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15th March 2017 Issue no. 353
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Patlock sees sales boost after appearance on TV show
Bosch partners with Sony on video security systems
Pro-Vision release new product catalogue
Money magazine asks: Is your locksmith ripping you off?
By Kaitlin Mulhere
Ask a group of people to describe their memories of paying for a locksmith, and you're likely to hear a series of adjectives along the lines of "too much," "expensive," "hundreds," or "rip off."
Paying to be let back into your own car or house, like coughing up your hard-earned cash on a parking ticket or a water heater replacement, is a special kind of nuisance. But are locksmith prices really so bad? Professional locksmiths, perhaps unsurprisingly, don't think so. But even the professionals admit that the service is ripe for ripoff artists.Full Story
Google, Bing, Yahoo sued in class action Anti-Trust Lawsuit for alleged use of false information
A group of thirteen locksmith operations from eleven states and Washington DC have joined Baldino's Lock & Key of Newington, Virginia in US District Court in DC in an amended complaint alleging that the three major search engines, Google, Bing, and Yahoo which together dominate the search market, flood their search results with false listings and fictitious map business addresses.
Irish distribution partnership for IEVO
A new distribution partnership between ievo Ltd, the Newcastle-based manufacturer of biometric recognition systems, and Dublin's Northwood Technology looks set to open up the potentially lucrative Irish market.
Locksmith known for cracking safes as well as jokes remembered
Phil Hobbs got his nickname "Drill Bits" after he successfully cracked a bank vault called the "Mosler Monster" at the former Permanent Savings & Loan, Meriden, Connecticut, USA.
The 83-year-old founder of Phil's Lockshop Inc. was also a practical joker. Hobbs died Friday after spending a lifetime helping others unlock doors, crack safes, share a laugh, and understand God.Full Story
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This Week's News
Technavio analysts forecast the global lock market to grow at a CAGR of above 6% during the forecast period, according to their latest report.
The research study covers the present scenario and growth prospects of the global lock market for 2017-2021. To calculate the market size, Technavio analysts consider the revenue generated through the sales of locks at the manufacturer level.
The MLA cements itself as industry-leading association with new beginner's programme
Introduced in early 2016, the MLA's change to a Modular Training Programme has been a huge success, not only from a student numbers perspective, but also from a student feedback perspective! In fact, one recent student, Paul Medway, said: "... taught by two very knowledgeable tutors who were on hand when ever myself or fellow pupils needed some advice.
ABUS security & convenience with New 158 Padlock Combinations
ABUS padlocks dominate the Keyed Alike commercial supply sector, while ABUS Combination Padlocks offer no key convenience via simple code changes made when staff changes or events dictate.
ABUS 158 Combination Padlocks are consistent UK market top sellers, with the range enhanced last year with Key Over-ride options added to this all-weather range.
Opportunities in key programming
Hickleys, the vehicle key programming specialist, are explaining the opportunities in key programming at a number of presentations being held around the country during 2017.
The ability to copy or program vehicle keys and remotes adds additional business to service and diagnostic garages, car sales and main dealers, plus key cutters and auto locksmiths. The afternoon/evening presentations will explain the equipment required, the Technical backup available and the methods used, offering a new service to your existing or potential customers.
'Mounties' asking for help after locksmith equipment stolen
Airdrie RCMP is asking members of the public for any information they might have concerning the theft of a locksmith van from Mackenzie Way on February 27th. Constable Jennifer Weedmark said an employee of ABOE Lockworks parked the van at the Mackenzie Way apartments where it was stolen sometime overnight.
GEO server lock ensures security of business data
With the growth of the Cloud and ever increasing amounts of confidential data, both business and personal, being held on servers it is more important than ever that that such data is protected and secure against unauthorized access.
Specially designed to fit most swing handle server racks, the SALTO XS4 GEO cylinder for swing handles enables IT managers to fully control who can access the server racks and when. It provides a comprehensive wire free fully stand alone electronic access control solution to secure access to server racks in increasingly important and sensitive locations.
Acquisition extends Pinkerton's European range
Pinkerton, a global provider of risk management services and solutions with offices in Central London and Uxbridge and a blue chip client roster across the UK, has boosted its operations in Northern Europe with the acquisition of security consulting services provider, Seccredo AB.
Stockholm-based Seccredo AB, which has been officially rebranded as Pinkerton, is renowned for the emergency support and assistance it offered Swedish citizens in locating missing family and relatives following the tsunami in Southeast Asia in 2004, the year the company was founded.
British Security Industry Association endorses the national surveillance camera strategy for England and Wales
The Surveillance Camera Commissioner, Tony Porter, has launched a national surveillance camera strategy for England and Wales, which has been endorsed by the British Security Industry Association.
James Kelly, Chief Executive of the BSIA, comments: "The strategy is a very worthy and successful attempt to draw together the multiple stakeholders across a diverse and critically important sector. The BSIA is proud to have been a contributor to the Commissioner's efforts at providing direction and leadership on the appropriate use of such systems to secure the protection of our communities whilst protecting individuals' rights to privacy.
Nominate your outstanding apprentice installers for industry award
As the 10th National Apprenticeship Week draws to a close, the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has called for security companies to nominate their apprentice installers for the 2017 Apprentice Installer Awards. These esteemed awards recognise the very best emerging talent from the electronic security industry.
Awarded by the BSIA, the Apprentice Installer Awards acknowledge the achievements of second and third year apprentices involved in the installation of alarms, CCTV, access control or a combination of these systems. 2017 will be the seventeenth year that the awards have been presented with many past winners going on to enjoy a successful and rewarding career in the industry.
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