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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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Caravans and motorhomes - prized targets for thieves

Date: 15/06/2022

It's incredible to think that many caravans and motorhomes are NOT protected by a tracker or additional security - particularly when they are such desirable targets for thieves.

We recently saw reports of two of these prized possessions being stolen in Shropshire, which only goes to highlight the risks and the need to maintain general awareness while tightening up security.

If further evidence was needed, figures from stolen vehicle recovery expert Tracker revealed by the Daily Express late last year showed a 29% year-on-year rise in the thefts of caravan and motorhome thefts.

It's easy to understand why these vehicles attract so much attention, making it imperative for owners to maintain a watching brief at all times and security as robust as possible in a bid to keep their pride and joy safe from attack.

What can be done?

There are a number of measures you can implement to protect your property, all of which can be fitted quickly and easily:

● A hitchlock will stop thieves hooking up your tourer and driving off.
● Fitting a wheelclamp is still the ideal option for keeping your caravan in one place.
● A steering wheel lock for the motorhome or caravan may be a basic security device but it remains one of the most effective.

These are all simple measures which can be taken and have the added benefit of being a visible deterrent. Thieves are often put off by the sight of these security options.

On the right track

No vehicle security is complete without a tracker and at Bulldog we produce the very best devices available. It is essential to fit a tracker to your motorhome or caravan and even if you already have one fitted, there is always greater protection to be gained by adding another. While we are on the subject, don't forget your car!

Trackers have become extremely sophisticated and are an integral part of safety and security in today's world - not just in protecting vehicles but also possessions and your loved ones, whether they be children or vulnerable adults.

It's also important that you never drop your guard when your caravan and motorhome are parked up outside your home. You are vulnerable when packing or unpacking and it's easy to become a victim of theft if your vehicle is left unattended for even the shortest of periods.

And, where practical, install a security post which will provide added protection against theft.

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Bulldog MD tracked as he hits the hills on his mountain bike

Date: 23/05/2022

There's nothing our managing director Ian Jordan enjoys more than riding his mountain bike, kitted out with his Bulldog BMX Racing team top and a Bulldog TR99 tracker - an essential piece of equipment for staying safe when out and about on your own.

The colourful racing strip has become a regular feature at BMX tracks across the UK and Europe with the five members of our team once again enjoying a successful season with some impressive results, and we are eagerly anticipating the World Championships in Nantes, France, in July when four of the team will be taking part.

Dangers of being isolated

Ian is an avid bike enthusiast and spends a lot of time out on his own, but is only too aware of the dangers of riding alone in isolated areas - which is why he always packs the TR99 tracker before setting out.

The TR99 is small, light and can be fitted into your pocket or rucksack, which is why it is the GPS tracker of choice for anyone participating in adventure sports, skiing, cycling, kite surfing, jet skiing or simply out walking. It is also essential equipment for lone workers and the elderly, because accidents can happen anywhere and at any time.

It's shockproof and waterproof and lives up to its reputation of being a ‘security and safety buddy'. It has a built-in SOS phone alert and ‘man-down' feature which automatically senses a fall and then instigates a call for help through a series of preset numbers to provide full GPS coordinates of the user so a rescue can be mounted.

You're never alone

The TR99 effectively thinks for itself and has three modes of communication and monitoring:

● Through the internet or smartphone app.
● By sending an SMS with important alerts and information and tracker location with integrated Google Map links.
● Can make and receive calls.

It means you have all the bases covered and are as well prepared as you can be if something unforeseen happens which could pose a risk to health and safety. The TR99 is the ideal accessory and provides the ultimate reassurance - whether that be for yourself, your children or an elderly family member.

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And then there were five! Alex joins the Bulldog BMX Racing team

Date: 20/04/2022

The BMX racing season is about to click into top gear and I am proud to reveal the news that we have added a fifth rider to our talented pool of talent which makes up the Bulldog BMX Racing team.

It was always our plan to expand our involvement in the sport this year and you will already know that our successful 2021 team of Eddie and Archie Smallman and Sophie Kynaston were joined earlier this year with the signing of Aaron Corfield.

Today I can reveal that a fifth rider has joined our ranks and we are delighted to welcome Alex Hemmings, aged 12, to the team. Alex races Cruiser alongside Archie and both know each other well as pupils of Lawley Primary School.

Incredible achievement

It's quite a team, believe me! A measure of which can be gauged by the fact that all four of the younger riders have qualified for this year's World Championships to be held in Nantes, France, in July.

Aaron will be cheering them along from home as he concentrates on his GCSE exams.

We wish Alex, Sophie, Eddie and Archie all the best as they take their places on the sport's world stage! We can't wait for the championships to start and follow their success!

Continuing our involvement with BMX racing and sponsoring our own team was never in doubt this season - it's a family-friendly sport which produces thrilling action by riders whose families enjoy the great atmosphere of racing weekends where lasting friendships are made and retained, despite the cut and thrust of on-track competition.

We're right on track!

It's also a great sport to be involved in from a sponsorship point of view with literally thousands of people attending events up and down the country during the course of the season.

It's a win-win situation for Bulldog and also affords us the opportunity to support a team of young people committed to doing something really positive and constructive with their time - as well as being excellent ambassadors for the sport and our company.

The team performed exceptionally well last year with Eddie, Archie and Sophie taking part in every round of the British BMX Series and we are looking forward to building on those achievements in 2022.

The team have arrived back safe from racing in Rounds 3 and 4 of the British BMX Series in Kent last weekend and are now looking forward to racing Rounds 5 and 6 in Cumbernauld in Scotland in May.

Healing vibes to Aaron who took a bad tumble during training on Friday which saw him take a visit to A&E and left him trackside for the weekend.

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Fuel theft alert as prices continue to soar

Date: 23/03/2022

The soaring cost of fuel is having a devastating effect on everyday lives but another knock-on of the present crisis is the increase in petrol, diesel and heating oil thefts.

We are seeing reports of criminal gangs targeting haulage depots, lorries and cars being drained of fuel and even drivers being drugged or assaulted as thieves attempt to cash in to the tune of hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Methods range from this kind of full-frontal attack to the more sophisticated, which has even included switching off street lights so the crime can be carried out under the cover of darkness. The problem has even led to police in Nottinghamshire going undercover and deploying a ‘decoy capture lorry' in a bid to catch criminals in the act.

It's not our policy, for obvious reasons, to go into any detail about how these thefts can be carried out. We believe the fact that it's happening and is on the increase means we need to alert businesses, vehicle owners and residents who use heating oil in their homes to what's going on and the need to do something to prevent it.

Vehicle owners should:

● Make sure you fit a lockable fuel cap.
● Fit a car alarm and tracker, which will also alert you to any vehicle tampering.
● Park in a garage if you have one, or on the drive with the added protection of a security post.
● If you have to park on the street, leave your vehicle in a well-lit area.
● Install security lighting and security cameras.
● Fit a steering lock and wheel clamp for additional security.

Homeowners with a heating oil tank in the garden should also consider the security light and CCTV options - it's actually a prudent measure for every home, anyway! And you should also fit a fuel tank lock.

Hauliers need to ensure their compounds are secure, alarmed, have the appropriate security lighting and CCTV and for additional insurance fit:

An airline lock to vehicles
Container locks
King Pin Lock
Van door locks

A constant threat

We are living in extraordinary times and the rising cost of fuel is likely to be with us for a while, but even in more normal times the cost of fuel plays a huge part in our day-to-day lives - which means theft is a constant threat and there is always someone waiting to cash in on the misfortune of others.

Being aware of the risks means you are in a better position to act and protect your property in a way that could prevent you being the victim of theft - but don't leave it too long before you do something about it!

 

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Another big year beckons for staycations as caravan sites across the UK prepare to open

Date: 04/03/2022

Caravan, motorhome and camping sites are preparing to open with all indications pointing to another boom for the staycation this year.

Many holidayed in the UK last year with the uncertainties surrounding Covid and travelling abroad and the signs are that staycations will again be the holiday of choice in 2022 as people either remain apprehensive about foreign travel or enjoyed the rediscovery of what a domestic holiday can bring and simply want more!

And why not? It's sometimes easy to lose sight of the wonderful holiday locations our country has to offer and we are thrilled to think that people are continuing to appreciate what we have available in the UK.

Showing the way

The recent NEC Camping, Caravan & Motorhome Show reinforced this view by selling out - which has to be good news for the industry. It's also the case that as more caravans and motorhomes come off the production line we too have seen a spike in orders.

As people sell their old caravans and motorhomes to make way for new ones, the new owners need to invest in the all-important security to keep their pride and joy safe. Security is also on the minds of those taking their caravans out of storage and preparing them for hitting the road.

Here's our checklist

Help to make your break a memorable one for all the right reasons by carrying a wheelclamp or steering wheel lock for the motorhome or caravan and your hitchlock to stop your tourer being driven away.

Another valuable addition to our catalogue of crime deterrents is the Bulldog Secure Alarm - our very own creation which is proving highly effective in protecting homes, caravans and motorhomes.

And don't forget to tick off the Bulldog tracker on your list. An additional one on your vehicle, caravan or motorhome for added security and personal ones for your children, vulnerable adults or personal possessions - providing the peace of mind which will help you enjoy your holiday.

It's also a good time to remind you about protecting your caravan if it's parked on your drive at home. A simple but effective security post placed in front of your caravan will prevent thieves making off with it.

It's always great to feel we are heading into the holiday season and being able to hit the road for that well-earned break. As always, take our best wishes with you and our products which will help you remain safe and secure.

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Vehicle theft alert means it is time to step-up security

Date: 18/02/2022

Recent reports in the local press about an increase in the number of Land Rover Defender thefts and attempted thefts from farms across Shropshire are a timely reminder to owners of the need to step-up their vehicle security.

The alert was issued by Graham Donaldson, the rural and business crime officer at West Mercia Police, who said farmers were being visited by police and advised on the steps they could take to minimise the risk of becoming a victim of theft.

All the targeted vehicles were registered in the early 2000s and while the article focussed on Land Rover Defenders, we thought it would be a good time to highlight the dangers of vehicle theft in general from farms, often isolated locations which make them particularly attractive to thieves.

A costly investment

Vehicles and machinery are expensive items and there are a number of different types needed on farms, including tractors, trailers, plant equipment, quad bikes, all-terrain vehicles, lorries for transporting livestock and equipment, and a variety of complementary machinery such as bailers, ploughs, harrows, water bowsers, seeders and spreaders.

It all adds up to a major investment and that's without taking into account the family car or cars, motorbikes and anything else of value that you can think of.

Lock it up

Where possible all your vehicles and equipment should be kept in a secure building and not left around the farm where they can be easily stolen. In cases where equipment has to be left outside try to anchor it to an immovable object, remove all keys from vehicles and ensure they are always locked.

Leave vehicles in a lighted area, consider installing security lighting, alarms and CCTV for additional assurance and make sure all your vehicles and equipment are tracked. Steering wheel locks and wheel clamps are excellent cost-effective additions to your security and can be fitted easily.

Security posts are another simple option which can be installed in front of barn or other out-building doors and can also be used to ‘wedge' vehicles and equipment into place making it difficult for the thief to steal.

That's what it is all about, really. Look at your security and come up with a plan which makes life as hard as possible for the criminal - to the point where they will hopefully give up on the attempt and move on to potentially easier targets.

There are a range of security options at your disposal and if you're looking for advice on what best suits your requirements, give our team a call on 01952 728171.

 

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Bulldog BMX sponsorship deal agreed for a third year - by managing director Ian Jordan

Date: 14/02/2022

I am delighted to reveal that we have agreed to extend our sponsorship of the Bulldog BMX Racing team for a third year - a season which promises so much with all three of the team's current riders qualifying for the BMX World Championships in France in July.

It was a decision which didn't take long to make after the on-track success of 2021 and I am also pleased to announce that we will actually be expanding the team this season. We are delighted to announce Aaron Corfield, 16, from the Isle of Man will be joining the team and proudly flying the Bulldog flag. He will be juggling travel, racing and his GCSE exams too! Good luck Aaron!

Aaron is no stranger to the Bulldog team as he is a cousin of team member Sophie and was the one who inspired Sophie to start BMX!

With the 2020 season virtually wiped out because of Covid, it was terrific to see BMX racing return last year (2021), albeit with a shorter season than normal and I am sure that our continued sponsorship will come as good news for all of you who follow our team's journey on Facebook.

National series

Despite the pandemic the Bulldog BMX Racing team of Eddie and Archie Smallman and Sophie Kynaston competed in every round of the 2021 British BMX Series and turned in some really memorable performances. The Smallman boys moved to the Birmingham BMX Club during the course of the season and Sophie ended the year as Wrekin Riders BMX Club's Rider of the Year.

They were all great ambassadors for Bulldog Security Products and the plan is now to attract more riders to wear the Bulldog colours this season. I will be bringing you more news on this over the coming weeks, so watch this space!

The highlight of the year will undoubtedly be the BMX World Championships in France this summer and we wish the team well - but there's a lot of racing to be completed before then and I can't wait for the new season to get under way.

I am still an avid mountain bike competitor and remain as passionate as ever about promoting and supporting sporting endeavour whenever possible, which is why it was so important for Bulldog as a company to continue the sponsorship of our BMX team. Community clubs and organisations need the support of businesses now more than ever in what are extremely difficult times.

A timely reminder

With the start of a new BMX season now only weeks away before riders and their families hit the road, I thought it would be a good time to issue a general reminder about security and the steps you can take to keep your property and family safe when you are away from home.

It's important that those of you who have caravans and motorhomes are aware of the security implications and remember to take Bulldog Security Products away with you to keep the thieves at bay.

Some of the measures you can take are basic but effective measures like the steering wheel lock and the wheel clamp while our state-of-the-art trackers are the ideal option for protecting vehicles and people. On the subject of bikes, you may be unaware of our new bike chain lock system and wall mounted bicycle hook which is helping to keep bikes secure at home.

Good luck Team Bulldog!

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Aaron Corfield from The Isle of Man who has joined Bulldog BMX Racing team. He is joining his cousin Sophie Kynaston (pictured) and Eddie and Archie Smallman

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