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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
28th May 2014 Issue no. 218

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Unbeatable key management for car supermarket

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Traka, the key management specialist, has helped a large car Supermarket save money by implementing a solution that helps the company keep track of the location of thousands of keys.

Unbeatable Cars, a large car supermarket, operates across two sites in Portsmouth and Crawley, and were finding its previous manual system to be slow and inefficient.

Urmet's S-Steel GSM Door-Entry solution

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Urmet, the UK's leading door-entry and access control manufacturer, introduces its easy-to-use access control solution that operates via GSM.

The intercom units, which are available with Urmet's award-winning S-Steel panel, use a SIM card for communication and access control. When activated, a call is established to a pre-designated number - either a landline or a mobile telephone - creating a line of communication and giving the user the ability to open up to two access points.

They may be good for hardware trade but are love locks on bridges romantic or a menace?

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Critics say beautiful bridges are being blighted by an epidemic of ugly padlocks "spreading like fungus". But is the growing trend for love locks really a thoughtless act of vandalism, or just a harmless expression of love?

It seemed romantic when Carolyn Barnabo and Clive Roberts attached a padlock to the Pont des Arts and symbolically threw the key into the Seine.

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Morrisons selects MOBOTIX

MOBOTIX AG, a leading manufacturer of digital high-resolution, network-based video security systems has released details of a project at Wm Morrison Supermarkets that is helping to secure access and reduce management complexity across 40 critical sites supporting the retailers "farm to fork" business strategy.

Mothercare pilots automated security audit system

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Mothercare, the UK's leading retailer of baby equipment, clothing and toys, has installed a pilot of the new SecureSeal Logger system on its trailer fleet.

This wireless, self-powered device enhances the functionality of the industry standard SecureSeal Data reusable seal used on each trailer door to provide an automated audit trail of security sealing to Mothercare's loss prevention team.

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This Week's News

Adrian Steel launches new locksmith interior for RAM ProMaster

* Adrian-Steel.jpgAdrian Steel has just released an upfit for the new RAM ProMaster. This interior was revealed at the 2014 NTEA Work Truck Show and is specifically designed for locksmiths, to increase efficiency and organisation while on the job.

This new interior for the RAM ProMaster offers a multitude of storage features designed with locksmiths' needs in mind. There is plenty of storage space within locking cabinets and drawer units for large and small cargo. The RAM ProMaster features a workbench that gives locksmiths a surface to actually work on in the van.

Keep valuable documents safe with the Fire Stor from Securikey

* The-Fire-Stor-range.jpgThe Fire Stor range of fire and burglary resistant storage cabinets from Securikey offers an extremely reliable and affordable solution for the safekeeping of important documents and other valuables - providing complete peace of mind even in the face of the unexpected.

When the home or workplace succumbs to fire, the destruction of documents such as insurance policies, wills, passports and certificates can greatly prolong the time it takes for a person or company to get their affairs back in order.

ACT secures Axiom

* Axiom-House.jpgBritannia Fire & Security Ltd have secured the headquarters of the Axiom Housing Association in Peterborough using an innovative access control system. The IP-addressable equipment, which is from ACT, consists of proximity readers, door controllers and ACT's access control software suite.

Axiom operates more than 2,200 homes across Peterborough, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire, and provides housing and services to over 5,500 people. Supported services assist vulnerable people, those leaving care, people with learning difficulties or with mental and physical health needs.

Breakthrough, wearable device, prioritises business text messagesand instant personal alarming

* atus_smartbadge.jpgAtus, one of Europe's leading suppliers of advanced personal security and paging systems, has introduced an entirely new product category: the new AtusSmartBadge. It works in conjunction with a Smart Phone and immediately relays business-related messages sent to that phone. But because the ultra-lightweight AtusSmartBadgecan be worn on a lapel or clipped to a shirt pocket, those urgent messages will be seen immediately.

Blaggers prosecuted following ICO criminal investigation

One of the most complex criminal investigations the Information Commissioner's Office has ever undertaken was brought to a close in April, as the last person behind a company that tricked organisations into revealing personal information about hundreds of individuals was successfully prosecuted under the DPA.

The investigation focused on the activities of a tracing agency called ICU Investigations Limited. The company was run by Barry Spencer and Adrian Stanton and worked on behalf of clients to trace individuals, primarily for the purpose of debt recovery.

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Yale launches major Summer security campaign

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Yale urges locksmiths to make the most of summer sales opportunities with its 'Operation Safe Summer' trade initiative. At the heart of 'Operation Safe Summer' is a major consumer marketing campaign, 'Unlock Your Summer.'

Lockexpo 2015 announced

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The only annual Lock and Security Exhibition, now in it’s sixth year, has announced the dates for 2015: the weekend of the 8th and 9th March 2015 at the East Midlands Conference Centre Nottingham.

National locksmiths awarded ISO 9001 accreditation

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Exeter-based national company LockRite Locksmiths Ltd, were awarded the ISO 9001 accreditation by QMS International plc. LockRite add the prestigious quality management award to their existing CHAS (Contractors Health & Safety Assessment scheme) accreditation.

Evander Glazing & Locks scoops RoSPA gold award

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The firm had already scooped the RoSPA Silver Award last year and achieved the jump to a Gold Award in just a year by reducing the annual number of reportable accidents by 38%.

Rescue after fault locks person in new Exmouth toilets

Fire crews had to be called to Exmouth seafront on Sunday after a member of the public became stuck in the new public toilets.

A fire engine was sent to Queens Drive to release a person locked in after an electronic lock had failed. Crews used small tools to release the person. The new toilet block was opened on the seafront only last month.

Source: Exeter Express & Echo

Car hacking technology 'fueling motor thefts' in London after years of decline

By Dominic Gover

Electronic gadgets capable of hacking into a car's security systems are enabling thieves to steal thousands of cars with the minimum of effort. Sky News reported that half of all car thefts in London last year were carried out without resorting to force, such as smashing a window or intimidating the owner.
Experts warned the problem is deepening, with 21,000 cars stolen in London last year. It means the trend could pick up after years of declining motor thefts.

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Locksmith recycles scrap metal to help Plymouth charity

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What a combination! A locksmith has been recycling scrap metal from safes to raise cash for a Plymouth charity. Paul Bushell, of Saltash-based Sir Fix-a-lock, decided that rather than bin old locks and safes, he could sell the metal for scrap and donate the cash to charity.

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A bad day for shoplifters

Facewatch and Littoralis are pleased to announce that they are working together to develop an integrated business crime service to enhance their ability to support Police, Partnerships and Businesses in the reduction and prevention of crime.

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