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Date: 08/04/2020

Like so many other companies we have had to temporarily close our doors due to Covid-19 - but our fabulous customer care service is still carrying on behind the scenes.

These are tough times and even though we can't operate as normal, we can still offer the help, advice and reassurance to customers who have questions about their security .

The current crisis is having devastating effects across the world but through the worst of times we are also seeing the best in many people and we have been inspired by the stories of help and support which continue to shine through.

We are proud to be a UK manufacturer and equally proud of businesses across Shropshire which are continuing as a key industry at this time, for those who have adapted their business to survive and those who are on the frontline in this pandemic.

We are still here to help

It's important for people to know that while we are fully respecting the isolation and social distancing rules we are still active through our social media platforms and have been dealing with enquiries through Facebook about replacement keys, how locks work and answering all sorts of other security questions which people need answering at this time.

Customers have had the confidence of knowing that, being a UK-based manufacturer, they've always been able to get hold of someone at Bulldog at times when other countries around the world went into lockdown.

We have been liaising with our distributors including caravan dealers across the UK, who we know have seen a spike in purchases as people were forced to lock up their caravans and motorhomes at a time when they would usually be using them.

It's important that customers still have access to the quality security products we provide through this crisis and that they are available in sufficient quantity with our distributors to be delivered.

We will continue to provide assistance remotely throughout the crisis with the enviable first-class service customers expect from us and are looking forward to the time when some degree of normality returns and it becomes business as usual.

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Keeping your house and garage secure during isolation

Date: 08/04/2020

We are living through extraordinary times and while all our thoughts are focused on the coronavirus crises and the devastating impact it's having on day-to-day life, it's important to see that your guard doesn't drop in terms of security.

It's an unfortunate fact of life that despite the current situation there are those only too willing to gain from the pandemic and, sadly, thieves are still operating. That is why we are urging you to give some thought to home and garage security during the current isolation.

We regularly provide blogs on our website about the steps you can take to ensure you stay secure which are still available to view. We also have a comprehensive range of home and garage security items to help you achieve it.

Lock it or lose it

You have some highly desirable possessions and don't make the mistake of thinking you're safe just because you have to say at home at the moment. Make sure:

● All windows and doors are locked
● The garage is safely secured
● Any gardening equipment is locked away safely in a shed or other appropriate outbuilding
● You get an alarm fitted

The garden is the only place outdoors you should really be right now - apart from your one piece of daily exercise - so don't venture into your back garden without first ensuring the front door is locked.

Most of us are still inclined to leave the back door open, particularly with summer approaching, but this could be an invitation too good to miss for the thief. Remember, you are not immune to attack just because you are home!

Keep your car locked in the garage if possible but see that it's always locked if it must be kept on the drive. Vehicles are still being targeted by thieves who are only too aware that they are not being moved for a considerable time, allowing them to carefully seek out their prey and plan their attack.

Thieves even targeted the cars belonging to our frontline nurses at a hospital last week by stealing their catalytic converter off their vehicles as they worked to save lives.

Knowing you are not moving far from home affords them the time to remove any obstacles in advance and move CCTV cameras out of the way without homeowners knowing.

Be Aware

We can all let our guard down at times of crisis so always think about what you are doing on those rare trips to the supermarket to replenish your supplies. A woman was the victim of a distraction theft in one of Telford's Aldi car parks when another woman shouted "help" from a nearby car.

The shopper had just thrown her handbag on the front seat of her own vehicle before running to help. The person asked for directions to the hospital and while the kind shopper was telling her, an accomplice of the woman "in distress" was emptying the handbag before putting it back on the seat.

It's worth remembering that there are fewer witnesses around due to isolation and this is especially so in the more rural areas where our farmers are still working hard to keep the food supply chain going.

So it's all the more important for farmers and those people living in rural communities to heed the security warnings and keep homes and buildings locked and machinery, quad bikes and vehicles secured.

It's important that we all stay safe from infection during the present crisis but it's also vital that we ensure our homes and possessions remain secure from theft.

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Give yourself a sporting chance

Date: 06/03/2020

Outdoor sports are fun, exciting and exhilarating - but they can be very dangerous so come with a health warning. Rugged terrains and difficult conditions could leave you vulnerable, that's why it's a good idea to carry a tracker that's just as tough.

It's a simple precaution and one which might just save your life. Our TR99 is a personal tracker, it's easy to carry, lightweight, extremely robust, just the thing to add to your checklist before you head out on your adventures.

Being waterproof makes the TR99 ideal for outdoor sports such as mountain biking, sailing, hiking, jet skiing, kayaking, rock climbing, fell running, orienteering, skiing, caving, shooting, windsurfing, horse riding, fishing and cycling.

Quick response

All these outdoor pursuits can lead to you being stuck in the middle of nowhere and if something does go wrong then a speedy response to an easily identifiable location becomes imperative. The TR99:

● Provides a view of the live tracker location
● Has a man-down call feature which will alert someone to a fall
● Is equipped with a built-in SOS call button which will summon help immediately
● Is waterproof, enabling it to work in the harshest of conditions
● Has geo-fence alerts which issue a notification if the tracker moves in or out of a designated area
● Provides two-way calling with SOS alerts and SMS notification
● Is shockproof

The TR99 is something which can be slipped into your pocket or clipped onto your bag or clothing. It provides the reassurance of your location being shared in real time via a high quality tracking service.

It's a bit like taking a pal away with you to make sure you're safe at all times. If you are caught out you know it won't let you down. The SOS phone alert will leap into action by calling preset numbers, highlighting your complete GPS coordinates, allowing any rescue party to be drawn directly to your position.

The TR99 isn't restricted in the terms of the number of people who can access the information - so if something should happen there is always someone who should be alerted. It has a battery life of up to 400 hours and can be recharged through a standard USB lead or wireless charging pad. The TR99 also has an integrated Google Map link while a European multi-network SIM card means you will always be online and safe wherever you happen to be.

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Heightened security for allotments and garden sheds

Date: 06/03/2020

Have you ever thought about the value of the items that aren't inside your house? Much of it can be expensive, like equipment for gardening, using on the allotment and things which take up too much space to be stored in the house like bicycles. So, security is very important and a lock is a lock, right? Well not quite!

There is now a better and more efficient way to ensure your valuables are kept safe and secure - even when they are outside the family home and not covered by the same sort of precautions, safeguards and consideration afforded to items inside.

On lockdown with the Bulldog TR21

How much attention do you give to the security of:

● The garden shed
● Bike sheds and garages
● Storage containers at holiday homes

There's some expensive and often sentimental gear kept in the garden shed or on a beloved allotment and the TR21 is the very latest in smart technology - a lock which can think for itself.

Fit the TR21 and family members could access the phone app which would alert them if the lock is disturbed or tampered with in real time, giving the opportunity to take the appropriate action while the attempted break-in is taking place.

Sheds, garages and storage containers at holiday homes are particularly vulnerable to thieves who view them as an easy target with valuable equipment stored inside which can be sold on.

Holiday homes are often left empty for long periods so lockable outside containers can be an attractive proposition for criminals who could strike, leaving you unaware of what has happened for some time. The TR21 smart lock will not only provide tougher security but will also detect the attack and let you know about it.

The TR21 is a GPS smart lock which can be locked and unlocked through a mobile phone app or a swipe card. It has an anti-cut and anti-tamper alert making it impossible for the criminal to remove it without detection.

Both locking and unlocking commands can be delivered from a phone app or website and any use of an unauthorised swipe card will activate a buzzer after which it will not be able to lock or unlock the device.

If the back cover is opened or casing removed an alert is triggered. The alert is also sensitive in cases of the lock rope being cut and the attempted use of an unauthorised swipe card.

It's a sad fact of life that we can be extremely cavalier when it comes to the security of gardening tools and equipment and other things like bikes, barbecues and children's play gear, often kept in the flimsiest of sheds and containers which even the big bad wolf would have no problem in huffing and puffing and blowing down!

The TR21 is a simple, effective and inexpensive way of ensuring all your outdoor equipment can be kept safe and secure.

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The Bulldog TR21 - a smart way to keep your shipment secure

Date: 05/02/2020

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 the latest secure locking device for the various modes of 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 swipe card
● Battery life of 78 days
● Anti-cut alert
● Operating in the harshest of environments
● Tracking by time interval, mobile phone and distance
● Speeding alert

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.

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WhatThreeWords and a Bulldog tracker - a match made in heaven!

Date: 10/01/2020

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.
● Farmers.
● 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.
● Hiking.
● Skiing.
● Mountain biking.
● Scuba diving.
● Cycling.
● Sailing.

WhatThreeWords

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 Bulldog tracker

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!

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My parents are elderly and I want to be able to protect them when I'm not there

Date: 10/01/2020

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.

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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.

Personal tracker

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.

The personal tracker and Bulldog Secure Alarm are two ways in which we are working to keep the elderly and vulnerable safe in their own homes. For more information call us on 01952 728171.

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Do I need a house alarm when I've got CCTV?

Date: 20/12/2019

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.

The benefits:

- 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 product:

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/

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Don't make the same mistake as the last victim- hide those boxes!

Date: 20/12/2019

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.

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The Bulldog TR21- a smart way to keep your shipment secure

Date: 10/12/2019

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.

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