The organisers of Lockex 2018 – Security & Fire Safety would like to remind all locksmiths, auto locksmiths, security specialists, fire safety officers, architects, designers, planners, and specifiers that this June’s event at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry is not your ordinary trade show.

Therefore, if you were expecting a weekend of irrelevant exhibitors and stands that exist only to promote themselves with nothing in return for the visitor, three precious days off wasted and leaving with an empty wallet, wishing you’d stayed at home with the family – or worst – worked instead, then please do not come to Lockex 2018, this is not the show for you.

*Okay, now here’s why you should go…

If, however, you prefer an industry event that listens to its visitors and exhibitors, monitors current events and responds to them accordingly, features the biggest and best names from the locksmith, auto locksmith, security, and fire safety sectors, offers all-inclusive packages to its stand holders and lets the visitors leave with more than they came with; free parking, free meal tickets, free goody bags, exclusive raffles and competitions – tool kits, champagne, cash prize draws, super car driving experiences to name a few – plus free training workshops and seminars, working demonstrations, product launches, key note speeches and a ‘Pavilion of Trade Bodies’ dedicated solely to the advancement and development of the visitor’s own career, and it’s been meticulously planned to avoid any major sporting event taking place this year, then sure, maybe, this could right for you.

But, seriously…

Lockex 2018 – Security & Fire Safety promises be a one-stop-shop for everyone in the industry of the latest designs and developments from across the globe. Exhibitors from all over the UK – and indeed the world – from Aldridge to Yale and everything in between will be hosting live demonstrations, displaying new products, and offering genuine free prizes and competitions.

The Lockex team has taken all the key parts from the first event – well organised, visitor-orientated, industry relevant and an exhibition that was actually enjoyable –  plus added some extra aspects to make sure newcomers and past guests alike will be satisfied. While the show may have expanded its reach – to reflect the ever-increasing concerns and considerations of security and fire safety – there will be no compromise on the quality of displays, demonstrations or exhibitors at the event.

From the breakfast butties on arrival and free parking, to the jam-packed schedule of training seminars and live evening entertainment, Lockex isn’t a show that’s going to waste your time and sting you with hefty parking charges and overpriced food and drink. In fact, it’s the show visitors can’t afford to miss.

The reimagined workshop space right in the heart of the Ricoh Arena, with eight demo zones and staging for the official key note speaker Neil Vann, means visitors won’t have to miss a moment of the show by walking out of the exhibition to attend their free seminars (plus exhibitors will get more traffic to their stands). The new 72-square metre ‘Pavilion of Trade Bodies’ will be hosting organisations such as the GAI, DHF, NSI, FDIS, SSAIB and UK Construction Week with representatives from all regions on hand to discuss CPD points and the latest certifications, compliance, and career options.

And finally, Lockex 2018 – Security & Fire Safety has teamed up with Fix Radio – the UK’s first radio station for tradespeople – to make sure the Ricoh Arena will sound just as good as it looks!

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Lockex 2018 – Security & Fire Safety takes place 8th, 9th and 10th June 2018 at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. For more information and to register your interest as a visitor (and sign up for more updates as and when they go out) please visit:

A simple way to enhance vehicle security

Theft of tools or cargo from vans is all too common an occurrence. It’s not just a matter of replacing the items that have been stolen – van break-ins can leave people unable to work, behind on their schedules, losing contracts and facing higher insurance costs.

Vehicle manufacturers are improving security on their latest models, but there are huge numbers of vans and light goods vehicles on the road which have inadequate protection. You’ll see vans out there with clumsy hasps and padlocks which offer only a mild deterrent but plenty of hassle for the driver.

Smart and practical

New to the UK is the Vanlock, a universal auxiliary lock developed by Czech security specialists Tokoz®. The beauty of the Vanlock is that it can be retrofitted to almost any rear or sliding vehicle door. It’s practical with a dual slam-latching and locking action, which means the driver isn’t constantly fumbling for keys or risking things by leaving the vehicle unlocked ‘for a minute’. That slam-locking technology is backed up by an internal emergency escape toggle. Vanlock is purpose made for the job, strong and corrosion resistant with stainless steel components and a Makrolon® cylinder cover. It’s available in black or white, to suit most vehicle livery or fleet colour schemes.

The Vanlock utilises a euro profile single cylinder so they can be masterkeyed into an existing Tigris master keyed system, they can be keyed alike or simply keyed to differ. For those operating a fleet or working in situations where varying security levels are required, the Vanlock can be part of a larger fleet master-key system.

And there’s more

With vehicle security a major issue, Vanlock is sure to be a hit, but it is only part of a wider range of Tokoz® security products that are now available in the UK. Recognising the need to secure larger moveable domestic and personal items such as wheelie bins and motor bikes to even larger industrial equipment such as cement mixers, Tokoz® has introduced the X SAFETY BOX range. This too is locked with a euro profile insert cylinder, allowing these locks to be included as part of a wider home or business master key system.

The new Tokoz® Vanlock and X SAFETY BOX range are available in the UK exclusively from security experts Access2. To find out more call +44 (0) 191 215 0530.

ASSA CLIQ® Remote shortlisted in 2018 UK Housing Awards

ASSA CLIQ® Remote from ASSA ABLOY, the global leader in door opening solutions, is a finalist in this year’s UK Housing Awards, for helping to revolutionise Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council’s (RMBC) repairs and maintenance processes for void properties.

With approximately 2,000 empty properties to manage every year, RMBC required a key management solution that would simplify its operations, eliminate the need for physical key handovers and cut costs.

Shortlisted in the category ‘Outstanding approach to repairs and maintenance’, ASSA CLIQ® Remote has allowed RMBC to improve key management, and speed up its repair and maintenance practices on void properties.

ASSA CLIQ® Remote uses wireless technology to give key holders – regardless of location – remote access to a property through a single key. By eliminating the need for physical key handovers, ASSA CLIQ® Remote has drastically reduced time spent travelling between jobs, saving maintenance staff and contractors valuable time, resulting in properties being re-let quicker.

As a result, ASSA CLIQ® Remote is saving RMBC approximately 40 hours of time every week. The reduction re-let times has allowed RMBC to deliver an additional £60,000 a year in rental income revenue, enabling the council to use its budget and resources elsewhere.

The improved operational efficiencies are also helping lower the council’s environmental impact. RMBC staff or contractors performing repair and maintenance do not need to travel to physically handover keys, reducing the council’s carbon footprint and fleet expenses.

Finally, the system is reducing the risk of lost or copied keys being compromised as well. If a key is lost or stolen, access rights can be deactivated straightaway.

Simon Wilson, National Sales Manager for ASSA CLIQ® Remote, said: “The Chartered Institute of Housing’s awards are one of the most prestigious for the UK’s housing sector. We are delighted that our work with RMBC has been nominated in the category of ‘Outstanding approach to repairs and maintenance’.

“In the social housing sector, the pressure to re-let houses as quickly as possible and work to tight budgets should not be underestimated. Nevertheless, properties will inevitably stand empty between tenancies, while staff and contractors carry out the necessary repairs and maintenance to a home.

“ASSA CLIQ® Remote has provided a simple solution to the issue of key management and key control for void properties. With physical key handovers no longer necessary, maintenance workers spend less time travelling between jobs, and void properties can be turned around and re-let quicker, whilst improving the council’s sustainability credentials.

“ASSA CLIQ® Remote also ensures lost keys are no longer a security risk, and the council’s time and budget can be used more effectively. The system is a fantastic solution for managing void properties, and we are pleased the cost-savings and efficiencies it’s delivering are being recognised.”

The 2018 UK Housing Awards will take place on Wednesday 2 May at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge hotel in London.

For more information on ASSA CLIQ® Remote, please visit

#FSBConnect Cornwall at ExpoWest – Sustainability tips to save you money

We are delighted to announce that Gill Pipkin is our guest speaker for this event. Along with our usual organised networking, Gill will be talking about how using sustainable practises in business can be beneficial to the bottom line and to getting new customers. Being “green” isn’t just for environmental campaigners, it is a real business issue and can also be used to great advantage when you know how. Gill is going to tell us how this means saving or even making money, gaining more customers and having a better business. You will also have free access to the Expowest Cornwall exhibition, an opportunity to network with their attendees and stand-holders before their gates open at 10am.

Across the UK there are thousands of businesses just like you looking to make new connections. To help local businesses, we host regular FSB Connect networking events #FSBConnect. These are high quality, face to face networking events that provide great opportunities, new contacts and business information in an enjoyable and relaxed format. There will be plenty of time to mingle with other attendees and the opportunity to circulate any promotional literature and business cards.

The next event is Thursday 8 March

Snickers New Body-Mapping Micro Fleece Jacket

This new fleece jacket takes working comfort and good looks on site to a whole new level.

It’s advanced workwear made from a stretchable micro fleece fabric with an advanced body-mapping design – just the job for the fast paced professional, who’s always on the go.

Warm, light and flexible, the jacket is made from a quick-drying ‘AIS’ (Advanced Insulation System) material, which is high-functionality and ideal as warm first layer garment or lighter second layer protection.

The jacket delivers an effective balance of insulation where it matters and ventilation for your body when it’s needed. What’s more, with its innovative natural anti-odour treated and quick-drying fabric, it’ll keep you dry, fresh and comfortable all day long

Added to its good looks, it has a checked fleece lining for enhanced breathability and mesh fabric in armpits for extra ventilation, plus a zipped arm pocket for added convenience and a high collar for extra warmth and protection.

To get more information on the Snickers range of Fleece Jackets is easy – call the Helpline on 01484 854788; check out and download a digital catalogue; or email

Electric Locks offer solution to City of London office building

Architectural Ironmonger G. Johns and Sons of London were involved with the specification for an access control system at the office block in the City of London, whereby the client wanted a flexible access control system with the minimum of ironmongery on the doors and did not require the use of surface mounted electro-magnetic locks. They required a modern office appearance with clean stylish lines, with a high level of security and the flexibility to offer office space to their clients.

Jeremy Barltrop of G. Johns chose to use the Securefast ASEL2460 Electric Escape Lock on the two doors on each landing of the five story building with Karcher Stainless Steel lever handles and connected via heavy duty conductor hinges to a reader on the outside of the doors. The client did not require overriding cylinders therefore the Securefast lock was chosen for its quality, easy of use and reliability. As the latch bolt is magnetic, it latches when the door is fully closed, which means  the closing pressure of the doors can be light to overcome the force usually required for a latch bolt spring. The lock also automatically throws the deadbolt when the door is fully closed increasing the security on the doors, but both bolts are fully withdrawn in one action on the inside by the lever handle for safe emergency egress. This enables the client to control entry to each floor via the lift or staircase with a proximity card, and allow safe egress via the lever handle fitted to the lock case.

The benefits of using the Securefast Electric lock also means that the locking and unlocking of the door is extremely quiet with minimum sound from throwing and withdrawing of the latch and deadbolt, making the product ideal for a quiet office.

Electronic access control – your flexible friend

Smart technology is playing an increasingly central role in both business and private lives and the digital revolution is making its way into the locks business.  Once the preserve of commercial offices or large multiple occupancy buildings, affordable electronic door locks are becoming more popular as a “smart” security solution for both homes and businesses.

The days of forgetting to lock the door, leaving keys in the door or locking them inside the house can be a thing of the past for customers by fitting the latest in smart locking technology.

Customer’s access control needs can vary widely, from just a few users of one lock in a residential or small business property, through to ever changing multiple users of multiple locks in a large commercial facility or hotel.  The rise in popularity of short term home/holiday letting has led to a greater demand for flexible multiple access systems that allow the owner to quickly and easily change access rights, often at a distance from the property itself.


Ever at the forefront of security product innovation Burg-Wächter continues to develop the latest in electronic door locking systems that adapt to customers’ changing lifestyles.  Customers won’t want to pay for capability beyond their needs, so rather than producing a one size fits all system, Burg-Wächter has created a range of three tailorable systems which together cover all of the most popular installations.

Open sesame

secuENTRY 5702 Fingerprint

Most electronic door locks come with one or more means of entry, such as keypad, biometric (fingerprint), Bluetooth or RFID.  The entry level “secuENTRY Easy” system combines keypad, biometric fingerprint reader and Bluetooth technologies into one easy to use system.  The illuminated keypad is programmable with up to 50 different users with a choice of one million different codes for high levels of security.  There is also the option to include a biometric finger scanner, capable of recognising up to 24 different prints for added convenience.

The keypad provides IP65 weatherproof protection against dust and water, making it ideal for doors inside and out. T he power of Bluetooth allows the lock to be activated via the Burg-Wächter smartphone app, which is available on both Android and iOS.

ENTRY 5750 Software

At the top of the range, the “secuENTRY Pro” is a fully scalable version of “secuENTRY” that has been specifically designed for hotels and larger commercial installations with up to 2,000 users.  Dedicated management software allows time controlled access across multiple locks and is compatible with fully automated payment and check in/out systems.  The last 2,000 events are also recorded and viewable, which is useful for security auditing requirements.
Offering all the functions of the “secuENTRY Easy” system, the next step up is the “secuENTRY” professional installation system, ideally suited for locksmiths.  The stylish compact cylinder adds the flexibility of RFID access in the shape of passive transponder key fob.

Easy installation

One of the biggest deterrents for customers thinking of switching to electronic door locks is the expense and inconvenience of having to change the whole locking mechanism including the housing.  Burg-Wächter’s “secuENTRY” ranges overcome this hurdle as the cylinder is designed to be a direct replacement for standard Euro cylinders, cutting installation time and cost by leaving the existing lock housing in place.  The length of the electronic cylinder is adjustable up to 59/59mm, making it suitable for a wide range of door thicknesses up to 130mm.

Another installation consideration is power, which can be particularly challenging to route to the inside of the door.  All “secuENTRY” systems avoid this issue as both the keypad and cylinder are battery powered, and have a wireless operating range of up to 4m.  Once activated, the electronics release the locking mechanism inside the cylinder allowing the knob to be turned manually.  This method of opening the door keeps power consumption to a minimum, meaning that depending on setup, the system has a battery life of up to four years.

More police officers now than half a century ago

The police today have more officers per capita than in the 1960s – challenging claims that they are understaffed, figures show.

Despite claims that forces are struggling to cope, analysis of Home Office data shows that in 1961 there were 807 people for every police officer in England and Wales, whereas the most recent figures, released earlier this month in a House of Commons briefing paper, show that there are now 462 people for every officer.

Several police forces, as well as the police watchdog HM Inspectorate of Constabulary, have said that recent cuts have left forces struggling to function properly.

The police were criticised for poor performance last week as the Daily Telegraph’s data analysis showed that nine in ten burglaries were left unsolved.

The Metropolitan Police has also said that it would no longer look into lower-level crime as a result of spending cuts.

Meanwhile they have come under fire for awareness-raising stunts such as officers painting their nails to highlight modern slavery.

The figures, which appeared in the Mail on Sunday, suggest that police numbers compare favourably with previous decades.

Police numbers rose during the 1980s and early 1990s, before falling to a 10-year low at the end of the 1990s and rising sharply in the early 2000s.

They have been dropping again since 2009, when they had reached a high of 141,647.

There are distinct differences between crime levels of 1961 and today. In 1961, 806,900 crimes were committed whereas ONS data shows that 5.2 million crimes were recorded this year, a 13 per cent rise from the year before.

A briefing paper published ahead of the London 2012 Olympics shows that crime per 100,000 people rose sharply during the 1960s.

An average of one million crimes per year was recorded during that decade, rising to two million during the 1970s and 3.5m in the 1980s.

More recently, according to the crime survey for England and Wales, crime peaked in 1995 and has been falling since although police recorded crime has risen in recent years.

Previous analysis of rising crime data has suggested that it can be partly attributed to changes in the way it is recorded, as well as the criminalisation of drug use and the rising value of people’s possessions and property.

The National Police Chief’s Council highlighted that the police are dealing with different crimes now than they were 50 years ago.

A spokesman said: “Policing in 2017 is very different to in the 1960s. We are dealing with an unprecedented terror threat, police recorded crime is up 13 per cent and forces are dealing with more complex, resource-intensive crime like modern slavery, child sexual exploitation, cybercrime and online fraud.

“Our mission is also wider, acting as the service of last resort for people who have fallen through the gaps of other services as well as providing effective local policing. We are meeting these challenges with officer numbers at same level as they were in 1985.”

Minister for Policing and the Fire Service, Nick Hurd, said: “We are clear that all crimes reported to the police should be taken seriously, investigated and, where appropriate, taken through the courts and met with tough sentences.

“This Government protected overall police funding in real terms since the 2015 Spending Review and maintained that protection in a fair funding deal this year.

“The independent Crime Survey for England and Wales – acknowledged by the ONS as our best measure of long term crime trends experienced by individuals and families, shows a substantial fall of nine per cent, in the year ending June 2017 and 38 per cent since June 2010.”

Figures also show that since 2010, the proportion of officers working at the frontline has increased and is currently at more than 93 per cent.

The Home Office has previously said that according to HM Inspectorate of Constabulary there is “considerable scope to improve efficiency.”

MLA trade exhibition proves to be “the best yet”

The Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) has reported record attendance at its trade exhibition for the locksmithing and physical security industry.

The bi-annual event, which was staged earlier this month in Halls 1 & 2 of the International Centre in Telford, had a footfall of 2,309 visitors – 50.3% up on the previous expo in 2015.

In addition, 393 staff from 106 exhibitors from all over the world, including China, Russia and New Zealand were also at the event to showcase the latest security products and services, as well as having a chance to discuss industry trends and take part in training courses.

The attendance figures, provided by third party visitor registration company QRS, show that MLA Expo, which was being held for the 19th time, was not only the biggest and most successful MLA Expo since it was first held 35 years ago, but, according to some visitors is now the largest trade exhibition for the locksmithing industry in the world.

MLA Managing Director Dr Steffan George said: “We were expecting Expo to be big; having taken the step of expanding in to 2 halls we were delighted with the number of exhibitors who signed up seeing the show completely sold out. The key however is of course getting visitors there, and with 700 visitors walking through the doors within the first 3 hours of the show being open, we were ecstatic to get excellent feedback from exhibitors who couldn’t believe how busy the show was.

“Joining up with our colleagues at the Auto Locksmiths Association (ALA) and creating “The Garage”; the area dedicated to auto locksmithing where all auto related suppliers were based seemed to work really well.

“Class leading training continued to be available at the show and will no doubt have attracted a lot of people to visit. Training at this year’s event included safe lock picking, lock decoding and picking, social media marketing, “how to think like a burglar” (to improve surveying skills), vehicle locks & cloning, electronics, access control and abrasive wheel certification to name but a few.

“MLA Expo is a truly global exhibition involving people from across the wider locksmithing industry, and that was proved once again. Total overseas visitor numbers almost doubled, splitting this down further, just over 90% more visitors came from Europe as did in 2015. It provides a fantastic opportunity for locksmith and security companies and professionals from around the world to come together, network and find out about the latest innovations in the industry. It is the perfect occasion for manufacturers and suppliers to showcase their products and services, network, share knowledge and make new contacts.

“Feedback from exhibitors and visitors alike was phenomenal, with a number commenting on how it had been their best show ever. This sort of feedback makes all the hard work involved in putting the show together worthwhile. We’d like to thank all the exhibitors, Expo sponsors Brisant Secure, Garage Sponsors Silca, our friends and colleagues at the ALA, all the tutors and most of all everyone who visited. We look forward to announcing details for MLA Expo ’19 shortly.”

3 awards were given out at the MLA Expo; Best Stand was won by APECS, Most Creative Stand was won by Burg Wächter whilst Best Product was won by Sashstop, as judged by MLA board members who are working locksmiths. Our heartfelt congratulations go to them all on their well-deserved win.

The event also saw a Gala Dinner arranged by MLA Board Member Terry Watts on the
Saturday night, with a mix of a pre-dinner drinks reception, excellent food and entertainment with a great time being had by all.

The MLA’s charity raffle also took place with prizes very kindly donated by Brisant Secure, Aldridge Security, ABUS, Abloy, Burton Safes and Keyprint. Thanks to them and the generosity of those in attendance £3100 was raised for the charity of choice of the event which was Cancer Research. Pictures can be found below of the prize donors getting their certificate of recognition.

Numerous Industry awards were also given out at the dinner. Firstly the ALA gave a special award to Tim Hart in recognition for all the work he put in to help with the event. Ron Cliff was next up being awarded honorary membership of the MLA thanks to his significant contribution to the association over the years. Sid Owen was then announced as the winner of the Nigel Rose Bowl due to him having had the best BLI Exam results during the previous year. The final award was the Chubb Award; this most prestigious and well recognised award within the industry is bestowed by the board of directors of the MLA on the person they feel has done the most to further the locksmithing profession in the previous year. The recipient in 2017 was John Harding, somebody who has not only served as a board director of both the MLA and Sold Secure, but is current secretary of MLA London Region and has toured the country training on the vital H&S aspects of working with abrasive wheels.

UNION launches FastLatch

UNION, part of ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, a division of ASSA ABLOY, the global leader in door opening solutions, has launched the FastLatch, a new range of push fit tubular latches and privacy bolts.

Designed with a stylish and modern appearance for interior doors, FastLatch is both aesthetically pleasing and easy to install due to its revolutionary round forend, reducing installation time and offering a professional finish.

Available in a choice of three high quality finishes – polished chrome, polished brass and satin nickel, FastLatch is supplied with both round and square corner strike options, enabling a quick and simple installation or retrofit.

FastLatch has been tested to 800,000 closing cycles, to ensure it lasts for decades of residential use, reducing maintenance and replacement costs.

Karen Hubbard, Mortice ­Product Manager at ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, said: “FastLatch is a perfect fit for modern living, offering a stylish finish for interior doors. As well as meeting aesthetic needs, the FastLatch is simple to install, saving time for installers. FastLatch represents the quality, reliability and ease of installation that is expected of a UNION product.”

For further information, please visit or contact the UNION sales team on 0845 223 2124. You can also like UNION’s Facebook page or follow on Twitter.