Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
23rd April 2014 Issue no. 213
Your industry news - first
We strongly recommend viewing Locks and Security News full size in your web browser. Click our masthead above to visit our website version.
Please note that you are viewing an archived issue of Locks and Security News.
It may be good business for hardware stores and locksmiths shops, but the global popularity of placing 'locks of love' on bridges can cause real damage. The idea is that the lovers write their names or initials on a padlock, fasten it to a bridge and throw the key into the river. Thus locking their love forever. I may be an old cynic, but I'm not alone, as the item in last week's issue about the campaign to ban the idea in Paris (where it is believed the idea started) illustrates.
The following item is from a local paper near the Port of Tacoma, NW coast of the USA. You can clearly see the effect the weight of the padlocks has on the side rail.
The first thing Ayse Kiil noticed Monday when she walked to the end of the Bridge to the Beach at Chambers Creek Regional Park, was the top cable of the protective barrier, sagging under the weight of roughly 60 padlocks.
Taking advantage of Monday's summerlike weather, the University Place resident and her husband, Glenn, were in search of a padlock they'd left there a month earlier.Full Story
Ocean City officials say a "catastrophic" computer glitch caused the locks on jail cells doors to malfunction on their own, and now the town needs a six-figure repair. The state of Maryland town council located on the US east coast unanimously approved a $116,700 expenditure to fix the "Galaxy" computer system that controls not just jail cells, but doors and surveillance cameras.
The electronics problems did not cause any cell doors to open, because the system is designed to switch automatically to a manual override mode in case of failure. The jail stayed open and operational despite the security system failure.
By Tom Vorenberg
Richard "Bo" Dietl is a former NYPD detective and the chairman and CEO of Beau Dietl & Associates (BDA), a New York-based security firm. He is critical of security efforts at the WTC site, an area that has already been attacked twice by terrorists.
"There have been some pretty embarrassing breaches of security at this site," he declared. "We have been lucky that none of these people had been engaged in terrorist or criminal activities."
Abu Dhabi's largest commercial and residential building management firm has announced plans to put more than 230,000 locks on windows and balconies in its buildings in the capital to prevent accidental falls, particularly children.
Brazil has commenced the supply and fitting of mandatory tracking devices to vehicles, but there's already controversy regarding the price of the devices.
Read by industry professionals nationwide - and beyond
You can comment on any item in Locks and Security News on our FaceBook page.
If you enjoy reading Locks and Security News so do others! If you have company news, stock clearances, distributor or product information tell us about just email news
This Week's News
KeyMe, the Long Island City-based startup that's looking to upend the $5 billion locksmith biz in the US - is turning the key on a national expansion.
The company, which operates key-making kiosks in local stores, has just bagged $7.8 million in funding that it will use to add hundreds of kiosks across the country within the next 12 to 18 months, KeyMe founder and CEO Greg Marsh told the NY Daily News.Full Story
There will be demonstrations of the latest key programming software, EEPROM softwares, key cutting machines and vehicle opening tools. As always this weekend is the place to be to get the fantastic deals always on offer. There will be discounts of up to 50%, great package deals and the chance to buy the latest software and tokens at great prices, plus our full range of keys and remotes at great prices.
The product is called the Viper Smartkey and it works with your smartphone to turn your keyless entry system into an automated affair.
Using this system, you won't have to press a button on the door of your car or fish for a key fob to lock or unlock doors.Full Story
Theft of heating and diesel oil has been a problem for many years and we see an increase in this type of crime whenever the price of crude oil rises. A rise in the price of fuel at the petrol pump inevitably leads to a rise in the cost of heating oil. This makes oil a more attractive proposition for the thief and they are now actively targeting fuel tanks at farms, transport depots and domestic properties. The thief may be using the oil for their own central heating or selling it on at a handsome profit.
These tanks can contain thousands of pounds worth of oil and it therefore makes good sense to take a few precautions to protect them. The purpose of this information is to give you a few ideas about what can be done to make life more difficult for the thief, ideas that if your business is based in a rural area, you might use to advise existing and potential customers.
Security firm G4S will be considered for government business again after it was barred from bidding for new contracts in a row about overcharging.
The company agreed to repay £109m after an audit found it charged too much for providing electronic prisoner tags. The Serious Fraud Office is examining G4S and Serco over the contracts.Full Story
An alarming lapse in Internet security has exposed millions of passwords, credit card numbers and other sensitive bits of information to potential theft by computer hackers who may have been secretly exploiting the problem before its discovery.
The breakdown revealed this week affects the encryption technology that is supposed to protect online accounts for emails, instant messaging and a wide range of electronic commerce. Security researchers who uncovered the threat, known as "Heartbleed," are particularly worried about the breach because it went undetected for more than two years.
ISO 27001 2013 and PCI DSS V3 - new Standards in the Global Cyber War
Held at the prestigious Churchill War Rooms, this event will include:
- An assessment of the global cyber security standards and which one is right for you
With the addition to their product range of two new models of the ImageIR series of thermography cameras InfraTec GmbH, in association with their UK representative Armstrong Optical, is entering the security market. Using a powerful 28 to 850mm continuous zoom lens the system is able to deliver human detection beyond 15km and beyond 18km for ground.
As well as the excellent range performance the ImageIR 8300Z and ImageIR 9300Z also offer:
Two penalties recently served by the ICO on Kent Police and the British Pregnancy Advisory Service have highlighted the need for organisations to understand precisely what personal information they are collecting and where it is being stored.
Kent Police received a penalty of £100,000 after interview tapes and documents containing sensitive personal information were left in the basement of a former police station. The information was only discovered some four years later, when a police officer spotted some of the tapes on a routine visit to see a local business owner who had recently bought the property. Our investigation found that the force had no guidance in place to ensure personal information was securely removed from former premises.
Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), has hired Michael Metcalfe (pictured left) as Channel Business Manager for Southern Africa and Ahmad Saleh Al-Haider as Channel Business Manager for Saudi Arabia.
Locks and Security News Archive Search
We keep an extensive archive of news stories and product information that have featured in past issues of Locks and Security News. If you would like to run a search of the Locks and Security News web site using the search tool below please just go ahead by entering in the name of the person, product or company or any other key words that you are looking for.
How to contact us at Locks and Security News:
If you would like Locks and Security News to feature your product information, case studies, or company news, just email as above. Ideally a Word doc + jpeg images. Remember, we can take copy up to 5pm on any Tuesday for Wednesday transmission.
Want a link from Locks and Security News to your web site? Just ask for details.
The views or claims expressed by contributors do not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher. Whilst every effort is made to ensure accuracy, the publisher accepts no liability for errors in this publication.
For security professionals at all levels the country's biggest specialist forum for those with an interest in locksmithing Professional Locksmiths Forum gives you a chance to air your opinions, introduce yourselves and exchange views with others in the industry. It is free to join and use and there is only a simple registration form to fill in; this will also verify your free subscription to the magazine:
go to www.plf-uk.info or click the forum logo above.
Every security professional is welcome. Join up and write - its for YOU!
REQUEST LOCKS AND SECURITY NEWS HERE
Locks and Security News is broadcast
every Wednesday. You may receive it FREE each week by
clicking the link above.
As far as the Heartbleed SSL bug is concerned, it exists in the OpenSSL software that is used for secure web communication in the majority (at least 65%) of secure sites (those with a prefix of https:// where your browser will display a closed padlock during access).
The Brighouse company was bought out of administration by the Jain family in February 2012 and since then the focus has very firmly been on restoring Avocet's standing as one of the leading names in the hardware industry.
"It entails a wide-ranging and particularly serious interference with the fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data, without that interference being limited to what is strictly necessary."
The main objective of the Data Retention Directive is to harmonise Member States' provisions concerning the retention of certain data which are generated or processed by providers of publicly available electronic communications services or of public communications networks. It therefore seeks to ensure that the data are available for the purpose of the prevention, investigation, detection and prosecution of serious crime, such as, in particular, organised crime and terrorism. Thus, the directive provides that the abovementioned providers must retain traffic and location data as well as related data necessary to identify the subscriber or user. By contrast, it does not permit the retention of the content of the communication or of information consulted.Full Story
The No Love Locks campaign, which includes a petition that currently has over 1,700 signatures, was launched in February by two Americans living in Paris who were shocked at the extent of the trend across the city.
Brighouse-based Avocet Hardware, which manufactures the ABS snap-secure lock, says it is astonished that items such as a pocket sized snapper bar for anti-snap cylinders and a premium lock snapper bar are readily available to buy for as little as £34.95 on Amazon.
The team at IFSEC Global.com are conducting regular research into the state of the security and fire markets, and they want to hear from you!
As an end-user of security and fire products and services we want to know how you feel about the industry today, how your role has changed and what are the main challenges you face.VBy completing the survey in full you will receive a complimentary VIP ticket to IFSEC and FIREX International, June 17-19th, London ExCeL.
The survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete: www.ifsecglobal.com
Your feedback will be extremely valuable for us in building a picture of the challenges our profession faces and will be treated completely anonymously.
by Michael McKinnon
When faced with the challenge of staying safe online, it's no surprise that we're all motivated by the best of intentions to help spread advice that on the surface seems reasonable and sound. However, as technology evolves sometimes the best advice fades and is quickly replaced by better tactics, in response to the ongoing fight against cybercrime.
Over the years I've found that many people have been left with outdated and now incorrect assumptions about how to stay safe - with much of the advice turning into myths.Full Story