How seriously are you taking the security of your car? This months infographic outlines 5 security tips that will help.
Vehicle security is becoming increasingly important as both opportunist and premeditated vehicle crime continues to rise.
In September figures revealed that West Mercia Police recorded 368 crimes in 2016 – up 26 per cent from 291 in 2013, while Dyfed-Powys Police saw an increase of 18 per cent from 167 to 197.
The figures were revealed following a Freedom of Information request to police forces by the RAC.
Responses from 40 forces showed 85,688 vehicles were stolen in 2016 in England and Wales.
RAC insurance director Mark Godfrey said this rise reverses a general trend of vehicle thefts decreasing since around 2002.
“We fear thieves are now becoming more and more well equipped with technology capable of defeating car manufacturers’ anti-theft systems,” he said. “This is bad news for motorists as it has the effect of causing insurance premiums to rise at a time when they are already being pushed up by a variety of factors, not least the recent change to the discount rate for life-changing personal injury compensation claims and the rises in insurance premium tax.”
Mr Godfrey said a growing number of motorists were resorting to using unfashionable anti-theft devices which were popular in the 1980s and early 1990s such as steering wheel locks. Well thousands of our clever customers never stopped using them!
Last month police in Oswestry, Shropshire said 12 thefts had been reported in the area since the start of the year but urged others to report vehicle crime and assured motorists that they would act.
It came after dozens of people had reported vehicle break-ins and thefts on social media but had not necessarily reported them to police.
So we would like to show you some of the ways Bulldog Security Products can help.
The vulnerability of vehicles is plain to see and being left unattended for periods of time make them an easy target for the thief - in recent weeks we have seen people “pop back into the house” and leave the engine running to defrost the windscreen and thieves have made off with the vehicle.
Whilst others have left valuables on show - DO NOT ever do this! Don’t even leave charging cables on show which might suggest there is a Sat nav or mobile phones in the vehicle.
It can be difficult sometimes to choose whether it is safer to leave something in your car while you are out and about or to take it with you. Having items stolen if you’re in the pub, coffee shop or simply just out shopping can pose a dilemma - and there is always the chance that you could be mugged in the street.
But whether you have things of value in the vehicle or not it is important to ensure security at all times and make it as difficult as you can for the criminal. The other thing to consider is if you have high-profile security measures in place the thief will often leave your vehicle and move on to another which is not so well protected.
Here at Bulldog Security Products we have several items you might like to consider:
The Bulldog BW550 Steering Wheel Lock will fit most makes of car, including those fitted with bulbous airbags. We also supply the Bulldog BW600 Steering Wheel Lock which can be fitted to motorhomes, vans and HGVs. Both have received Department of Transport approval.
We provide several security posts of various sizes - the Bulldog GA60 Removable Security Post is 540mm high; the Bulldog GA70 Removable Hitch Post is 450mm high, both are fitted with an integral lock; and the Bulldog GA80 Fold Down Security Post is 700mm high and folds down. This is fitted with a stainless steel padlock. All security posts are designed to ‘box-in’ your vehicle so it can’t be driven away.
The Bulldog VA101 Van Door Lock, Bulldog VA102 Van Door Lock and the Bulldog VA50 Pair of Van Door Locks provide protection for a range of vans and have highly visible locks ideal for rear doors, off-side and nearside sliding doors. These locks add further security to guard against the criminal who is able to get past factory-fitted locks.
Don’t let your vehicle become the next target for thieves. Contact Simone on 01952 728171 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and see how we can help you.
This could be Rotterdam or anywhere
Liverpool or Rome
Cause Rotterdam is anywhere
It may sound Double Dutch to you but it makes perfect sense to us!
It’s unlikely the Beautiful South had us in mind here at Bulldog Security Products in Much Wenlock, Shropshire when they penned the lyrics to one of their most popular songs - but they fit in very nicely with our marketing manager Simone Byrne right now.
Simone is here, there and everywhere meeting new contacts and developing existing ones as Bulldog expands into an ever-growing international market. Her latest trip saw her jump on a plane and fly to Rotterdam to visit one of our clients.
Here’s what Simone has to say about her plans for 2018 and beyond:
“We have valued clients all over the world which rely on us to keep their vehicles and premises safe.
“We are constantly designing and manufacturing new security products with our client’s needs in mind. To do that we need to know how their businesses are developing so that we remain one step ahead with our products.
“It’s too late to offer a product once they have experienced a theft. As a leading, worldwide supplier of security products, we want to be offering the product as our client introduces their new vehicle to the fleet or takes over a new building.
“What I love about this job is that one day I could be meeting with a caravan dealer on our doorstep here in Shropshire whilst on another I could be meeting a freight company in Rotterdam.
“Skype, email, telephone calls are obviously an essential part of running any business but you can’t beat the value of getting on a plane and going to see a client face to face.
“Whilst there you can see how they are using the current Bulldog Security Products equipment but also identify opportunities where the security could be improved further or a product could be manufactured bespoke to their needs.
“That is the joy of working for Bulldog where we design and manufacture all under one roof.”
Business owners across the world also want to make sure their workforce is safe and “on track” resulting in an increase in international sales of the Bulldog tracker.
Simone added: “Our unique trackers and dedicated website enable the vehicles to be monitored in real time, giving a precise location which can be followed on your mobile phone or other device and allows the police to know exactly where the stolen vehicle is and to recover it quickly.
“But it’s not just international businesses investing in the safety of the workforce.
“We have just won a contract with a Shropshire based windscreen company to supply trackers to their vans. This means they can see where each of their vans are at any time and also gives them the opportunity to monitor lone workers.
“Obviously we see in the news on a daily basis commercial vans being targeted for tools and also the vehicle being stolen in its entirety but at least the owner will be alerted of any suspicious movements of the vehicle.
“The benefit of our tracker is that they can be moved around the vehicles too.
“So the new year has kicked off with international visits, community club meetings, a VW camper expo and meetings with clients in Scotland and down in Cornwall too.
“The rest of the year will include numerous flights to see our existing international clients but also meet new ones too.
“No day is ever the same for the team at Bulldog but we love it that way!”
Email Simone on email@example.com to book a meeting to discuss your security needs.
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Bulldog Security Products will be hitting the road this month to help the VW fans of the world keep their precious campers and vans safe from thieves.
Our team will be making the short journey from our Much Wenlock base to take part in Camper Mart at Telford International Centre on Sunday, January 14. We will be on hand to offer vehicle security advice to what is expected to be a packed house.
A VW extravaganza right on our doorstep here in Shropshire with the best VW converters, retailers and traders and of course as many VW enthusiasts as we can fit in - we would be mad not to be there.
We think you would be mad not to be there too!
The event gives enthusiasts and the more casual interest observers the opportunity to meet up and discuss all things VW camper related. Bulldog Security Products will be one of more than 70 traders who have already signed up for the day covering just about everything you ever wanted to know or buy connected to camper vans.
We will be raising awareness of our tracker systems during the day and how, at a fraction of the cost of your precious camper, you can take steps to ensure an increased likelihood of getting yours back if it is stolen.
We’ve all seen the social media appeals going viral when a gorgeous VW camper goes missing - wouldn't it be better if you could track it and be hot on their heels.
Even better let Bulldog help you with the industry leading security products so the thieves know they won't get away with it.
Did you know that only 3% of stolen caravans and motorhomes not fitted with a tracker are ever returned to their owner?
We know your VW is precious so make sure you have the best of the best with Bulldog.
The trackers we supply here at Bulldog Security Products, the BD1 and the TR36, allow your VW camper to be monitored in real time, allowing the police to know exactly where it is and to recover it quickly.
It is a simple cost-effective deterrent which can be fitted easily. Both also have an option to immobilise the vehicle to prevent theft in the first place.
Camper Mart runs from 9am to 4pm on January 14, there is family entertainment, workshops and talks planned for the day. Admission is £12 adults (£10 if you buy your tickets now) and children go free with a paying adult.
It promises to be a great day out and one that could save you some money, worry and loss in the long-term if you visit the Bulldog trade stand. We’ll see you there!
For more information about our security products phone our team on (01952) 728171. Learn more about Camper Mart here.
The smooth running of a company is essential to its success with all staff playing an integral role in keeping those well-oiled wheels turning.
Every job is vital to achieve this at Bulldog Security Products and we pride ourselves on having the best people possible filling the varied roles which make the day-to-day operation of the company run so well.
From initial contact to satisfied customer we have a team who are used to getting it right and we believe it is no coincidence that the long service and experience of most of our employees is so important in ensuring this success story continues.
We are introducing our staff to you in a series of blogs and hope you are enjoying getting to know our friendly team by putting a face to the name.
Today we would like to profile Carole Toon, another of our valued team who has become part of the Bulldog family.
You may well have spoken to Carole if you have phoned us or had a reply to your email or website enquiry.
Carole has found a home with us and has a wealth of experience gained over many years working here at Bulldog
“I worked at various companies in Manchester doing general office work before joining Bulldog 22 years ago,” said Carole.
“I moved to Shropshire to be closer to my family and I now work as a sales and administration assistant.
“My job involves entering sales orders, processing delivery notes, creating invoices and answering telephone sales enquiries. I also do many general office duties as and when required.
“Speaking to and dealing with customers is a very important role and I can very often be the first point of contact. I believe those first steps are pivotal in a successful relationship with the customer.
“When I started at Bulldog I was very much involved in general office work, answering the phone, typing letters and anything else that needed doing - we all pitch in and help when something needs doing even if it doesn’t specifically relate to your job.
“With the advent of IT the company has developed and is now very involved with internet sales and website building - I am working in this area now as well and find it interesting and exciting.
“On a personal basis, I am 56 and live in Bridgnorth with my husband Michael. I am really happy to be involved in a large family group, I have a son and a daughter, a daughter-in-law, son-in-law, two sisters, five nieces, three great nephews - there is another on the way - and three great nieces. With two lovely grandsons and a granddaughter that completes our family.
“Family life is very important to me and I also really enjoy my work at Bulldog. The company has come such a long way over the years and the possibilities for the future appear endless.”
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As parents, we proudly watch our children grow up - but with that comes giving them more freedom.
They want to play at the park on their own, walk to school alone and visit the local shop with their pocket money.
But for parents losing track of a child is a horrifying prospect.
You tell them to be home at 4.30pm but they’re not. Then they’re not in the park where they said they’d be. They won’t answer their phone. What do you do?
The emergence of GPS devices, which can help track a youngster’s whereabouts can really help ease a parent’s worries. It provides an additional security aid for parents and peace of mind to finally enjoy a cup of tea in quiet.
Obviously the GPS itself will not keep a child safe ...nothing can prevent a fall in the park or worse but it will allow you to find them quickly.
Our Bulldog Personal GPS TR20 tracker is an ideal cost effective way to monitor the movements of children - especially those being given their first taste of freedom.
The tracker is discrete, waterproof and weighs only 65 grams.
It can be worn around the neck, popped in a bag, clipped to a belt or easily concealed inside clothing.
With an inbuilt SOS call button, help is never far away and raising an alarm if urgent help is needed is as simple as a push of a button.
There is no legal age limit for a child going out alone but NSPCC guidelines suggest thinking about where your child wants to go, what they want to do, who they will be with and how far they would have to travel.
Using a tracker certainly shouldn’t lower the age a child is allowed to play out but should just offer additional security.
You may have read about the launch of this product for people with illnesses such as dementia or lone workers. It doesn’t matter what age someone is - they are all as precious as each other.
Children need to be taught about road safety and what to do when approached by a stranger and parents need to set boundaries about how far they can go and for how long.
While some social media uses a map feature, such as Snapchat, it certainly doesn’t offer the same peace of mind as a GPS tracker.
Snapchat recently created a new GPS-based feature allowing users to share media based on their location.
But children must be warned about the dangers of constantly broadcasting to the world about where they are in real time.
Using a Bulldog Personal GPS tracker is private and will only tell you the whereabouts of your child.
All our trackers come with a pre-installed GPS and SIM card as well as back up battery.
You can also create alarms for movement outside a predefined boundary - which might stop the temptation just to pop to ‘so and so’s’ house from the park and instead head for home.
Keeping one step ahead of the criminal is imperative when supplying security products to a global market, with innovation and reliability being key factors in the never-ending battle to achieve this goal.
Here at Bulldog Security Products we have a wealth of experience in producing the right item for the right set of circumstances by using the highest quality materials to keep the property of our customers safe.
Our engineering manager Chris Speke has been with us 18 years and typifies the company’s commitment to excellence. A married man with two sons, Chris has spent all his working life in Shropshire - going from helping to build Formula Three racing cars to ensuring the security products we supply remain at the cutting edge of our industry.
Chris said: “I’ve been at Bulldog a long time now but I was one of the last in, which goes to show the strength of the company and the high level of experience we have available for our clients to draw on.
“I started out helping to build Formula Three racing cars on Stanmore just outside Bridgnorth and then moved on to another company involved in the manufacture of vehicle shells and van conversions at its base in Telford. I was there 14 years and left as engineering manager. My job at Bulldog is much more varied and there is a wider range of things to get involved with.
“My job here is not so much about overseeing projects, I’m involved in the technical issues, producing drawings and designs and programming the machines we work with. As a small company everyone gets involved in whatever needs doing - there are no suit and tie jobs here, you tend to get involved in everything.
“We pride ourselves on quality and use the best materials available to make security products that will be both effective and a market leader as a British manufacturer.
“A lot of our competition comes from the Far East and the quality of products rarely reaches the standard demanded by our clients. I think this is a main reason why we have been so successful over the years.
“I am heavily involved with testing and trying to keep on top of the evolution of security products, responding to customer demands and working with dealers to improve and develop items.
“At the end-of-the-day a lock will always be a lock but we are always trying to think of what we can do to make it easier for the client to use and harder for the thief to crack. It’s all about staying one step ahead of the criminal.
“I believe a significant development at Bulldog has seen us bringing the manufacture of what we produce in-house. We used to use a local company for making certain things but decided to invest in our laser cutting machine and press brake, this has now given us a greater flexibility in both the design and production of our products.
“Bulldog has expanded our market significantly in recent years as we have secured contracts in a growing number of countries. There is a question mark over post-Brexit at the moment but I am sure we will continue to see an expansion into other markets around the world on a larger scale.”