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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
9th December 2015 Issue no. 292

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International News

The Xtreme Solution to car key cloning

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The 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

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The 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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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

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Pro-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.

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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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.

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This Week's News

Sponsored in 2016 by UAP-Tradelocks

* LockExpo.jpgWhile many businesses are flat out with pre-Christmas sales, here at Locksmiths Exhibition we enjoy a brief lull. This is the time many think of family and friends over the holiday while we are ramping up with the pre-show arrangements.

For 2016 the annual Lockexpo at The EMCC, Nottingham University is on the 27th and 28th February - a week earlier because of 'Mothers Day' on the 6th March so don't forget!

Quick precoding for Fiat & VAG

* Smart-Aerial.jpgOut now the Advanced Diagnostics Smart Aerial makes precoding transponders of VAG & Fiat applications quick and simple with no other equipment required.

The Smart Aerial has been developed to be used with the AD100Pro or MVPPro and a Smart Dongle and provide locksmiths and diagnostic specialists with an ability to write pre-coding data and other information onto transponders found within the vehicle key.

Cyber security standards proving a challenge

* SBD.jpgThe automotive industry will experience more change in the next five years than in the last fifty years. At the forefront of this technological revolution is the rise of connectivity and autonomous technologies.  

As the industry races to connect more vehicles with drivers and their surroundings, the risk of cyber-attacks continues to rise.

He who buys wins! Upgrade your Ultegra 884 and Keyline Minis NOW!

* Del-Boy.jpgWant to be the first in the industry to get your hands on the new upgrade? Order now from Tradelocks and receive your Megamos Xtreme by courier the next day!

Buy the TKM - Xtreme package today and add full ID48 car key cloning to your services tomorrow! Tradelocks are offering something their competitors are not - the opportunity to start enjoying the profits of having a FULL ID48 cloning service instantly, even over the Christmas period.

Keep mail safe from prying eyes with Securikey post boxes

* Securikey-Post-Box.jpgLeading physical security supplier Securikey has extended its best-selling secure post box range with the addition of four new models.

The new sleek, weatherproof and corrosion-resistant post boxes have been expertly designed for outdoor environments to protect letters and small packets from theft or prying eyes. Offering both front and top loading options to meet different preferences, the new range features a high quality cam lock with two keys to keep contents secure from intruders but easily accessible to the key holder via the hinged door.

Appeals Court sides with Google in battle over 'fraudulent' search listings

Siding with Google, a federal appellate court has refused to revive a lawsuit by a locksmith owner who blamed the search company for a decline in his business.

Baldino's Lock & Key Service, a locksmith based in Lorton, Virginia, argued that Google wrongly displayed listings for hundreds of unlicensed locksmiths, in order to collect ad revenue from them. The locksmith sued Google in 2014, alleging that the search company violated racketeering laws as well as false advertising laws by "publishing the names of illegally operating locksmiths."

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Nuisance call crackdown continues

During a busy week at the end of November the ICO's enforcement team wrote to more than 1,000 companies involved in buying and selling people's names and numbers, as part of its ongoing crackdown on nuisance calls.

The companies are all believed to play some role in the compiling and trading of lists of names and numbers used by cold callers. The ICO expects the companies to set out exactly how they comply with the law, including what data they share, how they get people's consent to share their data, as well as a list of all the companies they've worked with in the last six months.

Traka publishes Healthcare Whitepaper

* Traka-Key-Managment-System.jpgTraka, the key and asset management manufacturer, has published a whitepaper, discussing how key management can improve security and health and safety processes within the healthcare industry.

The discussion paper, authored by Tom Smith, Solutions Specialist in healthcare for Traka, recognises the security and health and safety challenges the industry faces. In particular, the report highlights how the infrastructure, age and specification of the NHS Estate can make it difficult to provide flexible, but secure and safe access to sensitive areas of a facility, as well as providing access to equipment, vehicles and even medication.

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News in Brief

Croma Security Solutions Group PLC said it has bought Access Key & Lock, a Fareham-based locksmithing business, for a maximum of £2 million.

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Hikvision Darkfighter cameras revolutionise Salford's nighttime surveillance

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When 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.

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

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The 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.

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

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Guardian24 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.

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

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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.

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