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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
1st April 2015 Issue no. 258

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International News

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

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How does this affect you?

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

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An 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.

Securikey's new Euro Vault Gas Strut safe meets demand

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

SmartBell, the next generation in Wireless Doorbell technology

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Y3K Europe say that installers and end-users alike will appreciate the fact that setup is both very simple and reassuringly secure.

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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This Week's News

New Peterson Tools are in stock

* new-tools1.jpgTradeLocks always looks at ways in which to update and develop their catalogue of merchandise so that it appeals to a diverse customer base, and constantly impress with their range of quality tools. And with a brand new collection of Peterson tools in stock, they have even more products on offer!

Kevin Pritchard, TradeLocks' Manager, explains, "From Peterson Flat 5 Serrated Tool Tension Sets to Peterson Pry Bars, our extensive catalogue of Peterson tools caters for a multitude of requirements. Peterson Pry Bars come in a variety of thicknesses, and can be bought with or without teeth; depending on your individual preferences."

Qualifications body leads review into security training centres

A UK awarding body has announced an open and thorough review of its quality procedures after a source warned of malpractice in a centre offering security qualifications. The focus of the review will be to determine whether additional approaches could be adopted that might detect malpractice more reliably and quickly.

West Midlands based Industry Qualifications, which oversees colleges and training providers that offer qualifications to the security industry, has briefed both Ofqual and the Security Industry Authority after it was informed of potential fraudulent behaviour at two training centres approved by the company. To date, one of those centres has been identified.

Traka 21 from Mul-T-Lock

* T21.jpgMul-T-Lock UK now offers the Traka21, stand-alone key management system. Traka21 combines innovative RFID technology and robust design for locksmiths to offer small and medium sized businesses intelligent management of up to 21 keys or keysets in an affordable plug and play unit.

Traka21 authorises, secures and monitors all keys, automatically controlling and recording when a key is used and by whom - information which is made available either through the cabinet's display or by exporting on a USB pen drive.

D-Link roadshows to help physical security and IT resellers exploit IP surveillance opportunities

* D-link-products.jpgD-Link has announced it is hosting a series of nationwide 'on the road' events to help physical security integrators, installers and IT resellers understand the IP Surveillance market opportunity better - and how they can grow their business in this area.

A blend of market intelligence, demonstrations of the latest hardware and software and hands-on training, the events will focus particularly on the infrastructure required to deliver a robust security solution.

G4S and VPS launch vacant property solution

Security provider G4S and VPS, the vacant property specialists, have announced a strategic partnership that will launch what is claimed to be 'an unparalleled' new solution into the vacant property services market.

The agreement will strengthen collaboration between two of the market's biggest players and provide customers across the UK and Ireland with a single solution that incorporates a wide range of products and services designed to protect vulnerable unoccupied premises.

The calm before the storm as demand soars for Securikey at LockExpo

* Securikey-stand.jpgLeading physical security product supplier Securikey enjoyed another very busy show at the sixth annual Locksmiths' Exhibition in Nottingham recently with visitor numbers once again exceeding previous years.

The brand new Euro Vault Gas Strut (GS) was in big demand with Securikey receiving orders from retail locksmiths for its entire first consignment!

New Yarra Valley Grammar school building sets the benchmark for advanced security

* Yarra-Valley.jpgThe new Yarra Valley Grammar Maths and Science building has set the benchmark for advanced security by installing the latest in wireless access control systems with API Locksmiths' SALTO system.

The building, recently opened by the Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove, features a stand-alone system that offers a flexible, secure and convenient alternative to out-dated key control systems.

Ian Scott announces his retirement from Securefast

* Ian-Scott.jpgIan Scott, Sales Director at Securefast plc has announced his retirement from the company on the 31st March 2015.

After deciding to retire, Ian will bring a close to a remarkable Ironmongery career spanning 46 years in the Ironmongery Industry, with over 15 years of continuous service with Securefast.

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

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A 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.

Alpro appoint new area sales manager

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Alpro 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.

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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