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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
23rd November 2016 Issue no. 338

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Could you do better?

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The following video content: www.youtube.com features a collection of epic hammer flips, slick trowel spins, kick and catches by tradesmen.

The video has been put together to celebrate Ironmongery Direct's search for the Tool Trickster of 2016, in the hope that others will join in and have a go at sharing their very own trade tricks.

Send us a video of your own tool skills!


Is your fleet cyber-secure?

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As we all move further into cyberspace, entrusting more of our personal and corporate information to magnetic strips and electronically stored or transmitted data, the threats to our security become harder to see yet potentially far costlier.

MediaConcepts' mobile application integrated with SALTO's Access Control System

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The fully customisable app offers hotels the flexibility to add functionality as required.

MediaConcepts, an innovative provider of integrated digital solutions for global hospitality organisations, has integrated its mobile application, Priscilla, with SALTO System's access control system.

TriCut electric installation pliers - three functions combined in one hand tool

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The three main steps for processing cable, including cutting the cable to length and stripping and skinning the individual conductors, usually require three separate tools: diagonal cutters, a cable stripper, and stripping pliers.

The TriCut combines all of these functions, which makes changing pliers unnecessary, which is a convincing argument for using these all-round pliers, in particular for frequent work on ladders near live parts. Especially when used in narrow spaces, the TriCut is a winning tool due to its specially angled head, which enables ergonomic and energy-saving stripping and skinning lengthwise on the cable.

Aiphone introduces mobile App for IX IP network PoE intercom and security system

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Users of the Aiphone IX IP network PoE based intercom and security system are now able to remotely utilise many of its key features via their AndroidTM and Apple(r) smartphones and tablets, thanks to the launch of a new mobile app.

Police Officer drops his kit for digital

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Paul Cooper has left his career in policing behind. He talks about leaving the police and his delight at being shortlisted for three prestigious, national digital awards ceremonies for his mobile app, Pocket Sergeant.

Google trials new advanced verification process for locksmiths local listings

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By Jade Wimbledon

Google is trialling a new method for reducing scams, forcing plumbers and locksmiths to go through an advanced verification process to appear in local search results.

The search engine giant is putting the extra security measures in place to stop con artists who appear in local Google search results. The locksmith scam is the most well-known, but other trade types have also been targeted.

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200+ visitor registrations already for Lockexpo!

Since starting the registration for this show 3 weeks ago there have been over 200 unique registrations. Stand sales is at a higher level at this point than 2015. Show Organiser Mick Friend said ' our excellent track record proves yet again that a professional operation wins the day.'

There remain a few unsold stands - if you are interested contact Mick at [email protected]

Lockexpo 4/5th March 2017 EMCC Nottingham is sponsored by the 3D Group.

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This Week's News

Simple tools that can open locks on the most expensive vehicles in seconds

By Marc Weber Tobias

This is the third in a series of articles on the ability to rapidly compromise the security of mechanical locks, using electro-pick guns and the Sputnik tool developed by a burglar in Germany about thirty years ago (and that is still one of the most effective in opening pin tumbler cylinders). The tools were demonstrated at a recent meeting of locksmiths and security experts in the Czech Republic and graphically illustrate the need for multiple layers of security so that locks are not the only protection that is relied upon against entry.

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10 Reasons to Attend One of Tradelocks Roadshow Events!

* TL-Roadshow-Reg.jpgThis Saturday, the 26th of November, Tradelocks will be kicking off their Roadshow event in Newcastle. The following week, on Saturday the 3rd of December they will then be heading to Cardiff to showcase more of their incredible product lines, deals and give expert advice to those in the profession.

Registration for both events is now open on the Tradelocks website; for those who haven't signed up yet, Tradelocks have given 10 reasons to head down to an event near you!

Maximising the value of your door hardware

NormbauBlueLever.jpgBy Simon Osborne, Commercial Leader UK & Ireland of Allegion UK

When looking at door hardware, it may at first appear to be a simple choice that can be broken down into three broad factors: appearance, functionality, and cost, i.e. what type of hardware looks best, does what I need it to do right now and is the cheapest method of fulfilling the requirement.

However, there should be a much deeper thought process than that of the face value considerations listed above, particularly if you are specifying for multiple buildings, high footfall areas or if you are building in the public sector.

Vacant properties: be aware of spike in thefts and vandalism during the winter months

There is a significant spike in property claims when winter draws in, with November, December and January the most active months of the year for thefts and attempted break-ins. Winter time makes it easier for burglars and vandals to hide under the cover of darkness, and unoccupied properties are far easier targets than premises which are occupied.

VPS, the UK's leading specialist in managing and protecting vacant properties, has gleaned three decades of experience in the sector, and currently looks after 50,000 units in the UK, with a value in excess of £3 billion.

Veracity scoops prestigious environmental award

* 2016-VIBES-Winners.jpgVeracity, a leading provider of innovative, intelligent solutions that solve real-world IP video challenges in transmission, storage and display has won a Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland (VIBES) 2016 'Environmental Product or Service' Award recognising the significant contribution to the environment made by the company through its products and approach to end-to-end product lifecycle management.

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Hickleys Celebrates 90 Years in business

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At the age of 93, starting work at 8.30am is still the daily routine for John Meikle at Somerset-based family firm, Hickleys Ltd. It is 77 years since he first joined and this year the company celebrates 90 years in business.

The History of Locks Museum News - Chubb Archive

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Today's future in the lock trade is as exciting as it was 150 years ago, true the main innovators now are global concerns meeting the needs of an increasing but technological demand.

Dahua UK hires Mark Wall to aid further UK expansion

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Mark Wall has joined Dahua UK & Ireland as Area Sales Manager, covering the Midlands and Wales. He has been in the electronic security industry for over 25 years, starting as an engineer in the family installation business before working in a commercial capacity for major CCTV and security distributors.

CPS Scam Email

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As you can see this email looks pretty convincing with the CPS logo and information telling you the court location. However, the CPS says it would 'never email witnesses in order to summons them to court.'

What to do if you get one:

New guidelines on how to correctly handle security dogs

BSI, the business standards company, has launched BS 8517-1, Code of practice for the use of general security dogs and BS 8517-2, Code of practice for the use of detection dogs, to provide guidelines for organizations and individuals who use dogs as a security measure.

Stanley is proud finalist in Security & Fire Excellence Awards

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Stanley Security is pleased to announce it is a Customer Care Initiative of the Year finalist in the prestigious Security & Fire Excellence Awards 2016 for its Customer Excellence Initiative.

Expert advice for employers on new apprenticeship framework

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A series of informative, free-to-attend breakfast briefings are set to provide vital information to employers in the security and fire sectors ahead of important changes to the way apprenticeships are funded in England and Wales.

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