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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
23rd January 2013 Issue no. 152

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International News

Global car theft hot spots and trends revealed

Statistics show that South America is the car theft capital of the world - but does this tell the whole story?

SBD's latest research, Global Theft Guide 2012, looks at the worldwide trends in order to profile current market conditions and to predict which markets are most likely to show an increase in vehicle theft in the near future.

This quick and easy guide for vehicle theft statistics:
- Covers 26 countries across the globe
- Provides an in-depth insight into theft factors
- Identifies future trends for global car theft


Weak passwords to be major security risk in 2013

At the start of a new year, two security specialists have highlighted the main areas of concern for corporate IT security in 2013.
The biggest security threats to companies in 2013 will depend on who is attacking the business: Opportunistic criminals will continue scanning for accounts with default or weak passwords, while targeted attackers will refine their attempts to fool employees, business services firm Verizon and security software firm McAfee stated in separate reports.

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Oz McDonald's installs a DNA deterrent spray in all 700 stores

McDonald's is installing a spray in more than 700 stores which covers thieves in DNA linking them to a specific crime for several months, it has emerged.
The fast food giant is taking the drastic action following a spate of robberies in its Australian outlets over Christmas and New Year.

The burger chain has linked with up with UK security firm SelectaDNA and will now install the system which covers thieves with the invisible, non-toxic spray in all its 780 outlets across the country.

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Yale gets a handle on TS007 standards

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Yale has launched a new Premium door handle developed to TS007 2 star standards, completing its "good, better, best" offering to locksmiths within the replacement PVCu furniture market.

Portable DVR integrated into webeye alarm monitoring solution

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VDT Direct, a leading developer of rapid deployment video security solutions, has announced that the DV COP Cell portable DVR system has been successfully integrated into WebEye, the recently launched cloud-based alarm monitoring software. This market leading event-driven DVR is used by most of the UK's police forces and delivers evidential quality images for most of UK police forces in wide range of asset protection and flytipping applications.

Licensing of CCTV and access control contractors by Ireland's PSA commences

by Paul Cunneen, President of the Associated Locksmiths of Ireland (ALOI).

This is a new law that forbids any contractors in from operating within the Republic Of Ireland, in the Access control or CCTV sectors without a PSA (Government) licence. This will also affect UK companies from operating in the Rep. Of Ireland, and would be extremely difficult for these companies to obtain the licence. Part of the licence requirements are a valid Irish C2 (Tax clearance certificate) for each and every director in the company, Irish Gardai vetting certificate (Police vetting and certificate). UK CRB check is not acceptable (as any offence in Ireland must be checked as part thereof).

Business premises inspection, compliance with Irish standards for Alarm and monitoring on your premises (Certification

Assessing Gluteal Hardness in Uniformed Security Guards

The following is an article from the Annals of Improbable Research.

by Peter Freundlich, The Peter Freundlich Institute New York City

The author of this study has often been an object of intense study by Uniformed Private Security Guards. In response, he has spent much time in turn studying them and their behavior. Here is the fruit of that study. Read it, and you will have a clear understanding of the concept of Gluteal Hardness.

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Cybercrime No. 1 fear for commerce

Cybercrimes have become the No. 1 worry of publicly traded U.S. companies, in terms of potential litigation and financial losses, according to a recent survey of the Chubb Group. Fully, 63 percent of the respondents said they were most concerned with losing customer or employee data through an electronic security breach.

In an article in PC Advisor an insurance company data breach that exposed 1.1 million people to identity fraud exemplifies the kind of cybercrime that companies increasingly fear will land them in civil court.

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This Week's News

CES announces immediate support for Citysafe customers

CES UK has moved quickly to reassure locksmiths who have purchased CES own section self-assembly suites through Citysafe Wholesale Ltd. CES UK's Managing Director - Mario Del-Signore says: "It has come to our attention that as of Thursday 10th January 2013, Citysafe Wholesale Ltd is no longer able to supply CES products. We realise that this will adversely affect a number of locksmiths who have purchased our products in good faith through Citysafe."

He continues: "I would like to assure all Citysafe customers that CES UK will fully support all CES self-assembly systems purchased through Citysafe. Should any Citysafe customers require additional cylinders, keys and components, they should contact CES UK direct."

FDIS provides locksmiths with the key to new business opportunities

FDIS.jpgThe Fire Door Inspection (FDIS) will be exhibiting at the Locksmiths' Exhibition. Visitors will be able to talk to FDIS General Manager Neil Ashdown about how they can boost the services they provide by taking the FDIS Diploma, an online education programme that is available to anyone who wishes to have a greater knowledge of fire doors and a qualification to prove it.

Alpro handling Stansted

* stansted.jpgPull handles with a stainless steel finish from Alpro Architectural Hardware have been used at a new hangar within Stansted Airport.

The hangar and associated office complex are owned by an international business tycoon and the new facility will also function as a fixed base operator (FBO) within the airport. The hangar houses a Gulfstream jet, one of the world's most advanced business aircraft.

Locksmiths' Exhibition has announced some limited training at the show

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Training classes can only be booked by registered visitors and to register go to:

Voice 'fingerprints' could plug call-centre security leaks

By Brandon Butler

You've heard such stories. Mat Honan, a reporter for Wired magazine had almost his entire digital life erased when a fraudster used social media account information to trick Apple and Google into allowing him access to Honan's account information. Paul Allen, the billionaire co-founder for Microsoft fell victim to identity theft when an AWOL US Army solider called Citibank and changed the address of Allen's card from Seattle to Pittsburgh, which he then used on a $15,000 shopping spree.

The common theme between these two high-profile stories is the way fraudsters were able to penetrate the contact centres of these big companies and misrepresent themselves as legitimate customers.

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Comprehensive guide to door security launched to the trade

* doorsecurity.jpgA comprehensive guide to domestic external door security has been published by the Door & Hardware Federation and the Glass & Glazing Federation.

Aimed at security and building professionals, installers and locksmiths, the Best Practice Guide for Specifying Security Hardware for Doors details all security standards applying to domestic entrance and exterior doors.

Cash theft gang jailed for a combined 19 years

* 3-stoogies-Smartwater.jpgThe positive identification of SmartWater marked clothing has aided the prosecution of three men who have been jailed for a total of 19 years after a G4S courier was held up outside a Blockbuster Video store in Surrey.

Nicholas Leacock (35), of Egmont Street, New Cross, and Marvin Samuels (28), of Woodside Green, South Norwood, robbed security guard, Ian Strachan, before jumping into a getaway car and fleeing the scene at high speed. The pair drove to an address in Croydon where they paid accomplice, Paul Tucker (36), of Headley Drive, New Addington, £100 to open the stolen cash box with an angle grinder.

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