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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
4th November 2015 Issue no. 287

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A lock pick with leverage

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Got a mortice lock that needs picking? The Multi Gauge Mortice Lever Lock Pick has been designed for ease of use, functionality and effectiveness on multiple mortice locks, and is available now from Tradelocks!

Designed by leading locksmith professional Chris Belcher, this fantastic lock pick is made to open all curtain bolt thrown mortice locks, including BSI rated locks, and locks from the Chubb detainer series.

New from Lockdecoders: Miracle M501 manual laser duplicator

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Miracle M501 is of a new generation of key duplicating machines from Lockdecoders. The machine is perfect for left and right-handed users.

- Reduced vibration levels
- Easy and accurate tool setting
- Suitable for cutting laser, dimple ?and tubular keys
- Bright LED light
- Adjustable handle for left ?and right-handed users
- Electro-mechanical decoder?and cutter calibration sensor
- Rotating angled jaw


Databac Group signs distribution agreement with Matica

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International card personalisation equipment manufacturer, Matica Technologies has appointed Databac Group as its Authorised Value Added Distributor (AVAD) in the UK and Spain.

Urmet video entry at former Walthamstow greyhound- racing track

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London and Quadrant (L&Q) Housing Association has opted to use Urmet's 2-wire video door entry and access control systems at its new Walthamstow Stadium Development.

Advisor helps absentee-owned business, employees thrive

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By Hope Belli Tinney

When Tabitha Beneke's father died in 2012 and she inherited his locksmith business, the three long-time employees of Keys Plus faced several possible scenarios, none of them pretty.

Beneke, who lived 2,000 miles away and had no experience with locks or with running a small business, could simply close the business. She could look for a buyer, leaving the workers in limbo for months, and, not finding a buyer, close the business.

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TDB005 Nissan Pin Code Wizard - now available from Advanced Keys

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A quick and affordable way for the Automotive Locksmith to obtain the NISSAN PIN CODE needed to program transponder keys and proximity keys.

The TDB005 is a product that plugs into the OBD and a connector to plug in to a programmer such as the AD100 Pro, AD100, T-Code, T-Code Pro, Zedfull, SKP900, MVPPro etc.

New from Lockdecoders complete tool kit for Mercedes

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Complete Electronic Key Maker for Mercedes 1996-2010, also makes keys from 2010-2014 for Sprinter, Vito and Viano.

- An add on coming soon for most models up to 2013/2014
- Duplicating lost keys through electronic ignition.
- From original key-90% as some are sealed
- From electronic ignition- 70%
- From electronic ignition via eeprom - 90%
- Testing of Electronic Keys, Electronic Ignition and EIS/ESL
- Soldering and eeprom skills required
- Training courses available
- Portable Expert key examiner included


GJD expands its D-TECT IP range

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GJD, a leading British manufacturer of professional external detector equipment and LED illuminators has expanded its D-TECT IP range with the launch of the new D-TECT 3 IP external motion detector, which utilises quad element PIR and microwave technologies and smoothly integrates with third party VMS providers and CCTV systems.

New from Lockdecoders Mercedes Expert Key Examiner

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Expert Key Examiner for Mercedes is a hand-held device that allows you to test full functionality of Mercedes Electronic Keys, including Infra red, Transponder, how many times the key has been turned and also the type of key used.

Also available as part of SuperMerc Kit.

To find out more: 


Traka opens doors to secure Community Schools

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Following David Cameron's announcement of the launch of 18 more state-funded schools recently, the numbers of community and extended schools are predicted to rise.

Traka, the key and asset management specialist, believes that technology is the answer to helping schools feel confident about opening their doors to the public without lowering safety and security standards.

SMART-i launches next generation of intelligent home security

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SMART-i, a Y3K company, has entered the Home Security market with a fully integrated range of wireless and simple-to-install security products. SMART-i allows you to monitor and manage security devices and home appliances from your Smartphone, combining three systems - CCTV, Alarms and Power Control - on one easy-to-use device.

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This Week's News

Training by Mr Li, the inventor of Lishi Products at Keyprint Security

* Lishi-training.jpgKeyprint was delighted to welcome Mr. Li recently for two days of training on his auto locksmith Original Lishi 2 in 1 pick and decoding tools!

On top of being a great inventor, Mr. Li takes great pride in teaching how to use his tools. Keyprint had the distinct honour of welcoming him for two training programs: an introductory class and an advanced class.

Cut costs as well as keys

* Dezmo.jpgIn need of an upgrade but find Key Cutting Machines cost an arm and a leg? Well now they don't have to. UAP Tradelocks have in stock some fantastic ex-demo key cutting machines at incredible value..

Tributes paid to escapologist and master locksmith from Northampton

* Hanzlik.jpgTributes have been paid to an escapologist and master locksmith from Northampton, who has died aged 68. Mick Hanzlik, who owned a locksmith shop in Lutterworth Road, Abington, passed away peacefully on Monday night after a battle with cancer. 

A number of people have paid tribute to Mr Hanzlik who was a member of the Inner Magic Circle after becoming one of the world’s leading experts on the escape artist Harry Houdini.

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TV cracksman

* Screen-Shot.jpgA Peterborough company was able to crack the combination to a locked safe in Antoinette's Bridal Boutique that likely hasn't been opened in roughly three decades.

Pro-tect Lock and Safe was called to the George Street business Tuesday evening (Oct. 27), during the filming of a Japanese Television show Adventure Boy. After three to four hours of drilling, the safe was opened and two wedding bands were discovered inside.

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TalkTalk security breach

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TalkTalk has confirmed that hackers only targeted the website and not their core systems. The Metropolitan Police Cyber Crime Unit has launched a criminal investigation.

If you are a TalkTalk customer there is a chance that some of the following data may have been accessed by hackers:

How to stop retail theft in the run-up to Christmas

* Dr-Steffan-George.jpgIncreased footfall during the Christmas period can also mean a rise in retail crime, which can be devastating for small businesses.
Here, Dr Steffan George, development director of the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) - the leading trade association for the locksmithing profession - advises retailers on keeping their shops and businesses secure in the lead-up to the festive period.

Locksmith ordered to pay £7,500 in damages for making 'discriminatory gestures' at gay customer

A locksmith in England has been ordered to pay £7,500 in compensation for making 'discriminatory gestures' at a gay customer - the first time a business has been ordered to pay damages for discrimination that was entirely non-verbal.

Peter Edwards, 30, blew a 'sarcastic kiss' at the man - only identified as Tim - as he walked out of Taylor Edwards in Southend, Essex following a dispute over a refund in late 2013.

Over the following months, Edwards made another 20 'homophobic' gestures as Tim walked past the store. 'He would wink at me, limp wrist, [make the shape of a] tea pot, kiss at me and what I would class as a vile, vulgar homophobic gesture as well, inferring oral sex with a male. That was the most offensive,' Tim told the BBC.

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One third of employers say more staff are going into work despite being ill

Nearly a third of employers have reported an increase in people coming to work while they are ill, according to the annual Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development / Simplyhealth Absence Management Survey.

The survey of nearly 600 employers finds that 31% have seen an increase in so-called 'presenteeism' in the last 12 months.

Same road, different rules: what fleet drivers should know...

By Andrew Hogsden, senior manager, Strategic Fleet Consultancy, Lex Autolease

Do you and/or your fleet drivers know the speed limit for lorries on a single carriageway in a non-built-up area of the UK? It appears that 81% of drivers don't and it could be fuelling frustration on the road, according to a study by AA Drive Tech.

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Introducing PhysHack

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PhysHack provides physical testing and security assessment services. Simulating a real life threat against a business or organisation in an agreed and controlled arrangement will provide the best proactive assurance of the effectiveness of defences.

Leading charity RNIB turn to Guardian24 for lone worker protection via smartphone app

Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) have turned to Guardian24 to help provide their Duty of Care to the charity's lone workers by equipping them with the latest in smartphone app technology. The software enables users to quickly and discreetly raise an alarm in the event of an emergency, even when the phone's keypad is locked.

UAP Tradelocks make a legendary appearance at MLA Expo

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UAP Tradelocks brought a bit of extra character to the MLA Expo this year, with a host of Hollywood stars to meet in the form of Austin Powers, Lara Croft, Marilyn Monroe and Charlie Chaplin. What better way could there be of learning how to pick a lock than with Austin Powers himself?

Securikey safes shine at the MLA Expo 2015

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Securikey, a leading UK supplier of physical security products, had its busiest exhibition to date at the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) Expo 2015.

Sponsored in 2016 by UAP-Tradelocks

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The annual Lockexpo held every year at The EMCC, Nottingham University has all but sold out of exhibition space. Following on from the ever popular bi-annual MLA show, exhibitors have been booking the remaining stands. Commenting, Mick Friend the show organiser said, 'It looks like we may have to start a wait list and then use the theatre for an additional exhibition area.'

Many new exhibitors have come forward for 2016 making this another exciting weekend to look forward to.

More than 100 car models at risk of being stolen due to major key security flaw

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Scientist wins two-year legal battle with Volkswagen to publish damning research. Hundreds of thousands of British drivers are at risk of having their cars stolen after tech experts discovered how easy it is to hack their electronic ignition systems.

After a two-year legal battle with Volkswagen, University of Birmingham computer scientist Flavio Garcia and his colleagues Baris Ege and Roel Verdult, from Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands, have finally won the right to expose the major security flaw found in the keys of no less than 138 popular road vehicles - including the likes of pricey Porches, Ferraris and Audis. 

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