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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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:
● 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.
● 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.
● 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.
Keeping track of your property is becoming an increasingly important part of life in the 21st Century and to do that you need something that is reliable, unobtrusive and easy to fit - something like our highly rated TR35 tracker.
The TR35 is a wonderful little device that makes use of inbuilt sensors to detect movement and vibration, alerting you to anything untoward going on and giving you the chance to do something about it!
It will even tell you when the device has been removed from the tracked object.
Vehicles and equipment are extremely high-cost items and if you add on the cost of replacing and insurance, where available, it can prove to be a major problem - one your business may not recover from. So it really pays to take all necessary steps to keep property safe and secure.
The TR35 can be fitted quickly on plant equipment, machinery, vehicles of all kinds and shipping containers. It is compact and comes with no external wiring, working through a GPS antenna, which means it can be hidden away virtually anywhere on the tracked item.
Our MS03 tracking platform will track and report through the benefit of geofencing, speed, travel time and mileage, while a Smartphone app or PC will allow you to keep track of where the tracked item is in real time.
It has a built-in SIM card which accesses all compatible mobile phone networks across the UK and Europe, using the very latest GPS receiver technology.
The TR35 is one of the toughest trackers on the market and comes with a battery life giving up to four years stand-by time from just one charge. So you can fit it and then pretty well forget about it until it tells you something is amiss.
It operates in the harshest of conditions, is easily attached to any metal object using two high-powered magnets and comes as a complete package - you don't need any additional extras to get you up and running.
When it comes to safeguarding your property and comparing the pros and cons of the many products on the market, it's wise to go with a tried and trusted name - so make sure you secure the best!
There is little point in going to the trouble of deciding you need to do something, weigh up all the options available and then go for a product that is sub-standard, a cheap alternative that's only success will be in giving the thief a chuckle as he makes off with your treasured vehicle, property, possessions.
Quality is probably going to cost a bit more but isn't that worth it when it comes with the reassurance of being able to deter the thief, avoiding the inconvenience and heartbreak that all too often accompanies a crime.
We would always advocate buying quality products, something with good performance ratings sold by reputable companies - anything less has to be false economy.
Our products are made with the strongest materials to the toughest specifications with their design and manufacture perfected by our vastly experienced team over 35 years in the industry - we've just celebrated our 35th anniversary!
We are proud of our record which sees us regularly partner the police, businesses and other agencies in trying to prevent crime through simple, easy to install products that make life just that bit harder for the criminal.
Bulldog is a member of Secured by Design, an official UK police security initiative with the goal of designing out crime through physical security.
It is made up of a group of companies with a proven track record in producing security products that pass standards and tests nominated by the police. Products marketed by member companies must display an effectiveness in reducing or preventing crime.
Secured by Design official figures show developments where products and materials used meet these high standards are 75% less likely to be burgled and show a reduction of 25% in criminal damage.
They also reveal that the Association of British Insurers has estimated the introduction of these standards across the country would save the economy more than £3.2bn over a 20-year period.
Preventing crime is an uphill battle but Bulldog is one of a number of companies across the country committed to doing all we can to reduce the threat by producing high quality products that will be a deterrent to the criminal.
So whether it's home and building, vehicle, equestrian, cargo, plant equipment or personal security you are looking at, give our team a call on 01952 728171 and find out how we can help you.
Carjacking is an increasing problem and while it's more prevalent in the cities it is something that can happen anytime, anywhere - so get your vehicle tracked.
While we don't want to scare people unnecessarily, we feel it is also important to warn you of the dangers that can be faced when your vehicle is taken. It's bad enough when your car is stolen but it is even more traumatic and distressing if you or someone else is in it at the time!
Car crime in general is on the increase with vehicles easy targets and bringing easy money to thieves and those involved with selling them on after the initial theft. Did you know West Midlands Police made nearly 600 arrests in a matter of weeks during a car crime crackdown late last year?
There were five carjackings reported in Birmingham in one week alone in October and the 590 arrests in the West Midlands before Christmas followed a concerted campaign by police following what the crime commissioner called an epidemic.
But it's not just about the car. Think what's inside, children, valuables, work laptops, important documents and other equipment.
A car was stolen in Bradford in early January with a four-year-old child inside and there have been other similar instances around the country over the past year, including in Birmingham last July when a four-week-old baby was taken in a carjacking. One can only imagine the devastating effect this has on the families of those children involved.
Vehicles are often stolen to order with either the whole car or its individual parts ending up being shipped abroad - Eastern Europe and North Africa are favoured destinations.
More people are viewing trackers as a vital must-have for their vehicle and they do so much more than simply track. The BulldogOne is a case in point, a simple device with anti-theft features which alerts you to unauthorised use and allows you to remotely cut the engine within seconds from a smartphone app.
You can also track other items you might normally carry around in your car and think about installing a sturdy, security box for putting valuables, papers and so on in as an extra safeguard against theft.
We would always advise not to leave valuable items in the car when it is unattended and don't leave your car with the engine running - something people still do when popping into the shop, dropping items off or picking them up or de-icing the car during winter weather.
It only takes a minute to be caught with your guard down and someone to make off with your car. Be alert at all times, aware of your surroundings and take simple steps to ensure security and safety.
One of the things we are most asked is "Why do I need an additional GPS tracker if I already have one fitted?" Good question, let us explain.
Bulldog provides a range of GPS trackers and each comes with a high quality assurance that it is tough, durable and reliable, whatever the circumstances may be for fitting it. Take our TR35, for example. A tried and tested device which does exactly what it says on the tin!
It is one of the toughest trackers on the market and with a battery life giving up to four years stand-by time from just one charge, it pretty much looks after itself.
Trackers are fitted on a range of vehicles now before they hit the street and while this should obviously be applauded, we would still recommend a second, more comprehensive, device be added for added security and increased peace of mind.
Factory-fitted trackers are fixed while our sturdy TR35 is magnetic and can be fitted anywhere out of sight. This helps to thwart the thieves who know what they are looking to remove and where from and also gives that safety in numbers feel - if the factory tracker is located the thief may not think about looking for a second one!
We are immensely proud of our TR35, it's proved very popular with customers and been hugely successful. Our team at Bulldog have taken loads of positive feedback from individuals and companies who have fitted it and we are constantly monitoring the equipment, upgrading and improving when necessary.
So, what does the TR35 do? Here are seven benefits we think you will find interesting:
● It is easily attached to any metal by two high-powered magnets, manufactured from ABS and is IP66 rated for use in the harshest conditions.
● The TR35 is intelligent, it's sensors will detect and inform you of any vibration or movement - helping you to prevent a theft while it's in the process of happening. It will also alert you if the magnets have been removed.
● The TR35 comes to you as a complete package - it's all there, you don't need to buy any ‘additional extras' to get you up and running.
● It can be used on all kinds of vehicles, including caravans, motorhomes, farming and plant equipment, cargo containers, vans and lorries.
● The TR35 will let you track and report from a range of information including speed, travel time, geofencing and mileage.
● A Smartphone app or tracking portal lets you track in real time so you know where your property is at all times and will also alert you to any movement outside a pre-defined area.
For more information about how a GPS tracker can help you, telephone our team on 01952 728171
Thefts of plant equipment and trailers are reaching staggering proportions with many thieves viewing these costly items as low-risk, high-gain ventures.
By the very nature of their use these items are generally left unattended overnight and in the most lonely of rural locations - making them really tempting targets.
It's costing the UK construction industry about £800m each year, with some £100m of that figure directly attributable to theft and vandalism and the remainder the cost incurred through hire of replacement equipment, the cost of buying new, increased insurance costs and the resulting loss in business.
Thieves will take just about anything but are particularly keen on excavators, dumper trucks, forklift trucks, compressors, scaffolding and anything else with a high metal value. They have even been known to steal cranes!
When you factor in the more general agricultural stuff that goes missing like trailers, tractors and quad bikes, then the vulnerability of these types of items and the high cost involved to those who own them goes through the roof.
There was a case shortly before Christmas of a trailer containing £30,000 worth of furniture and £5,000 of steel rope being stolen just across the Shropshire border in Stone. A lorry tractor unit was driven to an isolated farm, the trailer was hooked up and driven away a short time later.
And last September plant equipment worth £80,000, including a three tonne digger and two large metal trailers were taken in a raid in Nottinghamshire.
We know these types of theft are more appealing to the criminal because equipment can be poorly secured and targeted during the hours of darkness when there is less likelihood of anyone being about. But it doesn't always follow!
Allied to trailer thefts are thefts of cargo, where lorries and trailers are targeted for what's on board. The latest available figures show quarter two last year saw an estimated £14m worth of cargo thefts in the UK - up £1m on quarter one.
There are measures you can take to secure your plant equipment and trailers, including security marking your property, employing an extensive range of strong locks, security posts and ground anchors. Fit an alarm and tracker and paint your postcode on the roof when possible so your property can be easily spotted from the air.
Make sure you immobilise vehicles whenever you can, don't leave keys in the ignition and if you can't lock items away then at least ensure they are left blocked-in somehow making it difficult for them to be driven, loaded or towed away.
For advice on how Bulldog can help keep your plant equipment and trailers safe, call our friendly team on 01952 728171.
The recent unusual amount of snowfall over different parts of Europe has resulted in a number of deaths and massive disruption. While those kinds of conditions are not the norm, it's important to bear safety in mind if you are one of the many thousands of people who take to the slopes on skiing holidays each year.
Skiing can be pretty hazardous at the best of times and there is always a code to follow with safety measures in place to ensure you not only enjoy the experience but come through it unscathed.
One of the simple things you can do, which will give you and your loved ones reassurance while you're out on the piste, is to carry a personal tracker - a small but effective device which will monitor and relay your location at all times and issue an alert if you have an accident.
The Bulldog TR99 is the tracker of choice for many sporty people because it's so tough and enduring in the most difficult of conditions. It is particularly useful and a vital piece of equipment for skiers because it might just save your life!
It can be easy to get lost, take the wrong route, simply find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time as severe weather closes in or take a heavy fall. The TR99 will cut down the response time of any rescue team as it continues to send out your location.
The TR99 is shockproof, waterproof, is something you can put in your pocket and be safe in the knowledge that your location can be shared in real time via a high quality tracking service.
We like to think of it as a safety buddy with an SOS phone alert installed and should you be unlucky enough to be caught out by the conditions or have an accident it will call preset numbers, highlight full GPS coordinates and allow help to home in on your position.
It has a battery life of up to 400 hours, can be recharged through an optional wireless charging pad or standard USB lead and has three modes of communication - via smartphone app or the internet. The tracker can make and receive calls, issue automatic SOS alerts and SMS notifications and has an integrated Google Map link.
The TR99 doesn't have a restriction on the number of people who can access the information, meaning as many as is thought necessary can receive alerts and notifications.
It has the added advantage of a mutli network roaming SIM that works across 66 countries which means the tracker will stay online and keep you safe wherever you happen to be on the continent - making the TR99 an essential part of your holiday luggage.
But remember - we have hundreds of Bulldog tracker fans around the globe whether they be walkers, cyclists, lone workers - so be tracked for your own safety!