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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
11th June 2014 Issue no. 220

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International News

Two girls die after hit and run by locksmith who was chasing a non-paying customer

The incident took place in Georgia, USA, with one girl pronounced dead at the scene while the second teenager died later following a devastating hit and run in northern Georgia.

Juliana Ferrell, 16, was pronounced dead on Friday. She was hit earlier last week with two other girls when a locksmith who was chasing a man who drove away before paying for a lockout service lost control of his car.

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Adrian Steel launches new locksmith interior for RAM ProMaster

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Adrian 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

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The 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

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Britannia 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.

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

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Atus, 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.

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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This Week's News

Genuine Lishi's subscribers now pass the 1000 mark

* Genuine-Lishi-Web.jpgGenuine Lishi launched their re-developed website last Tuesday, right here on LASN. And in that first week over 1000 Locksmiths have taken the chance to subscribe for FREE to this new resource website.

The Genuine Lishi website has been developed with the Auto locksmith very much in mind. It acts firstly as a free resource for selecting the right tool for going to a job. So when a job comes in, the AutoLocksmith can ensure they have the right equipment before they step foot outside their door. Second, the site is where all new tools can be registered to get the new FREE LIFETIME GUARANTEE launched by Genuine Lishi.

CriticalArc Introduces SafeZone distributed command and control

* iPhone_SafeZone_Team.jpgUtilised by universities across Australia and Asia, CriticalArc's SafeZone meets the challenges of efficiently managing everyday security operations through to full-scale emergencies across large and geographically dispersed facilities. 

Alpro on the ball in Kent

* Alpro_shearlock.jpgShearlocks from Alpro Architectural Hardware are being used to secure the Three Hills Sports Park in Folkestone, Kent. The £7m park is a centre of sporting excellence providing national-standard facilities for hockey, cricket and netball.

The Alpro units have a shear holding force of 1,200kg and are securing doors on the main pavilion and indoor training facilities. They were installed as part of a £7m scheme to convert a dilapidated recreation ground into inclusive community facilities which have increased public participation in sports activities.

Security staff strapping on stab vests

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Security workers in New Zealand are spending up to NZ $1300 on stab-proof vests to protect themselves against violent attacks in increasingly high-risk jobs, say suppliers of the hi-tech garments.

A rising number of security guards, door staff, animal control officers and noise patrol officers are wearing the vests to reduce the risk of life-threatening injuries on the job.

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Section of Paris bridge begins to collapse under weight of thousands of 'love locks' left by tourists

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Tourists have been evacuated from one of the most iconic bridges in Paris after it began to crumble under the weight of thousands of 'love locks'. A chunk of the Pont des Arts bridge fell away on Sunday night and the police were called to seal off the area.

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EMKA publishes 2014 enclosure and cabinet locking components catalogue

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EMKA has published its 2014 enclosure and cabinet components catalogue, which features locks, handles, hinges, gaskets and electronic cabinet security products.

Of note are the radio-activated Agent E swinghandle with RFID card reader and the biometric access control systems with fingerprint scanning developed in partnership with Digitus-Biometrics.

The more conventional modular components in the catalogue are centred on the EMKA locks, handles, hinges and sealing profiles, but the 2014 edition offers greater coverage on technologies associated with these modular systems in production of standard and custom components for industry, transport, electronics and production environments.

Milestone Systems eases the transition from analog into digital video

Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), has announced a new licensing concept for analog cameras used with the forthcoming XProtect 2014 family of VMS products.

In the new licensing concept, only one hardware device license is needed per analog-to-IP encoder unit, regardless of the number of analog cameras connected to the encoder unit. The new Milestone licensing concept will be in effect from May 21 for all XProtect 2014 VMS products.

LockExpo - the ONLY annual Lock and Security Exhibition

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Since the announcement of the 2015 dates last week, stand reservations rocketed to 50% of the available space. There were requests for bigger stands and three new companies asked if there was space for them to exhibit.

Call for care homes to consider how they protect residents

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Security specialist urges the discussion of how CCTV could be used to prevent mistreatment in care homes to continue.

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.

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%.

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