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TR68- so much more than just a tracker

Date: 16/09/2019

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.

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10 ways to reduce your haulage and fleet security risk

Date: 06/09/2019

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.

 

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Equestrian & Rural Security

Date: 14/08/2019

We are very fortunate to be living in such a beautiful part of the country with Shropshire and its surrounding areas located in idyllic settings within landscapes which in many cases have remained unchanged for hundreds of years.

Scenic perfection, however, comes at a price and the quiet tranquility of the countryside which we all value so highly can also act as a breeding ground for crime. These peaceful settings mean something totally different to the criminal - areas where they think they can ply their trade without interference and with virtual impunity.

Rural crime is a major issue, something to be aware of and act upon. Farms, businesses, stables and homes are all likely targets for thieves seeking out high value equipment just ripe for the picking.

The countryside means fewer people which affords thieves the ideal opportunity to take their time and appraise targets ready to return at times most suited to their needs. Then there's the opportunist thief. Someone touring the quiet roads and lanes looking to see what they can grab in the here and now.

Taking action

Farms should ensure animals are tagged and equipment is marked. You should also think about keeping a log of property with a detailed description and photograph which can help in recovery.

Chain and secure everything you can and for the things you can't, lock items away in secured buildings. As added precautions, make sure vehicles are tracked and that they, and other equipment, are immobilised and keys are not left in the ignition when not in use.

Where possible put bars on windows where equipment is stored, like a tack room, get your buildings alarmed, fit security lighting and CCTV and also think about getting a dog as an early warning system.

Other ways to keep property secure include, chains, a high security door lock for sheds and workshops, security posts and roller shutter door locks.

Stable owners should microchip or freeze-mark their horses and always remember to keep horse passports locked away securely at a separate location from the horse. All equines must have one which means horses can't be sold on unless they have their valid passport.

Access to business premises, farms or stables should be restricted by making sure perimeter hedges, fences and walls are doing there job and that all gates are locked and secured.

People living in the countryside are familiar with the problems relative isolation can bring. It's important to meet the challenge head-on and ensure you take the steps you can to keep your property secure.

For more information about how we can help you, call us on 01952 728171.

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Easy ways to improve personal security

Date: 17/07/2019

Personal security can be something that is often underestimated with not enough care and consideration being given until it may be too late!

Things to think about here are your personal security in the home, online or when you're out and about. It pays to give the subject some forethought to maintain a level of security which will hopefully keep you and your information safe from attack.

We have put together 10 points which we hope will help you when it comes to ensuring your safety:

Always be aware: On the understanding that prevention is better than cure, think about what the criminal wants and their ideal set of circumstances for getting it. Don't make life easy for them, make them work hard to find a way of getting what they want. Always think about what you are doing and saying, where and how you are travelling and who you are inviting into your trusted confidence.

Don't put yourself in harm's way: Being out and about is a large part of day-to-day life but there are a number of precautions you can take to increase your safety. Keep away from areas you know to be risky, particularly at night, make sure there are people milling around, travel with a trusted friend where possible, keep to well-lit areas - preferably where there are CCTV cameras and don't wear headphones with the noise levels making it impossible to hear someone approaching. Carry a safety alarm which is in good working order, easy to reach and activate.

● Meetings fraught with danger: Be wary of first-time meetings and try to ensure they take place in the open with other people about. Tell someone where you are going and when you are likely to return. Always phone to make sure they know you are back safe and well. Avoid situations which could leave you trapped or difficult to find a way out of.

Look after yourself: Learning self-defence can be an asset, or consider getting a dog. Simple steps that can be hugely beneficial and there are few better deterrents than walking with a dog and having one guarding the house!

Be sure of your taxi: Always use a taxi or licensed private hire vehicle and never flag down cars cruising around looking for fares. Unless it's a proper black cab taxi, this is illegal anyway. Get the details of the car and driver off the firm when booking and make sure you confirm these details when the cab turns up. Many firms now use an app for booking and will send car and driver details to your mobile phone ahead of the pick-up.

Beware of the skimmer and the scammer: People using cash machines have been vulnerable for some time, so when drawing out cash make sure you give the machine the once over and if anything looks dodgy or been added, like a device or camera, notify someone in the premises of your concerns.

● Staying safe at home: There are a range of security measures to ensure your home is secure, which we have dealt with in previous blogs, but the issue of personal security at home is a vitally important one. Keep windows, doors and access from an attached garage locked to prevent an intruder from getting in. Door chain locks are popular but remember they may be compromised fairly easily. Bolts are a good idea for added security as are exterior security lighting, cameras and alarms.

● Keep it vague: If travelling on business or away on holiday, enter an address on your GPS, smartphone or other device which is in the area of your home but not your home address. You don't want your phone pinched and the thief or an accomplice taking advantage of your absence. It is also a good idea to set up a remote wipe option on your phone so sensitive information can be deleted should the phone be stolen

● The power of social media: Personal security isn't just about protection against violence or physical theft. Facebook is a great way of keeping in touch with your friends but don't post all your personal information for the world to see. It is so easy for an identity to be stolen and always remember the jig-saw effect, where information can be pieced together from different sources.

● Internet, cold calls and fraudsters: There are some particularly clever and manipulative people out there just waiting for the chance to hack your computer or press you into providing vital information about banks, pensions and so on when they have you on the phone or the doorstep. Never give out vital details and always beware of incoming telephone calls.

For more information about personal security, including the use of the latest GPS tracking technology, phone us on 01952 728171.

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Toughening up motorbike security

Date: 10/07/2019

It's summer and the good weather it sometimes brings means it's also the time for seasonal motorbikers to get their pride and joy out of storage and take to the road. It's also a good time for us to raise the issue of security and remind you of the ways to keep your motorbike, scooter or moped safe from theft.

It will probably come as no surprise, but a motorbike is more likely to be stolen than a car - about twice as likely, actually, so it's worth thinking about the things you can do to reduce the risk of theft.

They are easier targets and can be whisked away within seconds, sold on or often quickly broken up and sold as spares. Once stolen these expensive items are extremely difficult to recover and it's estimated the UK is experiencing motorcycle theft costing somewhere in the region of £8m every month.

It's an eye-watering amount of money and a few simple precautions will minimise the risk of theft, preventing the heartache, inconvenience and expense with thieves often giving up on their prey, moving on to easier targets.

Here are our tips on helping you to keep your property yours!

● Keep thieves in the dark - Don't advertise the fact you have a motorbike by leaving it outside, if you can help it, or in an area the thief can easily get at. Always consider how you can make it more difficult for them. Lock it away in a garage or secured premises, install security lighting and fit alarms to bike and property.

● An extra layer of security - Never a bad idea. There is always something else you can do to put another obstacle in the way, particularly when combating the opportunist thief. Use appropriate tough and up to the task locks on doors and think about adding an extra one. Security posts provide additional safeguards in preventing access to garages and outbuildings. If you have to leave your machine outside, use chains, locks and anchor it to the ground where possible. You can also fit a wheel clamp.

● Keeping track - A Bulldog favourite and one being employed by an increasing number of people across a wide variety of circumstances. Trackers are wonderful, intelligent, unobtrusive items that will not only tell you when your motorbike has been stolen, it will also alert you to tampering and act as an immobiliser. If stolen, the tracker makes it easier to locate and recover. A tracker means you will have an 80% or better chance of getting your property back.

● Magic marker - Using a forensic DNA style marking liquid will ensure your property will always have a unique signature linking your stolen property to you. Kits are readily available and easy to use and in the event of theft the recovered property can be more easily returned to the owner.

For more information about how Bulldog Security Products can help, call us on 01952 728171 or email sales@bulldogsecure.com

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On Track for Personal Safety With The TR20

Date: 10/07/2019

There is nothing more important than personal safety - that's why many people are taking out the added reassurance of a tracker which will highlight the location and condition of the person carrying it at all times.

It's ideal in providing added peace of mind if you have a vulnerable relative or friend, meaning you can quite literally keep track of where they are and what they are doing. But it's actually an extremely valuable aid to ANYONE in this increasingly violent world we live, allowing wellbeing and location to be monitored easily and necessary action taken should the need arise.

When it comes to personal safety you should only settle for the best. Why take the risk when there is the TR20 tracker? It's a tried and tested lightweight, waterproof, tracking device which does everything required of it.

Recent TV and radio broadcasts and newspaper coverage have been full of attacks on the person. It's a tough world out there and while we don't want to frighten - statistics still show the risk of attack is pretty low - the risks are still there and we feel obliged to warn about the hazards and advise on awareness and protection.

So what are the advantages of a top-of-the range tracker like the TR20?

● The man down alarm allows a loved to know when something is wrong with an elderly relative or one suffering from a debilitating illness, but can act as an additional layer of security for anyone. The SOS button alerts whoever needs to know and provides the location so appropriate action can be taken.

● The tracker will track every step or mile in real time, meaning you'll always know where it is.

● It's easy and light to carry and can be attached to a belt or a lanyard with little to no inconvenience.

● There is no limit on the number of people who can access the tracker information via the app - meaning if one observer misses the alert for whatever reason, another is almost certain to pick it up.

● The tracker is fitted with two-way calling thanks to a built-in microphone and speaker.

At a time when technology is evolving at an incredible pace, it's reassuring to know that trackers are now a regular feature in the ongoing battle to ensure personal safety remains top priority.

More people are turning to trackers to safeguard themselves, their loved ones and their possessions - it's a small price to pay to ensure the people and things you most care about can be safe and secure.

For more about the TR20, call our team on 01952 728171.

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Easy ways to improve your vehicle security

Date: 24/06/2019

 

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Vehicles and their contents are easy prey for criminals and most people have a very cavalier attitude towards security which only adds to the problem.

Being aware of the dangers and taking some simple precautions could be enough to deter a thief and keep your property safe. It's all about getting into the right mindset and making sure you do whatever you can to prevent the crime from happening.

To help you, we have put together seven top tips we hope will stand you in good stead when your thinking of how best you can improve your vehicle security:

1. The key to the situation: Make sure your vehicle is locked and windows and sunroofs are closed. If using a key fob for automatic locking, make sure all the doors and boot are secured as sometimes a fault may occur where one door fails to lock. Don't leave your vehicle open while unattended and don't leave the keys in the ignition or the engine running when there is no one with the vehicle.

Be careful where you put your keys at home. Don't leave them near open windows, close to the letterbox or your front door unlocked or open. Also, be aware of ‘Relay Attack'. The latest method of car theft where two thieves working in tandem use electronic signal relay devices to open the car. One uses a device to receive the key signal from inside the house and transfers it to a second box by the car, making the car ‘think' the key has been operated. This system can't work if keys are left in a metal box, safe or signal blocking wallet.

2. Where do I park?: Your vehicle is at much greater risk of theft when it's unattended so it pays to give some thought to where you leave it, particularly overnight. Always ensure doors and windows are locked, garage it where possible - ensuring the garage is also secure, or use a secured car park facility which you know is covered by cameras, a parking attendant or a ticket exit barrier.

If none of these options are available and you are leaving your vehicle on the street, try to ensure it is outside your home where you can keep an eye on it, always leave it in a well lit and well used area - thieves would much prefer to operate in areas where there are as few people around as possible. And seek out areas where CCTV cameras are installed if you can.

3. Toughen up on security: Adding extra layers of security is always going to make the theft of your vehicle that little more difficult - and could also result in cheaper insurance premiums! Visible deterrents are good, the thief may be put off and move on to another, easier target. Things to consider here are steering locks, wheel locks, immobiliser, car alarm and security posts.

Immobilisers have been fitted as standard on UK cars since 1998 but if you have an older model, get one fitted. Newer cars also have a car alarm but the same principle applies here. There are still a lot of cars on the road that won't have an alarm fitted. Security posts are ideal if you can't garage your vehicle, ‘wedging' it into a confined area which prevents it being driven away. Posts can also be used as added security in front of garage doors.

4. Keep documents at home: It may seem like the sensible thing to do to keep your logbook and service records with your vehicle but it can make the car easier to sell on after a theft and could also increase the risk of identity fraud. It's also extremely important not to keep other personalised documents in the vehicle - such as bank statements, insurance certificates, driving licence or personal letters - for the same reason. Criminals don't require much information to steal your identity.

5. Keep valuables out of sight: You're going to carry some pretty valuable stuff around with you when driving, whether it's connected to work or just the day-to-day tasks that are part of today's life, but keep it shut away in the boot or glove compartment.

Remember, it's not just your car the thief wants. Handbags, jackets, money, laptops, briefcases, CDs, mobile phones, dash cams and sat navs are all attractive items to the thief so keep them out of sight, away from the vehicle where possible or consider a secure safe that can be fitted in the boot.

6. Stay alert on the move: Most of the time your vehicle and valuables are going to be targeted when you're not about but that isn't always the case. We have seen an increase in carjackings in recent times and instances where people have been robbed while stationary or in slow moving traffic. Always keep your wits about you and doors and windows locked to prevent the robber getting at you in the vehicle.

7.  Keeping track of your property: Trackers are extremely effective in preventing theft or enabling the recovery of a vehicle if it is stolen. It alerts you to any unauthorised activity and allows you to know exactly where the vehicle is at all times by sending data to your phone or other mobile device. Many new vehicles have trackers fitted but it never hurts to add a second one. It also pays to get one fitted if you have an older vehicle. They are quick, easy to fit and provide the peace of mind in knowing your vehicle is safe.

Much of this advice is common sense but in highlighting the dangers we hope we have encouraged greater awareness of the steps you can take to minimise the risk of theft. Bulldog has many security devices to help keep your property safe.

The Bulldog trackers that we would reccomend for enhanced vehicle security include:

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● The BulldogOne GPS Tracker is our latest feature-packed and smallest GPS tracker.
● It includes everything you need from a tracking service.
● With easy connection options you can install it in no time.
● Install it in your car, motorhome, caravan, motorbike or quadbike.
● View tracker live location.
● Receive push notifications direct to your phone.

You name it, the BulldogOne is exceptionally versatile and easy to fit.

 

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● Track your vehicle and fleet.
● Utilises your OBD (on board diagnostics) socket.
● Pro-active device with real time tracking.
● Driver behaviour & compliance monitoring.
● Simple plug in installation.
● Can be easily moved from vehicle to vehicle.
● View tracker live location.
● Receive push notifications direct to your phone.

 

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● Keep track of your vehicle.
● IP67 water resistant
● Multiple alarms to regulate driving behaviour
● Remote vehicle fuel power cut off alarm.
● Ignition ON/OFF alerts.
● View tracker live location
● Receive push notifications direct to your phone

 

Our full range of trackers can be viewed on our tracking website.

Give us a call on 01952 728171 to find out what we can do for you.

 

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Why you need a TR35 Tracker

Date: 14/06/2019

Keeping track of your property is becoming an increasingly important part of life in the 21st Century and to do that you need something that is reliable, unobtrusive and easy to fit - something like our highly rated TR35 tracker.

The TR35 is a wonderful little device that makes use of inbuilt sensors to detect movement and vibration, alerting you to anything untoward going on and giving you the chance to do something about it!

It will even tell you when the device has been removed from the tracked object.

Vehicles and equipment are extremely high-cost items and if you add on the cost of replacing and insurance, where available, it can prove to be a major problem - one your business may not recover from. So it really pays to take all necessary steps to keep property safe and secure.

The TR35 can be fitted quickly on plant equipment, machinery, vehicles of all kinds and shipping containers. It is compact and comes with no external wiring, working through a GPS antenna, which means it can be hidden away virtually anywhere on the tracked item.

Our MS03 tracking platform will track and report through the benefit of geofencing, speed, travel time and mileage, while a Smartphone app or PC will allow you to keep track of where the tracked item is in real time.

It has a built-in SIM card which accesses all compatible mobile phone networks across the UK and Europe, using the very latest GPS receiver technology.

The TR35 is one of the toughest trackers on the market and comes with a battery life giving up to four years stand-by time from just one charge. So you can fit it and then pretty well forget about it until it tells you something is amiss.

It operates in the harshest of conditions, is easily attached to any metal object using two high-powered magnets and comes as a complete package - you don't need any additional extras to get you up and running.

For more information about how the TR35 can help you, call our team on 01952 728171 or visit our Bulldog Tracking website

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Securing Your Best With The Best

Date: 01/04/2019

When it comes to safeguarding your property and comparing the pros and cons of the many products on the market, it's wise to go with a tried and trusted name - so make sure you secure the best!

There is little point in going to the trouble of deciding you need to do something, weigh up all the options available and then go for a product that is sub-standard, a cheap alternative that's only success will be in giving the thief a chuckle as he makes off with your treasured vehicle, property, possessions.

Quality is probably going to cost a bit more but isn't that worth it when it comes with the reassurance of being able to deter the thief, avoiding the inconvenience and heartbreak that all too often accompanies a crime.

We would always advocate buying quality products, something with good performance ratings sold by reputable companies - anything less has to be false economy.

Our products are made with the strongest materials to the toughest specifications with their design and manufacture perfected by our vastly experienced team over 35 years in the industry - we've just celebrated our 35th anniversary!

We are proud of our record which sees us regularly partner the police, businesses and other agencies in trying to prevent crime through simple, easy to install products that make life just that bit harder for the criminal.

Bulldog is a member of Secured by Design, an official UK police security initiative with the goal of designing out crime through physical security.

It is made up of a group of companies with a proven track record in producing security products that pass standards and tests nominated by the police. Products marketed by member companies must display an effectiveness in reducing or preventing crime.

Secured by Design official figures show developments where products and materials used meet these high standards are 75% less likely to be burgled and show a reduction of 25% in criminal damage.

They also reveal that the Association of British Insurers has estimated the introduction of these standards across the country would save the economy more than £3.2bn over a 20-year period.

Preventing crime is an uphill battle but Bulldog is one of a number of companies across the country committed to doing all we can to reduce the threat by producing high quality products that will be a deterrent to the criminal.

So whether it's home and building, vehicle, equestrian, cargo, plant equipment or personal security you are looking at, give our team a call on 01952 728171 and find out how we can help you.

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Don't be the next victim of carjacking - get tracked

Date: 26/02/2019

Carjacking is an increasing problem and while it's more prevalent in the cities it is something that can happen anytime, anywhere - so get your vehicle tracked.

While we don't want to scare people unnecessarily, we feel it is also important to warn you of the dangers that can be faced when your vehicle is taken. It's bad enough when your car is stolen but it is even more traumatic and distressing if you or someone else is in it at the time!

Car crime in general is on the increase with vehicles easy targets and bringing easy money to thieves and those involved with selling them on after the initial theft. Did you know West Midlands Police made nearly 600 arrests in a matter of weeks during a car crime crackdown late last year?

There were five carjackings reported in Birmingham in one week alone in October and the 590 arrests in the West Midlands before Christmas followed a concerted campaign by police following what the crime commissioner called an epidemic.

But it's not just about the car. Think what's inside, children, valuables, work laptops, important documents and other equipment.

A car was stolen in Bradford in early January with a four-year-old child inside and there have been other similar instances around the country over the past year, including in Birmingham last July when a four-week-old baby was taken in a carjacking. One can only imagine the devastating effect this has on the families of those children involved.

Vehicles are often stolen to order with either the whole car or its individual parts ending up being shipped abroad - Eastern Europe and North Africa are favoured destinations.

More people are viewing trackers as a vital must-have for their vehicle and they do so much more than simply track. The BulldogOne is a case in point, a simple device with anti-theft features which alerts you to unauthorised use and allows you to remotely cut the engine within seconds from a smartphone app.

You can also track other items you might normally carry around in your car and think about installing a sturdy, security box for putting valuables, papers and so on in as an extra safeguard against theft.

We would always advise not to leave valuable items in the car when it is unattended and don't leave your car with the engine running - something people still do when popping into the shop, dropping items off or picking them up or de-icing the car during winter weather.

It only takes a minute to be caught with your guard down and someone to make off with your car. Be alert at all times, aware of your surroundings and take simple steps to ensure security and safety.

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