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Clocks change and darker nights - time to step up your home, shed and garage security!

Date: 20/09/2021

It doesn't seem that long since we were talking about the clocks changing in March, does it? But here we are looking at the onset of autumn, the clocks going back and darker nights which are such an ally to thieves.

The clocks will be changing at the end of October and that's our cue to remind you about your home security and steps you can take to ensure your family and possessions remain safe from the unwanted attention of criminals.

A good time to act

There are a number of things you can do to enhance your security at home, but don't forget the garage and shed - all tempting targets containing valuable items which need to be protected.

As always, the team at Bulldog is ready, willing and able to meet your security requirements with some of the toughest products on the market, top quality items guaranteed to make life just that bit harder for the thief. They include:

The Bulldog Secure Alarm - A professional alarm of the highest quality which YOU can install yourself in under an hour. It has a range of features which makes it a market leader in home protection.


Chains - We supply a range of chains which can be anchored to the floor or walls to help you secure your property while preventing theft. Our robust chains are also beneficial in securing gates at your premises.


Shed and workshop door locks - A high security option suitable for double doors, gates, storage containers and sliding doors.


Security posts - A simple but effective device which can be installed easily in front of a vehicle parked on your drive or to ‘block' garage and shed doors to deter equipment being stolen.


Security lighting - Still the best way of lighting up a potential crime scene, while illumination remains one of the biggest fears for thieves.


Garage and roller shutter door locks - Specifically designed to keep your garage or roller shutter doors locked and preventing access.


Fuel tank lock - An excellent device to prevent your heating oil being stolen.


Skip locks - The ideal deterrent to the theft of skips.


GPS Tracking - A range of tracking options to protect your home, vehicles, property and family.

It's easy to become complacent when it comes to home security but the consequences can be severe - the cost of the items stolen, valued possessions which are special to you and the distressing circumstances of having your personal places breached by home invaders. Taking security precautions can be simple, effective and save all the emotional heartache associated with burglary and theft. Give us a call today on 01952 728171 to find out how we can help you.

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Lorry thefts - an expensive and worrying trend!

Date: 11/08/2021

Thousands of lorry thefts are happening across the country every year resulting in millions of pounds in lost vehicles and cargos. These thefts are on the increase with the worrying trend sparking calls for Government action recently from the Road Haulage Association - so just how safe are your lorries and drivers?

We have seen a lot of lorries parked up in ports, haulage yards and elsewhere over the last year for obvious reasons but many others have still been out on our roads delivering the goods so essential to keeping the country running.

The problem if you are a transport manager is how to keep lorries, loads and drivers safe and secure, so are you confident that your security is as tight as it can be?

Facts and figures

The National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service has revealed that in the first nine months of last year, goods valued at £48m were stolen in 3,016 lorry thefts across the UK.

Then, in May this year, the Road Haulage Association called on the Government to give greater importance to lorry cargo thefts saying it was "a significant and growing problem which incurs substantial losses".

If you add to this mix an estimated more than a third of UK businesses being hit by van thefts, then the scale of the problem becomes clear.

What can be done?

There are a number of simple steps that can be taken when it comes to HGV and van security - and we have them all covered at Bulldog Security Products!

● On the right lines - our airline lock prevents the brakes being released on HGVs and vans.
● Keep it contained - a robust container lock will help keep your cargo where it should be.
● Staying on track - Bulldog tracking solutions incorporate the very latest technology, helping to keep track of vehicles, loads and the safety of drivers.
● Prevent that theft - a kingpin articulated trailer lock will prevent vehicle coupling.
● Posting your intentions - security posts are a simple and effective deterrent to thieves.
● Get it clamped - wheel clamps will help prevent the movement of vans and HGVs.
● Keep it locked - we have a range of door locks to toughen up your lorry and van security.
● Government approval - a steering wheel lock is still one of the easiest to fit and most effective ways of preventing theft - and the Bulldog steering wheel lock comes with Department of Transport approval.

For more information about how we can help you meet your HGV and van security needs, call the team on 01952 728171.

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It's not all about size - this one may be small but it packs a lot of punches!

Date: 23/07/2021

Are you an avid mountain biker, walker, skier or maybe live alone with health issues? If so, you will want the reassurance of knowing that the alarm will be raised if something happens to you!

Sharing is caring and sharing your location with your loved ones could be the difference between life and death - because time matters!

The Bulldog TR99 tracker is a small device which can be slipped into your pocket and will notify pre-designated contacts through its innovative ‘man down' feature if you fall or are taken ill.

Always in touch

The TR99 will sense a fall and after a predetermined period of time will call the preset numbers, providing full GPS coordinates of your location to those people you have chosen as contacts.

It is small, light, waterproof, shockproof and is a must-have item if you:

● Are walking in remote areas.
● Are involved in things like skiing, swimming, cycling, mountain biking - anything which means being out of contact and alone for any length of time.
● Have elderly or vulnerable loved ones who may be living alone.
● Are an isolated worker or someone who's job takes them into locations or situations of potential danger.

We are all at risk of tripping, falling or being targeted in an act of violence. Our TR99 tracker's SOS phone alert will raise the alarm if something happens, sharing your location in real time through the best available tracking service.

How does it work?

The TR99 offers three modes of communication and monitoring:

● Through our smartphone app or via the internet, providing location details and push notifications.
● The tracker will make and receive phone calls with the added feature of making an automatic call if you have a fall.
● It is equipped with a Short Message Service which provides alerts and key information and a tracker location with integrated Google Map links.

The TR99 tracker comes with a battery life of up to 400 hours which means it won't let you down, providing you with the confidence of knowing that it will spring into action and do exactly what it is meant to at the time when you need to rely on it the most.

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Have you booked your caravan site? The UK is the place to stay!

Date: 06/07/2021

The summer holidays are upon us and what a difference they promise to be compared to last year!

While some are eyeing trips to sunnier climes, many caravanners and motorhome owners are opting to stay local, viewing the UK as the ideal and safer option for their summer break.

There are some great holiday destinations in the UK - something we tend to take for granted and they probably remain a better alternative with the vagaries of foreign travel due to the pandemic still being felt. So, have you booked yours yet?

Don't be a victim of theft

We want you to enjoy your holiday and remember it for all the right reasons, which is why we are taking this opportunity to remind you once again of the need to stay safe and secure while away and pack some extras with your luggage to help you achieve this:

● The Bulldog Secure Alarm is the very latest deterrent in home security but did you know that it is equally effective in protecting your caravan or motorhome while you are away? It's a market leader for a reason, it's easy to fit and operate and comes with an unequalled range of quality features.

Tracking options must be another consideration when planning your trip. They can be fitted to your vehicle . . . and your loved ones, which will ensure you know where the things and people you most value are at all times and that you will be alerted if anything untoward happens.

● Fitting a hitchlock will prevent the uncoupling of your caravan - making it more difficult for your pride and joy to be stolen.

Wheel clamps are another effective way of ensuring your vehicle stays where you left it!

● And remember our security posts when you get back home and park up on your drive. A simple, easy-to-fit, obstacle which can be easily installed and is an excellent deterrent to thieves.

Getting away on holiday is all about having a relaxing, stress-free, break. This will be easier to achieve if your security is on the top line. We hope the recommendations we have made will help you protect your family and property and that you have a great holiday!

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Did you know equestrian safety is another one of our expertise?

Date: 24/06/2021

Isn't it great to see the country opening up again? Giving us the chance to get out and about to holiday fairly freely around the country - but while you're following our advice on caravan and motorhome security, don't forget what may be going on at home in your absence.

The team at Bulldog Security Products is committed to protecting you in all areas of security and one of the things that often tends to dip under the radar is equestrian security.

On your guard

We live in a beautiful part of the country but the rural nature of our surroundings mean we are more susceptible to the attention of thieves. The tranquil environment which we crave is also an attraction for thieves, providing an ideal environment for them to carry out their criminal activity with relative impunity.

Horses and equestrian equipment are much sought after and can be easy targets unless you remain on your guard and keep security up to standard. So:

● Chain and secure everything you can and for the things you can't, lock items away in secured buildings.
● Make sure vehicles are tracked and that they, and other equipment, are immobilised and keys are not left in the ignition.
● Have bars fitted to outbuilding windows where equipment is stored, like a tack room.
● Install alarms as added protection - did you know we have a separate alarm website?
● Install security lighting and CCTV.

Other substantial deterrents which can be fitted easily and inexpensively include:

● Security posts.
● Hitchlock.
● Saddle security.
● Steering lock.
● Wheel clamp.

Access to farms and stables should be kept to a minimum, keep gates locked and ensure perimeter walls, fences and hedges are in a good state of repair. Stable owners should microchip or freeze-mark horses and keep horse passports locked away securely at a location away from the horse.

There are many things you can use to help you ensure your property and livestock remain secure. For more information about equestrian security, give us a call on 01952 728171.

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New Bulldog bike lock launched as cycling fever sweeps across the UK

Date: 09/06/2021

Let us introduce you to our new bike chain lock system - the latest in a long and impressive line of high quality security products in the UK-manufactured and designed Bulldog Security Products range.

Bikes are an expensive item these days and extremely vulnerable to theft. They are often left lying around, either outside or in insecure buildings, which can act as an open invitation to thieves - which is why we turned our attention to manufacturing a high-spec product in the Bulldog mould.

Hitting the road

The launch of our new lock comes as the country continues it's path to unlocking after more than 12 months of on-off lockdowns and cycling fever sweeps across the country - a situation helped by longer days and, hopefully, much improved weather.

It seems like more and more people are turning to cycling as a great means of exercise and an ideal way of exploring our wonderful country - particularly as many will be choosing to stay in the UK this year as an alternative to the ongoing uncertainties of foreign travel.

All of which means it's imperative to protect your bike. After all, what's the point in splashing out on a new bike if you don't take the steps to keep it safe from criminals?

And it's not for just when you are out and about - lock it up in your garage, shed or anywhere it is! It takes seconds to steal a bike.

The product

The Bulldog Security Products Bike Chain Lock System includes a wall mounted bicycle hook and comes with all the toughened security features you would expect from us - a product designed to be the ultimate bike theft deterrent. The lock has:

● A 1.5 metre British made alloy steel chain which, unlike other products, will not become brittle after case hardening.
● Case hardened links which provide added security against cutting and cropping.
● A ground anchor and security fasteners
● A stainless steel padlock.

The lock comes with a bicycle hook as part of a package, which:

● Is made of heavy duty pressed steel
● Holds bicycles up to 20kg in weight
● Is corrosion resistant.

We are proud of the Bulldog Security Products Bike Chain Lock System - our latest offering in the ongoing fight against crime. We are committed to providing tough robust products which protect you and your property while making the commission of theft as difficult as possible for the criminal.

Contact us today to order your bike lock by calling 01952 728171 or emailing sales@bulldogsecure.com

 

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Bulldog BMX Racing team prepares to get back on track!

Date: 27/05/2021

Riders ready, watch the gate! And they're off!

BMX racing is back with a vengeance after a season lost to Covid - and we can't wait for the action to start so we can get behind our Bulldog BMX Racing team. It promises to be a great year!

The Bulldog BMX Racing team of BMX riders was officially launched ahead of the 2020 season but the riders sadly only completed two rounds of the British BMX Series in Manchester before the pandemic hit. It was a major disappointment for our team . . . and for us in our first venture into BMX sponsorship!

Team changes

Two of our original riders, Billy and Frank, have swapped their BMX race bikes for MX bikes for this season but we will be keeping in touch with them and following their progress with a great deal of interest. We wish them well!

Riders Eddie and Archie Smallman are gearing up for the new season and preparing to welcome some new riders to the team so they don't get lonely in our gazebo.

Eddie suffered a broken tibia during lockdown so we are hoping he will take it easy, but judging by the time he spends on his back wheel - the wheelie which went wrong and caused the injury hasn't deterred him too much!

Eddie even qualified for the World BMX Championships in 2020 in Houston, over in the States, but we know what happened to 2020 plans! He has just heard that the 2019 qualification stands so he is off to the Worlds Champs in Holland in August and taking Bully the mascot with him!

Younger brother Archie is eagerly awaiting news from British Cycling to find out if he can ride as due to his age he is considered an unranked rider. Watch this space!

This year the season will hopefully see them ride the national British BMX Series races at Scotland, Kent and Gosport before the British Championships in Leicester. There's fewer races on the calendar due to the delay of the season starting because of the pandemic but the riders are ready to race and be reunited with their friends from across the UK.

So why do we sponsor a team?

Our own MD Ian dons the very cool B73 designed race jersey when he hits the hills in Wales and loves hearing about the team's success. He is passionate about supporting and promoting sporting endeavour whenever he can.

Community clubs and organisations have never needed support from businesses such as ours more than now. Ian loves anything with wheels and some of you may remember the Bulldog rally from many years ago! Yes that was us, too!

Our BMX riders and many of their friends spend weekend after weekend in their caravans and motorhomes across the UK and Europe so we want to make sure they are educated about security so they don't get targeted by thieves. We know how precious (and expensive!) those race bikes are.

The youngsters love their jerseys and wear our logo with pride - we can't ask for much more than that, other than helping their folks with setting up the steering wheel lock and the wheel clamp of course!

Our riders often use our trackers too so when they are in rural locations or the youngsters are playing with their friends on a campsite or trackside, their parents can find them!

The team is also benefiting from our new bike chain lock system and wall mounted bicycle hook which is helping to keep bikes secure at home.

We hope the Bulldog BMX Racing team have lots of fun this season and stay safe.

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Trackers - the safe option for those you care for!

Date: 11/05/2021

Do you track your employees to protect their safety? Are your children venturing further out for exercise? Are you concerned about the welfare of elderly or vulnerable relatives or friends? Tracking is not about Big Brother watching you but more about caring!

Trackers are a great way of knowing where a person is if something happens to them - allowing you to respond quickly. They provide peace of mind and reassurance for you and those who are tracked.

Just think for a moment about how happier you would feel if you could provide this extra layer of security for someone in your care or you are responsible for. Bad things happen - it's a fact of life, but the security of a personal tracker means you will always be on hand to act should the need arise.

Protecting your workforce

There are many jobs where people:

● Work alone
● Need to make visits to the homes of people they may not know well
● Spend time in lonely, rural locations
● Are required to visit urban areas which carry a heightened risk to personal safety - particularly at night

These are all prime examples of when and where a tracker is of great benefit - occasions where employees may be in danger of attack or at risk of having an accident which may otherwise not be known until it could be too late.

A tracker means always being aware of where your employee is and the alarm can be raised by them or you if something goes wrong.

Keep it in the family

The chances are your children are starting to spread their wings with the lifting of restrictions, meaning getting out and about more and being susceptible to the increased dangers that brings. A tracker allows you to know where they are at all times - and, as parents ourselves, we know just how important that is when your child fails to check-in!

You may have elderly or vulnerable relatives or friends, they may have dementia or Alzheimer's, and their movements are unpredictable. A tracker provides the reassurance of knowing their whereabouts - your eyes and ears to safeguard their ongoing safety.

Our TR20 is the smallest and lightest - but don't judge its effectiveness on that! And for those who always need the toughest phone protector then this is the tracker for you - the rugged, tough one - TR99!

Simple but effective

A Bulldog tracker is a simple device with a ‘man down' feature and an SOS button which is activated if someone falls over. It gives the person time to get up but if they can't, the tracker will automatically contact the preset emergency numbers to alert help.

The tracker is cost-effective, easy to carry and its GPS location can be followed on your mobile phone or through an online tracking portal. It really is that easy!

And you can keep watch from the palm of your hand with our simple app.

For more information on Bulldog tracking solutions, call the team on 01952 728171.

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Caravans and motorhomes hitting the road from April 12 - stay safe with Bulldog!

Date: 01/04/2021

It's a great feeling! Freedom from the constraints of lockdown and the chance to get back on the road again with the much-loved motorhome or caravan - but don't let the thrill of the moment get the better of you and remember your security precautions!

It would be a real shame if the delights of being able to travel and socialise once again were cruelly crushed by becoming the victim of theft, so when you reach your destination ensure all your security measures are in place before you crack open the bubbly and meet up with friends.

Still one of the very best

Bulldog has a range of products which will help to ensure a crime-free experience and that all the valuable possessions you take with you on your trip will be making the return journey!

When you're packing for your break don't forget to include a wheelclamp or steering wheel lock for the motrohome or caravan and your hitchlock to prevent your tourer being hooked up and driven away.

Good, sensible and simple safety measures which are not only effective in preventing theft but also a valuable deterrent for thieves who are touring sites looking for an easy target.

Keeping track

Your security shopping list should also include an additional tracker which will allow you and the police to keep tabs on your pride and joy should the unthinkable happen and even alert you to any unwarranted attention through movement or tampering.

New caravans and motorhomes are fitted with a tracker these days but it really doesn't hurt to have another one fitted. Thieves often know where to look and if they find one, they may not be aware of the other.

Locked up tight

Another vital asset to your security armoury is the Bulldog Secure Alarm - a state-of-the-art system which is providing an unprecedented level of security in protecting homes - but is equally effective when installed in your caravan or motorhome.

There really is nowhere for thieves to hide with this alarm, one of our greatest creations, and one which is seeing criminals cursing their misfortune when they land on a property, caravan or motorhome protected by this unrivalled security deterrent.

We are delighted to see our many friends being able to hit the road again over the coming weeks and months. If you are venturing out make sure to take us with you and stay secure with Bulldog!

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Home improvements or extensions? - be sure to include the Bulldog Alarm!

Date: 26/03/2021

Posh new garden room, home office, gym or man cave? Many people will be in the process of improving or extending their home but we hope you haven't forgotten the all-important optional extra - a home alarm!

There seems little point going to the trouble of spending all that time and expense on getting your home the way you want it with all the things you've worked so hard for if you don't intend to protect them adequately.

The overall value of things in your home will surprise you - people are rarely aware of what it would cost to replace treasured items if they are stolen or destroyed. Just take a moment to look around and have a quick tot-up in a couple of rooms. We think you'll be amazed!

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An effective alarm system

There are a number of good, reliable, home alarm systems on the market but before looking elsewhere we would like you to think about what we consider to be best - the Buldog Secure Alarm.

You can fit it yourself in under an hour, which seriously cuts down on installation costs, and quite simply provides everything you would expect from an industry leading home alarm system. It even allows you to zone the inside and outside of your home so you will be instantly alerted - wherever you are - to which area triggered the alarm. The alarm also:

● Has two-way wireless technology, linking to a smartphone app, sending pictures to you and the police of what set the alarm off and where and when.
● Allows you to add extra sensors for blanket coverage of your home, with no blind spots.
● Has highly efficient audible alarm and ‘sounders' for increased protection.
● Comes with smoke and heat detectors.
● Has the advantage of no expensive services cost or rental contracts.

Other benefits

The app offers a quick, easy and efficient way of sending alerts directly to your phone and the alarm provides the flexibility of remote access, has flood alert sensors and is pet friendly - recognising the movement of your pet around the home and successfully distinguishing it from criminal activity.

Sensors can also be added to essential parts of the home such as medicine cabinets, fridge and food cupboards which can act as a warning if an elderly or otherwise vulnerable person doesn't open these doors for any length of time.

The fully remote access feature allows us to be able to reset the alarm or deal with any technical issues that may arise without the need of a visit. The Bulldog Secure Alarm is just the thing you've been looking for to keep your home, family and possessions safe. For more information, call our team on 01952 728171.

 

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