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Locksmith Clippings and Musings November 2016 by Helen Duval

Most of us want to assume that the locks on our homes and businesses are doing a great job by keeping us safe against burglars and intruders. The lock is a symbol of security even more so with the great developments and innovations that are being introduced onto the market currently.  Our homes are our castles and the thought of being safe from unwanted intrusion remains a priority for just about everyone.

Consumers still need to consider their vulnerability to attack however, when unwittingly giving unlicensed locksmiths access to their homes and businesses. Homeowners, tenants and businesses should still evaluate a number of factors including when locks were last replaced as well as how many excess copies of keys are in circulation and whether the locks meet current safety standards in order to keep their properties secure.

More worryingly perhaps, the need for key security has been highlighted by Abloy UK after recent revelations that HMP Northumberland Prison incurred costs in the region of £1million when new locks were needed at the facility.  According to an article on The Chronicle Live website a guard was reportedly taken hostage and had his keys stolen.

Security systems needed reviewing as locks were changed which cost approximately £500,000; whilst the the cost of moving prisoners from cells during this process took the potential cost to over £1 million.

Pip Courcoux, Sales & Product Manager CLIQ for Abloy UK, commented : “Losing keys does happen even in the most unexpected of places, and the consequences can be very expensive and a logistical nightmare as we’ve seen in the case of HMP Northumberland Prison.

“However, organisations can protect against the threat of a compromised key system and avoid such expensive replacement programmes by installing an electro-mechanical key system.”

CLIQ CONNECT© is the next generation of PROTEC2 CLIQ©, which is an easy-to-use electro-mechanical key system, that provides mechanical high security disc cylinders that are combined with highly encrypted electronic locking and identification.

The system allows for remote key management, providing comprehensive audit trails on locks and padlocks, and the ability to electronically remove lost or stolen keys from the system.  This provides confidence in a security system where keys have been lost.

Looking at the future of compliance for the sector, the leading specialist has also created a whitepaper regarding the standards and regulations for Escape Doors with recommendations in order to  comply.

As any building must conform to necessary industry standards during its development, it is essential that everyone be responsible for compliance, from designers and specifiers through to builders and technical installers.

In the new whitepaper Abloy UK considers and highlights the responsibility of each party to comply with safety standards, to ensure that all the building’s occupants can exit safely during an emergency.

More detailed information on the whitepaper can be found at the following website

In other news, one of the UK’s leading security specialists, Yale has bolstered its team recently with new appointments.  The company has added support to its national network of trade customers after appointing Jennie Cleaver as Territory Manager for the West Midlands.

Prior to joining the ASSA ABLOY group, Jennie gained extensive experience at ERA where she worked for nearly 10 years as an Area Sales Manager.

Nigel Fisher, Managing Director for Yale, said: “I was very impressed with Jennie’s experience in the industry and the skills she can bring to the role. We invited Jennie for an interview and immediately knew she was the right fit for the company and offered her the job there and then.

“2017 is already shaping up to be an exciting year for the Yale business and we’re excited about what our latest recruit will be bring to the team.”

Speaking on her appointment, Jennie commented: “I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in at Yale. There’s a lot of exciting developments happening and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

Meanwhile, the company has also appointed a new member to the Smart Living team in the form of Mobile specialist, Laurence Dyde, who joins as Mobile Product Manager for Yale Smart Living.

Including 9 years previous experience at Astraware in Stoke On Trent, Laurence brings with him a total of 16 years experience, having been involved in the creation of mobile games including Bejeweled and Zuma.

He also worked with Redditch based, award-winning mobile app developers B60 Apps across a range of business sectors.

Laurence commented on his new post: “I am excited to begin working with Yale, particularly starting at such an early stage of development in the smart home movement, and I hope that my interest in integration will take them to the next stage of mobile development.”

Nigel Fisher also commented,  “We are committed to investing in the Yale Smart Living brand and this appointment enables us to further develop our mobile offering.”

Finally it was probably with great relief that residents in and around the Boston area of Lincolnshire finally had their concerns put to rest regarding a persistent burglar.  Jacqueline Pinkney received a four and a half year imprisonment term at Lincoln Crown Court for crimes committed over five decades.  The persistent burglar began her criminal career back in 1971.

She had 51 previous court appearances covering a total of 136 offences, including 23 convictions for burglary, which began when she was only 12 years old.

At the time of sentence Judge John Pini QC commented, “You are a persistent repeat offender. It is time the public were given a rest from your activities”  whilst passing sentence he described her as “a one-woman crimewave”.  That’s quite a record and some tenacity, …a good reminder perhaps for consumers to evaluate and update their locking systems.

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