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November 27 & 28, 2008
Scammers Target Locksmith Customers
from News 8 Austin
Someone's cutting into ALOA member Cothron's Safe and Lock in Austin, Texas, scamming the 60-year-old company's customers. "We have had customers call us and want to know when we're coming back on jobs we've never been on," Cothron's Operations Manager Jim Hancock said. "When we've gone out, we've found out that these other folks are basically the ones that have been out there." Many of them don't have licenses, and they target customers on the Internet. If a person types in "locksmiths in Austin" in a Google search engine, they will get a list that has Cothron's at the top. The phone number attached to it, though, isn't even Cothron's--it's the scam artist's.
Video Surveillance is Becoming a Sought-after Technology to Provide Security
from Automated Buildings
The issue of security in industrial buildings was often a secondary issue—on the radar screen, but not the front burner. Safety was always paramount and generally addressed through instrumentation, fail-safe design, documented procedures, training and good management. Today, the world is very different, and security has become the new, high-priority issue. Protecting the operating integrity of a plant, a system, and personnel is now a strategic imperative. More
Economy May Be Helping Out Locksmith Business
from NBC – New Mexico
A spike in crime is giving an economic boost to local locksmiths. They say a rash of break-ins at homes and businesses is keeping them busy.
Locksmith Jim Endicott says more break-ins means more work for him, installing new locks and security doors.
Tried, True and New Ways to Thwart Burglars
from St. Petersburg Times
Homeowners have more options than ever these days for making their homes less tempting targets for thieves. But before laying out obstacles for would-be burglars, they must get past hurdles of their own: determining just how much security they need and how much they can afford. More
Thirteen Surveillance Cameras Will Keep Watch on Public Square in Cleveland
from The Plain Dealer
Thirteen new surveillance cameras next week will begin watching thousands of people downtown on Public Square. Four of the cameras are recording now, and nine others will be working by next weekend when the holiday display is lighted on Public Square, Safety Director Martin Flask said.
Success Breeds Success in Small Business
from York Daily Record
Successful small businesses come in all sizes and specialties, but their leaders all share one essential attribute -- positive, can-do attitudes that transcend everything they do. Believing in yourself and your ability to succeed does more than simply sustain you through the challenges of getting your business started. It also spreads through your company and beyond. When you "walk the talk" and follow through on your commitments, your managers and employees perform their jobs with more confidence. Vendors, customers and prospects know that you'll come through for them as well.
Among the ways you can make successful thinking contagious in your business is by emphasizing long-term potential over short-term thinking. More
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