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13th September 2017 Issue no. 377
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Hundreds of smart locks around the world stopped working after the wrong software update was issued
Hundreds of LockState smart locks around the world stopped working after the company mistakenly issued the wrong over-the-air (OTA) software update for the devices, according to Ars Technica.
UAP locks onto £550k brand push
Home and commercial security company UAP has unveiled plans for a six-figure investment to increase brand awareness.
The Greater Manchester-based firm is spending around £550k on a new campaign that will include a series of nationwide TV and radio adverts during the next 12 months. Sean Wilson, the man behind Coronation Street character Martin Platt, features in the UAP adverts currently airing across 200 TV channels and more than 30 radio stations.Full Story
August Home raises another $25 million as it expands service partnerships for its smart locks
Sargent and Greenleaf advanced security ATM lock for banks, ATM OEMs and cash-in-transit
Liftmaster thinks your garage needs a smart lock too
Codelocks opens the door to new smart lock
Convict claims he was allowed to repair prison locks
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.
This Week's News
MLA Expo Training - 60 Courses available
Taking place October 6th-8th in Telford, MLA Expo will feature a significant amount of training open to MLA members as well as non-members.
Whilst details are subject to change, initial information shows Courses/Seminars offered will be offered in the areas of General Locksmithing (to include non-destructive entry, Lock ID, UPVC related training, High security cylinders, abrasive wheel certification, tool sharpening an overview of the BLI exam, auto gates), as well as Safes.
Borg Locks will be exhibiting their Easi-code Pro range including the new BL2501 which features their patented 'On the door' code change system, which allows you to fully update and change codes without the hassle of removing any pins or tumblers.
This model is fully reversible and is suitable for all light to medium duty doors. This has been cycle tested over 100k+ times to ensure each model works as intended and is available in both holdback and non-holdback.
See more at www.locksmiths.co.uk
DoorJammer is a unique and innovative portable door security device for anyone needing privacy and security. It takes only seconds to secure and is simply placed under the door and tightened.
Door Jammer was invented by product designer Von Saint while on holiday in Mexico. The innovative idea was sparked when Von Saint found his hotel room had a broken door lock and no secondary door security.
Equifax security breach leaks personal info of 143 million US consumers
One of the largest security breaches ever has come to light today as Equifax revealed attackers used an exploit on its website to access records for 143 million US citizens (for reference, the US has a population for 323 million or so, that's about 44 percent).
The oldest of the three major US credit bureaus, it maintains information on over 800 million people for credit and insurance reports, which is also a juicy target for anyone trying to steal data. Equifax says the breach lasted from mid-May through July 29th when it was detected.
World's smallest fingerprint identification padlock
From Midas Touch. Padlock size and being keyless, makes it ideal for backpacks and travellers. Good item to stock in the shop.
Robert Jones has joined Vanderbilt Industries as Area Sales Manager for Ireland.
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'Chris, one of the best-known, and well-liked locksmiths in the UK, had suffered a 6-month battle with lung cancer, but passed away with his dignity, with his charm, with his sanity, in his own bed with his family around him', writes Suzzie Belcher.
'If you wish to read more about the cancer journey that he took, please read this page www.facebook.com and if you wish, you are welcome to contribute to the MacMillan Tribute Fund which I promised him that I would do.
'Without the help and support of the MacMillan Nurses I don't know how I would have managed.
'Chris was a shining light, and shared his knowledge where he could, he was a skilled artisan with wonderful humility and dignity. May his light shine for years to come.'
MLA Expo 2017 is fast approaching - Europe's Largest Locksmith & Security Exhibition. Taking place at the Telford International Centre, the event will span the course of 3 days, from 6th - 8th October 2017. This year we have exhibitors/visitors from all across the globe.
Here's 13 reasons why Expo brings a huge crowd:
As copper prices soar, fears grow that metal theft will rise too
The price of copper has increased by over 50% in little more than year, raising fears that when metal prices rise, so will the incidence of metal and cable theft. In the last four months alone, the value of copper rose 25% to $6800 per tonne on 29th August, according to the London Metal Exchange. Since its low point in 2016, when it was just $4310 per tonne, the overall increase is over 50%.
Electro-mechanical evolution makes ongoing training for locksmiths more important than ever
A thief escaped with an estimated £1 million worth of jewellery after he tricked a locksmith into opening a Mayfair shop.
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.
Send For Help director elected chairman of BSIA lone worker section
Dual certification becomes a Secured by Design requirement in wake of Grenfell fire
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.
PD6669 Roadshow to provide clarity on new scheme
Eliza Tinsley to create 10 jobs with smart lock partnership
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