Gunnebo UK's GP-X system foils yet more ATM gas attacks

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TWO UK companies' phones are red hot after a clever ATM protection product foiled another explosive gas attack.

Would-be raiders sped off empty handed again when Gunnebo UK and Safe & Vault Company's Gas Attack Protection (GP-X) system detected the gas, prevented the explosion and instantly alerted the police.

“Of course, we would rather such a potentially dangerous crime didn’t exist at all, but we are pleased to be able to offer a proven protection against it,” says Gunnebo UK Key Account Manager Steve Lockhart.

“We can show banks and other ATM operators how the system works in our trials, but a real-life success has customers queuing up as soon as the news gets out in the financial marketplace.”

The first GP-X system was installed in December 2014, and thwarted a gas attack in May this year. The latest attempted raid, on a major high street bank cash machine, was prevented last week.

"Once again, there was no collateral damage to the building, the money was untouched and it was business as usual for the customer,” added Steve.

ATM gas attacks have been on the increase in Europe for some time. The first UK incident was in 2013 and numbers have been rising steadily since.

Wolverhampton-based Gunnebo UK and Leeds-based Safe & Vault Company joined forces to develop the GP-X solution, which can be retro-fitted or installed at manufacturing stage.

They have also launched the ATM Strongarm, to protect cash machines from ram raiders and digger attacks.

“That product is also attracting a lot of interest, but the GP-X is causing the biggest stir in financial institutions, who want to protect their business, their cash and also their staff and the public from possible explosions,” explains Steve.

Gunnebo UK helping to foil cash machine raiders

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A GAS attack on a bank cash machine spectacularly failed, thanks to an impressive ATM protection product developed and delivered by a partnership between Gunnebo UK and the Safe & Vault Company. 

The delighted customer - a major high street bank - praised their Gas Attack Protection (GP-X) system, which foiled the night time raid at a branch. 

The would-be thieves left empty-handed when the GP-X detected the gas, triggered the alarm and prevented the explosion. 

"Unlike similar attacks, there was no collateral damage to the bank building and the money remained secure inside the ATM. The branch was able to open for business as usual the next morning,” reported Gunnebo UK Key Account Manager Steve Lockhart. 

The GP-X was installed by Wolverhampton-based security solutions experts Gunnebo UK and was developed by Leeds-based Safe & Vault Company to address the increase in ATM gas attacks in the UK.

The GP-X can be factory-fitted and retro-fitted to existing machines. GP-X detects flammable gas or oxygen and then implements a range of measures to prevent the explosion and fire, as well as triggering an alarm.

Gunnebo UK and Safe & Vault Company have also just launched another new product, the ATM Strongarm, to thwart ram raiders and pull out attacks.

Gunnebo forms key partnership with LockRIte Locksmiths

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LEADING Security Solutions expert Gunnebo UK has joined forces with the country’s largest uniformed locksmiths network, LockRite Locksmiths, to provide powerful additional services to customers.

It is a natural alliance for the two companies, which both have big name customers that prize excellent service, products and delivery.

“Strategic partnerships are an extremely valuable way of expanding the range of quality services offered by Gunnebo. I am therefore particularly pleased to announce our alliance with LockRite, who share our vision for quality and customer service,” commented Paul Hutchinson Managing Director Gunnebo UK Ltd.

Philip Hargreaves, Managing Director of LockRite Locksmiths Ltd, added: “We are delighted to be forming an alliance with Gunnebo, a company with such a clear, proven ability to deliver. Our partnership will enable our existing and new clients to benefit from our mutual expertise.”

The working partnership will enable Gunnebo to offer additional commercial locksmith services to existing and new customers and LockRite Locksmiths to extend its security offering via the Gunnebo specialisms.

Wolverhampton-based Gunnebo UK, which also has sites in Sussex and Yorkshire, is a total security solutions provider that has been working with banks, retailers, cash in transit companies and public and commercial businesses for almost 200 years.

It is part of the global Gunnebo Security Group and specialises in entrance and access control, secure storage, cash handling and electronic security.

Exeter-based LockRite Locksmiths was founded in 2007 and quickly developed an excellent reputation within the Facilities Management industry for efficiency and professionalism, bringing an ancient trade up to date with 21st century technology and innovation.

Covering the UK with a network of highly-trained, security checked and branded engineers, LockRite is also committed to providing a customer-centric service that mirrors Gunnebo’s core values of Customer Focus, Commitment to Quality, Professionalism, Integrity and Co-operation.  

Gunnebo  LockRite alliance celebration

LockRite Locksmiths MD Philip Hargreaves and Gunnebo UK MD Paul Hutchinson (right) celebrate a powerful partnership.

Banking on Gunnebo in Southall

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CUSTOMERS of Punjab National Bank’s newly expanded Southall branch can rest easy knowing their valuables are safely locked away, thanks to leading Security Solutions experts Gunnebo UK Limited.

An impressive new secure room fitted out by Gunnebo UK in the bank’s recently relocated Southall Branch, is the largest secure storage area in any of the bank’s UK premises and houses 2,400 safety deposit boxes.

“We specialise in offering bespoke security solutions to our clients and we are delighted that this latest project has been delivered to our usual high standard,” says Gunnebo UK’s Managing Director Paul Hutchinson who attended the official opening.

Punjab National Bank’s Southall Branch Manager Onkarjeet Singh says: “Thanks to Gunnebo UK we can now offer an even better service to both existing and new customers with this excellent new secure facility, which we already have plans to expand.”

Work is being carried out on a second area which is being re-enforced for added security, where Gunnebo UK will install a further 1,000 boxes in the second phase of the scheme.

Gunnebo Key Account Manager Steve Lockhart says: “There is a high demand among the local community for safe storage for valuable personal items and we are delighted to be able to help our clients meet this demand.”

Long-established Company Gunnebo UK, operating from its Wolverhampton head office, has been working with banks, retailers, cash in transit companies and public and commercial businesses for almost 200 years.

During the past two years Gunnebo UK has already built secure storage areas housing Safety Deposit Boxes for Punjab National Bank branches in Birmingham and Illford. The bank has seven branches across the UK in areas including Wolverhampton, East London and Leicester.

CEO & Managing Director of Punjab National Bank (International) Ltd Bhupinder Singh Passi & Gunnebo UK Managing Director Paul Hutchinson

CEO & Managing Director of Punjab National Bank (International) Ltd Bhupinder Singh Passi welcomes Gunnebo UK Managing Director Paul Hutchinson to the new secure room.

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GRESWOLDE Construction has begun work on an important new multi-million pound project at Sutton Coldfield’s Good Hope Hospital.

Sutton MP Andrew Mitchell and Good Hope Hospital Managing Director Richard Parker joined Greswolde MD Malcolm Priest and his team on site to celebrate the start of the construction.

The scheme, for Bordesley Green-based Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, will transform two existing wards into the new Ł3.2m Acute Medical Unit (AMU).

“We always enjoy breaking ground on projects, but it’s particularly special when it makes such a difference,” said Greswolde’s Malcolm Priest.

“We have extensive healthcare experience and it is good to be back on site at the hospital, where we previously built the Musculo-Skeletal Centre.”

Good Hope Hospital - which serves over 450,000 people in north Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield and a large part of south east Staffordshire - provides acute and general medicine.

Richard Parker, Good Hope Hospital Managing Director, said: "The scheme will increase the size of the facility to assess and treat patients with an acute medical problem. As well as increasing the number of doctors, we are providing nurse staffing to levels recommended for an A&E department in this area, which is approximately twice the level for a general ward area.

"The development work to the Acute Medical Unit will help us to treat and discharge patients more quickly."

The project, designed by RPS Technical Director Simon Houldcroft, entails stripping out two existing wards and adding linking extensions to create one new AMU facility at one end of the busy hospital.

“Most of our projects with NHS Trusts involve busy, ever changing environments and this is no different. We've worked with the Trust to create a design that means day to day care can still be provided to patients as well as meeting their operational needs in the future,” added Simon.

Speaking at the site visit, Andrew Mitchell commented: “I greatly welcome this further investment in Good Hope Hospital. The new Acute Medical Unit will improve and strengthen services at Good Hope for my constituents.”

New AMU construction photoshoot

Celebrating the launch of Good Hope’s new AMU are (from left): Greswolde Site Manager Pete Dunn; Good Hope Estates Manager Dave Smith, Good Hope Managing Director Richard Parker, MP Andrew Mitchell, and Greswolde MD Malcolm Priest and Director and Project Manager Chris Harrison.