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Are you a HGV driver or van driver? Here's some tips on how to avoid highway robbery

Date: 29/10/2019

Theft of cargo and equipment from lorries and vans has long been a major problem for firms and insurance companies - not to mention the risk of serious injury or worse for drivers!

It's a global problem with well organised attacks often by gangs using increasingly sophisticated plans of action to target vehicles when they are at their most vulnerable - out on the road.

You may be aware of the recent story in north Lincolnshire where a driver was awoken at 2am by the noise of thieves transferring his load of chocolate to another vehicle! Then there was North Yorkshire Police setting up Op Cargo, a collaboration with haulage bosses, service stations and the National Criminal Intelligence Service earlier this year after 50 raids on lorries in the area during the first three months or so of 2019.

Loads covered by tarpaulin or curtain-sided vehicles are particularly at risk with thieves cutting holes in coverings to establish whether there is anything on the vehicle worth stealing. Police in Jutland say three out of every four of these types of vehicles currently crossing the Danish border have displayed evidence of holes being cut.

Firms tightening up on depot/warehouse security has only increased the dangers of attack on the road with overnight stops, rest and meal breaks and deliveries the most vulnerable times to be aware of.

So, what can you do about it?

● Keep it locked - Always lock doors and windows and never leave keys in the ignition. This is particularly relevant for van drivers making frequent deliveries during the course of their working day. Locking the vehicle while driving in built-up areas is also a good idea, with stops at junctions and traffic lights offering an opportunity for thieves to hijack driver and load.

● Keep it to yourself - You don't need to tell anyone what you are carrying or where you are going. This is particularly good advice if you've stopped for a food or comfort break. The person who strikes up a conversation with you might just be looking to steal your cargo.

● Keep it safe - Regularly check the vehicle for any tampering and make sure everything is secure.

● Keep alert - Always be aware of what is going on around you. If you're stopping somewhere try to ensure it's an area that's safe, well-lit, preferably with cameras and people about. If there's a change of delivery address while in transit, make sure you check it with your base to see it's genuine.

● Keep on truckin' - Lorries can be followed and observed with thieves waiting for their moment to pounce. Keep on driving, within legal limits, to put some distance on the clock. Thieves are unlikely to keep you under observation for long distances. Plan your route for maximum safety and, if possible, travel in convoy - there's safety in numbers.

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Our 7 top tips to securing your home

Date: 27/09/2019

It's an ongoing battle ensuring home and possessions are safe from the turmoil and emotional upset of theft and there are few things worse than your home being invaded and personal possessions stolen.

Prevention is better than cure and there are a number of steps you can take to ensure you remain safe. Keep thinking about your security, regularly appraise measures you have in place and think about how you can improve them. Always be aware, try to spot areas of weakness and move to close any holes in your defences.

Due to consumer demand, we have recently developed and launched our own home alarm system, that you install yourself in less than 60 minutes to protect your home and family. It got us thinking about home security in genreal, and what else you could do you can do to reduce your security risk.

Here are some ideas you may like to think about:

● Keep them out - Make sure doors and windows are kept locked. Use quality locks and see they are fitted properly. Have a sturdy chain fitted on the front door and/or spy holes so you can see who is calling before opening the door. See that valuables are kept out of sight from prying eyes and not visible to anyone looking through windows.

● Light it up - Darkness is a wonderful asset to thieves, they really don't like being the centre of attention so having security lighting fitted means you will know when anyone is about. Lights are activated by movement sensors and often have the desired effect of scaring a thief away rather than them being observed doing something they shouldn't. Lighting up your driveway, garden and path will give ample warning to the whole neighbourhood that someone is poking about on your property who shouldn't be there.

● Make a noise - Get an alarm fitted, make sure it is working properly and the codes are left with a trusted neighbour or relative in case it is activated and you're not there. An alarm is still the most effective way of alerting you and neighbours to someone trying to get into the home. Noise is another wonderful deterrent, making an attack on an alarmed home one the thief would probably rather leave alone. You don't have to spend a fortune on a home alarm and we would recommend you have a look at our recently launched Bulldog Secure Alarm which can be fitted by the homeowner in under an hour at a fraction of the normal cost. Having a dog is another excellent alarm system and a marvellous protector of the home. A barking dog will not only alert you to an unathorised presence but also remind the thief of what awaits should they gain entry.

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● Holiday planning - There are a number of precautions which should be taken when leaving the house for any length of time, including holidays. Cancel the milk and papers and make sure a valued neighbour or relative keeps an eye on the place, ensuring letters are not sticking out of the letterbox and any visitors are monitored. Lights on timers will give the illusion of someone being in the house during the evenings and overnight and get your neighbour to draw and open the curtains as an added deterrent. Make sure doors and windows are shut and secured before leaving and be mindful of what information your posting on social media. Is there really any need to tell the whole world about what you are doing and when?

● Don't forget the drive - A car is one of the most expensive things you are likely to own so make sure you secure it. Use the garage if you have one and if the vehicle is left on the road or driveway, see that doors are locked and windows are closed. There have been a speight of thefts from drives in recent months so having a vehicle on the drive and close to the house doesn't guarantee it's safe. Consider having security posts fitted where practicable so a vehicle can't be driven away easily. Keep the keys out of reach and away from the front door and have a tracker fitted which will alert you to any tampering.

● Secure the garage - It is also important to ensure any workshop or garage connected to the house is secured. These are very often the least thought about areas in terms of security even though they grant access to the house. Even if it's a stand-alone garage, take the right approach when it comes to security - a flimsy lock and broken windows are an open invitation to thieves. Sturdy locks should be employed and security posts are excellent devices in front of the garage door.

● What's in the shed? - Have you thought about what's in the shed? Chances are, probably not! There can be a variety of expensive items, lawnmowers, bikes, garden tools and so on. The shed is going to be away from the house but think about where it goes ahead of putting it up and keep it away from the perimeter of the property where it's easy to target. Again, make sure doors and windows are locked and, where possible, in an area covered by your security lighting.

For more information and advice about how we can help with home security, telephone our team on 01952 728171. 

If you'd like to find out more about our new Home Alarm system which is available from just £299 (with no fitting vcost as you install it easily yourself), head over to our new website for more details.

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How do I ensure my construction site is secure?

Date: 23/09/2019

Construction sites can be an Aladdin's cave for criminals with so much valuable equipment often being left unattended overnight, a huge draw for thieves eager to make the most of ‘easy pickings'.

With heavy equipment, tools, materials and vehicles needed on-site, it isn't practical to move it all away to a more secured location only to bring it back again the following morning for work to recommence.

But thefts from construction sites have always been, and will continue to be, a major problem with companies, individuals and insurers often paying a heavy price for losing out to criminal activity. Replacing stolen items is costly, inconvenient and can seriously hamper the success of the projects being worked on.

Awareness of the situation is key, followed by basic steps that should be taken to ensure your property and construction site remains secure. Here are seven tips to help you achieve this:

● Put a plan in place: Walk the site and get to know where the vulnerabilities are. You can do this yourself or get an expert to advise on the best way of putting tight security into operation. Remember to continually monitor and upgrade when necessary as the site develops and evolves. You and your staff will also need to know what to do when an incident is occurring or has happened. Make sure you know how you are going to respond by going through the various scenarios of anything that might happen.

● Know what you've got and where it is: Keep a regular inventory of tools and equipment and where it is kept. This way it will be easier to establish if and when something has been stolen. It is also important to mark all equipment in some way so it is easily identifiable and more likely to be returned if taken.

● Secure the perimeter: Make sure you have a secured perimeter fence and gate, making it more difficult for intruders to break in and get items out. Try and keep the area inside and outside of the fencing as clear as possible so items can not be used as an aid to getting over the fence. Seek advice on the best type of fence and always ensure regular checks are maintained to see there have been no breaches. On the subject of gates, always try whenever possible to have one entry/exit point. It's easier to police.

● Be careful who you let in: Put a signing in signing out policy in place so you know who is coming on-site and why. Make sure visitors are accompanied as unattended people can pose security and safety concerns. Encouraging a staff badge system is also a good idea and try to ensure as few vehicles as possible are allowed in the compound. Having parking facilities for staff and visitors outside the site will mean fewer options for making off with items and minimise potential risks of damage to vehicles.

● Enlist some help: Install cameras, locks chains and anything else you can think of to prevent entry to the site. Cameras and motion sensors are relatively cheap to buy and getting simpler to install. The last thing the criminal wants is to be caught on camera. CCTV can be linked to somewhere someone can respond very quickly. There are also audio devices available which can be used to scare off the offender when their presence is detected. You could consider the old-fashioned but still very effective deterrent of employing a guard and or dog to patrol the site.

● Lock it or lose it: Lock up your equipment when it isn't in use and immobilise vehicles. Park plant equipment in an area which is as secured and ‘fenced in' as possible. This can mean parking in a spot where the vehicle is wedged in and physically impossible to be driven away. Fix all plant equipment with trackers and ensure areas where materials and equipment are stored are well lit.

● Get your staff on board: It's in everyone's interests to make sure the construction site is safe and secure. Make sure staff are aware of the dangers of criminal activity and that they take the necessary steps to help you beat the thief. It's a team effort and always remember prevention is better than cure. After all, the theft of vital equipment and materials won't just hit the company it could have serious implications on jobs. Have a security policy and see it's regularly monitored and updated and that everyone knows about it.

Vandalism and theft are major headaches for those involved in setting up and maintaining construction sites. The other equally important consideration is health and safety on-site. Thinking ahead and trying to cater for any eventuality is essential to any preventive action you deem necessary.

For more information on how Bulldog Security Products could help you, call our team on 01952 728171.

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TR68- so much more than just a tracker

Date: 16/09/2019

Fitting a tracker is the best way of knowing where your vehicle is and can help keep it out of the hands of thieves - but did you know about it's other benefits?

With the right tracker you have a built-in SOS button for a driver to summon assistance quickly and you'll be helping to make our roads safer by monitoring driver behaviour.

The Bulldog TR68 has another useful advantage. It can be fitted within 20 seconds which means it can be fitted in less time than it takes to be stolen! All-in-all it's the ideal device and is particularly popular for use in fleet and commercial vehicles.

It has become increasingly important for fleet managers to always know where their vehicles are and that they are being driven correctly. The tracker is also helping combat thefts, thereby saving on the cost of replacing vehicles and keeping insurance costs as low as possible.

The TR68 is small, has no additional wiring and can be easily located under the dashboard. It has a unique tracking platform which allows you to know its location at all times and monitor a range of other things connected to the vehicle, such as driver rest periods, speed, vehicle maintenance, mileage and travel time.

What some may see as Big Brother is nothing more than common sense and prudent planning with the welfare of drivers and vehicles front and centre, along with the safety of other road users.

The TR68 can be programmed with maximum driving time and minimum rest periods to ensure compliance with the law and that drivers are taking correct rest breaks. There is a remote listen-in, allowing you to hear what's going on in the vehicle - something which proves extremely useful in the case of theft.

It also fulfills its prime directive of telling you of any unauthorised movement or tampering, effectively acting as a theft alert and, if the vehicle is stolen, it can be tracked in real time to a smartphone app or PC for easier recovery.

Benefits at a glance:

● The latest GPS receiver technology which can provide a location to 10 metres.
● Driver behaviour and compliance monitoring.
● View tracker live location.
● Track your vehicle or fleet of vehicles.
● View history, speed and tracking reports.
● See speed, location and signal strength at a glance.
● Pro-active device with real-time tracking.
● Can be easily moved from vehicle to vehicle.
● Receive push notifications direct to your phone.
● Fully manage your tracker via the app.

Technology continues to advance at an incredible rate and it only seems sensible to make the most of it when it comes to protecting property and staff. Trackers are helping in the fight against theft and keeping down the unnecessary associated costs. The TR68 is one of the most popular and versatile trackers on the market but, in reality, it's so much more than just a tracker.

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10 ways to reduce your haulage and fleet security risk

Date: 06/09/2019

There's a great deal of money tied up in running a fleet of vans and lorries, not to mention the loads they carry, which make them highly sought after targets for criminals.

The drivers of these vehicles spend most of their working lives on the road so it's important as a company that you do all you can to ensure the safety of drivers and the security of your fleet while in transit.

It is estimated that almost 40% of lorry drivers fail to park in secured areas when they rest-up. This is due in part to not enough secure parking areas being available across the country but with more than 55% of all loads stolen across Europe happening in the UK, it means drivers and their cargo are regularly being put at risk.

So, what can you do to minimise these risks? Here are 10 things to consider:

1. Don't advertise - Be careful what you print on the side of your vehicles, vans in particular. Too much information about what your company does can give the impression of something valuable being carried on board - a tempting target!

2. Plan the route - Preparing for the journey is a simple precaution, pre-book overnight parking at a secure spot where possible, avoid the same routes and stops and don't be predictable. A number of fleet operators around the country are now opening up their sites to accommodate vehicles en-route to more distant locations. Make fuel cards available for drivers to carry so they don't need to carry cash.

3. Count on your vehicle - Make sure the vehicle is safe to drive and roadworthy. An important consideration in getting your driver and the load they are carrying to their required destination without tragic consequences. Ensure the vehicle is always fit for the road with all the checks and tests carried out and up to date.

4. How good is the driver? - It's all very well having a vehicle that's safe for the road but what about the person behind the wheel? Filter out the dangerous drivers with regular tests, checks and training to ensure they are up to the mark. You may also consider introducing a regular alcohol and drug testing procedure as a further safety precaution.

5. Communication is key - Drivers should not be using mobile phones when on the road, we have all seen the tragic events that can occur in these situations. Better not to trouble the driver at all but if a communications link is necessary, make sure it's hands-free.

6. Check the load is safe - The vehicle may be loaded by a third party, someone back at base or someone else's depot for the return trip. See to it that everyone knows what the rules and regulations are to avoid any nasty surprises out on the road. The driver should always check the load before departure to make sure it's safe. In these days of illegal migrants seeking any means possible to enter the country, it is also advisable to double check the container before travelling back into the country through the various ports to ensure there is no one hitching an unauthorised lift.

7. Home base security - Make sure your premises are secured and all vehicles are immobilised or locked away in such places that eliminates the risk of theft. Put all the usual precautions in place, such as security lighting, CCTV cameras, alarms and where necessary enlist the help of a security firm. Have a sign in, sign out policy so you know who has been on site and stop people wandering around who have no right to be there.

8. Choose wisely - If you are buying a fleet of vans, cars or lorries, do your homework and buy those vehicles that receive glowing security reviews in the trade press and come highly recommended by those who know. Some vehicles are more susceptible to theft than others.

9. Travelling abroad - Double check you have all the required documentation you need for your trip in case you need it. Always know what is required in each country before you set out so you don't get caught out! If you are stopped by the police, always behave in a courteous manner.

10. Fit a tracker - It's becoming common practice now to fit trackers, or extra trackers, to vehicles so they can be more easily recovered if stolen. They can even act independently to prevent a theft from happening with an ‘intelligent, thinking, programme' that can detect tampering and movement.

For more information about how we can help you minimise the risk to your fleet, contact our team on 01952 728171.

 

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Equestrian & Rural Security

Date: 14/08/2019

We are very fortunate to be living in such a beautiful part of the country with Shropshire and its surrounding areas located in idyllic settings within landscapes which in many cases have remained unchanged for hundreds of years.

Scenic perfection, however, comes at a price and the quiet tranquility of the countryside which we all value so highly can also act as a breeding ground for crime. These peaceful settings mean something totally different to the criminal - areas where they think they can ply their trade without interference and with virtual impunity.

Rural crime is a major issue, something to be aware of and act upon. Farms, businesses, stables and homes are all likely targets for thieves seeking out high value equipment just ripe for the picking.

The countryside means fewer people which affords thieves the ideal opportunity to take their time and appraise targets ready to return at times most suited to their needs. Then there's the opportunist thief. Someone touring the quiet roads and lanes looking to see what they can grab in the here and now.

Taking action

Farms should ensure animals are tagged and equipment is marked. You should also think about keeping a log of property with a detailed description and photograph which can help in recovery.

Chain and secure everything you can and for the things you can't, lock items away in secured buildings. As added precautions, make sure vehicles are tracked and that they, and other equipment, are immobilised and keys are not left in the ignition when not in use.

Where possible put bars on windows where equipment is stored, like a tack room, get your buildings alarmed, fit security lighting and CCTV and also think about getting a dog as an early warning system.

Other ways to keep property secure include, chains, a high security door lock for sheds and workshops, security posts and roller shutter door locks.

Stable owners should microchip or freeze-mark their horses and always remember to keep horse passports locked away securely at a separate location from the horse. All equines must have one which means horses can't be sold on unless they have their valid passport.

Access to business premises, farms or stables should be restricted by making sure perimeter hedges, fences and walls are doing there job and that all gates are locked and secured.

People living in the countryside are familiar with the problems relative isolation can bring. It's important to meet the challenge head-on and ensure you take the steps you can to keep your property secure.

For more information about how we can help you, call us on 01952 728171.

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Easy ways to improve personal security

Date: 17/07/2019

Personal security can be something that is often underestimated with not enough care and consideration being given until it may be too late!

Things to think about here are your personal security in the home, online or when you're out and about. It pays to give the subject some forethought to maintain a level of security which will hopefully keep you and your information safe from attack.

We have put together 10 points which we hope will help you when it comes to ensuring your safety:

Always be aware: On the understanding that prevention is better than cure, think about what the criminal wants and their ideal set of circumstances for getting it. Don't make life easy for them, make them work hard to find a way of getting what they want. Always think about what you are doing and saying, where and how you are travelling and who you are inviting into your trusted confidence.

Don't put yourself in harm's way: Being out and about is a large part of day-to-day life but there are a number of precautions you can take to increase your safety. Keep away from areas you know to be risky, particularly at night, make sure there are people milling around, travel with a trusted friend where possible, keep to well-lit areas - preferably where there are CCTV cameras and don't wear headphones with the noise levels making it impossible to hear someone approaching. Carry a safety alarm which is in good working order, easy to reach and activate.

● Meetings fraught with danger: Be wary of first-time meetings and try to ensure they take place in the open with other people about. Tell someone where you are going and when you are likely to return. Always phone to make sure they know you are back safe and well. Avoid situations which could leave you trapped or difficult to find a way out of.

Look after yourself: Learning self-defence can be an asset, or consider getting a dog. Simple steps that can be hugely beneficial and there are few better deterrents than walking with a dog and having one guarding the house!

Be sure of your taxi: Always use a taxi or licensed private hire vehicle and never flag down cars cruising around looking for fares. Unless it's a proper black cab taxi, this is illegal anyway. Get the details of the car and driver off the firm when booking and make sure you confirm these details when the cab turns up. Many firms now use an app for booking and will send car and driver details to your mobile phone ahead of the pick-up.

Beware of the skimmer and the scammer: People using cash machines have been vulnerable for some time, so when drawing out cash make sure you give the machine the once over and if anything looks dodgy or been added, like a device or camera, notify someone in the premises of your concerns.

● Staying safe at home: There are a range of security measures to ensure your home is secure, which we have dealt with in previous blogs, but the issue of personal security at home is a vitally important one. Keep windows, doors and access from an attached garage locked to prevent an intruder from getting in. Door chain locks are popular but remember they may be compromised fairly easily. Bolts are a good idea for added security as are exterior security lighting, cameras and alarms.

● Keep it vague: If travelling on business or away on holiday, enter an address on your GPS, smartphone or other device which is in the area of your home but not your home address. You don't want your phone pinched and the thief or an accomplice taking advantage of your absence. It is also a good idea to set up a remote wipe option on your phone so sensitive information can be deleted should the phone be stolen

● The power of social media: Personal security isn't just about protection against violence or physical theft. Facebook is a great way of keeping in touch with your friends but don't post all your personal information for the world to see. It is so easy for an identity to be stolen and always remember the jig-saw effect, where information can be pieced together from different sources.

● Internet, cold calls and fraudsters: There are some particularly clever and manipulative people out there just waiting for the chance to hack your computer or press you into providing vital information about banks, pensions and so on when they have you on the phone or the doorstep. Never give out vital details and always beware of incoming telephone calls.

For more information about personal security, including the use of the latest GPS tracking technology, phone us on 01952 728171.

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Toughening up motorbike security

Date: 10/07/2019

It's summer and the good weather it sometimes brings means it's also the time for seasonal motorbikers to get their pride and joy out of storage and take to the road. It's also a good time for us to raise the issue of security and remind you of the ways to keep your motorbike, scooter or moped safe from theft.

It will probably come as no surprise, but a motorbike is more likely to be stolen than a car - about twice as likely, actually, so it's worth thinking about the things you can do to reduce the risk of theft.

They are easier targets and can be whisked away within seconds, sold on or often quickly broken up and sold as spares. Once stolen these expensive items are extremely difficult to recover and it's estimated the UK is experiencing motorcycle theft costing somewhere in the region of £8m every month.

It's an eye-watering amount of money and a few simple precautions will minimise the risk of theft, preventing the heartache, inconvenience and expense with thieves often giving up on their prey, moving on to easier targets.

Here are our tips on helping you to keep your property yours!

● Keep thieves in the dark - Don't advertise the fact you have a motorbike by leaving it outside, if you can help it, or in an area the thief can easily get at. Always consider how you can make it more difficult for them. Lock it away in a garage or secured premises, install security lighting and fit alarms to bike and property.

● An extra layer of security - Never a bad idea. There is always something else you can do to put another obstacle in the way, particularly when combating the opportunist thief. Use appropriate tough and up to the task locks on doors and think about adding an extra one. Security posts provide additional safeguards in preventing access to garages and outbuildings. If you have to leave your machine outside, use chains, locks and anchor it to the ground where possible. You can also fit a wheel clamp.

● Keeping track - A Bulldog favourite and one being employed by an increasing number of people across a wide variety of circumstances. Trackers are wonderful, intelligent, unobtrusive items that will not only tell you when your motorbike has been stolen, it will also alert you to tampering and act as an immobiliser. If stolen, the tracker makes it easier to locate and recover. A tracker means you will have an 80% or better chance of getting your property back.

● Magic marker - Using a forensic DNA style marking liquid will ensure your property will always have a unique signature linking your stolen property to you. Kits are readily available and easy to use and in the event of theft the recovered property can be more easily returned to the owner.

For more information about how Bulldog Security Products can help, call us on 01952 728171 or email sales@bulldogsecure.com

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On Track for Personal Safety With The TR20

Date: 10/07/2019

There is nothing more important than personal safety - that's why many people are taking out the added reassurance of a tracker which will highlight the location and condition of the person carrying it at all times.

It's ideal in providing added peace of mind if you have a vulnerable relative or friend, meaning you can quite literally keep track of where they are and what they are doing. But it's actually an extremely valuable aid to ANYONE in this increasingly violent world we live, allowing wellbeing and location to be monitored easily and necessary action taken should the need arise.

When it comes to personal safety you should only settle for the best. Why take the risk when there is the TR20 tracker? It's a tried and tested lightweight, waterproof, tracking device which does everything required of it.

Recent TV and radio broadcasts and newspaper coverage have been full of attacks on the person. It's a tough world out there and while we don't want to frighten - statistics still show the risk of attack is pretty low - the risks are still there and we feel obliged to warn about the hazards and advise on awareness and protection.

So what are the advantages of a top-of-the range tracker like the TR20?

● The man down alarm allows a loved to know when something is wrong with an elderly relative or one suffering from a debilitating illness, but can act as an additional layer of security for anyone. The SOS button alerts whoever needs to know and provides the location so appropriate action can be taken.

● The tracker will track every step or mile in real time, meaning you'll always know where it is.

● It's easy and light to carry and can be attached to a belt or a lanyard with little to no inconvenience.

● There is no limit on the number of people who can access the tracker information via the app - meaning if one observer misses the alert for whatever reason, another is almost certain to pick it up.

● The tracker is fitted with two-way calling thanks to a built-in microphone and speaker.

At a time when technology is evolving at an incredible pace, it's reassuring to know that trackers are now a regular feature in the ongoing battle to ensure personal safety remains top priority.

More people are turning to trackers to safeguard themselves, their loved ones and their possessions - it's a small price to pay to ensure the people and things you most care about can be safe and secure.

For more about the TR20, call our team on 01952 728171.

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Easy ways to improve your vehicle security

Date: 24/06/2019

 

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Vehicles and their contents are easy prey for criminals and most people have a very cavalier attitude towards security which only adds to the problem.

Being aware of the dangers and taking some simple precautions could be enough to deter a thief and keep your property safe. It's all about getting into the right mindset and making sure you do whatever you can to prevent the crime from happening.

To help you, we have put together seven top tips we hope will stand you in good stead when your thinking of how best you can improve your vehicle security:

1. The key to the situation: Make sure your vehicle is locked and windows and sunroofs are closed. If using a key fob for automatic locking, make sure all the doors and boot are secured as sometimes a fault may occur where one door fails to lock. Don't leave your vehicle open while unattended and don't leave the keys in the ignition or the engine running when there is no one with the vehicle.

Be careful where you put your keys at home. Don't leave them near open windows, close to the letterbox or your front door unlocked or open. Also, be aware of ‘Relay Attack'. The latest method of car theft where two thieves working in tandem use electronic signal relay devices to open the car. One uses a device to receive the key signal from inside the house and transfers it to a second box by the car, making the car ‘think' the key has been operated. This system can't work if keys are left in a metal box, safe or signal blocking wallet.

2. Where do I park?: Your vehicle is at much greater risk of theft when it's unattended so it pays to give some thought to where you leave it, particularly overnight. Always ensure doors and windows are locked, garage it where possible - ensuring the garage is also secure, or use a secured car park facility which you know is covered by cameras, a parking attendant or a ticket exit barrier.

If none of these options are available and you are leaving your vehicle on the street, try to ensure it is outside your home where you can keep an eye on it, always leave it in a well lit and well used area - thieves would much prefer to operate in areas where there are as few people around as possible. And seek out areas where CCTV cameras are installed if you can.

3. Toughen up on security: Adding extra layers of security is always going to make the theft of your vehicle that little more difficult - and could also result in cheaper insurance premiums! Visible deterrents are good, the thief may be put off and move on to another, easier target. Things to consider here are steering locks, wheel locks, immobiliser, car alarm and security posts.

Immobilisers have been fitted as standard on UK cars since 1998 but if you have an older model, get one fitted. Newer cars also have a car alarm but the same principle applies here. There are still a lot of cars on the road that won't have an alarm fitted. Security posts are ideal if you can't garage your vehicle, ‘wedging' it into a confined area which prevents it being driven away. Posts can also be used as added security in front of garage doors.

4. Keep documents at home: It may seem like the sensible thing to do to keep your logbook and service records with your vehicle but it can make the car easier to sell on after a theft and could also increase the risk of identity fraud. It's also extremely important not to keep other personalised documents in the vehicle - such as bank statements, insurance certificates, driving licence or personal letters - for the same reason. Criminals don't require much information to steal your identity.

5. Keep valuables out of sight: You're going to carry some pretty valuable stuff around with you when driving, whether it's connected to work or just the day-to-day tasks that are part of today's life, but keep it shut away in the boot or glove compartment.

Remember, it's not just your car the thief wants. Handbags, jackets, money, laptops, briefcases, CDs, mobile phones, dash cams and sat navs are all attractive items to the thief so keep them out of sight, away from the vehicle where possible or consider a secure safe that can be fitted in the boot.

6. Stay alert on the move: Most of the time your vehicle and valuables are going to be targeted when you're not about but that isn't always the case. We have seen an increase in carjackings in recent times and instances where people have been robbed while stationary or in slow moving traffic. Always keep your wits about you and doors and windows locked to prevent the robber getting at you in the vehicle.

7.  Keeping track of your property: Trackers are extremely effective in preventing theft or enabling the recovery of a vehicle if it is stolen. It alerts you to any unauthorised activity and allows you to know exactly where the vehicle is at all times by sending data to your phone or other mobile device. Many new vehicles have trackers fitted but it never hurts to add a second one. It also pays to get one fitted if you have an older vehicle. They are quick, easy to fit and provide the peace of mind in knowing your vehicle is safe.

Much of this advice is common sense but in highlighting the dangers we hope we have encouraged greater awareness of the steps you can take to minimise the risk of theft. Bulldog has many security devices to help keep your property safe.

The Bulldog trackers that we would reccomend for enhanced vehicle security include:

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● The BulldogOne GPS Tracker is our latest feature-packed and smallest GPS tracker.
● It includes everything you need from a tracking service.
● With easy connection options you can install it in no time.
● Install it in your car, motorhome, caravan, motorbike or quadbike.
● View tracker live location.
● Receive push notifications direct to your phone.

You name it, the BulldogOne is exceptionally versatile and easy to fit.

 

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● Track your vehicle and fleet.
● Utilises your OBD (on board diagnostics) socket.
● Pro-active device with real time tracking.
● Driver behaviour & compliance monitoring.
● Simple plug in installation.
● Can be easily moved from vehicle to vehicle.
● View tracker live location.
● Receive push notifications direct to your phone.

 

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● Keep track of your vehicle.
● IP67 water resistant
● Multiple alarms to regulate driving behaviour
● Remote vehicle fuel power cut off alarm.
● Ignition ON/OFF alerts.
● View tracker live location
● Receive push notifications direct to your phone

 

Our full range of trackers can be viewed on our tracking website.

Give us a call on 01952 728171 to find out what we can do for you.

 

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