Home Office Document
We were recently contacted by somebody wanting to know where the home office crime reduction booklet for securing property had gone since the change to the home office website (and it had info relating to Sold Secure. Well, whilst we’re not responsible for external websites we have done some digging and managed to find an archive of it! You can download it by following this link
2014 sees ISO9001 Quality Audit passed again
We’re delighted to announce that Sold Secure has once again passed it’s ISO 9001 Quality Audit with flying colours.
Lock Snapping - What is the most secure lock cylinder to prevent it
The Master Locksmiths Association recently published a article regarding how to prevent lock snapping / lock bumping with a page titled ‘Most Secure Lock Cylinder to Prevent Lock Snapping‘. The page confirms three potential ways to prevent lock snapping , with the number one prevention being to use a SS312 Diamand Standard Cylinder
Sold Secure helps address incorrect information on Lock Snapping
Unfortunately incorrect information was disseminated on a recent issue of This Morning on ITV relating to lock snapping. Viewers were told that any euro cylinder with a kitemark on it (as long as it was produced after 2007 was anti-snap. This is far from the case! Homeowners need to be aware that in order to get a cylinder that has been tested for snap resistance then it has to be approved to either the Sold Secure Diamond level (SS312 Diamond - developed in 2010) or at least have the 3 star Kitemark (TS007 - developed in 2011). A Kitemark alone (1* or standard Kitemark pre 2011) will not have been tested for snap resistance no matter what it says on the packaging and will have to be protected by security handles. The Master Locksmiths have been quick to address the misinformation provided on the programme and more on this can be found here. The complexity relating to this goes to show the need to get experts to secure your home. You can find your local vetted, inspected and qualified MLA licensed locksmith here.
Sold Secure ’s quality confirmed
ISO9001 audits seem to come round quickly these days but June 2013 saw Sold Secure once again pass it’s quality audit with flying colours and no non compliances, thereby confirming the nature of the services offered by the company.
Sold Secure exhibit once again at Policing & Security 2013
Sold Secure are deligted to be once again exhibiting at the prestigous Policing & Security Exhibition. The show, previously called the HOSD Exhibition, allows Sold Secure’s test and certification services to be promoted to the significant number of police, military and government personnel who attend the show, providing the opportunity for Sold Secure Approved Product catalogues to be provided and thereby offering approved products some significant promotion.
Sold Secure attend 2013 ACPO SPD Training Event
Sold Secure were delighted to have been invited to attend the Association of Chief Police Officers Secured by Design national training event for CPDAs and ALOs, held at the Hinkley Island Hotel in Leicestershire fromt he 26th to the 27th of February 2013.
It was an ideal opportunity for crime reduction officers from all over the UK to get their hands on the latest Sold Secure Approved Products catalogue which was hot off the press for the event.
Sold Secure addresses Catalytic Convertor Theft
Sold Secure has been working with ACPO SBD to investigate the issue of catalytic convertor theft and are pleased to announce that SS Automotive Gold approval has been deemed to be the appropriate level for testing products aimed to curb this growing trend in theft. One manufacturer has managed to achieve accreditation to this and a number of others are actively working towards gaining it.
A Silver level for Automotive has also been created, aimed at things like slam locks to assist with courier security.
SS312 Diamond gets yet more backing from the insurance industry
Sold Secure was once more at the forefront of promotion to the insurance industry today (20th June 2012) as it formed a central part to a presentation on security standards given by an insurance surveyor to the Birmingham Insurance Institute.
Sold Secure once again meets ISO standard
Sold Secure have once again passed their ISO9001 quality assessment proving yet again that it practices what it preaches in terms of looking for independent 3rd party accreditation, only in this instance it’s accreditation of its services as the company doesn’t manufacture any products.
Sold Secure Diamond Door Cylinders
Following recent media coverage you may want to find out more information about Sold Secure Diamond Approved cylinders. The list of those products that are currently approved can be found by clicking here. As Sold Secure is purely a test house and we therefore don’t sell any products, the best advice is to contact your local MLA licensed locksmith who will be able to come out to specify the correct product and size, and then fit a Sold Secure Diamond Approved cylinder for you.
Details for your nearest MLA licensed locksmith can be found by vist the Master Locksmiths Association website.
Please note that in order to maintain Sold Secure approval products have to be re-submitted for annual audit. Where a product is not re-submitted then it looses the approval as Sold Secure are unable to verify there have been no changes to the product that affect it’s performance.
Sold Secure promoted at Policing & Security 2012
Sold Secure are present once again at the Government Sponsored Policing & Security exhibition (formally HOSDB). This gives the opportunity for Sold Secure approved products to be promoted to various Government departments and polcie forces across the UK.
Sold Secure Testing vindicated out in the field
MLA Affiliate member Locks4Vans were glad that they got their “Ultimate” van lock developed with Sold Secure. The product, which is in the process of being fitted to 130 vehicles for a leading express parcel company, proved it’s worth when it protected the load space of one van from a sustained 10 minute attack. Suffice it to say that both Locks4Vans and the parcel company are very happy, and very glad they fitted a Sold Secure approved device.
Sold Secure has successful time at MLA Expo
Sold Secure were delighted to have attended the highly successful MLA Expo 11. Having a large stand towards the entrance of the event, the show gave the opportunity to promote Sold Secure approved products to the attendees as well as discuss future testing with a number of interested companies.
Sold Secure once again maintains ISO Quality Approval
Sold Secure has once again retained the coveted ISO 9001 Quality Approval following it’s latest audit.
West Yorkshire Police recommend Sold Secure Diamond level testing
West Yorkshire police are recommending the use of Sold Secure Diamond level accreditation. Click here for more information (See “Local Safety Alerts and Ongoing Campaigns” section).
Sold Secure at HOSDB 2011
Sold Secure is once again exhibiting at the prestigious HOSDB exhibition. This invitation only event provides an excellent promotional opportunity for the use of Sold Secure approved products to a specialist attendees from the government, police and the Military. This will also see the first outing for the new Sold Secure Catalogue which is expected to fly off the shelves based on past events, seeing crime reduction officers in particular making a bee-line for the Sold Secure stand specifically to pick up the latest edition of the catalogue.
New Sold Secure Approved Products Catalogue Launched
The new Sold Secure catalogue has just been delivered from the printers. This years book has been enhanced with input from various crime reduction groups that Sold Secure work closely with. The catalogue will be sent out to customers in the very near future as well as distributed to insurers, police etc at various future events.
Home Office visit Hosted
16/3/11 saw Sold Secure host a visit by Home Office personnel keen on learning more about the important role played in security by the test & accreditation house. Once again the important nature of 3rd party accreditation for security products was highlighted along with the vital role Sold Secure plays in reducing crime.
Yorkshire Force Crime Reduction officer visit
The force crime reduction office for the West Yorkshire police visited Sold Secure 15/3/11 to discuss the new Diamond level cylinder approval and witness testing. As this standard addresses a particular MO being used in West Yorkshire the officer was extremely interested to know how advising the public to use cylinders that have passed SS312 Diamond testing could help reduce that particular method for burglary in the future.
Sold Secure on the agenda at insurers meeting
A presentation on the benefits of using MLA licensed locksmiths and Sold Secure approved products was given today (10/3/11) to 20 insurance surveyors from one of the UKs largest insurance companies. The presentation also included information on the various lock related standards that exist on the market and promoted the importance of independent 3rd party accreditation on both products and service providers.
First Cylinder to pass new Diamond level
The first cylinder to pass the revised Diamond level of Sold Secure’s SS312 Lock Cylinder specification has just received its accreditation. This cylinder addresses a problem inherent to the design of cylinders which has been increasingly used by thieves in recent times. For more information go to the Approved Products Search page and put Lock Cylinders Diamond into the grading box and press the “Show” button. Alternatively click here.
Sold Secure promoted to Insurance Industry
Sold Secure featured heavily in a presentation given by the MLA today to a select security related audience including senior representatives from 7 major insurers. The presentation centred on the standards that relate to locks and the importance of getting specialist information from MLA Licensed Locksmiths when it comes to expert advice on, and fitting of, locks and other security products.
The presentation included a section on the importance of using 3rd party tested and accredited security products. It featured the first presentation to the insurance industry of the revised Sold Secure SS312 standard for lock cylinders; the first specification to cover the current methods of entry used by burglars.
New Cylinder Test Spec unvailed
Sold Secure has launched a revised version of its SS312 specification relating to the testing of lock cylinders. This inlcudes the new Diamond Level which introduces a new test specifically aimed at replicating a certain type of attack that is becoming more popular amongst thieves. This extra test is added to a full cylinder GVA test + additional cylinder vulnerability test as per BS3621 and the requirement for UKAS approved EN1303 testing to have been passed. Testing is due to start imminently with manufacturers keen to prove the quality of their cylinders.
Sold Secure maintains ISO quality status
Sold Secure has once again successfully passed its ISO 9001 quality audit. Commenting on the matter Steve Warren, Lab Manager said “it’s great to see the hard work and effort put in to the efficient and quality compliant running of the company be recognised with the renewal of our ISO accreditation”.
Sold Secure helps Hampshire Police
Sold Secure were delighted to have been invited by the Hampshire police force to assist with a local crime reduction event. Helping with the police display at the event Justin Freeman, Technical Manager, was able to assist members of the public with information on why it’s important to use Sold Secure approved products.
Sold Secure delighted to work with Police Forces
Sold Secure is delighted to have been asked to provide input to crime reduction initiatives being run by both the Met and the South Yorkshire police forces. Information including PDF versions of the approved products catalogue along with extra information on the MLA’s Minimum Security Guidelines for Domestic Property were provided for their respective crime reduction initiatives and further forces have been in touch for initial discussions. Commenting on the collaboration Sold Secure Development Director Dr Steffan George commented “it’s great to see this further evidence of Sold Secure working with its stakeholders to promote the use of independently tested products that have passed the Sold Secure approval scheme”.
Sold Secure back at HOSDB 2010
Sold Secure is pleased to be back exhibiting at HOSDB 2010 (16th - 18th March 2010) - the UK’s main event for displaying the latest security equipment for law enforcement and public security. The event focuses on the four key Home Office business areas: Crime and Policing, Security and Counter Terrorism, Identity Management and Border Security and allowed Sold Secure to promote the use of approved products to the various government body representatives in attendance.
Sold Secure Prices to be kept the same
The directors of Sold Secure are delighted to be able to report that prices for the renowned Sold Secure Accreditation will be kept the same for 2010. The board feel that whilst the UK may officially be out of recession, by keeping prices at the same level Sold Secure will be able to help its customers in these still difficult economic times.
New Sold Secure Approved Products Catalogue Launched
The 2010 Sold Secure Approved Products catalogue has been launched. A web version is available to download in PDF format from the download page of this site.
Delegates at ACPO training event pleased to see Sold Secure present
Architectural Liaison Officers and Crime Prevention Design Advisers attending the ACPO SBD Training event in Nottingham (26-28 January 2010) were pleased to see Sold Secure exhibiting. A number of positive comments were obtained from police officers keen to promote the use of Sold Secure approved products with long queues forming for obtaining copies of the Approved Products Catalogue.
Sold Secure sponsor MLA leaflets given out at Help the Aged Roadshows
Sold Secure is delighted to have sponsored leaflets promoting the benefits of using MLA Licensed Locksmiths which will be given out in goodie bags at forthcoming Help The Aged workshops in early 2010.
Cylinder Test Specification updated
Friday the 20th of November 2009 saw Sold Secure launch its updated SS312 Specification for Lock Cylinders with the introduction into the Gold Level, of the General Vulnerability of BS3621:2007 Annex A. SS312 Gold level has always tested to the highest level of EN1303 but previously did not include the GVA. The full test will be carries out by qualified MLA member locksmiths testers who have the experience and skill required to perform the tests.
Sold Secure takes centre stage at MLA Expo
Sold Secure took centre stage with their own dedicated stand at MLA Expo 09 (25th-27th September). The event was a fantastic opportunity to promote the company and approved products to the numerous crime prevention, insurance personnel and of course locksmiths who attended the show.
Sold Secure attends first Tracker Industry Association Meeting
As further proof of their leading status in the industry, Sold Secure were have been invited to join the new Tracker Industry Trade Association. The inaugural meeting was held at AVCIS on the 27th of August and was attended by various manufacturers as well as police, insurers and crime prevention personnel. Steffan George, director of Sold Secure said “we’re delighted to have been involved in this vital and growing section of the industry and we look forward to working with the group to futher their goals” *Source.
Sold Secure at Business Watch Crime Reduction Event
Sold Secure was delighted to have been invited to exhibit at the recent Business Watch Crime Reduction event run by the Hampshire Constabulary on the 1st of July 2009. This once again gave Sold Secure approved products and the approval process itself pride of place at this prestigous security event.
Sold Secure Updates it’s Tracker Test Specification
On the 6th of June 2009, Sold Secure launched it’s new version of SS203; Specification for Tracking Systems for Motor Vehicles and Their Trailors. After significant consultation with stakeholders including; Caravan Clubs, Insurers, ACPO etc the revised specification includes a higher “Diamond” level which is aimed at high end units, capable of withstanding full temperature ranges and working in Europe as well as the UK.
Sold Secure keeps the Quality Flag flying
Sold Secure has once again passed it’s ISO quality accreditation with flying colours enabling it to maintain it’s ISO 9001 approved status.
Sold Secure exhibits at National Vehicle Crime Conference 2009
Sold Secure is exhibiting at the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators National Vehicle Crime Conference 2009. This two-day event attracts senior practitioners, opinion formers and a healthy cross section of key players from the motorcycle, road haulage, leisure, salvage, insurance and motor manufacturing industries and is the ideal venue for promoting the vital role that Sold Secure plays in vehicle security.
Sold Secure launches its new website
Following a significant investment in it’s IT infrastructure, Sold Secure is delighted to present its new website. The website is directly linked to a newly developed database which means that information on approved products is automatically updated. Gone are the days when you had to wait to get the latest approved products list uploaded to the site. Dr Steffan George, Director of Business Development for Sold Secure said “It’s great to have the new site up and running. The automatic link to the new database means that insurance companies, police, as well as members of the public will have correct information immediately to hand”.
HOSDB 09 Exhibition a great success for Sold Secure
Sold Secure and the MLA were invited to exhibit at the prestigous HOSDB 09 exhibition at RAF Halton. The event was a tremendous success with a significant number of Police, Government and Military contacts being made and a significant number of Sold Secure Approved Products Catalogues being distributed.
Local MEP visits Sold Secure
The local MEP Chris Heaton-Harris visited Sold Secure on the 20th of February. Impressed with the variety of testing and importance of third party certification of products he complemented the team on the vital role they play in validating the security of products.
Government’s Burglary Prevention Leaflet promotes Sold Secure
Sold Secure and the associated approved products have been recommended by the Government in the leaflet associated with it’s recent push to reduce burglary. The 10 page leaflet is downloadable from the Home Office website at http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/crime-victims/how-you-can-prevent-crime/secure-your-home/
Sold Secure exhibits at Totally Secure 09
Sold Secure was present at the Totally Secure 09 show in Earls court. The show enabled the crime prevention officers who attended to collect their latest approved products catalogue as well as potential customers to discuss testing of their products.
Sold Secure to Sponsor MLA Expo 09
Sold Secure is sponsoring MLA Expo 09, the premier exhibition for the locksmithing and security industry being held at the Telford International Centre from the 25th to the 27th of September 2009.
Sold Secure Test Specifications updated
Following significant consultation with police, insurers and various industry bodies, Sold Secure has updated it’s entire list of test specifications as well as the list of tools used. This process enables Sold Secure to ensure it stays up to date with current theft methods and is something that will be undertaken on a regular basis.
New Technical Manager employed by Sold Secure
Justin Freeman has been employed by the MLA Group as Technical Manager. His role at Sold Secure wil include amongst other things assisting lab manager Steve Warren with working on test specifications, checking and signing off test reports as well as representing Sold Secure on the numerous technical committees it’s present on. Justin joins having had 15+ years experience in the lock industry including time at Henry Squires, Mul-T-Lock and Hoppe.