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Keep Christmas under wraps?'Tis the season to be visible.

Date: 28/11/2022

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!

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Shocking new car theft trends hit the UK

Date: 28/11/2022

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.

 

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Alert over 'big problem' of rural crime

Date: 16/11/2022

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.

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Home security: Don't forget garage door locks, shed and workshop locks and security lighting

Date: 03/11/2022

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.

Think security

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:

● Lawnmowers
● Garden tools
● Sports equipment
● Bikes
● 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.

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Immobilise your caravan with winter wheels when it goes into storage until next spring

Date: 13/10/2022

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:

Door locks
Security lighting
Security posts
Garage door locks
Chains
Alarms

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!

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Rising cost of living fuelling fears of increase in crime

Date: 23/09/2022

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.

Opportunist crime

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

Other measures you can take include installing an alarm system, security lighting, fitting robust locks on your garage, sheds and workshops and keeping all valuables out of sight away from windows.

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!

 

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Farm raid highlights vulnerability of the countryside

Date: 23/09/2022

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.

Valuable items

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.

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Track your speed - are you the fastest racer or player on the track field or pitch?

Date: 05/08/2022

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.

 

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Do you know where your child is during the school holidays?

Date: 20/07/2022

School summer holidays are a great time for kids, although maybe not so much for parents! But do you know where YOUR children are during these long summer days?

Taking the simple precaution of fitting your child with a Bulldog TR20 tracker means you will know where they are at any given moment - a reassuring thought in the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Unpredictable

We know parents can track their child through their iphone but, unfortunately, youngsters have a habit of leaving them in bags or piles of coats and head off without the phone anyway! Yes, it seems implausible as most kids permanently have their phone glued to their hand - but it happens!

The TR20 means you know where they are at all times which is extremely important, particularly if your child fails to check-in. It is:

● Small
● Light
● Waterproof
● Tough
● Resilient

It can be easily located within your child's clothing and will provide you with accurate GPS details via our smartphone app through the very latest technology, giving pin-point details to within 2.5m - critical information to enable a rescue mission quickly should it become necessary.

A tracker which thinks

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

We call our TR20 a security and safety buddy and it is quite simply the best one available today. But it isn't only proving effective in keeping children safe. The TR20 is the ideal option if you want to protect elderly or vulnerable relatives or friends.

These individuals may have dementia or Alzheimer's, and their movements are unpredictable. A tracker provides the reassurance of knowing where they are at all times. The tracker is also used effectively by those people who work in isolation and run the risk of illness or injury while doing their job.

In short, the TR20 can be used by people in any conceivable situation where speedy deployment of help may be needed.

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Old fashioned methods are still the key to new car security!

Date: 14/07/2022

Car technology is developing at a tremendous pace with modern vehicles seemingly having more in common with the Starship Enterprise than a fairly simple mode of transport designed to get you from A to B. But, beware! All that 21st Century technology doesn't mean being criminal-proof.

One of the big changes in recent years has been keyless cars - an innovative system which allows you to get into your vehicle and start it without the need for a traditional key. Radio waves transmit a signal to your car from a key fob and, as if by magic, you're in and started.

Attractive to thieves

It sounds great and works perfectly well - but the problem is thieves have worked a way around it and keyless cars can be just as vulnerable as cars in years past. Newer cars are obviously a more attractive proposition to a thief and it is an interesting fact that of the nearly 90,000 cars stolen in 2020, many were reported as being keyless cars.

We are hearing of keyless car thefts regularly as thieves utilise scanners to aid in the commission of their crime. For obvious reasons we will not go into detail about how it works but just say that it is a problem and there are security steps you can take to minimise the risks. They include:

● Keeping the key fob and car as far apart as possible.
● Keeping your key fob in a container which blocks signals.
● Fitting a steering wheel lock.
● Fitting wheel clamps.
● Fitting a tracker.
● Fitting a security post.

These may seem like old fashioned precautions but they are still perfectly valid today. They are simple, inexpensive, yet effective common sense measures you can take to protect your property - which is, after all, one of the most expensive possessions you are likely to have.

The Bulldog way

The steering wheel lock, wheel clamps and security post are all visual deterrents which also make it extremely difficult for your car to be driven away. The tracker is not only a valuable aid to helping get your car back if stolen, it also has a built in feature which will alert you to any tampering.

While we are talking about car security, it is also worth mentioning the need to prevent thefts of items from inside your vehicle. Please be aware that thieves are also using Bluetooth scanners to locate laptops and mobile phones left in vehicles.

This means that even if you have taken the precaution to cover up your possessions, these items which emit wireless signals can still be identified and targeted. Ideally, don't leave anything of value in your car, keep them out of sight if you do and it's always best to take your phone and laptop with you.

 

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