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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
2nd December 2015 Issue no. 291

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There's Only One Lishi - Genuine Lishi

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Brand new Genuine Lishi car opening tools now in stock!

There is only one Lishi - Genuine Lishi; the best vehicle opening brand in the world has done it again, with even more auto locksmith tools now available from Tradelocks. 

Codelocks introduces new SMART locker lock

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Combines keypad and smart card access with the ability to set access codes from a remote location and manage through NFC-enabled tablet.

Locksmith saves toddler bound in packing tape inside locked car

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An 18-year-old mother is accused of taping up her toddler with packing tape and leaving him in a car for hours.

SuperVAG Key makes car key creation super easy

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Tradelocks introduce the solution to creating VAG Vehicle car keys in ALL key lost situations. As all auto locksmiths know, it can be time consuming and challenging to create keys for VAG vehicles when the original keys have been lost or no longer work.

Attention all Zedfull users 24hr unlimited use now available

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... and at an amazing low launch price of only £20 per day

From the 1st of November it now possible to purchase "unlimited use" of your Zedfull for any 24hr period, if you are currently using credits it may be better to switch to 24hr unlimited use on days where you are going to use your Zedfull to do a number of vehicles.

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This Week's News

The Xtreme Solution to car key cloning

* Keyline.jpgThe newly launched Megamos Xtreme from Keyline is available at Tradelocks!

Want to increase your car key cloning business by 20 - 30%? The brand new update from Keyline will mean that for the first time ever, it will be possible to clone ALL Megamos Crypto Transponder keys using just one product. The Xtreme will do more than just update your Keyline cloning machine; it will update your services!

Locksmiths chomping at the bit to unlock mysterious old vault

* Siam-vault.jpgThe contents of a 100-year-old bank vault in the compound of the Thung Song Railway Junction in Nakhon Si Thammarat will have to remain a mystery for a while longer, said Songchai Wongwatcharadamrong, mayor of Thung Song Municipality.

He said a team of locksmiths had been preparing to open the mysterious vault, which is enclosed in a room in an old office building formerly occupied by Siam Commercial Bank, but the plan was suspended by the governor of the State Railway of Thailand (SRT).

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Hikvision Darkfighter cameras revolutionise Salford's nighttime surveillance

* Salford-Darkfighter-view.jpgWhen Salford City Council began upgrading its public space CCTV cameras with Hikvision's Darkfighter models, video operatives reported some unusual results: they were suddenly able to see crystal clear night time images.

Previously low-light surveillance images were murky and suspicious activity hard to make out. Now, armed with Darkfighter cameras from Hikvision, Salford's control center is able to offer true 24/7 active monitoring while simultaneously reducing bandwidth requirements.

Dell admits security flaw was built in to computers

A security hole that could allow attackers to access users' personal data was inadvertently placed on Dell computers, the company has admitted.

The hole represented a "profound security flaw" that could allow access to bank details and other personal data, experts said.
Dell has issued guidance on removing the software that produced it.

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Pro-Vision offer the new range from Dedicated Micros

* SmartVu.jpgPro-Vision Distribution Limited, the national distributor of branded CCTV and Access Control, have cemented their relationship with Dedicated Micros (part of AD Group) by supporting their new range of innovative products.

David Westwood, External Sales Manager for Pro-Vision told us, "Dedicated Micros' new products include an enhanced version of the SD Advanced hybrid DVR with HD analogue and HD IP support in models over 6TB, the Ice2 HD analogue camera range, the SmartVu IP camera range with remote focus as standard and the SD Advanced NVR which provides desktop HD video surveillance for up to 32 SmartVu IP cameras.

Property and construction security specialist, VPS, wins Security Excellence Award

* security-excellence-winner.jpgThe UK's leading vacant property and security specialist, VPS, has capped a spectacular year by winning "Large Security Installer 2015" at the prestigious IFSEC Security and Fire Excellence Awards.

In their 17th year, the Security Excellence Awards have consistently broken new ground in highlighting the very best people, projects and processes the UK's security sector has to offer. The high calibre Judging Panel - including representatives from all areas of security & fire, the world of academia and the policing sector - decided this year's Winners, who were announced at the Awards ceremony at the London Hilton on Park Lane on November 25th.

NCC Group makes £93.5m swoop for Netherlands cyber security firm

Technology firm NCC Group is making its mark in the Netherlands after agreeing to a £93.5m deal to acquire high-end cyber security firm Fox IT.
The Manchester-headquartered firm will raise a gross total of £126.3m through a firm placing of new shares and through the placing and open offer of shares at an issue price of 275p.

Fox and its subsidiaries is headquartered in Delft, the Netherlands.

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Guardian24 and Macmillan cancer support win industry award for best deployment of lone worker technology

* Security-Award.jpgGuardian24 has won 'Best Deployment of Lone Worker Technology' at the Security & Fire Excellence Awards 2015 held at Hilton's flagship Park Lane Hotel, London. The award recognises the outstanding contribution to lone worker protection as deployed by one of Guardian24's key clients, Macmillan Cancer Support.

The award, presented by host Jimmy Carr in front of over 1,000 leading professionals in the world of security was received by Guardian24's Sales Director Paul Watson.

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Gatwick Airport security breach as reporter stands unchallenged just YARDS from passenger plane

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Just days after the Islamic State attacks in Paris, Sunday Mirror investigators sailed through unmanned gates and close to a fuel truck.

Photo shows a Sunday Mirror reporter stands unchallenged yards from a passenger plane in a shocking lapse in security at Britain's second largest airport.

Guards in 4x4s supposedly patrolling inside and outside airport borders drove by without showing any interest.

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Digging for metal: the daily haul taken from building sites

VPS Site Security launches campaign to highlight seriousness of construction site theft

* 92% of sites experience theft on a regular basis
* 1 in 5 building sites suffer losses weekly from stolen plant and equipment
* Industry costs run at a staggering £2 million a day

Alpro on door duty at ASDA

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IDF Aluminium has installed transom closers, hook locks and armoured keeps from Alpro at a new-build Asda store in Wealdstone, north London. For the building frontage, IDF Aluminium fabricated powered pedestrian sliding doors using Alpro deadlocks. These units are available in hook and bar versions and are used widely on sliding and swing aluminium door applications in the retail and leisure sectors.

Vicom helps London Underground protect key depot with innovative security solution from MOBOTIX

MOBOTIX AG, a leading manufacturer of digital high-resolution, network-based video security systems has released details of a project for London Underground (LU) using innovative thermal imaging technology to protect a service depot.

Mitie secures E.ON security contract

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Mitie, the facilities management company, has been awarded a security contract with E.ON, one of the world's largest electric utility service providers.

Why the most expensive cars are the easiest to steal

by Marc Weber Tobias

Theft of expensive vehicles by sophisticated car thieves is a big business, especially in Europe. Many of the cars are never recovered and often sold to fund organized crime. That's created a brisk market for the tools to pull off thefts of BMW 7-Series and Mercedes-Benz S Class sedans.

The break-in equipment that's legitimately sold to locksmiths and car garages (as well as police and intelligence agencies to search and plant bugs and tracking devices) often find their way to crooks. These include lock picks, decoders, keyless entry bypass systems, and readers to extract key profile information from the computers that control access security within the vehicles.

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DHF welcomes insurance sector's tough stance on house burglary

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The Door & Hardware Federation (DHF) has welcomed the insurance sector's early acceptance of a new domestic door security standard designed to defeat a wave of house burglaries.

A major UK insurance company is advising its domestic insurance policy holders to choose TS 007-rated security for their entrance doors.

Castel installs AV security at school for the deaf

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The Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children in Kings Cross, London, has installed a two-way IP audio-video intercom designed and manufactured by Castel.

Residents of a seaside town which has just six PCSOs now pay £100 each a year for a private security firm to patrol their streets

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Hundreds of residents in a seaside town are paying a security firm more than £100-a-year to patrol their streets because of a lack of police.

Security company AGS drives around Frinton-on-Sea in Essex every night between 7pm and 7am and also has an emergency phoneline - although they call 999 if the situation is very serious. Residents say they are paying AGS because because it has no police station or police officers and only six PCSOs who must travel around by bus or bike.

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GJD shortlisted for Business of the Year award

GJD Manufacturing, a leading British manufacturer of professional external detector equipment and LED illuminators is very pleased to announce it has been shortlisted as a finalist in the 2015 Rochdale Business Awards. The company has been nominated for the Business of the Year category (turnover £1m - £5m). The Awards Evening takes place on Friday 6th November at Rochdale Town Hall.

Securing homes from the future

The security of doors and windows is more important than ever following the introduction of new government guidance on the security of properties, introduced on 1st October 2015, through changes to part Q building requirements.

Neil Ginger, CEO of Origin, award winning British manufacturer of bi-folding doors, windows and blinds, talks to Locks and Security News about design features to ensure the highest level of safety and security.

Head office award for TC Security Services

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TC Security Services, part of TC Facilities Management (TCFM), has been awarded the contract to provide manned guarding services to a prime headquarters building in Maidenhead, Berkshire. TC Security Services will be responsible for the total security and protection of the 67,777sq.ft building.

New Internal Sales Manager for Pro-Vision

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Pro-Vision Distribution Limited, the national distributor of branded CCTV and Access Control, have further strengthened their internal sales team with the appointment of Andy Waters as Internal Sales Manager.

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