In 2022, an average of 159 vehicles were stolen each day which equates to over 58,000 in a year! We have put together some hints and tips to help you keep your vehicle safe.
If you are quickly popping back into the house or refuelling the car, always make sure to lock before you leave. Try to get into the habit of locking your vehicle even if you are only leaving it for a moment. Don't rely on an audio or visual signal actually check its locked as some thieves use ‘jammers' to intercept the signal leaving it unlocked and vulnerable. If your vehicle has wing mirrors that fold in automatically when locked make sure you lock it properly. Many criminal gangs are looking out for vehicles like these where the wing mirrors are still out as its clear that its unlocked. Remember it's illegal to leave your vehicle running unattended so don't be tempted during the cold weather to de-ice or warm the car while you are still inside your home
KEYS or KEYLESS
Keep your keys safe, never leave them unattended in public and when you are at home make sure your keys are both out of sight and reach. It's not uncommon for keys to be stolen from inside your home by thieves fishing for them through your letterbox.
Have a keyless fob to enter and start your vehicle? Always use a faraday bag or shielded wallet when out and about and a lockable metal box when at home, such as our CB10 Portable Security Box. You can also turn off the wireless signals on your fob when it's not being used. This will help to prevent relay theft. Thieves only need to be within metres of your key fob to capture the signal and fool the car into opening and starting.
Be SEEN to Be SECURE
Old school deterrents are making a big comeback in the digital age particularly wheel clamps and steering wheel locks not only are they visible but also very hard to remove easily or quickly. A visual deterrent is a good way to avoid vehicle theft and its often enough to make an opportunistic thief move on to an easier target
LIGHT up your life
Thieves can use darker times during the day and night to conceal their attempts of theft. Security lights placed around your home and parking area can act as both a deterrent and an effective way to spot someone who shouldn't be there!
A private garage with a Garage Door Locks is one of the safest places to park. If this isn't possible or you are out and about try to find a parking space which is well lit, open and has a high footfall making it visible to the general public.
We DON'T need to SEE WHAT You've GOT
Avoid theft or vandalism by taking your belongings with you when leaving your vehicle. Even loose change on display can be enough for some criminals to strike. Remove anything that can be removed such as SAT NAV's and holders (remembering tell-tale suction marks on the glass), phones and keys etc
Don't leave your logbook or service records in your car. It might seem like logical place to store them but, if you're a victim of car theft, the documents will make it easier for the car to be sold and you could become a victim of identity fraud. CB10 Portable Security Box
Keep TRACK of it
Most modern cars will come with a factory fitted immobiliser, but adding a car alarm can reduce your insurance premium as well as the risk of car theft. The next stage would be to fit a tracker. GPS Trackers might not stop thieves from stealing your vehicle, but will offer an extra layer of security, and make the chances of recovering your car much higher if the worst does happen. They are an affordable addition which can aid personal safety, help to reduce insurance premiums and of course increase the overall security wherever you are.
JUST in CASE - EMERGENCY Kit
Taking up just a small amount of space in your boot the below list can make a very big difference in an emergency
• Spare tyre & tools to change
• Warm Clothes/Shoes
• First Aid Kit
• Jump leads
• Car Owner's manual
• Ice scraper / De-icer
• Wind-up Torch
• Water / Snacks
• Phone lead/Charger
• Fuel Can
• Hi-Viz Clothing
• Warning Triangle
• Basic Tool Kit
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Who started new year's resolutions?
The origin of making New Year's resolutions rests with the Babylonians, who reportedly made promises to the gods in hopes they'd earn good favour in the coming year. They often resolved to get out of debt. The Romans began each year by making promises to the god Janus, for whom the month of January is named
Approximately 40% of UK adults will make a New Year's resolution this year. Resolutions include spending more time with loved ones, sorting out finances and being more eco-friendly.
Success rates of those who make a New Year's resolution:
• Week 1 75% of people are still hanging in there
• Week 2 71%.
• Month 1 64%.
• 6 months 46% are still successful in keeping their New Year's Resolution
Reasons given for failure:
• 35% I set unrealistic goals.
• 33% I didn't track my progress.
• 23% I forgot I made a resolution.
• 10% I made too many resolutions.
Need inspiration? Here's our Top New Year's Resolution ideas
• Manage money better.
• Eat better & Drink more Water
• Learn something new.
• Enjoy life more.
Manage Money Better A New Year's resolution that will help you the most in the long run
• Take control of your finances by evaluating where you are right now. Create a simple budget that works for you and review any debts you may have.
Make a plan for how you'll stick to it and re-examine your budget on a regular basis
• Use comparison websites to compare quotes and reduce your spending by searching for discounts and using vouchers/coupons where available
• Cancel unnecessary subscriptions. You may have some you have never even used!
• Save on your weekly shop by meal planning
Eat Better & Drink more Water
• Weekly meal prepping and planning. Spending more time in the kitchen isn't always easy, but meal prepping can save you time and money during the week.
• Stop asking yourself if you have the time to cook - and rather focus on the kinds of recipes you can do
• Cook something new each week - Everyone wants to eat healthier in the new year, but you should also try to eat more diverse foods. After all, variety is the spice of life. This year, choose an easy dinner recipe you've never tried before at least once a week.
• Drink more water You know you need to hydrate - but it's especially important when you get only six hours of sleep (or less!). You're more likely to be dehydrated the day after a disrupted night of sleep, because a hormone that regulates your body's water conservation is released during later stages of sleep. So down some extra water on those days if you can - and remember that too much water can be tricky for your gut, too.
Learn something new Exercise your brain!
• Read more books... Being part of a local library means you don't need to spend a penny to read the latest blockbuster and you can also access free computer facilities or try a new music album or film.
• Join a local club - learn a new skill and increase your social circle.
• Explore new hobbies at home. Grow some herbs or veggies to lower your weekly shopping bill. Get out Grandmas old knitting needles and make a blanket for the local hospital or animal shelter.
• Become a plant parent - The presence of indoor plants can lower human stress levels, actively caring for plants can calm the autonomic nervous system and lower blood pressure.
Enjoy life more. This one's obvious; we all like to have fun and enjoy ourselves. ...
• Commit to a healthier sleep routine so you are as bright as a button and ready to start your day
• Plan a holiday or short break. Research has found that even thinking about an upcoming trip can boost happiness for weeks. The pandemic brought a lot of uncertainty about travelling abroad for some so instead, you might take a UK camping trip, visit the next town over in your caravan, or explore some National Parks with a hiking club.
• Make time for cuddling. When we cuddle our bodies release "feel good" hormones. Once the hormones are released, we experience feelings of happiness, relaxation and lower levels of depression.
• Chill out! Start working on letting go of any anger. Constantly feeling angry can induce headaches, anxiety, digestion problems and high blood pressure, among other drawbacks. Say goodbye to toxic people and get the closure you need to grow.
• Give yourself AND others more compliments.
• Put your phone down. 83% of people claim to have lost track of how long they have spent on their devices... Time which can be better spent with loved ones or self-care.
• Play upbeat music - Blasting out your favourite song can help to reduce pain and lower stress levels.
• Make time for Self-care
• This one should be a priority! Do something nice for yourself once a week. It could be enjoying a long soak in the bath or treating yourself to a manicure.
• Do whatever feels fun. Life is short. Live it!
There is a burglary in the UK every 108 seconds. By taking simple measures, you can concentrate on having a great Christmas without having to worry about the security of your home.
Light Up your Home Burglars can use the darker days around Christmas to conceal their break-ins from your neighbours. Security lights placed around your home can act as both a deterrent and an effective way to spot anyone trying to break into your home. A lovely display of festive lights can also help to provide some much-needed illumination around your house at this time of year.
Hide Presents. Once presents are bought and wrapped, its tempting to leave them under the tree ready for Christmas day. However, if your tree can be seen from the outside, it provides temptation to burglars who will know where to find them without searching and increasing the risk of being caught. The loft is a great place to keep them as its hard to get to. Only bring presents out on Christmas Eve to give intruders a smaller chance of seeing them and planning a break-in.
Don't let your home appear empty. If you're going away for Christmas, do everything you can to ensure a burglar can't find out. Burglars often look for signs that homeowners are on holiday e.g., social media, post by the door, empty driveways and no lights on. A home alarm system not only gives peace of mind when away but also when you are at home.
Don't tell the whole world. Criminals are turning to social media to look for potential targets. Telling every man and their dog your plans let burglars know when your house is going to be empty. Uploading your expensive Christmas gifts on Facebook is another bad idea, you're basically advertising your expensive items that are available to be taken from your home! If you can't face the thought of a social media free Christmas, make sure that the privacy settings on your accounts are up to date and only those that you want to see, can!
Lock up Garden Sheds & Garages. We often forget to secure outbuildings like sheds and garages. These areas give intruders additional entry points to your main home and access to tools that will make their break-in easier. Security lights and high-quality locks can help here! Burglaries can have a significant financial, emotional and mental impact on your family. Make sure your Christmas isn't ruined by protecting your home from break-ins.
Recycle packaging carefully. If your lucky enough to be gifted expensive items at Christmas, be careful not to advertise your new valuables to burglars by leaving the packaging outside. Fold packaging down (ideally inside out) to fit in your recycling bin, take it to your nearest recycling centre, or only put it out right before its due to be collected.
Keep cash secure. Cash is a popular gift for those hard-to-buy-for loved ones. Just be careful how you store it around the house. If you have to keep cash at home rather than in the bank invest in a security box and keep it out of view along with all bank cards, important documents and receipts.
Enjoy yourself Most importantly, enjoy the festive season and have a great Christmas!
It has been recently reported that we have been hit with several shocking new car theft trends which can cost car owners thousands.
Car thefts are up 30% in parts of the UK. Less less than 28% of those stolen vehicles were ever recovered in 2021, compared to 80% in 2006. Bulldog Tracking systems benefit from a 99% recovery rate.
Home Office figures state that 108,542 vehicles were stolen in 2021/22 in England and Wales alone but, thieves don't always take the vehicle... just the parts they want!
Criminal gangs usual target their vehicle for theft due to the model and colour of the car and most successful thieves will steal 60 to 90 cars per week.
Air Bag Theft - There was a 68% rise in insurance claims for damaged and stolen steering wheels in 2021. It's a quick buck for thieves, they can Smash the car window and remove the car steering wheel in less than 60 seconds and sell them on for up to £500 each
Research shows they are stolen to remove and sell the airbags housed inside or sell the steering wheel as a complete unit. Repairs can cost the car owner up to £1000 - £3,500, depending on the model.
But WHY? - Criminals are taking advantage of a supply chain issue. The rise in thefts has been higher following the pandemic as factories that produce airbags may have been impacted by Covid, either shutting down or struggling to keep up with demand once they reopen. This has resulted in criminals taking advantage of the lack of available stock.
Cutting a ‘door' in the tailgate -Thieves are targeting certain models of car and making discreet cuts in the tailgate to create a door to access the cables that pass through. When cut, this can deactivate the alarm and open the doors making the theft of the car a relativity easy job.
You can try to stop thieves from cutting a hole by ensuring your car is located in a well-lit area or stored safely in a garage but, to stop the car from being physically driven away a cheap effective solution is to buy a steering-wheel lock that will put thieves off with a visual deterrent and immobilise the steering wheel.
PREVENTION TIPS -
• Do you have a garage? ..Then use it. Lock away your vehicle in the garage, out of sight with additional security measures fitted such as wheel clamps and a GPS Tracker. LINK- GARAGE DOOR LOCKS & WHEEL CLAMPS
• If you don't have a garage to park your vehicle in you can invest in additional visual deterrents and add an extra layer of security with a steering wheel lock.
• Park in a safe, well-lit area whenever you leave your car. 80% of car crime occurs during the evening or at night. Home security lights are a great addition to any home or Parking near street lamps or in a busy area can deter thieves.
• Always double-check that your vehicle is locked every time you leave it. It's a simple mistake that can turn into a nightmare. 44% of cars that were broken into last year was via an unlocked door.
• Fit a GPS Tracker for peace of mind, wherever your car is.
• If you have CCTV or a video doorbell, make sure it covers your vehicle where it is parked or stored.
• And finally, if you see anyone acting suspiciously near a vehicle, don't hesitate to call the police to make them aware.
The National Farmers' Union has highlighted the ‘big problem' of rural crime and urged farmers to step up their security.
In an address to farmers, NFU Shropshire adviser Edward Garratt said farms in Shropshire should not be seen as a soft target and warned that darker winter nights and rising prices of heating oil, diesel, agricultural machinery and fertiliser were adding to the problem.
In the spotlight
The story was carried in the Shropshire Star and is yet another example of just how vulnerable our rural communities are - particularly farms with their high cost vehicles, tools and livestock.
Mr Garratt said: "Rural crime is a ‘big' problem for Shropshire farmers, some of whom have been victims of arson, vandalism and burglary but also everything from vehicle and livestock theft right through to hare coursing and fly-tipping. Our farms should not be seen as a soft target for criminals."
Rural crime costs millions of pounds every year and insurer NFU Mutual says claims for thefts reveal farm vehicles, including tractors, quad bikes, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) pick-up trucks, and Land Rover Defenders, are all prime targets for rural thieves.
It's strangely ironic that the very qualities that attract us to living in the countryside, including fewer people in quiet isolated areas, are also the very conditions that criminals thrive on. They can move around the peaceful country lanes often totally unobserved scouting out their next potential target.
The situation is made even worse at this time of year as darker nights and poor weather mean most of us are less likely to venture outside, giving thieves almost free reign.
Toughening up security
It's important to protect your property and do whatever you can to make things more difficult for thieves. Measures you can take include:
● 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
● Fit trackers to all agricultural equipment and all-terrain vehicles
● Carry out regular security checks
● Lock gates into your property
● Fit fuel tank locks
● Join a local farm watch or WhatsApp group
It's impossible to stop criminals driving around our countryside eyeing up potential targets, but it is possible to make your property and possessions as safe and secure as you can.
We go to great lengths to secure our homes - so it's a pity that most of us don't apply the same logic when it comes to protecting our sheds, garages and workshops!
It's understandable - the team at Bulldog Security Products understand. The majority of our valued possessions are scattered around our homes and even the most cursory of assessments in value is enough to make us sweat in trepidation at the loss involved in having these treasured items whisked away through criminal activity.
Your home is of course also the place where you keep the most important thing in your life, your family, which only adds to the necessity of keeping your home as safe and secure as possible to ensure their safety at all times.
But just think for a moment about the other areas of your property which are deserving of a similar degree of protection. Sheds and workshops are places to store important items away from the ravages of the weather, but also double up as locations to keep things away from the gaze of prying criminal eyes and potential theft.
The Metropolitan Police say the five most valuable items kept in sheds and workshops are:
● Garden tools
● Sports equipment
● Power tools
Racking up the value
There are of course many other things that are shut away in these ‘out buildings', all of which rack up the pound signs when you stop and consider a cumulative value. Then, there is your garage. It probably contains the second most valuable inanimate item you will ever own - your car, which is why security here is also of such paramount importance.
The clocks have gone back for another year, how quickly that comes around, and darker nights are a formidable ally to the criminal. It means the thief can roam with relative impunity, stalking valuable prey before pouncing on unsuspecting premises and making off with their ill-gotten gains.
It's time to stop them
The tragedy in all this is that it is so easy to take the necessary precautions to prevent this happening. We have the options available to help you achieve this and strongly urge you to take action now to toughen up your security.
This includes shed and workshop door locks, security lighting, employing security chains, fitting roller shutter locks to your garage, fitting trackers and using alarms - all methods designed to deter thieves and keep your property safe.
It's that time of year! The long days of a very hot summer are now just a distant memory and the equally long nights of winter lie ahead - so it's time to prepare your caravan for hibernation and put it into storage until next year.
There are several things to consider in doing this and any good checklist should first and foremost tick off a secure location, somewhere you know your caravan will be safe for the duration.
The next thing on your list, which will also increase security, should be to fit Bulldog WL10 winter wheels - an essential accessory when putting your pride and joy into storage.
How do they work?
Our winter wheels come with a locking plate and high security locking bolt which conform to our Bulldog Sold Secure approved products and are suitable for fitting on four or five stud caravan wheels.
The winter wheels, two oblong shaped metal plates, replace the normal caravan wheels and prevent the vehicle from being towed away. The removal of your caravan wheels also means there is no need to replace faulty tyres as a result of having been stood in the same spot over the long winter months.
Fitting the winter wheels is straightforward and full instructions are available from us at the time of purchase.
Other security measures
Having immobilised your caravan don't forget to ensure the security of the building you are keeping it in and, once again, our highest quality products have been tailor-made to meet these requirements. They include:
All these measures can be fitted easily and are designed to help you keep your property safe and secure - the ultimate in protection and reassurance. Some other things to consider when putting your caravan into winter storage include:
● Emptying your caravan of personal items and removing all foodstuffs
● Drain the water system
● Disconnect the battery and charge it up periodically over winter
● Leave fridge and freezer doors ajar after cleaning them
● Close windows, blinds and vents
● Turn off or remove gas bottles
● Secure and cover your caravan
By following all these simple steps and taking the appropriate security precautions, you will be assured of a smooth transition in getting your caravan ready to hit the road again in the spring - which we all hope won't be too far away!
We all live in fear of home invasion - our personal sanctuary violated by burglars resulting in the loss of treasured possessions, an increased feeling of vulnerability and quite possibly significant damage to property.
Our team at Bulldog Security Products in Shropshire is here to support you with our range of products.
The number of burglaries in the UK dropped substantially during Covid and three lockdowns but numbers have steadily risen since then and while we have not yet returned to pre-pandemic levels, the warning signs are there.
An attractive option
Add to the mix the problems facing the nation in terms of increasing food and energy bills, a rise in the costs of raw materials and other products and it's easy to see how crime for some is becoming a viable and attractive option.
Nearly 270,000 burglaries were reported in the UK last year with more than a third happening during the day and a little under two thirds taking place when there is actually someone at home while the crime is being carried out.
The majority of burglaries remain opportunist with criminals looking for an easy way in through open doors or windows - and we have seen plenty of those over the summer with the hot weather we have all experienced.
Other attractive opportunities they are looking for include:
● Homes in areas more likely to have rich pickings.
● Times of the day and days of the week when people are more likely to be away from home.
● Targeting specific items they may have seen or heard about.
● Garages and sheds in easily accessible locations.
● A return to a property already the target of a burglary where the security has not been upgraded.
Many burglaries can be prevented by installing basic security measures, always being alert to the threat and securing all doors and windows. An opportunist crime means that a criminal can often be deterred and persuaded to give up or at the very least move on to what can be deemed to be a much easier target.
Security is paramount
It is estimated that in more than 40% of burglaries in the UK the victim and the offender are known to each other - which is why it is so important not to broadcast what you have in your home and details of poor security.
With a burglary happening every one minute and 46 seconds on average, it's important to recognise the dangers. There is something you can do to tighten up your home security - and it's time to do it NOW!
We are extremely lucky to live in an area with a great expanse of idyllic countryside, quiet isolated places away from the hurly burly of town and big city life - but the very things that make the countryside desirable to us also make them an attractive option for thieves.
Despite the groups that have been set up to prevent and tackle rural crime, these areas remain vulnerable with opportunist thieves and well organised gangs on the lookout for easy targets, particularly farms with their array of tools and other equipment featuring highly on the criminal wish list.
In the news
There was a recent item on ITV Central News which highlighted a raid on a farm straddling the Worcestershire/Gloucestershire border. A gang of four men were caught on security cameras wandering around parts of the farm after midnight as if they worked there.
The result was a stolen vehicle and thousands of pounds worth of tools and equipment taken. As well as the inconvenience of losing much of the means to carry out their day-to-day working life on the farm, the family were left devastated and worried about what might have happened if the gang had been confronted.
Another farm was targeted nearby on the same night by what was believed to be the same thieves and it was reported that other farms in the area had also been visited by thieves at various times.
Tractors and quad bikes are attractive targets for criminals, including high-cost tractor GPS equipment which is widely used on many farms. It is difficult to cover all the options on farms due to the scale of the property but precautions should be taken to minimise the risk.
We know police are pro-active regarding rural crime, various watch groups have been set up, there is a sharing of intelligence with cross-border partnerships and patrols creating a high visibility presence, but there are other things to consider as well.
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.
Prevention is better than cure and if thieves are roaming the countryside looking for easy targets, make sure you have done all you can to protect your property - avoiding the cost and distress of being a victim of rural crime.
Are you into sports and want to know how fast and how far you are travelling? Well you can and it's very easy - fit yourself with a Bulldog Security Products tracker!
Knowing speed and distance is very interesting but there is more to tracking a sportsperson than you may think at first glance. The first use of GPS technology in field and team sports took place in 2006 and the distance a player travels on a football or rugby pitch is now an integral part of watching a game on TV.
Why it's important
Tracking can help identify fatigue along with the more intense spells in a game, allows for the comparison of player position profiles and skill levels and helps an athlete to view and analyse their efforts.
This information is important to player, rider and coach in enhancing training programmes to increase efficiency and performance. From a coaching point of view, it also assists in coming to key strategic decisions which can mean the difference between winning and losing.
Skiers, cyclists, mountain bikers and BMX riders are also reaping the benefits of using a tracker and our Bulldog BMX Racing team took a Bulldog TR20 tracker to the World Championships in France at the end of July.
On track with the TR20
Not only did the TR20 track the speed of our four young BMX stars, it also allowed their parents to keep tabs on them when they were in the extremely busy World BMX camp site and village.
The TR20 is lightweight and waterproof and can be carried pretty much anywhere. Football, rugby and hockey players carry a tracker in their shirt, which only goes to show how unobtrusive a tracker is whilst doing its job. The TR20 is fully compatible with our tracking service and uses three methods of monitoring and communication:
● Via our smart phone app or internet.
● Sending SMS with vital information such as GPS location and alerts.
● The making and receiving of calls, including automatic calling in the event of a fall.
Trackers are making a big difference in the sporting world but are playing an even more important role in keeping your family and loved ones safe through the very best available technology.