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NEW £1 COIN: HOW WILL IT AFFECT COIN LOCKS AND LOCKERS?

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The New £1 Coin and Your Lockers | Halls of Cambridge | LocksmithsAs you have probably already heard, a newly shaped pound coin will enter into circulation March 2017. That means your business should prepare for the new currency and make sure that your coin-operated lockers accept the new coin.

Here’s what you need to know to get ready for this transition.

What’s the timeline?

The Royal Mint has set up a two-step timescale for the introduction of the new shaped coin. It will enter into use from March 2017, and after just six months of co-circulation in which both old and new coin will be accepted, the current £1 pound coin will be retired for good. And after that date, it goes without saying, you shouldn’t accept the round pound coin for any lockers you have installed.

Why is the existing £1 coin being replaced?

Approximately one in thirty £1 coins are counterfeit. In circulation for more than thirty years, they have now become vulnerable to sophisticated counterfeiters with substantial costs to businesses and taxpayers.

That is why the Government is introducing a new, highly secure coin. Thanks to the twelve-sided shape and the two different metals it’s made up of, it will be much more difficult to counterfeit.

How can I get ready? Can you help me?

The good news is you can plan ahead to avoid the rush and the last-minute panic. You don’t have to wait until September 2017 to upgrade your lockers because we can provide you with solutions that will operate with both new and old coins.

Your next move should be checking your existing locks and lockers as early as you can. Are they coin operated? Did you install them before July 2016? If you’ve answered yes to both questions then it’s likely you’ll have to adapt or replace them.

I know this thought is already sending shivers down your spine, but you don’t need to panic. We have a range of cost-effective solutions which will ensure a smooth transition with no disruptions to you and the users of your facility. Let’s have a look.
Can I convert existing locks to take the new coin?

(Conversion kit available for the Assa Classic Coin Lock only)

If your lockers are equipped with an Assa Abloy Classic Coin Lock, a conversion kit is the first option available to you. Easy to fit, you can upgrade your existing coin locks without changing the whole case. And with just a new middle piece and coin restrictor, your locks will be ready. It also comes with a sticker to signal users your lockers accept both new and old pound coins.

What about new coin locks?

First of all, are you about to buy a coin lock? Don’t forget to check that it is compatible with the new coin to avoid disappointment later. And if you are looking to replace all your existing locks, check out the new version of the Assa Abloy Classic and E-lite Coin Locks we provide. Hardwearing and easy to use, they are the perfect choice to be fully prepared for the introduction of the new pound coin.

Can I use keyless alternatives?

While you are at it, this may also be the right time to move to that digital or keyless solution that you were already considering. If it wasn’t on your agenda you should know that the potential benefits are huge here: just think how long you spend dealing with lost or missing keys.

Whether operated by card, wristband, ifob or code, keyless keypad lockers can simplify the management of your facility. As they eliminate the need for coins, tokens and, obviously, keys, they are an ideal solution for both users and staff. Click here to find out more [link to keyless cabinet/locker locks category page].

Please note:
When planning and using your locker locks, you will need to take into consideration whether they are right/left handed or for wet/dry areas.

If you have any questions about the new £1 coin and your lockers call Halls today.

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Halls Now Cut Avocet Pioneer+ Keys

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Avocet Pioneer+ Keys are a dimple key that is copied via the physical key as they are not supplied with code cards. Halls of Cambridge are now able to cut Avocet Pioneer Keys in the shop while you wait, simply bring a key and we will do the rest.Avocet Pioneer Keys Cut At Halls Of Cambridge | Master Locksmith | Cambridge

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How Can A Locksmith in Cambridge Help You?

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Most people think about locksmiths when they’re locked out of their property and yes – this is one of the services that a professional locksmith can offer but there are plenty of others too.

For example – if you’ve just moved into a new house then the first thing you should do is change the locks. After all, you don’t know who’s had copies of the keys in the past so why risk it?

Rather than purchasing the locks yourselves from the local DIY store (as research has shown that the level of advice available at these stores is dangerously low) then you should contact your local MLA licensed locksmith to come and supply and fit appropriate locks for you. They will know the locks you’ll need so as not to invalidate your insurance.

What Services Does a Locksmith offer?

But there are plenty of other services that locksmiths can provide

Key Cutting

A locksmith will be able to cut keys for any type of lock ( cabinet, garage, back door, upvc door, padlock etc.. )

Window & Door Locks

One of the most common areas of locksmiths is the standard UPVC door and window lock on the domestic house, UPVC locks and windows are a specialist area of locksmithing, most MLA locksmiths will be able to supply, fit, service and repair door and window locks.

Security Safe Services

Make sure you get a safe that has been professionally specified for your needs and is fitted properly. If this is not done then a thief could walk out with your safe!   Locksmiths will also of course be able to opening safes, repair, supply and install and even move large vaults and security safes.

Access control

Some professional locksmiths will be able to specify, supply and install electronic access control systems

24 Hour Emergency Locksmith

If your locked out at a unsociable hours, lost your keys or just need the locks replacing & changing a out of hours service is available from some locksmiths.

Want to really read whats it like to be a emergency locksmith? then check out a ‘Diary of a Emergency Locksmith’ from a MLA approved locksmith.

Why have a Locksmith Cut My Keys?

Key cutting is another area of experience for locksmiths. Why get your keys cut anywhere other than by an experienced, professional locksmiths? But have they been vetted? Make sure who you use has been independently accredited as vetted, inspected and competent for the job at hand.

Can a Locksmith Fit Window Locks?

Of course it’s not only doors that need locks but windows too – so make sure your MLA licensed locksmith fits your window locks too.

Don’t forget that locksmiths can work on domestic and commercial properties so if you have a security requirement for your business then make sure you contact Halls of Cambridge today.

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CCTV Systems Are Better At Deterring Crime Than Burglar Alarms

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Rural homes should get CCTV systems to prevent crime, says Inspector Chief inspector James Sutherland believes CCTV systems are better at deterring crime than burglar alarms. (Original article published by the Cambridge Evening News - 27 February 2017) Homes in rural areas should have CCTV systems to prevent crime, according to a chief inspector for South Cambridgeshire Constabulary. Chief inspector James Sutherland argues that CCTV systems are better than burglar alarms. At a South Cambridgeshire Police panel meeting in Orchard Park, Cambridge, on Wednesday, CI Sutherland said: "One of the reasons why solving crime in rural areas is much harder than cities is the total absence of CCTV. "You go into Cambridge city and there is really good, authority owned CCTV and there has been for a long time.” "But there is none in South Cambridgeshire. If people can get CCTV then I would wholeheartedly recommend it.” "It's a great deterrent for burglars and a better deterrent than a burglar alarm." He added that CCTV should be accompanied by a "chain of security", rather than people making isolated purchases. "The overarching point I make about security is that home security only works when you chain things together. "But a burglar alarm, or CCTV system, with a good physical system, such as good locks and lighting, has an accumulative effect on crime prevention. "If it were me, I'd start with the good window locks and door locks, security lighting, timer switches and then once that's done, consider burglar alarms and CCTV systems and more advanced security." Halls of Cambridge and Halls Access Control Systems are Cambridge’s Number 1 supplier of security products, call today to discuss your requirements. | Halls Locksmith | CCTV | Cambridge

Rural homes should get CCTV systems to prevent crime, says Inspector

Chief inspector James Sutherland believes CCTV systems are better at deterring crime than burglar alarms.

(Original article published by the Cambridge Evening News – 27 February 2017)

Homes in rural areas should have CCTV systems to prevent crime, according to a chief inspector for South Cambridgeshire Constabulary.

Chief inspector James Sutherland argues that CCTV systems are better than burglar alarms.

At a South Cambridgeshire Police panel meeting in Orchard Park, Cambridge, on Wednesday, CI Sutherland said: “One of the reasons why solving crime in rural areas is much harder than cities is the total absence of CCTV.

“You go into Cambridge city and there is really good, authority owned CCTV and there has been for a long time.”

“But there is none in South Cambridgeshire. If people can get CCTV then I would wholeheartedly recommend it.”

“It’s a great deterrent for burglars and a better deterrent than a burglar alarm.”

He added that CCTV should be accompanied by a “chain of security”, rather than people making isolated purchases.

“The overarching point I make about security is that home security only works when you chain things together.

“But a burglar alarm, or CCTV system, with a good physical system, such as good locks and lighting, has an accumulative effect on crime prevention.

“If it were me, I’d start with the good window locks and door locks, security lighting, timer switches and then once that’s done, consider burglar alarms and CCTV systems and more advanced security.”

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Halls of Cambridge and Halls Access Control Systems are Cambridge’s Number 1 supplier of security products, call today to discuss your requirements.

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How Secure Is Your Security or CCTV System?

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CCTV Security How Secure Are You? | Cambridge Locksmith

We read a lot about unauthorised access to a variety of internet connected devices that are not secured properly. The ‘Internet of Things’ brings huge benefits to us in our daily lives but without proper configuration the very devices that are designed to help and assist us can cause problems.

A recent study revealed that the majority of internet connected devices, router and other assistive technology remains configured with the default security access, passwords and passkeys, all of which are readily available in the user manuals provided for the devices and made available online.

Wireless CCTV cameras are an excellent example of this, they need to balance the ease of use and setup with the need for security, many are just happy to configure their camera so it is visible from their smart phone or tablet while they are away but just how secure are they?

Stand alone CCTV cameras will need to connect to a third party service in order to announce their location to the viewer, this is so the app on the smart phone or tablet can locate the camera on the internet, this system is often configured incorrectly and armed with the default username and password for the camera the cyber intruder can gain access to the camera and see what the owner sees. Moreover, the cyber intruder can actually see when there is nobody home, notice patterns of behaviour and if inclined plan a visit.

Your CCTV cameras could actually be announcing when you are home and when you are not.

It’s crucial that these systems are configured correctly, installed correctly and secured agains all but appropriate access.

Systems from ABUS have got this in hand, their systems are backed by years of experience in all aspects of security and access control.

Halls of Cambridge are you local suppliers and installers of Domestic and Commercial CCTV systems, get in tough today to discuss your requirements.

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