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Brighouse-based Avocet Hardware has become an official partner of Retainagroup - the owners and operators of the Secured by Design accredited International Security Register (ISR).

As part of Avocet's unbeatable all-round security, all ABS keys come with a unique key code card that links them with a specific lock on a specific door. Until now the key code card needed to be supplied in order for duplicate keys to be cut, but thanks to the Retainagroup partnership, and the use of its renowned ISR, authorised Avocet elite centres can now either log-on to a secure ISR portal or call the company's around the clock helpline, and securely verify a customer's identity prior to an authorised key being cut.

The ISR 24/7/365 registration process is quick and easy, and can be done online at the ABS Key Zone page or over the phone. All customer information is stored securely offline, and importantly, the supply of full address information is optional.

Derrick Purvis, marketing manager of Avocet Hardware, said: "The security of customer data has become a huge issue in recent years, and thanks to the hacking and publishing of membership details and transactions on certain, more sensitive websites, it has now made it to the level of front page, global news."

"Our customer's data is of the utmost importance, and by adding this new high level of security to the ABS key cutting process we are providing peace of mind to all registered ABS customers."

Formed in 1982, Retainagroup is the market leading supplier of security marking and registration products and services for deterring theft and detecting a wide range of criminal activity include vehicle cloning. Its ISR database holds data on over 16 million vehicle and other valuable assets, and is ISO27001-2013 accredited.

Wendy Rowe, chairman of Retainagroup, said: "We are constantly working to build sustainable partnerships across private and public sectors, both in the UK and abroad, all of which are aimed at delivering the best possible solution to those who make use of our services."

"Having discussed in detail Avocet's requirements in relation to its registration facilities it was agreed that the ISR was the perfect fit, both for new and existing ABS customers."

Avocet's ABS snap-secure lock was the first of its kind in the UK to have both SS312 Diamond accreditation and a TS007 3-star rating, and is widely agreed to be the safest snap-secure lock available. West Yorkshire Police fitted it in over 10,000 homes in Leeds as part of a crime prevention programme in 2012, which resulted in a 35 per cent drop in burglaries in just one year.

Avocet is the security sponsor of the European Neighbourhood Watch Association (EUNWA).

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