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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
25th March 2015 Issue no. 257

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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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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.

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This Week's News

Security guard fraud exposed by undercover researchers

Thousands of licensed security guards could be working in the UK fraudulently after buying qualifications for cash, a BBC investigation has found.

Jobseekers must sit mandatory exams to get a Security Industry Authority card. But undercover researchers found colleges happy to sit or forge exams for untrained students for a fee.

With a fraudulently obtained SIA licence, a researcher got a job offer at a power station and an interview to guard Canary Wharf.

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Advanced Keys are now the UK distributor for the AD900Pro & AD900Pro+

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If you already own an AD900Pro or AD900Pro+ and you have any issues with your unit, or would like to order additional software please contact us.

If you do not own an AD900Pro or AD900Pro+ yet, simply contact Advanced Keys to find out more information or to place your order. We offer full technical support, software, manuals and brochure downloads.

New PAC vandal and panel readers provide an effective solution to token cloning

* Vandal-and-Panel.jpgAn international leader in versatile and scalable access control solutions for over 35 years, PAC has launched two new easy to install and configure readers to the Oneprox GS3 range.

Providing the highest level of security in the most demanding of operating environments the new readers effectively combat the growing issue of token cloning.

Securikey's new Euro Vault Gas Strut safe meets demand

Euro-Vault-Gas-Strut.jpgSecurikey has once again used its expertise to fill a niche in the market with the brand new Euro Vault Gas Strut.

This innovative top-opening safe offers the perfect security solution for applications whereby a safe would ideally be situated beneath seats or floors, such as in caravans and boats, or to meet specific criteria in commercial buildings such as hotels and hostels.

Boon Edam releases results of major tailgating survey

* Tailgating_Boon-Edam.jpgOver 70% of respondents report tailgating vulnerability, but only 15% track actual tailgating incidents, according to the survey looking at perceptions and trends with respect to the issue of tailgating entry into buildings. The survey was conducted in late 2014.

Boon Edam Inc. asked over 3,000 contacts from its database of end users, security consultants and integrators to share their perceptions about the risk of tailgating into their facilities.

SmartBell, the next generation in Wireless Doorbell technology

* SmartBell.jpgY3K Europe say that installers and end-users alike will appreciate the fact that setup is both very simple and reassuringly secure.

Position the weatherproof Wireless Camera unit next to your entrance so that the camera can view anyone who calls at your premises. Power up with the power supply in the box, connect to your WiFi or Wired Network and you're ready for action.

Optex detectors at heart of new security system at Manchester business park

* Optex.jpgA recently refurbished business park in Manchester that wanted a more modern and flexible security solution than its existing manned guarding operation, turned to a complete new electronic system that relies on laser sensors.

Greencourt Business Park, now known as Manchester Green, is conveniently located only five minutes from Manchester Airport and has five large buildings in a landscaped environment. The current landlords, Barwood Investments, purchased the site at the end of 2013 and undertook a significant refurbishment programme to improve the buildings, the landscaping and the security of the whole site.

Alpro appoint new area sales manager

* Vicki-Hawkes.jpgAlpro Architectural Hardware (A division of IEC Limited), based at Poole Dorset have appointed Vicki Hawkes as their new Southern Area Sales Manager. Vicki will be based in the Worcestershire area and will cover the South of England dealing with Alpro's considerable OEM base.

Vicki was previously Area Sales Manager with Yale and during her 13 years with Yale held a number of different positions within both the internal and external sales teams. She brings with her to Alpro a wealth of knowledge and experience having operated within the UK architectural hardware marketplace.

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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.

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.

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. 

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