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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
18th March 2015 Issue no. 256

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International News

New product just in! - Aftermarket version FOR3 - 3 Button Remote Head

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3D Group are proud to release our own brand of aftermarket Ford remote, the FOR3c. This product is the result of a whole years’ worth of development. The FOR3c fits into Silca (FOB3), OEM and our own 3D version of the horseshoe (FOB3c). We have developed this product to the highest standard; it is identical to the OEM version in that it features a Panasonic battery and rubber seal that holds a glass chip just like in the original.

Introducing....the newly updated Genuine Lishi Training Manual - Only £199!

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When it comes to the fine art of Genuine Lishi picking, it takes great skill, precision and training to open each car lock.

Luxurious Aston Semarang Hotel in Indonesia fitted with NEWGY hotel lock system

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The Aston Semarang Hotel and Convention Center is a luxurious city center business and converence hotel. Offering 157 guest rooms with harbour and city views, a cozy all day dining restaurant, an elegant lobby lounge and recreational facilities including an outdoor swimming pool, a well-equipped gym and a full service spa.

Diebold launches anti-skimming technology to help protect consumers

Representing global losses in excess of a billion Euros, skimming remains the most prevalent type of ATM crime and a major concern for financial institutions that are at risk of losing customers' confidence, due to the constant threat of cardholder identity theft and card losses.

Comelit's ViP system offers residents class-leading comfort and security

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Globally renowned door entry manufacturer, Comelit Group UK, has supplied an IP video door entry system for a multi-block residential development in an exclusive gated community within the idyllic north London village of Mill Hill.

Yale UK stand A2

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Yale is part of the ASSA ABLOY group, a global leader in door opening solutions. At Yale, we have the expertise and product range to protect the homes and possessions of your customers. We pour passion and pride into our products, making sure our locks lead the way in home security.

Codelocks stand C15

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Codelocks is an innovative designer and manufacturer of electronic and mechanical push button locks for doors, cabinets and lockers.

Whether controlling access to certain areas or safeguarding confidential or dangerous materials, the locks offer users a convenient standalone solution without the trouble of issuing keys or cards.

Security Express stand C10

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Security Express is a leading wholesaler of safes and security products for both domestic and business use.

We have recently introduced several new products, including a range of key-locking Compact Safes, ECB.S Tested Fire Safes and further additions to our Deposit Safe range.

3D Group UK stand B20-B21

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3D Group are the leading Auto Locksmith Trade specialists. We stock a huge range of parts and tools from big brands such as Silca, JMA, and Keyline alongside a range of our own-branded products and genuine keys. Why not visit us on stand B20-21 and take advantage of our show discounts.

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This Week's News

MLA member keeping House of Commons safe and sound

A BBC documentary has given an insight into the day-to-day work of MLA board member and House of Commons locksmith, Peter Wosahlo.

Peter, a board member of the UK's leading locksmith association, the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA), has been featured on recent fly-on-the-wall documentary 'Inside the Commons'. The four-part series had unparalleled access to Parliament, where longstanding MLA member Peter Wosahlo is a master locksmith.

LockExpo post-show

Lockexpo_142.jpgFollowing on from the best ever 'Lockexpo' a poll amongst exhibitors carried out this week suggests the level of enquiries post show continues at a higher than normal rate. Sanjay from Trackit247 comments ' we sold a few units at the show, but in the last week the fear of losing their vans has brought a fresh batch of enquiries' - Locksure's James Mottram confirmed Sanjays comments, he is dealing with more enquiries each day.

Lockexpo's Mick Friend advises that anyone seeking a new exhibition stand for 2016 would be well advised to e-mail him sooner rather than later to reserve any free space that may occur.

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Is this the thanks we get? Man locked out of car allegedly uses opportunity to steal from rescuing locksmith

By Emily Welker, Grand Forks Herald

A Curt's Lock and Key Service employee told police Shawn Michael Pedraza had called to get keys made for his car. It was cold outside, the locksmith explained, so he let Pedraza sit inside his vehicle while he worked on Pedraza's.

When the locksmith finished and Pedraza got out, he noticed that a lock pick and two tension wrenches were missing from his vehicle, the locksmith told police. 

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Lawsuit seeks damages against vehicle manufacturers and their "hackable" cars

A law firm has filed a lawsuit against Toyota, Ford and General Motors claiming they have failed to take basic measures to secure their vehicles from hackers. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, is on behalf of three vehicle owners and all others similarly situated. It states that the three major vehicle manufacturers:

“Failed to ensure the basic electronic security of their vehicles, anyone can hack into them, take control of the basic functions of the vehicle, and thereby endanger the safety of the driver and others.”

Police Chief says catch your own burglars

Home owners must be prepared to provide their own evidence to convict burglars, as Police budgets are cut to the bone over the next couple of years, it's emerged.

That's the view of Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe - Britain's top Police officer - who says that properly fitted CCTV systems in homes and businesses will become the number one means to gather evidence against criminals, especially as the technology becomes cheaper and better than ever before.

Intelligent lockers reduce staff administration time at Lincoln College

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The college has installed three lockers holding 80 devices in its library allowing students to access laptops at any time of the day.

The new system means staff do not need to carry out any admin work retrieving the laptops from a safe and issuing them by scanning the barcode for each device, thus freeing up their time.

New TSL hardware suite from Roto

* Roto-open-out.jpg12 years ago, Roto introduced the world to twin-cam technology for Open Out windows. With the introduction of the new TSL hardware suite, the twin-cam concept remains at the cutting edge of window hardware.

With new cams and strikers, TSL is designed to enable windows to meet the most demanding domestic security requirements. Corrosion resistance is also enhanced: the product is coated with RotoSil 7, our very latest surface technology.

Student Placements - Supporting Your Global Growth UK Trade & Investment event

Whether you are a new or experienced exporter, university students can offer your business the opportunity to undertake projects which might otherwise go unexploited, as well as introduce new ways of thinking to help your organisation further its global competitive edge.

In partnership with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), this event will be hosted by the University of Portsmouth's Business School and will include representatives showcasing opportunities from Portsmouth Business School. Come along and discover how support from a student could help your business in the following areas:


* Manglehorn.jpgIf you are a locksmith and you like Al Pacino, you might be interested in yet another film portrayal of the profession, 'Manglehorn', described as a 'surreal slice of life' about a cat-loving locksmith.

We haven't seen the film yet (by David Gordon Green) but the poster shows (presumably) Manglehorn with a smoking gun and a cat with the tag "You get one shot at life. Try not to miss."

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Lockexpo last weekend

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It was another resounding success: visitor numbers up on previous years with Saturday seeing just over 900 visitors.

With a quiet start to Sunday the 'overnighters' managed to get onto the exhibitors they needed to, but by 1230 the place was again packed as another 580 people visited.

Bargains, networking

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Lockexpo 2015 saw some great bargains a few competitions and lots of chat. 1010 the safe company had a running competition to open a safelock in the quickest time.

Show quotes

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"Enquiries at an all time peak," James Mottram, Locksure insurance, "finally locksmiths are aware that the right kind of cover for the right kind of trading saves hours of worry in the event of a claim. I will follow up all the enquiries this week."

9 Facts About Computer Security That Experts Wish You Knew

By Annalee Newitz, Gizmodo

Every day, you hear about security flaws, viruses, and evil hacker gangs that could leave you destitute - or, worse, bring your country to its knees. But what's the truth about these digital dangers? We asked computer security experts to separate the myths from the facts. Here's what they said:

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Security guards save man's life at shopping centre

By Naomi Corrigan, GazetteLive

A hero security guard who stopped a woman jumping from the roof of a car park has saved a second person's life. Paul Arnison and two of his colleagues have been hailed heroes after their actions stopped a man from hanging himself at the Hillstreet Shopping Centre car park.

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Pick Ken Peterson's brains at the LockExpo 2015 in Nottingham!

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The Locksmiths' Exhibition returns in 2015 for its sixth year, and UAP TradeLocks are proud to announce that they will be the official sponsor at this year's Locksmiths' Expo, with the show expected to be better than ever before!

Lockdecoders stand C8

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Special demonstrations all day long and once again we will unveil yet another revolutionary piece of equipment to help auto locksmiths with comprehensive solutions.

AK24 stand C8a

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Kate and Andy Thurling supply high standard mechanical push button locks that have been tried and tested in the field for the last 16 years.

They are easy to fit and offer high levels of reliability backed up by a five year guarantee, giving you a trouble free installation.

1010 Security stand B14

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1010 Security is the online store for Municipal Security Ltd. We are suppliers of safe locks, key blanks, boltwork, safes, safe spares, drill rigs and safe engineer tools. 

New security qualifications launched for Scotland

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A new suite of security qualifications specific to Scotland has been launched by Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance ('HABC') for learners hoping to become licensed security operatives.

The introduction of the new qualifications comes after one of the largest ever reviews into learning in the sector by the Security Industry Authority (SIA), followed by the introduction of similarly updated qualifications in England, Northern Ireland and Wales in January 2015.

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