Ensuring personal safety while out and about has to be your top priority and it must be a good thing if there is something you can rely on to help you do just that - even better if there are two things, meaning added protection just in case the unthinkable happens!
WhatThreeWords is an app which is easily downloaded to your phone and gives a unique grid reference of exactly where you are anywhere in the world. Imagine the reassurance that gives to anyone wanting to find you should you get lost, injured or completely disorientated through illness. Double that reassurance and security with a Bulldog tracker and it's truly a match made in heaven!
It's always a good idea to know exactly where you are and if you are caring for or are worried about vulnerable family, friends or work colleagues then this knowledge becomes imperative should the alarm be raised and you need to be found or get to them in a hurry.
Ten lonely situations worth monitoring:
● Care workers out and about in a rural location or late at night in a potentially dangerous environment.
● People living alone.
● Someone suffering from mental health issues, dementia, Alzheimer's Disease, or other medical condition which could make them vulnerable if they go missing.
● Mountain biking.
● Scuba diving.
WhatThreeWords is a simple way to reveal a location. Each three-metre square area in the world is given a location which will never change. It is assigned a unique three-word address which immediately notifies interested parties of the location via a phone app.
The aim is for its use to become a world-wide standard for passing on a location to emergency services searching for a victim or people to reach a desired destination without getting lost.
It proved its worth in Shropshire before Christmas when three teenagers aged between 14 and 16 got lost on a pitch-black Wrekin and sent out a call for help. Police officers involved in the search gave instructions to download the app to a mobile phone and within seconds the officers were directed to where the teenagers were.
The WhatThreeWords app and the Bulldog tracker are the perfect combo. The tracker can be monitored by phone or by accessing an online portal and will always tell you where you are or where a loved one can be found in the event of illness, injury or getting lost.
It alerts you to someone having fallen, their location and condition, has an SOS button and will contact three emergency numbers to raise the alarm. Many people think about tracking their cars and other property but may not consider a tracker for people. By using a tracker, vulnerable people can be found much more quickly - it's something to think about!
We are living in an ageing society which means more older, vulnerable people who need to be cared for. Those who are able to live independently want to do so for as long as they can - it's understandable but can cause a great deal of worry and stress for their nearest and dearest - including many who may not live so close either.
Even if regular visits are made and every possible precaution is taken to ensure they remain safe there is always the worry about an elderly relative if they're living alone and something happens while you're not there.
Our new and exclusive Bulldog Secure Alarm is more than the latest high level security device which can protect your property. It also has other invaluable built-in advantages for helping to keep track of a vulnerable relative within the home and alerting you when there may be something wrong.
Sensing a problem
The Bulldog Secure Alarm has a door-contact sensor feature which can be fitted to:
● The fridge door
● Medicine cupboard
● Any other door in the home in frequent use
The sensor will sound an alarm and alert you if, for example, the fridge hasn't been opened within two hours. This could indicate to the family that a drink hasn't been made within that time and may mean the relative is incapacitated.
The medicine cupboard alert can be programmed to coincide with when it should be opened. Failure for the door to be opened at required medication times is also a pretty good indication that something is not as it should be and that the medication has not been taken.
Other well-used doors which remain unopened for an unusual period of time could also give cause for concern and the sensor will do its job by raising the alarm.
In addition to the reassurance offered by our new alarm system it is also a good idea to check out our personal trackers - an effective way of ensuring your loved ones are kept safe.
They can be carried easily around the neck, meaning the alert is sounded if the person carrying it has a fall and may be unable to move or be unconscious. It also comes with a panic button which can be pressed by the user who knows someone will be responding when the alarm sounds.
A fall or being suddenly hit by a debilitating illness or injury are among the worst fears for anyone living alone - particularly if they can go some time without having someone calling in.
You really can't have enough security measures in place to protect yourself, your family and property. There's ALWAYS one more thing you can do and it's something you should treat as a rolling exercise, monitoring, upgrading and improving all the time!
There are a vast range of products on the market and it's always as well to get expert advice on what best suits your needs. One question we are often asked is: "Do I need a house alarm if I've got CCTV installed?" Our answer is YES. Each security measure actively complements others and should be considered.
We recently launched our exclusive Bulldog Secure Alarm, designed and produced by our team for maximum protection. We are really proud of our new creation and believe it to be the best value, highest featured home alarm you can get.
- Easy to fit in under one hour
- Box for outside the house
- App so alerts go straight to your phone
- Can partition areas of the house and outside areas so you know which part of your property has been triggered
- When the alarm goes off photos are taken at the same time
- Includes flood alert sensor
- Remote access
- Pet friendly
- Heat and smoke detector
- ‘Sounders' for added protection
The Bulldog Secure Alarm can be designed to suit individual requirements, it can be fitted simply by the homeowner in less than an hour, eliminating the need for installation fees. It is insurance rated and does away with costly service and rental contracts.
It has two-way wireless technology, links to a smartphone app telling you where and when the alarm was triggered and even sends images of what triggered it! The alarm has the ability to verify with the police that there is someone in the house and you, the customer, has full control to make it bespoke to your home or business.
You can add extra sensors and we provide an annual health check on the battery, meaning the alarm can be turned off remotely for 10 mins - battery changed - and then switched back on.
The panel of the alarm can make a noise too so there is every chance that the audio alert will scare the thieves away. Everything connected with the alarm is remotely accessed. This means our team can help reset remotely and assist with any technical problems.
Heat and smoke detectors mean you could put a sensor by a washing machine or tumble dryer - reducing the risk of fire which we have seen more of in recent years. The additional 'indoor sounders' can be placed in specific rooms in the home, again having the effect of scaring off intruders.
These can also be placed in vehicles, which are covered by the alarm partitions, such as caravans or motorhomes on the drive and the alarm would continue going off as the vehicle is driven away, alerting people to a theft in progress.
Our managing director Ian has already installed one of the alarms at the static caravan he has at the coast, so can explain some of the additional benefits:
"I use the alarm to cover the jet-ski shed, trailer and boat. There are contact sensors on the doors of the steel cupboard which houses the bikes so if someone tries to open the doors I would be alerted automatically - wherever I am!
"The flood sensor is extremely useful at the caravan. If the site floods and the water gets towards the caravan doorstep, the alarm goes off on the app - everything is wireless so no electrician is needed to set it up."
For more information about the Bulldog Secure Alarm call our team on 01952 728171 or visit https://bulldogsecurealarm.com/
We've all read the stories on social media of how families are left devastated when thieves hit in the days after Christmas - but how do they know what new goodies you have inside the home?
Well, it's because homeowners helpfully tell them every year by putting out the empty boxes - Nintendo Switch, a 50 inch Samsung TV, a PS4, boxes from the new bike or even motorbike and gorgeous bags from the jewellers!
The burglars are rubbing their hands with glee as they plan their next move! You've told them what's inside and now they can watch when you are coming and going - when you are out perhaps they nip around the back and check where they can get in when they return to carry out the theft.
The patio doors are insecure; there's a window on the latch or they've even seen you put the key under the mat! If you had our new Bulldog Secure Alarm you'd be safe in the knowledge of knowing when someone was nipping around the back, checking out your recycling or having a peek in through the windows.
The alarm is a revolution in home security, a reliable, efficient and cost-effective way of ensuring the safety of your home and family.
The Bulldog Secure Alarm
We have developed our own bespoke alarm system which:
- Can be fitted by the homeowner in under one hour
- Is insurance-rated
- Eliminates installation fees
- Dispenses with costly service and rental contracts
- Has no need for emergency callout fees
- Has two-way wireless technology
- Links to smartphone app which informs you when and where the alarm was triggered
- Has wireless camera sensors which sends images of what triggered it
- Has no complicated programme or wiring
There's a simple four-step process to getting the Bulldog Secure Alarm fitted: The homeowner designs their own unique system, setting out exactly what they want with the help of a simple guide, the Bulldog team configures it, ensuring all parts are working properly before setting up smartphone access. The homeowner installs the alarm and, finally, we check all is in order through a full remote inspection.
We strongly recommend you take the time to consider the benefits of the alarm which can be used in conjunction with other products we supply in adding extra layers of security for your peace of mind.
They include a range of security lighting options which act as a powerful deterrent on the premise that prevention is better than cure, substantial locks for sheds and outbuildings because not all your valuable possessions are kept in the house, and tracking options to ensure you always know where your property is.
We can supply the answer whatever your security needs may be, so why not give us a call on 01952 728171 and find out how we can help keep you safe.
Wouldn't it be great if there was a smartlock you could operate from your mobile phone and would let you know if anyone was tampering with it? Well, there is - The Bulldog TR21.
At a time when lorries, shipping containers and boat cargos are under increasing threat from thieves and being targeted by those involved in the horrific practice of people smuggling, new devices and techniques need to be employed by firms to ensure the integrity of their loads are not being breached.
Cargoes and containers on board ships and lorries on the road are extremely vulnerable and can provide easy pickings for thieves or an ideal opportunity for smuggling people into and around the country without detection.
What is the Bulldog TR21?
The TR21 is specially designed for door lock management in various sea and land transportation such as containers, box trucks and trailers. It's a GPS smart lock which has the benefits of:
● Anti-tamper alert
● Real-time lock status monitoring
● Positioning accuracy within 2.5 metres
● Locking and unlocking via a mobile phone app or by using an RFID card
● Anti-cut alert
● Operating in the harshest of environments
● Tracking by time interval
Any locking and unlocking via the authorised swipe card will be detected by the TR21 and record the location, time and RFID card number - with all this information automatically passed to the server.
A buzzer beeps and a LED indicator comes on when the device unlocks after detecting the authorised command.
The Led indicator will be off and the buzzer beeps when the device is locked. Use of an unauthorised swipe card will result in the buzzer beeping twice and it will not be possible to lock or unlock the device. It is also possible to issue the locking and unlocking commands from a mobile phone app or website via GPRS.
In the case of tampering, an alert is activated when the back cover is opened or the outer casing is removed, the attempted use of an unauthorised swipe card to lock or unlock is detected or the lock rope is cut off.
For additional security, the TR21 can be used in conjunction with the Bulldog CT330 container lock, fitted with a plunge lock, which can be locked without the use of a key.
The TR21 is another effective way Bulldog Security Products is working to ensure the safety and security of cargo and vehicles carrying it. It's smart technology adds another layer of security and is the ideal device for anyone shipping loads by land or sea. For more information, call our team on 01952 728171.
Theft of cargo and equipment from lorries and vans has long been a major problem for firms and insurance companies - not to mention the risk of serious injury or worse for drivers!
It's a global problem with well organised attacks often by gangs using increasingly sophisticated plans of action to target vehicles when they are at their most vulnerable - out on the road.
You may be aware of the recent story in north Lincolnshire where a driver was awoken at 2am by the noise of thieves transferring his load of chocolate to another vehicle! Then there was North Yorkshire Police setting up Op Cargo, a collaboration with haulage bosses, service stations and the National Criminal Intelligence Service earlier this year after 50 raids on lorries in the area during the first three months or so of 2019.
Loads covered by tarpaulin or curtain-sided vehicles are particularly at risk with thieves cutting holes in coverings to establish whether there is anything on the vehicle worth stealing. Police in Jutland say three out of every four of these types of vehicles currently crossing the Danish border have displayed evidence of holes being cut.
Firms tightening up on depot/warehouse security has only increased the dangers of attack on the road with overnight stops, rest and meal breaks and deliveries the most vulnerable times to be aware of.
So, what can you do about it?
● Keep it locked - Always lock doors and windows and never leave keys in the ignition. This is particularly relevant for van drivers making frequent deliveries during the course of their working day. Locking the vehicle while driving in built-up areas is also a good idea, with stops at junctions and traffic lights offering an opportunity for thieves to hijack driver and load.
● Keep it to yourself - You don't need to tell anyone what you are carrying or where you are going. This is particularly good advice if you've stopped for a food or comfort break. The person who strikes up a conversation with you might just be looking to steal your cargo.
● Keep it safe - Regularly check the vehicle for any tampering and make sure everything is secure.
● Keep alert - Always be aware of what is going on around you. If you're stopping somewhere try to ensure it's an area that's safe, well-lit, preferably with cameras and people about. If there's a change of delivery address while in transit, make sure you check it with your base to see it's genuine.
● Keep on truckin' - Lorries can be followed and observed with thieves waiting for their moment to pounce. Keep on driving, within legal limits, to put some distance on the clock. Thieves are unlikely to keep you under observation for long distances. Plan your route for maximum safety and, if possible, travel in convoy - there's safety in numbers.
It's an ongoing battle ensuring home and possessions are safe from the turmoil and emotional upset of theft and there are few things worse than your home being invaded and personal possessions stolen.
Prevention is better than cure and there are a number of steps you can take to ensure you remain safe. Keep thinking about your security, regularly appraise measures you have in place and think about how you can improve them. Always be aware, try to spot areas of weakness and move to close any holes in your defences.
Due to consumer demand, we have recently developed and launched our own home alarm system, that you install yourself in less than 60 minutes to protect your home and family. It got us thinking about home security in genreal, and what else you could do you can do to reduce your security risk.
Here are some ideas you may like to think about:
● Keep them out - Make sure doors and windows are kept locked. Use quality locks and see they are fitted properly. Have a sturdy chain fitted on the front door and/or spy holes so you can see who is calling before opening the door. See that valuables are kept out of sight from prying eyes and not visible to anyone looking through windows.
● Light it up - Darkness is a wonderful asset to thieves, they really don't like being the centre of attention so having security lighting fitted means you will know when anyone is about. Lights are activated by movement sensors and often have the desired effect of scaring a thief away rather than them being observed doing something they shouldn't. Lighting up your driveway, garden and path will give ample warning to the whole neighbourhood that someone is poking about on your property who shouldn't be there.
● Make a noise - Get an alarm fitted, make sure it is working properly and the codes are left with a trusted neighbour or relative in case it is activated and you're not there. An alarm is still the most effective way of alerting you and neighbours to someone trying to get into the home. Noise is another wonderful deterrent, making an attack on an alarmed home one the thief would probably rather leave alone. You don't have to spend a fortune on a home alarm and we would recommend you have a look at our recently launched Bulldog Secure Alarm which can be fitted by the homeowner in under an hour at a fraction of the normal cost. Having a dog is another excellent alarm system and a marvellous protector of the home. A barking dog will not only alert you to an unathorised presence but also remind the thief of what awaits should they gain entry.
● Holiday planning - There are a number of precautions which should be taken when leaving the house for any length of time, including holidays. Cancel the milk and papers and make sure a valued neighbour or relative keeps an eye on the place, ensuring letters are not sticking out of the letterbox and any visitors are monitored. Lights on timers will give the illusion of someone being in the house during the evenings and overnight and get your neighbour to draw and open the curtains as an added deterrent. Make sure doors and windows are shut and secured before leaving and be mindful of what information your posting on social media. Is there really any need to tell the whole world about what you are doing and when?
● Don't forget the drive - A car is one of the most expensive things you are likely to own so make sure you secure it. Use the garage if you have one and if the vehicle is left on the road or driveway, see that doors are locked and windows are closed. There have been a speight of thefts from drives in recent months so having a vehicle on the drive and close to the house doesn't guarantee it's safe. Consider having security posts fitted where practicable so a vehicle can't be driven away easily. Keep the keys out of reach and away from the front door and have a tracker fitted which will alert you to any tampering.
● Secure the garage - It is also important to ensure any workshop or garage connected to the house is secured. These are very often the least thought about areas in terms of security even though they grant access to the house. Even if it's a stand-alone garage, take the right approach when it comes to security - a flimsy lock and broken windows are an open invitation to thieves. Sturdy locks should be employed and security posts are excellent devices in front of the garage door.
● What's in the shed? - Have you thought about what's in the shed? Chances are, probably not! There can be a variety of expensive items, lawnmowers, bikes, garden tools and so on. The shed is going to be away from the house but think about where it goes ahead of putting it up and keep it away from the perimeter of the property where it's easy to target. Again, make sure doors and windows are locked and, where possible, in an area covered by your security lighting.
For more information and advice about how we can help with home security, telephone our team on 01952 728171.
If you'd like to find out more about our new Home Alarm system which is available from just £299 (with no fitting vcost as you install it easily yourself), head over to our new website for more details.
Construction sites can be an Aladdin's cave for criminals with so much valuable equipment often being left unattended overnight, a huge draw for thieves eager to make the most of ‘easy pickings'.
With heavy equipment, tools, materials and vehicles needed on-site, it isn't practical to move it all away to a more secured location only to bring it back again the following morning for work to recommence.
But thefts from construction sites have always been, and will continue to be, a major problem with companies, individuals and insurers often paying a heavy price for losing out to criminal activity. Replacing stolen items is costly, inconvenient and can seriously hamper the success of the projects being worked on.
Awareness of the situation is key, followed by basic steps that should be taken to ensure your property and construction site remains secure. Here are seven tips to help you achieve this:
● Put a plan in place: Walk the site and get to know where the vulnerabilities are. You can do this yourself or get an expert to advise on the best way of putting tight security into operation. Remember to continually monitor and upgrade when necessary as the site develops and evolves. You and your staff will also need to know what to do when an incident is occurring or has happened. Make sure you know how you are going to respond by going through the various scenarios of anything that might happen.
● Know what you've got and where it is: Keep a regular inventory of tools and equipment and where it is kept. This way it will be easier to establish if and when something has been stolen. It is also important to mark all equipment in some way so it is easily identifiable and more likely to be returned if taken.
● Secure the perimeter: Make sure you have a secured perimeter fence and gate, making it more difficult for intruders to break in and get items out. Try and keep the area inside and outside of the fencing as clear as possible so items can not be used as an aid to getting over the fence. Seek advice on the best type of fence and always ensure regular checks are maintained to see there have been no breaches. On the subject of gates, always try whenever possible to have one entry/exit point. It's easier to police.
● Be careful who you let in: Put a signing in signing out policy in place so you know who is coming on-site and why. Make sure visitors are accompanied as unattended people can pose security and safety concerns. Encouraging a staff badge system is also a good idea and try to ensure as few vehicles as possible are allowed in the compound. Having parking facilities for staff and visitors outside the site will mean fewer options for making off with items and minimise potential risks of damage to vehicles.
● Enlist some help: Install cameras, locks chains and anything else you can think of to prevent entry to the site. Cameras and motion sensors are relatively cheap to buy and getting simpler to install. The last thing the criminal wants is to be caught on camera. CCTV can be linked to somewhere someone can respond very quickly. There are also audio devices available which can be used to scare off the offender when their presence is detected. You could consider the old-fashioned but still very effective deterrent of employing a guard and or dog to patrol the site.
● Lock it or lose it: Lock up your equipment when it isn't in use and immobilise vehicles. Park plant equipment in an area which is as secured and ‘fenced in' as possible. This can mean parking in a spot where the vehicle is wedged in and physically impossible to be driven away. Fix all plant equipment with trackers and ensure areas where materials and equipment are stored are well lit.
● Get your staff on board: It's in everyone's interests to make sure the construction site is safe and secure. Make sure staff are aware of the dangers of criminal activity and that they take the necessary steps to help you beat the thief. It's a team effort and always remember prevention is better than cure. After all, the theft of vital equipment and materials won't just hit the company it could have serious implications on jobs. Have a security policy and see it's regularly monitored and updated and that everyone knows about it.
Vandalism and theft are major headaches for those involved in setting up and maintaining construction sites. The other equally important consideration is health and safety on-site. Thinking ahead and trying to cater for any eventuality is essential to any preventive action you deem necessary.
For more information on how Bulldog Security Products could help you, call our team on 01952 728171.
Fitting a tracker is the best way of knowing where your vehicle is and can help keep it out of the hands of thieves - but did you know about it's other benefits?
With the right tracker you have a built-in SOS button for a driver to summon assistance quickly and you'll be helping to make our roads safer by monitoring driver behaviour.
The Bulldog TR68 has another useful advantage. It can be fitted within 20 seconds which means it can be fitted in less time than it takes to be stolen! All-in-all it's the ideal device and is particularly popular for use in fleet and commercial vehicles.
It has become increasingly important for fleet managers to always know where their vehicles are and that they are being driven correctly. The tracker is also helping combat thefts, thereby saving on the cost of replacing vehicles and keeping insurance costs as low as possible.
The TR68 is small, has no additional wiring and can be easily located under the dashboard. It has a unique tracking platform which allows you to know its location at all times and monitor a range of other things connected to the vehicle, such as driver rest periods, speed, vehicle maintenance, mileage and travel time.
What some may see as Big Brother is nothing more than common sense and prudent planning with the welfare of drivers and vehicles front and centre, along with the safety of other road users.
The TR68 can be programmed with maximum driving time and minimum rest periods to ensure compliance with the law and that drivers are taking correct rest breaks. There is a remote listen-in, allowing you to hear what's going on in the vehicle - something which proves extremely useful in the case of theft.
It also fulfills its prime directive of telling you of any unauthorised movement or tampering, effectively acting as a theft alert and, if the vehicle is stolen, it can be tracked in real time to a smartphone app or PC for easier recovery.
Benefits at a glance:
● The latest GPS receiver technology which can provide a location to 10 metres.
● Driver behaviour and compliance monitoring.
● View tracker live location.
● Track your vehicle or fleet of vehicles.
● View history, speed and tracking reports.
● See speed, location and signal strength at a glance.
● Pro-active device with real-time tracking.
● Can be easily moved from vehicle to vehicle.
● Receive push notifications direct to your phone.
● Fully manage your tracker via the app.
Technology continues to advance at an incredible rate and it only seems sensible to make the most of it when it comes to protecting property and staff. Trackers are helping in the fight against theft and keeping down the unnecessary associated costs. The TR68 is one of the most popular and versatile trackers on the market but, in reality, it's so much more than just a tracker.
There's a great deal of money tied up in running a fleet of vans and lorries, not to mention the loads they carry, which make them highly sought after targets for criminals.
The drivers of these vehicles spend most of their working lives on the road so it's important as a company that you do all you can to ensure the safety of drivers and the security of your fleet while in transit.
It is estimated that almost 40% of lorry drivers fail to park in secured areas when they rest-up. This is due in part to not enough secure parking areas being available across the country but with more than 55% of all loads stolen across Europe happening in the UK, it means drivers and their cargo are regularly being put at risk.
So, what can you do to minimise these risks? Here are 10 things to consider:
1. Don't advertise - Be careful what you print on the side of your vehicles, vans in particular. Too much information about what your company does can give the impression of something valuable being carried on board - a tempting target!
2. Plan the route - Preparing for the journey is a simple precaution, pre-book overnight parking at a secure spot where possible, avoid the same routes and stops and don't be predictable. A number of fleet operators around the country are now opening up their sites to accommodate vehicles en-route to more distant locations. Make fuel cards available for drivers to carry so they don't need to carry cash.
3. Count on your vehicle - Make sure the vehicle is safe to drive and roadworthy. An important consideration in getting your driver and the load they are carrying to their required destination without tragic consequences. Ensure the vehicle is always fit for the road with all the checks and tests carried out and up to date.
4. How good is the driver? - It's all very well having a vehicle that's safe for the road but what about the person behind the wheel? Filter out the dangerous drivers with regular tests, checks and training to ensure they are up to the mark. You may also consider introducing a regular alcohol and drug testing procedure as a further safety precaution.
5. Communication is key - Drivers should not be using mobile phones when on the road, we have all seen the tragic events that can occur in these situations. Better not to trouble the driver at all but if a communications link is necessary, make sure it's hands-free.
6. Check the load is safe - The vehicle may be loaded by a third party, someone back at base or someone else's depot for the return trip. See to it that everyone knows what the rules and regulations are to avoid any nasty surprises out on the road. The driver should always check the load before departure to make sure it's safe. In these days of illegal migrants seeking any means possible to enter the country, it is also advisable to double check the container before travelling back into the country through the various ports to ensure there is no one hitching an unauthorised lift.
7. Home base security - Make sure your premises are secured and all vehicles are immobilised or locked away in such places that eliminates the risk of theft. Put all the usual precautions in place, such as security lighting, CCTV cameras, alarms and where necessary enlist the help of a security firm. Have a sign in, sign out policy so you know who has been on site and stop people wandering around who have no right to be there.
8. Choose wisely - If you are buying a fleet of vans, cars or lorries, do your homework and buy those vehicles that receive glowing security reviews in the trade press and come highly recommended by those who know. Some vehicles are more susceptible to theft than others.
9. Travelling abroad - Double check you have all the required documentation you need for your trip in case you need it. Always know what is required in each country before you set out so you don't get caught out! If you are stopped by the police, always behave in a courteous manner.
10. Fit a tracker - It's becoming common practice now to fit trackers, or extra trackers, to vehicles so they can be more easily recovered if stolen. They can even act independently to prevent a theft from happening with an ‘intelligent, thinking, programme' that can detect tampering and movement.
For more information about how we can help you minimise the risk to your fleet, contact our team on 01952 728171.