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Tis the season to be jolly... and security minded!

Date: 28/11/2018

Here at Bulldog Security Products we are always looking to raise awareness about security and offer advice on the various options we have to help keep you and your property safe. Christmas is a great time of year for most of us but did you know the festive season sees a spike in crime?

We are thinking about security for 12 months of the year but as we approach the festive season we thought you might like to give it some thought too.

A New Year usually means new resolutions - some of which are easier to keep than others - but few can be as important as resolving to toughen up your security and avoid the misery of being a victim of crime.

With this in mind, we have come up with five things you might consider when making those pledges for 2019. So decide on a New Year resolution to:

● Get security lighting installed - a simple alert to potential criminal activity which can be easily fitted and a perfect way to put those unwanted visitors in the spotlight by illuminating drives, paths and gardens.

● Secure your valuables in a portable storage case - an ideal way to keep documents, cameras, mobile devices, tools and equipment safely under lock and key in your car, lorry, van, caravan or motorhome. It is also something that will serve you well in the home or office and is secured by wrapping a cable lock around a fixed object.

● Use a tracker - trackers have made an amazing difference in the ability to keep tabs on property and aid in its recovery if stolen. Trackers can be used on anything - vehicles, containers, skips. . .even people! They are easy to fit, difficult to detect and a simple cost-effective way of protecting your possessions.

● Fit a steering wheel lock - still probably the easiest and most effective way of ensuring your car isn't stolen. We have been producing the steering wheel lock for many years and it remains one of our best sellers, suiting most cars - even those with bulbous airbags.

● Choose high security locks - we have locks suitable for a variety of doors and gates. They are tough, reliable and often act as a criminal deterrent as the thief seeing the Bulldog brand will often give up and look for an easier target. Exterior locks are usually the first line of defence so make sure you fit the toughest and most dependable.

It can be very difficult keeping New Year resolutions but we hope you'll agree that the ones we have suggested are well worth the effort. Our staff at Bulldog Security Products would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy and secure New Year.

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Spares, support and advice- it's all here

Date: 02/11/2018

We are proud of our reputation as a global leader in providing quality products, making us highly regarded and the go-to company when the issue of security arises - but did you know we also provide an extensive programme of spares and support?

Our interest in our client doesn't begin and end with the sale and delivery of our products. We have nearly 35 years experience behind us as a company, the majority of our staff have been with us for the long-term and built up an unrivalled knowledge which we are more than happy to share with you.

There is always a need for security and while things change, the fundamental message is the same today as it was when we started back in 1984 - take the simple steps to ensure your property and your family are safe.

It all starts with an enquiry about our products, some customers know what they want while others seek advice on what best suits their particular needs.

We are able to draw on that vast experience by advising on what is likely to work best and how individuals, businesses and other organisations can tighten up security at home, the office, on the farm and with their vehicles. Remember, whatever it is you've got, there is always something you can do to secure it!

Our products are always manufactured to the highests specifications and with the toughest of materials to ensure strength, longevity, security and peace of mind.

Continuous use and general wear and tear of moving parts can lead to the need for some of these parts being replaced while the essence and integrity of the product remains intact.

Bulldog has a wide range of spares for wheel clamps, security posts, stabilisers, hitchlocks and lock bolts that will keep you operating at optimum security efficiency. Having chosen Bulldog, you will also be reassured to know we have an in-depth support service where you can contact us through our website or via the telephone and get the help you need instantly. This service is particularly helpful with the setting up and running of our many tracking devices - a tremendous asset to the world of security in the 21st Century. We also provide a service in supplying a spare or replacement key to your Bulldog product.

We know how easy it can be to mislay keys and we take a lot of calls from customers asking about replacements - rest assured, it's not a problem, and we can offer a quick and efficient service in replacing your lost keys.

We are always keen to receive feedback from customers as this helps us to keep our products and service in the premier league of security companies. When you choose Bulldog you know you have the best and that we are there with you for the journey.

For advice on any of our products, phone our team on 01952 728171.

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Van & HGV Security

Date: 02/11/2018

This month we take a look at our top six products you might like to consider for your van, HGV or trailer:

- Airline Lock- prevents the brakes being released.
- King Pin Lock- prevents the coupling of a trailer.
- Van Door Lock - ideal for rear doors or sliding doors on your van.
- Wheel Clamps - a range of models available to suit most types of vehicle.
- Container/ Trailer Locks- great for shipping containers and trailer doors.
- Tracker - track your fleet 24/7 and know the whereabouts of your lorry trailer.

Check out what we have to offer at https://www.bulldogsecure.com/browse/bulldog-vans-hgv-security/16

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Is Your Sports Club Safe?

Date: 10/10/2018

Sport is possibly the most popular activity outside of working hours and there are many clubs across a wide variety of sports in Shropshire. Most of these clubs are run by groups of volunteers who do it for the love of their sport and to keep their team or teams going.

They will all have a home venue with facilities ranging from very little to those associated with a semi-professional or even professional standard of club. They have equipment, in many cases quite costly, that needs to be safeguarded and some will have club rooms with bars and the capability of providing food for members and guests.

People work hard to ensure the survival of their clubs which provide the chance to take part in your favourite sport and to engage in the various social activities connected with it. What you definitely don't need is an attack from thieves or vandals.

Our team at Bulldog Security Products have worked with many clubs around the county and beyond to help lessen the threat of this kind of attack which can have such a devastating effect on the finances and day-to-day running of the club.

Clubs are usually left unattended overnight and the stored equipment, fixtures and fittings and stock make for a very tempting target - particularly as we are now heading into winter and prolonged hours of darkness.

Only recently the football and cricket clubs in Ludlow were targeted in raids which caused extensive damage to property and resulted in the theft of several charity boxes. And it's not just sports clubs that are affected, there was a case earlier in the summer about several thousands of pounds worth of cycles being stolen from a shop in Bridgnorth.

There are many other examples nationally of sports clubs having to come to terms with damage and theft that can easily threaten their very existence, so we would urge anyone connected with sports clubs to review their security and take steps to upgrade wherever possible.

It doesn't matter how good your security arrangements are we always believe there is always something else you can do.

Wrekin Riders BMX club at Dawley is a classic case of being more proactive with security. They were targeted twice in a little over one year and called us in to help tighten up their security. We were able to advise and supply container and gate locks which are simple but effective measures to help keep the thieves at bay.

Sadly they were targeted again recently but the containers with the Bulldog locks were left alone and they didn't even entertain the gate lock.

Our members of staff can visit your site to see where you need security and avise what products are best for you.

We supply an extensive range of door locks, security posts, anti-ram barriers, security lighting, bike locks, roller shutters and security chains - so if you are feeling a little uneasy about the security arrangements at your club, give us a call for advice on 01952 728171 or email sales@bulldogsecure.com


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Police track down the criminals and we track down your possessions

Date: 24/09/2018

We spend a lot of time surrounding ourselves with things we need, things we are interested in and things we treasure, then someone comes along and steals them!

Theft and burglary are on the increase and it's often the case that we pay little attention to keeping our prized possessions safe until it's too late. There is still a mindset of "it couldn't happen to me" in the vast majority of cases - well, unfortunately, it could and all too often does.

Whether it is our possessions at home, place of work, our favourite sports club or an organisation we belong to such as a church or community group - without those goods we would face problems. Building and premises security is one of our number one priorities - have you got any of this security in place?

It's amazing just how cavalier we can be when it comes to protecting ourselves and our property when in so many instances the most basic of precautions will avoid the heartache and distress of loss.

The police are sworn to protect life and property and while they may be committed to keeping us and our possessions safe there is no doubt that these days they need some help.

Funding cuts have necessitated a change in focus of how our police forces operate and there are not enough frontline officers on the streets to be able to deliver on that commitment as they would like.

They are still out there tracking down criminals, however, while here at Bulldog Security Products we are also committed to helping prevent theft by producing a variety of high quality devices which often stop the theft from happening in the first place.

We are also able to aid the efforts of the boys in blue by keeping track of your possessions with a range of trackers that can be fitted to almost anything you can think of. This simple device helps you trace the stolen item, aids the police in recovery and hopefully results in arrest and prosecution.

Fitting a tracker is simple and an effective way of keeping tabs on your property. We can also recommend trackers for people, with increasing numbers now turning to the device to keep track of their children or elderly relatives who may be suffering from illness.

It not only gives the reassurance of knowing where your loved ones are at all times, but also lets you know if they have collapsed or are in need of assistance.

Keeping track of your possessions is a basic step you can take to protect your loved ones and your property, it is also helping the police in the never-ending fight against crime.
For more information on our range of trackers, visit https://www.bulldogtracking.co.uk/ or call our team on 01952 728171


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How Secure Is Your HGV?

Date: 12/09/2018

GPS trackers are proving to be an important weapon in the fight against crime and more people are turning to the hi-tec low maintenance option as a reliable way of tracking and getting your vehicle back if it is stolen.

The theft of any vehicle is distressing, probably costly and certainly an inconvenience you could do without, but if you are in business and have your lorry or trailer taken these problems are magnified.

Our TR35 magnetic tracker for lorries doesn't need any power from the vehicle to operate, has up to a four-year standby time from just one charge and is easily attached to any metal object by two high-powered magnets.

We have been supplying trackers for the cab for some time; however we are now urging people to buy one for the trailer too as thieves are targeting both aspects of the articulated vehicle. It is also the case that having a second tracker fitted on any vehicle can be a great advantage.

The TR35 is manufactured from ABS and is lP66 rated for use in the harshest of environments. It can tell you through our TR03 tracking platform where the vehicle is, its mileage, speed and travel time.

It is compact and the internal antenna means it can be hidden virtually anywhere on the tracked vehicle. It is simple and effective and requires no additional SIM cards, wires or gadgets to operate.

You can keep track through a smartphone app or a PC allowing you to receive push notifications and alerts if the vehicle is moved.

Installing tracking devices is becoming the norm and is certainly a sensible, simple, thing you can do to combat the thief. It gives peace of mind in knowing your vehicle is where it should be or, in the case of theft, a location where it can be retrieved from.

The Kingpin Lock is another way of securing your vehicle, preventing the coupling of the trailer to the tractor unit. This is another simple, effective, device designed to make life more difficult for the thief.

Whatever measures you take to safeguard your property are well worth the effort and if you can't ultimately prevent a theft you can at least ensure you are giving yourself the best chance of getting it back.

For more information on these products call our team on 01952 728171 or email sales@bulldogsecure.com


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Rural Crime Is On The Rise

Date: 06/08/2018

There's just no getting away from it - rural crime is on the rise and it's becoming a real battle to stay one step ahead of the criminal in an effort to keep your property safe.

A recent report commissioned by insurers revealed a 13.4% crime increase in villages and small communities in the last eight years with the cost of the rural crimewave hitting a staggering £44.5m in 2017.

These areas are becoming more isolated as policing cuts continue to take their toll and there is little sign of that ending as forces are faced with making further savings and having to prioritise where they concentrate their efforts.

Rural locations are an obvious target for the criminal and that is why we must take the necessary steps to keep our property secure.

As the evenings start to draw in and autumn looms on the distant horizon we thought it would be a good idea to focus on rural buildings security and some of the things you can do to tighten things up ahead of the darker nights.

Farms are a veritable treasure trove for the criminal with vehicles, equipment and livestock. Make sure your animals are tagged and equipment is marked and it's a good idea to keep a file or register of all your property, with a detailed description and photograph.

Lock away anything that isn't chained down and secure or immobilise equipment or vehicles so they can't be driven off or used. Also ensure all keys are locked away in a secure spot in the house to further deter a thief.

Restrict access to your property by installing locked gates and make sure your hedges, walls and other fences are sturdy enough to make it extremely difficult for the criminal.

Here at Bulldog we have a range of products that can help you keep your property secure. We have a variety of chains you may like to consider, our high security door lock for sheds and workshops, security posts and roller shutter door locks.

Make sure all your vehicles are tracked, your buildings are alarmed, fitted with security lighting and that you consider installing CCTV.

In addition, always remain alert and keep track of who is coming and going, seek crime prevention advice and check to see if you are in an area covered by Neighbourhood or Farm Watch.

Most of the advice is pretty much common sense but it can be easy to let your guard slip and that could prove to be a very costly mistake.

For more information about our products or for advice on how we can help you stay secure, call our team on 01952 728171.


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