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12th June 2013 Issue no. 172
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"I'm mad as hell," Jerry Goodwin exclaimed, standing on his back deck in Acworth, "They said it'd cost about 100 bucks." He was talking about a bill he got from a locksmith who replaced his lock, reports US TV Channel 11Alive.
"It was 424 dollars! They said, 'Oh yeah it'd cost a 100 bucks', a 30 dollar call out and 70 dollars, to replace the lock."
Jerry Goodwin is not alone. The Governor's Office of Consumer Protection has been getting complaints about locksmiths, accused of gouging customers.
The European Commission published a proposal for a directive for network and information security on 7 February 2013. This was accompanied by a cyber security strategy that contains non-legislative measures on a broad range of issues. These documents can be found on the European Commission website.Full Story
A breach of security at two payment card-processing companies in India that led to heists at cash machines around the world has reopened questions on the risks of outsourcing sensitive financial services to the country. Global banks that ship work to be processed in India, either in-house or to large IT services vendors, were already under pressure to step up oversight of back-office functions after a series of scandals last year.Full Story
Wiegand Wire is a secure technology that remains relevant for today's market, according to ID specialist Databac Group. The card manufacturer announces that it will continue to produce cards incorporating Wiegand technology for as long as there is market demand. Despite HID discontinuing its Wiegand card and reader range as of last month, Databac will support those wishing to retain their investment in the technology.
While here in the UK the police occasionally issue free bike locks, it's a rather different story in the USA, where as we know, it is a constitutional right to bear arms. Now, the Willits, California, Police Department and the Book Juggler owners have partnered with the National Shooting Sports Foundation to distribute free gun locks to the Willits community.
Businesses in Denmark are on the brink of a new digital horizon. Beginning January 1, 2014 the authorities of the Scandinavian country will change their correspondence to all digital. In order to receive a message from a public agency, a digital certificate will be necessary.
Roto Group has just announced a major acquisition, placing it in a powerful position to take advantage of Brazil's rapidly growing development - especially in the construction sector.
Roto has purchased Fermax, a Brazilian hardware manufacturer that has been making and supplying products to its home market since 1974.
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This Week's News
Kaba Access and Data Systems Americas (ADS) is pleased to announce that Rick Shuford, product trainer, has been awarded the title Certified Forensic Locksmith (CFL). To achieve this designation from the International Association of Investigative Locksmiths (IAIL), Shuford completed rigorous training and intensive local, state, national, and FBI background checks.
Genuine Lishi has added three new products to its extensive and growing range of premium Auto-Locksmith tools. The new additions include the TOY43, 8 cut 2-in-1 Pick/Decoder for IC card 67, the TOY38R 2-in-1 Pick/Decoder and the MIT8 2-in-1 Pick/Decoder.
Over the past few years Genuine Lishi has come a long way to solidify itself as the Auto-Locksmiths "go to" brand. It has done this by working with the finest locksmiths around the world to develop new and relevant products, by keeping up with changes in vehicle designs and by listening to its customers' needs and requests. The latest releases from Genuine Lishi reflect this.
MOBOTIX AG has unveiled the MxActivitySensor - a revolutionary technology that registers traveling movement of people and objects, while dismissing redundant changes and movement in the scene. This drastically reduces the number of false alarms. Through the development of the MxActivitySensor, MOBOTIX has re-invented a method for intelligent video motion detection.
"MxActivitySensor is a completely new technology that is literally five years ahead of existing video motion detection systems," says MOBOTIX founder and CEO, Dr. Ralf Hinkel. "The biggest problem with motion detection softwares today is the massive amount of false alarms. The MxActivitySensor reduces these false alarms with over 90%, with almost no configuration time". In this way, the MxActivitySensor also saves management time
Greater Locksmith, a prominent locksmith & security company operating in the Toronto, recently announced that it would make a substantial donation of 5% of all locksmith revenues generated in the first week of June to Amici, a registered charitable organization. Amici is dedicated to sending children from low income families to overnight summer camps all across Ontario.
With the summer now approaching, the said funds are designed to provide underprivileged children with an otherwise unavailable opportunity of attending a summer camp of their choice.
VPS are the largest vacant property specialists in Europe, securing more than 90,000 properties and employing over 2000 staff in 100 locations across the UK, the US, and mainland Europe. They specialise in securing, maintaining and managing vacant property across a wide range of customer and industry sectors, working with facility managers, local authorities and the UK's leading construction companies, property developers, estate managers and insolvency practitioners.
British Transport Police (BTP) officers across the country last week carried out a series of linked operations with a number of agencies to enforce recent changes to the laws governing scrap metal dealing across England and Wales.
BTP joined forces with Kent Police, Greater Manchester Police and other agencies, including VOSA and Border Force, to tackle the ongoing problem of metal and cable theft across the country.
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Operators of industrial units can prevent employees being threatened or injured or disturbed out of hours when attending security alerts, if they look at a Keyhold from Sector Security that will safeguard both employee safety and wellbeing.
The patented bin container locking device from Taylor, Slam-Lock, has been developed in conjunction with the council and waste contractor Veolia Environmental Services
It is designed to deter metal theft in the borough and will support the council in its waste reduction efforts.Full Story
Chief executive Nick Buckles, who was instrumental in creating the G4S business through the merger of Securicor and the security businesses of Group 4 Falck in 2004, stands down.He is to retire from the company and will be replaced on June 1 by Ashley Almanza, who has held senior roles at oil and gas group BG Group.
G4S's Olympics failure saw Mr Buckles appear before MPs, during which he admitted it was a "humiliating shambles for the company." Extra military personnel had to be called in to fill the gap left by G4S's failure to supply enough staff for the £284m contract for the Games, held in London last year.
Free bike security locks were on offer at Bedford Railway Station recently in an attempt to cut the number of cycle thefts, reports Bedford Today.
FCC has invested £7,000 in free high security locks and identity marking kits as well as upping the number of secure cycle storage bays by more than 200 per cent.
The funeral of a well known Seaford locksmith, who had been working in the town for more than 30 years, was held at St Leonard’s Church in Seaford on Friday May 24.
Andy Anderson, who opened County Hardware in the town, passed away peacefully on Friday May 10, aged 80, with his wife of 51 years, Barbara, by his side.Full Story
G4S the world's largest security services firm, warned that its profits in 2013 would be lower than expected after a shake-up of the prison system in the Netherlands and problem clients in Africa hit first-quarter results.
CEO Nick Buckles, who had to defend his job after the Olympics staffing fiasco and in March had said the company planned to drive growth in 2013 by increasing its presence in emerging markets, attributed the fall in margin to a catalogue of problems stretching from the tough economy in Europe to cash issues in Africa.
The Standards Development team at Skills for Security has been working with representatives from the Security Search Operations sector to review the National Occupational Standards (NOS).
It is now time for wider consultation on the changes that have been made and practitioners in this sector are invited to have their say. This is an important part of the review process and all comments will go back to the Advisory Working Group for consideration.
Designed specifically to retrofit with The Lockey Digital 2000 series the new heavy duty narrow style Lock Cases are the ideal alternative to cylinder narrow style locks. Operated by Lockey mechanical digital locks on new or pre-prepped doors the LD900 series (pictured left) lock cases also offer added security with reliability.
There are 3 options available, an Adams Rite style latch (LD930 pictured below right) which can be used with all the Lockey 2000 series latch models with knob or lever (2430,2435,2430DS,2835 & 2835DS).