We've all dreamed of those holidays abroad and at home too and dreaded further cancellations but they certainly reared their ugly head again with Lockdown 3.
We really hope you have stayed safe at home with your families or if alone have reached out for support.
And now the end could be in sight - after we get through this current period together and with the vaccination programme well underway we hope confidence will build and people may get to their dream destinations.
However we aren't sure whether the confidence in jumping on a plane will be there just yet and people (many who discovered the beauty of our country in 2020) will stick to what they know and enjoy the opportunities right here on our doorstep.
So where will you be heading when we can? The beautiful beaches of Cornwall; the Welsh mountains on your bike or maybe the North Coast 500 in Scotland is on your list.
Maybe the home of our business - Shropshire - is the place to be for you. A long weekend at one of our many beautiful glamping destinations such as Shropshire Hills Glamping, Love 2 Stay or Shropshire Luxury Glamping.
Perhaps a hotel stay is much needed and if you are staying in Shropshire then there's the wonderful Best Western Valley Hotel at Ironbridge or Fishmore Hall in Ludlow and so many more too! We are spoiled in beautiful Shropshire.
Wherever you travel to when we are allowed make sure you enjoy every second - we may have realised how much we have previously taken for granted.
Anyway right let's get back to our subject - we got carried away then!
So if you've got your motorhome or caravan ready for your staycation then make sure your security is top notch!
We don't need to name them to you but have a look here and see if there is anything missing. We are delivering all over the UK in order to ensure your motorhome or caravan is safe whether it is on your drive, in storage or on a seasonal pitch.
And don't forget you can find all of our trackers here.
Come on - the sun will soon be shining, more people will have been vaccinated and restrictions will have eased. We just need to stay positive and think of the holidays!
It's that time of year when we usually allow ourselves to start thinking about better weather, brighter times and a holiday break. At the moment the break may still seem some way off as we continue to battle through the pandemic but there is light at the end of the tunnel
We know many of you love your caravan, which may be on a seasonal pitch here in the beautiful Shropshire countryside - were you able to get away between the November lockdown and lockdown 3? Or have you been unable to get there since the October half-term?
Whatever the circumstances we are sure that, like us, you can't wait to get back out to your pride and joy and spend some quality free time in your caravan with your loved ones. But remember, while our caravans will be waiting for us when lockdown 3 ends, thieves won't be adhering to lockdown rules so make sure yours is safe.
A timely reminder
As you look forward to the year ahead, now is the ideal time to review your caravan security and make sure it is as tight as possible. Caravans are tempting targets for thieves and are often left unattended for long periods with valuable possessions inside. Thieves know this and are only too eager to cash in on what they believe are easy pickings, so don't do anything to encourage them.
Some of the steps to consider are:
● Security lighting - a great deterrent which will alert others on the site to any activity around your caravan
● Cameras - there are a number of cameras available which will keep an eye on your caravan for you
● Alarm - the Bulldog Secure Alarm is leading the way when it comes to home security and is equally effective in securing your caravan. Its cutting edge technology is second-to-none in protecting your property and alerting you to any threatening criminal activity
● Sturdy chains and padlocks - still the most simple but effective way of securing your caravan and any storage units you may have to house those valuable possessions you need while on your break.
● Wheel clamps are a must of course.
● Security posts give that added obstacle.
● Don't forget the Bulldog hitch lock.
Our team at Bulldog has been advising, helping and supporting customers for many years - providing a comprehensive range of products which continue to be the strongest and toughest deterrent across the full range of security requirements. For more about how we can help you, call us on 01952 728171.
Christmas is just around the corner, a time which puts an extra glint in the eye of thieves at the prospect of all those presents lying around homes just waiting to be stolen!
Home security is vitally important at any time of year but the risks of being targeted by criminals are heightened around Christmas and remember, thieves don't take a festive break or bother with the restrictions of lockdown!
Be vigilant and take time to think about how you can tighten up your home security with the help of Bulldog's tried and tested products to ensure you avoid the heartache and expense of becoming a victim of theft and that thieves remain empty handed.
Worth protecting - everyone at Bulldog Security Products in Shropshire thinks so!
Areas on your security to do list include:
A home alarm is still the most effective way of protecting your family and possessions - and we have one of the very best!
The Bulldog Secure Alarm can be fitted quickly and easily, sends alerts straight to your phone and takes pictures automatically when the alarm goes off. It can be accessed remotely, will tell you where in the home the alarm was triggered, is pet friendly and has police interaction.
Other positive steps you can take to complement this comprehensive security asset include CCTV and Security lighting - a package of options which are simple, effective and an excellent deterrent against home invasion.
Having tightened up home security, don't forget garages, sheds and workshops, all of which house important possessions with a cumulative cost that may well surprise you. Once again Bulldog comes through with a range of Chains and padlocks, Garage/roller shutter door locks and Shed and workshop door locks all designed to provide maximum protection.
Cars, quad bikes and motorcycles are more expensive items which need your attention. Make sure all your vehicles are tracked. This will alert you to any tampering, let you know where your vehicle is at all times and aid in its recovery if stolen.
Christmas may look a little different this year but one thing remains the same - thieves will still be looking for the opportunity to deprive you of your prized possessions. Don't make it a merry Christmas for them!
For more information, telephone the Bulldog team on 01952 728171.
The Motorhome and Caravan Show has been postponed but it doesn't mean you have to miss out on your annual shopping trip!
You can still ensure your caravan or motorhome is safe and secure by buying your Bulldog products online or from your nearest stockist.
The loss of this year's show is a blow. It's one of the major events on the motorhome and caravan calendar each year and something the many thousands of visitors and exhibitors look forward to with great anticipation - including us!
But the news that it won't go ahead has come as no great surprise in the present circumstances where we all need to ensure that we do everything possible to remain Covid safe and the show will return again next year from October 12th to 17th.
Taking stock of your security
Motorhome and caravan owners may have missed out on viewing the latest products available in person but the loss of this year's show is an ideal time for people to review their security. Here are some ideas for you to consider:
● The steering wheel lock is still one of the simplest but most effective ways of preventing your motorhome from being stolen. It is a visible theft deterrent and may just be enough to persuade a thief to move on to an easier target.
● A wheel clamp is easy to fit and makes it impossible for your motorhome or caravan to be driven away - whether on a campsite or outside your home. While we are on the subject of wheels, use our tough wheel lock bolts for additional security.
● Installing a security post on your driveway provides added protection and is another simple security measure which is easy to fit.
● One of the best ways to protect your property is to install the Bulldog Secure Alarm - our very own exclusive product and one which has proved extremely popular for toughening up security in the home, but is equally effective for motorhomes and caravans.
● Get it tracked! We have a range of GPS tracker options for all types of caravans and motorhomes. Fit a second tracker in case the first one is discovered and make sure your tracker registration details are up to date. This will aid in recovery if you are the victim of theft.
● Tried and tested, our hitchlock has been preventing theft for many years, preventing your caravan from being unhooked and towed away, and remains as popular and robust as ever.
● CCTV and security lighting are other highly effective ways to ensure your property stays safe, which also includes your motorhome or caravan if it's parked up outside your home.
It's amazing just how many measures you can put in place to ensure your caravan and motorhome remain secure. Simple measures to install which don't need to cost a fortune. Indeed, they are extremely cost-effective when you consider how much you have paid for your pride and joy!
Times are very different in UK factories right now but especially in small, rural, factories such as ours here in Shropshire. The manufacturing continues however against the ongoing backdrop of Covid and orders are coming in thick and fast as caravan and motorhome sales continue to boom all over the country.
Staycations are here to stay by the looks of it, half-term bookings across the UK are high and some families have told us they are struggling to get booked onto sites for the popular week when children are off school.
It is also the case that with areas of the country in local lockdown some have had their holidays cancelled in popular resorts such as those in Wales following the announcement of the Welsh circuit breaker, resulting in so many businesses closing their doors once again.
Staying Bulldog secure
As those families who are still able to hit the road prepare to enjoy a Covid safe break within the guidelines, we are working hard to ensure their pride and joy - caravans and motorhomes - are safe.
Whether they are in storage for winter, on the driveways being packed or on site whilst you enjoy the great outdoors - they need to be Bulldog secure. Caravans and motorhomes are high value targets for thieves so make sure you do everything you can to hold on to your prized possession.
If you are preparing to travel:
● Have an additional GPS tracker fitted. Newer caravans will have a factory fitted tracker but it's good insurance to have a second in case of discovery.
● Carry a steering wheel lock for added protection of your towing vehicle or motorhome.
● Make sure you fit a wheel clamp when on site, on the driveway at home or if your caravan is in winter storage.
● Fit a hitchlock - the secure link between caravan and towing vehicle making it more difficult for thieves to make off with your caravan.
● Get wheel lock bolts fitted for additional security.
● Have the Bulldog Secure Alarm fitted - the latest and ultimate deterrent in home security is equally effective in your caravan or motorhome.
● Stay alert while loading and unloading your caravan or motorhome on the driveway or road outside your home. Leaving the vehicle unattended for even the shortest time can lead to the theft of valuable possessions packed for your holiday or the vehicle itself.
If you are not going away again this year and parking up your caravan on the driveway for any length of time, think about having security lighting installed, security posts fitted to prevent theft and chains and locks added to toughen up your security.
The same advice applies if you are putting your caravan into storage for the winter but you have the option of additional precautions in the form of shed and workshop door locks and garage and roller shutter door locks.
Whether you are heading off for a well-earned break this half-term or having to put things on hold for now and store your pride and joy, always stay alert to the threat of theft and do everything you can to minimise the risk.
If you are lucky enough to be going away, enjoy your holiday and stay safe!
The horrific trend of puppies and dogs being stolen is increasing as thieves try to cash in on the over inflated prices people are prepared to pay for them.
It's a national problem and our local rural communities haven't escaped - which is why we all need to take steps to ensure our dogs are kept safe.
A worsening situation
The Daily Mirror recently reported on the 'chilling epidemic' of a 65% increase in dog thefts during lockdown - and it's spreading as thieves look to make quick, easy, money from the lucrative and abhorrent crime of selling dogs on to the highest bidder.
There was the case of a woman in Malpas out walking her Maltese Terrier when a white van pulled up and a man demanded she hand it over. There was a struggle as the thief tried to take the dog from her arms before he gave up and drove off with his accomplice.
We have seen three dachshunds stolen during the night from a smallholding near Gobowen which prompted a warning by North Wales Police about the threat of dog thefts up and down the Welsh/Shropshire border. And a local Facebook group has been set up, Oswestry and surrounding areas dog snatcher watch, which people are being encouraged to join in order to warn each other about suspicious vehicles and activity.
People across Shropshire, including Gobowen and surrounding areas, are reporting houses being marked with cable ties around lamp posts - residents believe it is a way of identifying potential targets.
There have also been reports in the area of cars and other vehicles, notably with Irish plates, being seen and the occupants asking people if they want gardening, guttering or fencing work doing, prompting concerns that they are simply looking for houses with dogs.
And the future of 40 puppies was made more certain following a tip-off to police about suspicious activity in Gloucestershire which resulted in a vehicle being stopped on the M6 and the puppies recovered.
Dogs are often kept outdoors in kennels, buildings or caravans, heightening the risk of theft but, as we have seen, they are not safe from being targeted it they are out for a walk with their owner, and thieves are not being discouraged from breaking into homes to make off with their prize.
What can we do?
There are basic steps to take:
- Always be vigilant
- Don't leave your dog unattended for long periods
- Keep them out of sight as far as is possible from outside the house
- Keep your dog in a secured area
- Toughen up security
If you are keeping your dog outside, make sure the outbuilding or kennel is properly secured with a strong lock which can't be easily broken off or removed. Padlocks can be vulnerable so don't make it easy for the thief. You'll find a robust lock like our GR250 is an ideal solution for this situation.
Alarms are also an extremely effective addition in keeping your dog safe and the Bulldog Secure Alarm can be fitted with door contacts which will trigger an alert and warn you about an intruder.
Our dogs are precious to us, our loyal and devoted best friends, they give us so much and it's only right that we do all we can to make sure they are kept safe and happy in our care.
For more information about how we can help you, call our team on 01952 728171.
The gradual easing of lockdown has come as a great relief to all of us who were confined for so long - including thieves!
Our homes are our sanctuary and great places to be but the constraints of lockdown created a great deal of strain and being allowed to return to some sort of normality has been eagerly accepted and greatly appreciated.
Thieves have, by and large, also been in confinement with crime figures dropping across the country during lockdown but as restrictions have gradually lifted these figures have been increasing once again - so it's time to reappraise your security arrangements to ensure you aren't caught out!
Many people have been using the last three months to get all those little jobs done around the home that kept being put off, but toughening up home security probably didn't feature as high a priority as spring cleaning, painting and decorating. So we are asking you to please think about it now!
Did you know that a home with no security measures in place is five times more likely to be burgled than one with even the most basic of safety precautions? So, with less time being spent at home, you will want to make sure:
● Doors and windows have strong locks fitted and are in good working order
● Garages, workshops, sheds and other outbuildings are properly secured
● Your home is protected by security lighting, CCTV and an alarm system
● Any vehicle is locked while not in use and keys kept somewhere safe and away from the front door
It's also worth remembering the need to stay alert to callers with an increase in the number of conmen making the rounds looking to either get into your home by way of a distraction burglary or to persuade you to part with your valuable personal information like bank account details.
There are a number of ways you can protect yourself and your home: Set up a doorbell with a camera that is linked to your phone which allows you to see who's about even if you are not there. It also saves the recording for a period of time in case you need to identify a criminal.
A home alarm system is not only a visible deterrent but also the best way of preventing a burglary and keeping your home secure while Security lighting adds an extra layer of protection which lights up any unwanted callers, often scaring away the thief before they have had a chance to take anything.
Some of the simplest but still the most effective security precautions are Chains and padlocks - tough options which along with Garage/roller shutter door locks and Shed and workshop door locks remain among the most tried and tested methods to keep the thief at bay.
For more information, telephone the Bulldog team on 01952 728171.
A new and worrying report has highlighted the £54m cost of rural crime across the UK last year - a 9% increase on 2018.
The report by rural insurer NFU Mutual appeared in the Shropshire Star and paints a disturbing picture of agricultural vehicle and livestock thefts with farms being targeted more and more by organised criminal gangs.
It reveals high value farm machinery, such as tractors, are being targeted to supply an overseas market, while smaller, easier to transport equipment like quad bikes remain an attractive option for thieves - all of which serves as a timely reminder to toughen up your security.
The report focussed on 2019 and compared it to 2018 figures. It revealed:
Rural crime cost Shropshire £1.4m - up 14.8% on 2018
UK agricultural vehicle thefts cost £9.3m - an increase of £1.9m
Quad bike thefts cost £3.1m - up £500k
Total quad bike and all-terrain vehicle thefts rose by 21%
Land Rover Defender thefts rose 34%
Rural crime rose in every region and each nation of the UK
There is no doubt that very well organised gangs are behind much of the criminal activity and are seeing rural locations, particularly farms, as easy targets with high value tractors and quad bikes ranking at the very top of the shopping list.
Thieves are also targeting high-cost tractor GPS equipment which is becoming more widely used to aid day-to-day farming operations and are particularly in demand abroad.
The increase in rural crime is being combated by police with West Mercia and Dyfed-Powys forces linking up in cross-border patrols cooperation - a high visibility presence aimed at reducing the threat and acting as a deterrent to thieves.
A recent operation involved the South Shropshire Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team around the south of our county and was hailed as being extremely successful.
We know it's difficult to ensure equipment is kept secure at all times, size often precludes it from being kept inside while the isolation of many farms only aids the covert operations of thieves. But there are still steps you can and should take.
Where possible, always keep equipment locked and housed in secure buildings, install CCTV and security lighting, ensure walls and gates around your property are robust and well maintained and fit trackers to all agricultural equipment and all-terrain vehicles.
Our team at Bulldog can help, advise and support you with all your security requirements. For more information, call us on 01952 728171.
Caravan sites are open! Yes, we're excited about it as well!
Everyone must be so pleased to be able to hit the road again with their caravan or motorhome - but a word of caution. Don't let the excitement of the occasion override safety and security!
Be alert and stay secure
People get so excited every time they go out for a short break, their week-long holiday or even a tour of the UK that they can sometimes get complacent! This can apply equally to Covid-19 and security, with both needing the focus of our full attention.
Yes, Covid-19 is still out there so make sure you are washing your hands and not bringing any germs back to your beloved caravan or motorhome and ensure you follow the Government guidance to avoid a potential resurgence of the virus.
As for security, it's a sad but undeniable fact that thieves are still in action, so don't make things easy for them and ensure your security is as tight as you can possibly make it.
During lockdown we have been watching reports of rural crime, caravans and motorhomes being stolen, thefts of trailers and tractors. Many of these could have been prevented - or at least made more difficult for the thieves.
Time and deterrent are everything
If Thieves believe it is going to take longer than the time they have to get the prized possession then they will move on to the next target. Let's be honest, which would you choose to steal - a caravan with a wheel lock, hitchlock, alarm and tracker or one without any of these invaluable security devices fitted. Easy pickings - that's what we would go for and we can be sure the thieves would, too!
So time and deterrent - remember those two factors each and every time you pull up:
● Outside your house to load - A popular time for thieves to strike
● On the campsite - Yes, you may plan to be there 'most' of the time but you won't be there throughout your stay and thieves still strike on site
● When you arrive back at storage - After a lovely break you may be feeling a little tired and rushed to get the kids home to bed, but don't be fooled. Don't think you will pop back the next day to put the security products on! It could be the most expensive 12 hours of your life!
It's great to have the freedom to hit the road again but be safe, be secure and enjoy your break!
What does the future hold for holidaying abroad? As restrictions continue to be eased the thoughts of many people will be turning to where and when they will be able to holiday safely.
The Government decision that people must self-isolate for two weeks after a holiday abroad means effectively turning a two-week annual vacation into four! This decision is of course common sense in the current climate as the very last thing we want is a second, more potentially devastating spike in Covid-19 cases.
Is holidaying in the UK really so bad?
People still need their breaks and it's clear that more and more people will be viewing staying in this country as a more logical option - certainly in the short and medium term until we can finally see the threat of this awful virus eliminated or minimised to an acceptable level.
We love our holidays abroad. The sun is a massive draw and something which can almost be guaranteed in foreign climes, while you pay your money and take your chance when it comes to holidaying at home. But is the thought of taking your annual break in the UK really so bad?
The UK has an excellent tourist industry which caters for holiday requirements to suit all tastes - and it's certainly more readily accessible than travelling abroad. Overseas holidays are likely to come with restrictions for some time, they are probably going to be more expensive as more countries begin to open borders and then there's the self-isolation issue when you return.
Deserving of support
Another major factor in all this is the need to back British, support our hotels, holiday parks, towns, shops and beaches as they come out of lockdown. All these holiday industries, not to mention the general economy of the country, needs and deserves our full support as we endeavour to get back on our feet.
The Shropshire Star carried a huge feature on how the leisure and tourism industry is in need of our support to start spending money again in order to keep these so important areas of our economy operating.
It's something we wholeheartedly agree with and hope you do too. Staycations can provide everything you need for a perfect holiday, so let's support our British holiday industry and take our vacation in the UK.
If you are looking for the perfect caravan or motorhome to go on holiday in then have a look for a Bulldog affiliated dealer near you using our dealer search.
You will be able to purchase your security products at the same time as your new caravan or motorhome but if you want to see what id available before you go to the dealer then you can have a look here.