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Calling all VW Campervan Owners!

Date: 16/05/2018

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It's that wonderful time of year again, the January blues are far behind us, the light nights are here and we can actually start thinking about driving for the sheer fun of it again.

Now is the time to remove those dust sheets, triumphantly throw open the garage door and get your pride and joy back out onto the open road!

Yes, we are talking to you, VW owners - what is yours .... a T4, T5, T6 or perhaps a Caravelle?

Or maybe you're thinking of taking the plunge and buying your very own four wheeled VW treasure to join the VW club? Whatever the circumstance, it's the perfect opportunity for that beach trip with the family, or that scenic excursion to the mountains you've been planning for months.

You may have spotted our tracker advert in the VW Bus T4&T5+ magazine - the phones have been a little hot since and our installation team have been busy at our head office here in Shropshire. If you can't travel to our beautiful town of Much Wenlock then don't worry as we can post it out to you and ensure you have step by step support during the fitting and registering process.

Are you confident that your prized possession (we truly understand the love VW owners have for their vehicles!) will beat the thieves?

Take a look at our Bulldog One tracker or maybe you want one to quickly move from vehicle to vehicle and just "plug and play", in which case our TR68 is an ideal option.

Pairing our trackers with your smartphone so that you have 24/7 knowledge of the exact location of your vehicle - and be the first to be alerted if it makes any moves it shouldn't!

But we also know how retro is back!

Fashion, music or furniture, more and more people are turning to the 80s for their inspiration. And when it comes to security, it's no different, so remember there's still a place for the Bulldog Steering Wheel Lock.

2017 saw a huge rise in the amount of steering wheel locks sold as the the public now want the dependable convenience of an obvious, visual security system. They may not be the season's hottest accessory, but sometimes it's the old faithful that keeps coming out a winner.

Call us today on 01952 728171 or email sales@ bulldogsecure.com for any help and advice to find the right product for you and vehicle.

Happy travels!

 

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How tough is your Shed Security?

Date: 03/05/2018

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How secure do you think your shed is?

Not very, we would guess. Shed raids are on the increase and that is why we feel we must alert you to the problem.

We know you've probably already read about sheds being broken into but sometimes hearing about it once just doesn't make you act.

Here at Bulldog Security Products we are urging people to toughen things up, and we have seen a rise in the number of people asking for help in upgrading basic security in a bid to combat thieves who are hitting these ‘soft option targets'.

It is a sad fact that shed security does not figure very highly on the list of priorities and is being overlooked as a potential target - despite housing many valuable items - the total can run into tens of thousands of pounds!

Mountain bikes (often 4, 5 or 6!), lawn mowers, sports equipment, motorbikes, children's play equipment - the list goes on. We know those sheds are really an Aladdin's Cave.

So now we want to help - take some time and think about just how difficult it is for the thief to break-in.

Sheds are instantly vulnerable by being outside, away from the house and garage and are usually given only the most cursory of thoughts as regards security with maybe a simple lock or bolt keeping a flimsy door shut.

Neither of these options are going to keep the thief at bay for very long and once inside there is a haul of costly equipment waiting to be carted away.

Our top tips:

1. When it comes to locating your shed in the garden, be mindful of where you intend putting it. Make sure it is not too close to any boundary fence or hedge, making it a tempting target for the thief well within reach.
2. Make sure it is within sight of the main house so you can keep tabs on it. Consider security lighting and alarming your shed, but if you don't go that far then make sure it is secured with a strong padlock and replace hinge screws with nuts and bolts.
3. When you're installing it, ensure the shed is securely anchored to the ground and can't be lifted up at the side or corner to gain access.
4. Fasten large and bulky items together so it is difficult to carry them off and if you have a secure shed, make sure you use it. Put all your equipment away under lock and key and don't leave things lying around the garden.

There are more tips below in our inforgraphic!

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How can we help give you peace of mind?

There are a number of security options available depending on the type of shed you have. Heavy duty chains, security posts, high security locks, roller shutters, lighting and alarms.

Bulldog Security Products has many years experience in helping and advising on every kind of security issue.

Our team is ready to take your call and help you make things more difficult for the thief.

Give us a call on 01952 728171.

 

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Ensure your new caravan has added secuity

Date: 27/04/2018

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Warmer weather and lighter nights are just about here which means we are all feeling more positive about finally coming through those long winter days. Thoughts are turning to holidays, the seaside, trips away and summer.

Yes, it's time to get the caravan out of storage and ready to hit the road for another season which will take you to, well, who knows where. But while you're giving the caravan a spring clean give security a thought.

Have you done everything you can to ensure your pride and joy is safe from thieves?

It's not just older caravans that need consideration, brand new caravans straight off the production line have some security measures installed. But here at Bulldog Security Products we would like to remind you about adding your own extras to make life even more difficult for thieves.

Many of you will have bought new caravans at February's big show and many more will be collecting their new touring caravans and motorhomes after ordering them at the October Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show.

We estimate there will be tens of thousands of new caravans on the road this year and if you are one of those buyers you might be forgiven for thinking factory-fitted device security is top notch. Well, it's good as far as it goes but it could be much better. So as those long summer days approach, we urge you to take a moment and consider some extras.

Motorhomes and caravans are very expensive, extremely desirable top-quality luxurious items that are easy to sell on and an increasing target for thieves. Caravans can be parked up for long periods and left unattended. This is where they are at their most vulnerable.

Caravans are fitted with GPS trackers when they come out of the factory but these trackers can often be easily located by the thief and disabled. By fitting an extra device, one the thief probably isn't going to find, you are increasing your chances of hanging on to your caravan.

How can we help you?

Bulldog has a range of GPS trackers, like the BulldogOne which alerts you via your smartphone if it detects movement. It also allows you to know the location of your caravan at all times and comes with an engine cut-out device to prevent it being driven away, so is an ideal option for motorhomes too.

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A factory-fitted hitch head has a stabiliser included but we are still seeing hundreds of caravans each year snaking and tipping.

The Bulldog hitchlock resists some of the most determined theft attemps and the Bulldog stabiliser makes for a much safer driving experience, installing driving confidence and reducing the risk of snaking and accidents.

Other Bulldog extras to be considered are our security post which forms a physical obstruction to a vehicle being driven or towed away, and other simple anti-theft devices like wheel locking bolts and our wheel clamps 

The road ahead is clear, make sure you hang on to your caravan by adding as many security deterrents as possible. It makes sense when you consider what you have invested in it and that you want to make the most of it for this summer and many summers to come - that will be extremely difficult if it is stolen.

 

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High tech thefts on the rise - are you protected?

Date: 03/04/2018

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What could you do in 60 seconds? Make a cup of tea? Put on a pair of shoes? Or how about steal a car?

 

That’s all the time it can take nowadays for thieves to steal a car using the latest technology. 

 

With more cars having keyless locking mechanisms it’s getting easier and easier for a thief to drive off with your car - without ever needing a key.

 

We are living in a highly technological world and it’s a sad irony that as systems get more and more advanced so does the ingenuity of the thief. 

 

Our heating, lights and kettle can be switched on and off by a simple touch from a smartphone, we can see who is knocking on the front door even if we are not at home and we can keep an eye on what the dog is doing in the house while we are at work.

 

It’s all amazing stuff but doesn’t necessarily help us when it comes to keeping our vehicle safe.

 

All it takes is a team of just two people and a clever gadget called a relay box. When one is standing near the front of the house with the box, the relay system can pick up the frequency from the keyless entry fob. 

 

With most of us leaving keys by the front door for ease of access in the morning work rush, it takes no time at all for the relay box to pick up the information it needs. 

 

The box then replicates the signal making the car believe that the fob is nearby. All the thieves need to do then is open the car and drive away. 

 

With the amount of cars being stolen rising by 30% in 2017 it’s obvious that this is a growing problem, particularly in the technological age we are all living in.

 

So how can you prevent this from happening? Well one of the answers is to fight the high tech with the old school, using something like a steering wheel lock

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Something as simple as a wheel lock can often deter thieves as it adds an obstacle to an otherwise smooth crime.

 

Other options include a wheel clamp that can be easily fitted, and is an obvious inconvenience to thieves wanting a quick and easy theft.

 

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We also have security posts which prevent the thief from driving away with your prized possession.

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The other factor to consider in all this is the deterrent value. These high-visibility anti-theft devices are clearly visible - so it just might be that the thief will give up before he starts and moves on to an easier target. 

 

Here at Bulldog Security Products we have a range of measures designed to keep your vehicle safe.

 

For more advice on what might be best for your requirements give our friendly team a call on 01952 728171.


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5 Easy Tips to get your Caravan road-ready

Date: 03/04/2018

Are you finally dusting off the caravan this year? Then take a look at these 5 quick tips for ensuring your caravan is ready for the road!

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5 Top Tips to keep your Motorbike safe

Date: 16/03/2018

How secure do you keep your motorbike? Here are our top tips to make sure your bike is secure.

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How can I keep my motorbike safe?

Date: 05/03/2018

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With the improvement in the great British weather and the onset of the summer holidays we felt it the ideal opportunity to highlight the need for increased vigilance in motorbike security.

There are more motorcycles on the road at this time of year and they are an increasing target for thieves, but with more than 30 years experience in making sure buildings, vehicles and people are as secure as possible, we believe in taking the fight to the criminal.

Security should be top of the list of priorities for motorcyclists. We at Bulldog recognise this as being a problem and try to raise awareness across the country and offer cost-effective solutions to protect these valuable items from both the opportunist and professional thief.

Of particular interest to motorcyclists will be our range of high-security British made chains, locks, ground anchors, the top of the range MC100S boasts an impressive six-foot case-hardened 13mm steel alloy with 16mm end link and feature, the Bulldog super lock bolt that can’t be bolt cropped.

It is also important to keep your bike under cover if you’re able and we can provide a range of suitable garage locks for that purpose.

We have GPS Tracking units for every type of vehicle and trailer so that if yours is stolen it can be tracked and, hopefully, recovered.

Another great initiative which helps in returning stolen items is DNA marking kits which can be used on motorbikes, motorbike clothing and other ‘essentials’ on your bike. http://security-products.co.uk/dnamarkingkits.html

It is important to consider high-performance LED lighting. There are a variety of products that require no wiring and can be fitted virtually anywhere around the garage, workshop and driveway and help to deter the thief. http://security-products.co.uk/page2.html

By taking a few of the simple steps outlined you will be in a much better position to retain your property and thwart the criminal. And that’s what it’s all about.

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

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Close the door to thieves

Date: 23/02/2018

Keeping the thieves out is the number one priority in crime prevention but many people still don’t think about the basic security steps they can take to keep their home or business safe from attack. Building security is our game and we can help you to keep those thieves out!

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It’s pretty simple really, doors and windows are the easiest access to property and these are the areas to concentrate on.

Here at Bulldog Security Products we have many years experience in advising and supplying customers with the right security lock for their property. Here is a guide to some of the products we have to help you keep the thief out:

People rarely consider their sheds but there can be a lot of expensive items stored there so it’s well worth thinking about.

The MC30 high Security chain, padlock and ground anchor can be secured to the shed floor, the shed base or the interior wall. They may get through the shed door but they won’t get your precious bikes, lawn mowers, strimmers and anything else secured by Bulldog.

For more information about these products visit www.security-products.co.uk/highsecuritydoorlocks.html and to find out more about our products email simone@bulldogsecure.com

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5 important security tips for your car

Date: 16/02/2018

How seriously are you taking the security of your car? This months infographic outlines 5 security tips that will help.

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Make sure your vehicle is secure

Date: 07/02/2018

Vehicle security is becoming increasingly important as both opportunist and premeditated vehicle crime continues to rise.

In September figures revealed that West Mercia Police recorded 368 crimes in 2016 – up 26 per cent from 291 in 2013, while Dyfed-Powys Police saw an increase of 18 per cent from 167 to 197.

The figures were revealed following a Freedom of Information request to police forces by the RAC.

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Responses from 40 forces showed 85,688 vehicles were stolen in 2016 in England and Wales.

RAC insurance director Mark Godfrey said this rise reverses a general trend of vehicle thefts decreasing since around 2002.

“We fear thieves are now becoming more and more well equipped with technology capable of defeating car manufacturers’ anti-theft systems,” he said. “This is bad news for motorists as it has the effect of causing insurance premiums to rise at a time when they are already being pushed up by a variety of factors, not least the recent change to the discount rate for life-changing personal injury compensation claims and the rises in insurance premium tax.”

Mr Godfrey said a growing number of motorists were resorting to using unfashionable anti-theft devices which were popular in the 1980s and early 1990s such as steering wheel locks. Well thousands of our clever customers never stopped using them!

Last month police in Oswestry, Shropshire said 12 thefts had been reported in the area since the start of the year but urged others to report vehicle crime and assured motorists that they would act.

It came after dozens of people had reported vehicle break-ins and thefts on social media but had not necessarily reported them to police.

So we would like to show you some of the ways Bulldog Security Products can help.

The vulnerability of vehicles is plain to see and being left unattended for periods of time make them an easy target for the thief - in recent weeks we have seen people “pop back into the house” and leave the engine running to defrost the windscreen and thieves have made off with the vehicle.

Whilst others have left valuables on show - DO NOT ever do this! Don’t even leave charging cables on show which might suggest there is a Sat nav or mobile phones in the vehicle.

It can be difficult sometimes to choose whether it is safer to leave something in your car while you are out and about or to take it with you. Having items stolen if you’re in the pub, coffee shop or simply just out shopping can pose a dilemma - and there is always the chance that you could be mugged in the street.

But whether you have things of value in the vehicle or not it is important to ensure security at all times and make it as difficult as you can for the criminal. The other thing to consider is if you have high-profile security measures in place the thief will often leave your vehicle and move on to another which is not so well protected.

Here at Bulldog Security Products we have several items you might like to consider:

The Bulldog BW550 Steering Wheel Lock will fit most makes of car, including those fitted with bulbous airbags. We also supply the Bulldog BW600 Steering Wheel Lock which can be fitted to motorhomes, vans and HGVs. Both have received Department of Transport approval. 

We provide several security posts of various sizes - the Bulldog GA60 Removable Security Post is 540mm high; the Bulldog GA70 Removable Hitch Post is 450mm high, both are fitted with an integral lock; and the Bulldog GA80 Fold Down Security Post is 700mm high and folds down. This is fitted with a stainless steel padlock. All security posts are designed to ‘box-in’ your vehicle so it can’t be driven away. 

The Bulldog VA101 Van Door Lock, Bulldog VA102 Van Door Lock and the Bulldog VA50 Pair of Van Door Locks provide protection for a range of vans and have highly visible locks ideal for rear doors, off-side and nearside sliding doors. These locks add further security to guard against the criminal who is able to get past factory-fitted locks. 

Don’t let your vehicle become the next target for thieves. Contact Simone on 01952 728171 or email sales@bulldogsecure.com and see how we can help you.

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