards Setting Body, has announced that the newly developed suite of National Occupation Standards (NOS) for Remote Monitoring Operations have been approved by the United Kingdom Commission for Employment and Skills.

As with all National Occupational Standards developed by Skills for Security, on behalf of the sector, the NOS for Remote Monitoring Operations will also be freely available on the National Occupational Standards Database, which can be accessed via: www.ukstandards.org.uk

Yale's new Tradezone is open for business

Security specialist Yale has launched a new online resource designed to support locksmiths throughout the year as part of its "IN YALE WE TRUST" initiative.

Yale's new Tradezone is free to sign-up to and provides members with access to a range of marketing and sales materials, along with promotions and incentives, to support the sale of security products throughout the year.

Skyguard announces lone worker protection collaboration with VSG

Security-Guard.jpgSkyguard, one of Europe's premier personal safety service providers has announced a distribution agreement with VSG in providing lone worker protection across the UK and Ireland.

Skyguard will supply personal safety devices, mobile phone software and client administration tools to link directly with VSG's 24 hr manned alarm receiving centre.

AMG Systems secures critical national infrastructure in Nigeria

* Nigeria-mask.jpgAMG Systems, the British manufacturer of sophisticated Megapixel cameras and CCTV transmission technology, and systems integration partner Active Intelligence have co-operated on a nationwide contract that will help secure key national infrastructure in Nigeria, West Africa.

PSIM Pioneers ISM announce strategic OEM partnership with Indian Defence Company OIS Advanced Technology

Global brand ISM, a leading designer and manufacturer of security management software has signed a strategic OEM agreement with defence and homeland security company OIS Advanced Technology Pvt Ltd (OIS-AT).

With immediate effect, OIS-AT will be reselling and incorporating Genesys2 within its suite of products, using its own brand name throughout India.

Remote Solar Power CCTV Solution - with or without the sun

* Wavesight-solar.jpgWavesight has launched its first complete remote power surveillance solution, designed specifically for CCTV applications - fixed or mobile - in remote locations where normal utility power is not available or is too costly to install. Utilising the latest in solar panel technology, the WaveRPS generates 72W of continuous off-grid power, which can be used to run a CCTV surveillance system.

"The Safecrackers"

U.S. cable net TruTV has greenlit The Safecrackers, a series from American Chainsaws Entertainment following two locksmith experts as they crack open lost and abandoned safes.

The 6 x half-hour unscripted series is set to debut on March 24, and stars Phil Crawford and his best friend Blaze as they travel across America to open up vaults containing anything from antiques to armoured vehicles.

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New Technical Manager for Hadrian Technology

* Hadrian_Lee-Hannon.jpgSunderland-based CCTV firm Hadrian Technology, is continuing its expansion with the appointment of a new technical manager.

Lee Hannan, 39, from Sunderland, was promoted to the position after working at the company for four years as a lead engineer. In his new role, Lee will be responsible for all technical enquiries and partnership programmes, and he will be the frontline contact for all customers.

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Mul-T-Lock UK has launched an easy to follow video installation guide for its innovative access control solution, SMARTair.

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The new video provides locksmiths with a handy step-by-step guide to allow successful installation, useage and maintenance.

Locksmiths' Exhibition latest. Win £100 just for visiting!

What would you do with £100? It could be yours - at the SHOW on the reception desk will be a container - just drop either a business card or a slip of paper with your name - address - phone and e-mail and on Sunday at 1500 one lucky winner will win £100 - Each day one of the days cards will win £20.

As promised we have asked for some menu changes and these are they - Exhibitors will be able to pre-order food to be delivered to their stands - Visitors will have the very restful lecture theatre set out for meals with an order point and refreshments. Bar drinks can be brought through to the tables if you wish although the small lounge opposite the bar will be open.

Yale runs 'Trusted Faces' competition at Locksmiths' Exhibition

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If yours is a face that customers can trust Yale is giving you the chance to star in one of its ads... and win a Samsung Galaxy tablet!

PTS acquires CHQ

UK physical security consultancy CHQ has been acquired by global IT consultancy PTS. The merger allows PTS Consulting to provide physical security expertise as part of a combined offering that meets their customers' demand for converged IT, security and audio-visual solutions.

Turning to France for help

British security startup Darktrace has been joined by Andrew France, the former head of the UK's security nerve centre GCHQ, as its chief executive.

Darktrace technology allows the company to process streams of changing information very quickly and alert customers to possible threats as patterns change.

More than 4000 knives have been seized from visitors to the Scottish Parliament over the last three years

New figures show that 1497 members of the public passing through the security entrance at Holyrood were asked to hand over blades last year alone. 

In 2012, a total of 1380 knives were confiscated from the 400,000 visitors to the parliament.

Source: HeraldScotland.com

Tenant shot bailiff who was trying to evict him

A man has been found guilty of shooting at two people who came to evict him from his home. Andrew Stephenson, 49, of Strathleven Road, Brixton, opened fire at a housing association worker and a bailiff on the day he was supposed to be evicted from his home, a court has found.

A locksmith who opened the door for the bailiff was uninjured.

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Allegion puts spotlight on hospitality sector with new appointment

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Allegion has announced the appointment of Stefan Kobewka as Area Sales Manager for its CISA Hotel Locking Solutions brand, in a move which highlights the growing importance of the hospitality sector to the leading provider of safety and security products, formerly known as Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies.

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