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16th August 2017 Issue no. 375
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OK we know it's the 'silly season' but...
a prison inmate convicted of killing his parents says he was allowed to fix locks inside a maximum-security New York state prison before an elaborate escape plan he developed was uncovered. Gordon "Woody" Mower told a Syracuse newspaper that guards at the Auburn Correctional Facility had him repair locks throughout the prison regularly.
Chubb Fire & Security Ltd is helping boost the reliability of CCTV systems with a new service that proactively checks the status of installed CCTV equipment, bringing enhanced levels of safety and security to customers throughout the UK.
Chubb ServiceCheck is an automated service that connects regularly to individual CCTV systems over the Internet to check on the status and operation of their digital video recorders (DVR), network video recorders (NVR) and cameras.
Yale Locks & Hardware is launching its latest smart lock product in the US today with one of its most streamlined designs yet and support for Apple's HomeKit, Z-Wave, ZigBee and Amazon Alexa platforms. It will also enable HomeKit support on six of its existing smart locks through a new module launching this month.Full Story
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This Week's News
- Introduction to start at common level of knowledge
Surge in electro-mechanical hardware and integrated building systems means locksmiths need ongoing training in more areas than just the mechanics of the locks, says Allegion UK Commercial Leader Pete Hancox.
In the UK, locksmiths come from all walks of life, taking a variety of routes to join the trade. Ask any locksmith about how he or she got started, and then go and ask another, and you will more than likely get two different answers - whether it was via supplier-led training courses, a locksmithing apprenticeship, being an understudy to a practicing locksmith or through traditional employment.
The man contacted the locksmith from outside Van Cleef & Arpels jeweller's in Bond Street and said that he had forgotten his keys, according to The Sun newspaper. The locksmith arrived within half an hour of being called about 10.30 on Wednesday evening and let the man in through the double glass doors. Police have not confirmed what was stolen but the thief is thought to have spent up to 45 minutes filling his pockets while the shop alarm rang out.
Sargent and Greenleaf (S&G), a division of STANLEY Security that manufactures high-quality mechanical and electronic locks for safes, vaults, safe deposit boxes and highly sensitive SCIF environments, introduces A-Series with Display, the newest lock in the company's ATM access control management system.
S&G's A-Series portfolio of products includes locking systems that manage multi-vendor access to ATMs using time-limited, single-use codes, electronic locking keys and other advanced features, saving premise time and simplifying ATM service.
Thursday night is Israel's big night out - and the biggest night for Israelis to get locked out, according to data from "The Professionals," an organization that provides a platform for independent tradespeople like locksmiths, plumbers, and electricians to offer their services. Fully 25% of the "lockouts" - instances in which people lose their keys and are unable to get into their homes - occur on Thursday nights.
That's probably due, the group said, to the fact that more people go out on Thursday nights. When people get locked out, they call a locksmith, and hence Thursday night is the busiest one for workers of that profession. Between 10% and 15% of lockout calls occur on Sunday through Wednesday nights; Saturday night was the least busy for locksmiths. Throughout the week, most lockouts occur in Tel Aviv, which is fortunate, as about a quarter of Israel's locksmiths are based in the city.
Pro-Vision Distribution, the national distributor of branded CCTV, Access Control and Public Address equipment, were acknowledged with an award from South Korea's largest surveillance manufacturer - IDIS - as part of their twentieth anniversary celebrations during the recent IFSEC exhibition.
Will Murray, Marketing Director of leading lone worker protection provider, Send For Help Group, has been elected to Chair the BSIA's Lone Worker Section. The appointment means that the Group now occupies an unprecedented three spaces on the Section Committee, with each subsidiary brand receiving representation.
Operations Director, Ricardo Pombo and IMC Operations Manager, Nick Shea will be attending future BSIA meetings on behalf of Peoplesafe and Skyguard respectively. Will Murray will continue to represent Guardian24.
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Non-fire resisting doors in high rise tower blocks should be replaced immediately with doorsets that are certified for fire performance by a third-party certification authority, according to the Government.
Wednesbury-based Eliza Tinsley is to create 10 new jobs as the result of a partnership with smart lock developer Smarke and sister company, Avocet Hardware. The Black Country hardware manufacturer made the announcement during a visit to its site from West Bromwich West MP Adrian Bailey.Full Story
Responding to British Home Secretary Amber Rudd's comments suggesting that "real people" don't expect security in their communications, Jim Killock - executive director of UK digital rights campaign Open Rights Group - said:
This comes following news that a security firm is being investigated by the Security Industry Authority for allegedly supplying cloned badges to unlicensed stewards. The company in question is not a BSIA member.
If you were struggling to make time to enter Security & Fire Excellence Awards before the deadline, then you're in luck! As we are bang in the middle of the summer holiday period, it has been agreed to extend the entry deadline by 4 weeks!