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Don't let the Grinch steal Christmas

Date: 07/12/2023

Don't Let the Grinch Steal Christmas


Don't let those Grinches steal your holly-jolly vibe this Christmas. In the UK, a burglar strikes every 2 minutes but, with a few easy security measures, you can keep your home merry and bright.. and the burglars out of sight.


Brighten Up! Burglars can take advantage of the darker days during the Christmas season to avoid detection. Keep the grinches at bay by illuminating your home's nooks and crannies with strategic security lights that can spot any shifty behaviour. But wait, there's more: Add a festive twinkle to your decor with some dazzling festive lights that'll make your cosy abode shine bright and merry.


Sneakily stash those gifts! 'Tis the season of generosity. Keep your Christmas goodies safe from sneaky grinches with these clever pointers:

  • If your present pile is visible from the street, don't leave them under the tree.
  • The attic is like a fortress for your gifts, well out of reach from prying eyes.
  • Keep the magic alive by only revealing the presents on Christmas Eve, while keeping your home locked tight… and don’t forget the mince pie and carrot!


Jetting Off?... Don’t let your home scream “I’m empty!” This time of year, is supposed to be merry and bright, so don't let burglars rain on your parade! Keep your home safe and sound while you're away by taking simple important steps. Don't give away your empty home by leaving tell-tale signs like a pile of unopened post, a dark house or deserted driveway. Keep the grinches at bay by considering a home alarm system. You'll be able to enjoy your Christmas adventures with peace of mind, knowing your home is guarded around the clock.


Shh! Keep it on the down-low. These days, sneaky crooks are prowling social media for their next hit. Broadcasting your plans and posting pics of your expensive gifts is like rolling out the red carpet for burglars! But don't fret, if you can't bear to part with your social media fix, just double-check those privacy settings before hitting "post." Lock out unwanted eyes and keep your home safe and sound.


Psst! Don’t forget the shed Garages and sheds can give burglars an easy way into your home, not to mention access to tools that make their job a breeze. Keep them at bay by installing high-quality locks and security lights. Safeguard your home, avoid the headache of a break-in and make sure those Christmas memories stay merry and bright.


Recycle like a secret agent! Don't let the excitement of pricey Christmas gifts invite thieves to your doorstep. Recycle packaging with caution. Rather than advertising what's new and shiny in your home, flatten boxes, fold them neatly (inside out if possible) to fit snugly in your recycling bin. Or, you can always drop them off at a nearby recycling centre. If you must put them out for collection, do it just before the scheduled collection time.

Stash the cash! If you are opting for the easy gift option of cold hard cash then safety should always come first. If you prefer to stash your money at home rather than in the bank, make sure you keep it under lock and key. Invest in a security box and stash it away in a secret spot, alongside your bank cards, receipts, and other valuable docs to avoid any nasty shocks.


Above all, have a safe and Merry Christmas from Bully and the team


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As the weather gets colder and the days get shorter

Date: 24/10/2023

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As the weather gets colder and the days get shorter

As the weather gets colder and the days get shorter, it's important to stay safe and secure. This means taking extra precautions to ensure that you and your belongings are protected from potential harm or theft. Whether you're at home, on the go, or driving in your car, there are simple steps you can take to minimise risks and stay safe. By being aware and proactive, you can enjoy the changing seasons with peace of mind and confidence.

The onset of the darker evenings brings with it a higher risk of crime, making it essential to ensure that your home, personal and vehicle security is up to scratch. Taking simple steps to improve your security measures can make a significant difference in preventing potential burglaries and thefts.
Home Security Tips: Keeping Safe and Secure at Home
When it comes to home security, there are a variety of measures that homeowners can take to ensure the safety of their property and their loved ones. One of the most effective ways to deter burglars and intruders is to install a home security system.

In addition to an alarm system, there are other steps that homeowners can take to make their homes less attractive to burglars. This includes installing high-quality locks and security lights, trimming back any overgrown bushes or trees that could provide cover for intruders, and making sure that all valuable items are stored out of sight.

Another important aspect of home security is being aware of who has access to your home. This means being careful about who you give spare keys to, and making sure that any contractors or service providers who come into your home are trustworthy and reputable.

Ultimately, the key to home security is to be proactive and take steps to prevent intruders from gaining access to your property in the first place. By investing in quality security products, maintaining your property, and being vigilant about who has access to your home, you can help ensure the safety and security of your family and your belongings.

Staying Safe on the Go: Tips for Personal Security

Whether you're walking home late at night or exploring new places, personal security is of utmost importance. Here are some ways to stay safe:
• Avoid walking alone and stick to well-lit areas.
• Keep your phone charged and within reach in case of emergencies.
• For added safety, think about carrying a personal tracker that can notify your loved ones or colleagues in case of an emergency or if you feel unsafe.
• Stay visible. Wear reflective clothing or accessories, and use a flashlight or headlamp to ensure that you can see and be seen
• Stay aware of your surroundings and be on the lookout for any suspicious behaviour or potential dangers.
• Trust your instincts and don't hesitate to call for help or seek assistance from someone nearby.

Remember, your safety comes first, and taking these simple precautions can go a long way in keeping you secure while out and about.

Often overlooked: Vehicle security is critical to deter theft
Always lock your car doors, even if you're only leaving it for a few minutes, and never leave valuables on display. Consider investing in a steering wheel lock, wheel clamp or tracker for extra protection.

In addition, park your car in well-lit and busy areas, as this can discourage potential thieves. If you have a garage, use it to park your car at night or when you're not using it. Also, make sure to keep your car keys in a safe place and not leave them lying around.

It's also a good idea to regularly check your vehicles security features to ensure they are working properly. If you notice any issues, get them fixed or replaced as soon as possible.

By taking these simple steps, you can greatly reduce the risk of your vehicle being stolen or broken into. Don't let a lack of vehicle security put you at risk, make it a priority to protect your car and its belongings.


Overall, the key to staying safe and healthy during the colder months is to be proactive and prepared. Take the time to assess your home, personal, and vehicle security, and make any necessary improvements. Stay visible and aware when out and about in the dark, and take care of your mental health.
By taking these simple steps, you can significantly reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime during the darker evenings. Remember, prevention is better than a cure, so make sure that your home, personal and vehicle security is a top priority.

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Time to put the Caravan to bed?

Date: 06/09/2023

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For those who don't partake in winter adventures, as the summer draws to a close it's time to start thinking about preparing your home on wheels for winter storage.

This time of year, needn't be stressful just remember our top 5 tips:
1. Drain
2. Disconnect
3. Ventilate
4. Cover
5. Tyres

Make sure you site your caravan or motorhome in a safe location for the winter months. Ideally it should be somewhere that you can visit regularly. You may consider using a storage site. If you choose to store at home consider the location and its access points. Use security lighting to illuminate dark areas of your driveway or garden and fitting security posts add an excellent visual deterrent against would be thieves
Avoid storing under trees where possible as branches may fall on the caravan. (...and sap and dirt just add to your spring clean!).

Clean & Check
• Drain - Completely drain the water system and remove water filters. Leave all taps including the shower open. (If you have a lever tap, ensure its mid-way between the hot and cold positions!) Put plugs in the sinks and shower tray.

• Drain and clean the toilet flush tank and cassette. Replace the cassette leaving the blade open to prevent it sticking in place.

• Disconnect - Unless it's connected to a caravan alarm or tracker system, remove the 12V battery and store it in a cool, dry place. Check regularly, and top up the charge when necessary.

• Clean the exterior and interior using the appropriate cleaning products. This is an ideal time to do a full check particularly windows. Are they locked? Do rubber seals need to be replaced?

• Ventilate - Leave vents uncovered so air can circulate inside the caravan.

• Stand all cushions on-end where air can circulate all around them.

• Leave blinds and flyscreens fully retracted to avoid damage to the springs and close curtains to avoid fading the upholstery.
• Spread out and clean your awning and store it somewhere dry.
• Clean the fridge and leave the door ajar ensuring air can circulate.

• Remove gas cylinders and place them in a cool, ventilated place.

• Cover - If you have to store under a tree then you might want to opt for a breathable caravan cover to avoid additional cleaning and prevent condensation and mould growing underneath it.

Remove all valuables such as your TV and ensure all visible security products are checked and correctly fitted. You should have the basics of a wheel clamp and hitch lock but, you can increase this to security posts, trackers and alarms.

Tyres & Winter Wheels
Site your caravan on level ground and remove the wheels and fit a pair of winter wheels. Lower and lock the corner steadies and release the handbrake. The winter wheels prevent damage to caravan tyres which can be caused by standing in one place for extended periods particularly where the caravan is stored on concrete or hard standing. Winter Wheels not only conserve tyre life but are also another security measure. Just make sure you store the wheels somewhere safe away from the caravan and direct sunlight.

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Rural Crime continues to climb

Date: 25/08/2023

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NFU Mutual has published its latest Rural Crime Report and its no surprise that the crime rate has continued to rise.

Published on 1st August 2023 the report reveals:
• The cost of rural theft in the UK shot up 22% last year
• Rural crime cost the UK an estimated £49.5m in 2022, up from £40.5m the previous year.
• Quad and ATV theft reported to NFU Mutual cost £3m nationally, a 34% rise on the previous year.

NFU Vice President David Exwood said:
"As the NFU Mutual's report highlights, over the past 18 months highly organised gangs of criminals have continued to plague the British countryside, stealing livestock, high-value farm machinery and expensive GPS equipment, as well as trespassing on private land and regularly fly-tipping tons of rubbish.
"Following months of hard work between the NFU, NFU Mutual, government and other industry organisations, it was pleasing to see the Equipment Theft Prevention Bill recently gain Royal Assent.
"This new legislation gives the Home Secretary wider powers to make regulations that will deter the theft and resale of quad bikes and ATVs. "

Quad and ATV theft - Prized for their value and portability, quad bikes and ATVS were top targets for rural thieves. In 2022, quad and ATV theft reported to MFU Mutual cost £3m, a 34% rise on the previous year.
These vital vehicles enable farmers to efficiently complete work out in the fields. Theft can therefore be highly disruptive to the day-to-day operation of the farm until a replacement can be sourced.

In response to this Bulldog have launched a Sold Secure Gold standard wheel clamp which is suitable for ATV's, UTV's and Quads. Fitting wheel clamps, trackers and chains to anchor them down will help to deter potential theft.

Fuel theft - Theft of fuel from both farms and rural homes doubled in 2022 as high inflation turned organised and opportunist thieves towards the liquid gold sitting in fuel tanks across the country. With domestic oil and diesel hitting high prices last year, fuel theft also rocketed in 2022. Fuel theft can be highly disruptive, halting vital farm work or depriving a rural family of heat and hot water during the coldest times of the year.

Fit fuel bowsers with wheel clamps or hitch locks. Heating Oil tanks can be secured with a Fuel tank lock and consider motion activated security lighting around the tank areas. If vehicles or machinery are kept outside, park them with the fuel caps against a fence or wall.

Trailer theft - Soaring second-hand markets and demand sent the cost of trailer thefts up 66% in 2022 totalling £2.9m. With some being used for only a few weeks each year, and others on standby for regular transportation of livestock, trailers can be vulnerable to thieves who are stealing them in high numbers from fields and farmyards. Farmers are increasingly using forensic marking and tracking because trailers can be difficult to trace and easy for thieves to sell without documentation.

Record all details of your trailer, take photos and fit wheel clamps, hitch locks and a TR55 Tracker. Anything that obstructs a thief and prevents them from easily accessing what they want, can put them off committing the crime in the first place!

Being vehicle vigilant - Take extra measures to protect all vehicles. 4x4's, quads, fork lifts, trucks, tractors, and horse boxes are present on many rural properties, and due to their high resale value, these expensive vehicles are common targets for thieves.
Avoid leaving vehicles where they can be easily seen. Where possible, vehicles should be housed in a lockable garage or building, ideally with security lighting installed to the perimeter. Gangs typically target high-value equipment by staking out farms and rural properties during the day and return late at night under the cover of darkness to steal and potentially clone it. Trackers are a great bit of kit should anything go missing but remember to add visual deterrents like a steering wheel lock and wheel clamp.

Top Tips
• Carry out regular checks on boundaries making sure they are well-maintained and secure. Plant thorny hedging. This will deter but also collect vital evidence if crossed by a thief!
• Install a visible burglar alarm in all buildings
• Invest in good Security lighting
• Ensure windows & doors are secure and kept locked when not in use
• Fit strong locks to sheds, garages, outbuildings and skips
• Restrict access to your property with locked gates and security posts. Use posts or temporary obstructions to control wide access points to yards
• Keep expensive items out of sight when not in use
• If you use a storage container add a container lock
• Invert and cap gate hinges and ensure fixing bolts are secure and use covered padlocks
• Install warning signs and consider a visible CCTV system
• Maintain security equipment regularly to ensure it works correctly

Don't forget to place signs around the perimeter warning thieves that your property is protected. Visible deterrents like this are great for warning would-be intruders that your property is going to be more trouble than it's worth!

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Keeping the kids occupied this summer...on a budget!

Date: 17/07/2023

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It's an exciting time of year for the kids but, the summer holidays can be stressful for parents. Buddy up to split childcare with friends or family members. While they have fun you can catch up on some chores, work or even connect with other parents.

We have listed our Top 10 budget conscious activities to enjoy during the summer holidays

1 Craft Day = Games Day Grab a supply of stationery from your local discount store. Games such as Hoopla, Pin the Tail on the Donkey and Snakes & Ladders can all be easily made at home.

2 Walks with purpose. Give them a map to plot the route you are taking. Collect shells and stones to create an art piece. Seek different bugs, plants or trees.

3 Local community freebies Make use of your local library. You can get more than just books. They will regularly hold events including movies and music. Check out your local community centre and council website and social media for free activities to sign up to including breakfast clubs & organised activities such as swimming sessions and days out.

4 Home & Life Skills Once a week plan a skills day. Involve the kids in the process from the beginning. Plan a picnic or family meal. Let them find or create a recipe that you have ingredients for. They can read from the recipe books step by step, help them to work through the instructions. The same can be applied to other helpful life skills such as shopping, mending, gardening or paying a bill. Learning can be both fun and beneficial to your children.

5 Build a Den Create with blankets and sheets inside or out. Once up, give them their earlier prepared picnic and a torch and you won't see them for hours.

6 Treasure hunt Make a treasure map with clues to find some treasure you have hidden around the home and garden. It doesn't have to be expensive any treasure will be exciting when it is found. Alternatively, look online for local Geocaching maps.

7 Street Sports Day If you have a playing field nearby get the neighbours involved and host your own street sports day. Using everyday items, you can spend the afternoon cheering the kids on in a relay, sack and egg & spoon race.

8 Showtime Ask the kids to put on a play or a magic show using clothes and props from around the house. They can design posters to advertise the event and you can film it for those unable to attend and future memories.

9 Summer Diary Encourage your little ones to keep a Summer Diary/Scrapbook. They can take photos of special days and write about them. It will become a lovely memory book for them in the future.

And.... Chill
With all of the above planned, you will also need some down time. Remember it's ok to have days where you just chill. Watch a film, read a book and take it easy.

Peace of mind for you... A safety "buddy" for your child

The TR20 is Bulldog's smallest, lightest GPS Tracker. Widely used by those looking to keep family safe it's small enough to place in a bag, pocket or around the neck and features a whole host of functions.

✔️ Built in ‘SOS' button to summons help in an emergency
✔️ Battery life of up to 180 hours in standby mode
✔️ ‘2 Way' calling to pre-programmed numbers in a single press
✔️ ‘Listen in' function to monitor the local environment
✔️ Receive an alert if they leave the designated area with ‘Geo-fences'
✔️ Proactive ‘man down' calling should anything happen to the user
✔️ Compact design (77 x 47 x 20 mm)
✔️ Lightweight (76g)
✔️ IP65 water resistant


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We're all going on a Summer holiday

Date: 21/06/2023

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Today we celebrate the longest day of the year... the Summer Solstice!
The sun is shining and we are looking forward to the holidays ahead of us. So, in today's blog we are looking at how to prepare for your upcoming adventures.

Staycation or Vacation - Where to go?

Where are the sunniest places in the UK?

SCOTLAND - The sunniest place in Scotland is the Isle of Tiree. The most westerly island of the Inner Hebrides is 12 miles long and 6 miles wide. It boasts a mild climate, clean air and tranquil white sand beaches
ENGLAND - Eastbourne can lay claim to being the sunniest place in England with (according to Met Office) 1,892 hours of sunshine annually. With 5 beaches including dog friendly ones to choose from, you will be spoiled for choice
WALES - The south-western coast is the sunniest part of Wales, averaging over 1700 hours of sunshine annually. Tenby is its sunniest town and with nearly 100 campsites in the area you will soon be set up and ready for sandcastle building
IRELAND - If you're a sun-seeker then Ireland's Sunny South-East is the place for you. Carlow, Waterford, and Wexford get the most sunshine hours. Cullenstown Strand is one of Wexford's many award-winning beaches and is just a 5-minute drive from Bannow, where the Normans landed back in 1169

We are so lucky here in the UK with many destinations to choose from no matter what you want from your holiday. Here's a list of the top-ranking areas for caravanning in the UK.
🏖 North Wales
🏖 North York Moors & Coast
🏖  Lake District
🏖  Peak District
🏖 Cornwall

🏖 Yorkshire Dales

🏖 East Anglia

🏖  Heart of England (including us in Shropshire!)
🏖  Northumberland
🏖  South Wales
🏖  Scottish Highlands
🏖 Devon
🏖  Co. Mayo, Ireland



Which countries have the longest days in the world?
Situated in the Arctic Circle, is called the Land of the Midnight Sun. From April to late August, the sun actually never sets in Svalbard. This means that for around a period of 76 days, the sun never goes down which means more time to enjoy the sights and make new discoveries.
In Reykjavik during the summer solstice, the sun sets just after midnight and rises again before 3am with the sky never going completely dark.

The 10 sunniest cities in Europe:
🌍 Valletta, Malta
🌍 Marseille, France
🌍 Lisbon, Portugal
🌍 Madrid, Spain
🌍 Athens, Greece
🌍 Nice, France
🌍 Monaco, Monaco
🌍 Tirana, Albania
🌍 Barcelona, Spain
🌍 Podgorica, Montenegro

A touring holiday abroad can still be possible on a budget. Check out campsites in these European gems which are often missed out when planning our breaks away
🌍 Albania
🌍 Bulgaria
🌍 Croatia
🌍 Lithuania
🌍 Moldova
🌍 Montenegro
🌍 Slovakia
🌍 Slovenia


Preparing your caravan or motorhome for the off
WHEELS: Remove Winter Wheels and re-fit your road tyres, ensuring to check the tread & pressure are correct and legal
LIGHTS: Test your interior, exterior and road lights
BATTERY: Re-connect and test your leisure battery
ALARMS: Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, change batteries where necessary.
GAS: Check your gas bottle level and hoses are in good condition
FIRE SAFE: Is your fire extinguisher and fire blanket in date and safe to use?
EHU lead: Check the entire length for damage and always uncoil fully before using
HITCHLOCK: Remove, clean, lubricate & store within your towing vehicle. Ensure you refit when arriving at your destination and always pack a spare key!

Packing tips
✅ Make sure you pack clothes for all seasons... You are on holiday so enjoy it whether you are wearing flip flops or wellies!
Toilet chemicals, Water carrier (Aquaroll) Waste water carrier (Wastemaster)
Levelling ramps, wheel chocks and blocks
Awning or Canopy This can double your living space (and give you somewhere to dry out your soggy wellies if needed)
First aid kit include basics like plasters, bandages, painkillers, antihistamines, disinfectant and antibac gel.
Outdoor kit BBQ, chairs for al fresco eating, Torch and citronella candles to keep those pesky bugs away
Tool kit; hammer, screwdrivers, adjustable spanner, torque wrench, pliers, cable ties, duct tape WD40, Foot pump, Tyre pressure gauge, spirit level, and plastic gloves
Spares Kit; Fuses, bulbs, batteries & matches
Living kit What you need for a comfortable stay is really up to you but, we'd recommend at least the following;
• Bedding
• Melamine crockery, Plastic glasses & Cutlery. Sharp knives & scissors
• Saucepans, Utensils & Tin opener
• Salt & pepper pots
• Tea towels, cloth & washing up liquid
• Dustpan and brush
• Suitable toilet roll
• A corkscrew for that all important bottle of wine!


✅ Securing the house before leaving
✅ Keep all doors and windows shut and locked
✅ Install a visible burglar alarm.
✅ Carry out checks on the boundaries of your home, making sure that they are well-maintained and secure
✅ Invest in good Security lighting and place them in vulnerable areas around the home
✅ Fit strong locks to sheds, garages and outbuildings
✅ Maintain your Bulldog security equipment regularly to ensure it works correctly

Prepping your tow vehicle
✅ Ensure all of your paperwork i.e., Driving licence, MOT & Insurance etc is up to date and legal
✅ Towing mirrors - attach before setting off to avoid unwanted fines.
Wheel Clamp: Remove, clean, lubricate & store in your vehicle. Ensure you refit it when arriving at your destination and always pack a spare key
✅ Tyres: Check tread depth and tyre pressure
Tracker- create a new geo-fence when you arrive at your destination
✅ Check and fill window wiper fluid, coolant and oil.
✅ Pack and use a visual deterrent such as a steering wheel lock

Fun Summer Facts

😊 The first day of summer is the summer solstice. This happens in June every year.
😊 The summer solstice has the most daylight and the shortest night-time.
😊 The name summer solstice means "stilled," "standing," or "stopped" sun.
😊When it is summer in the northern hemisphere, it is winter in the southern hemisphere.
😊 The sun appears higher in the sky in the summertime.
😊 July is the hottest month of the year and the hottest part of the day is between 11am and 3pm.
😊 Sunlight helps your body make Vitamin D. It also gives you a "feel good" chemical in the brain called serotonin.
😊 Some plants can "sweat" or release water when it's hot. The water evaporates and cools the plant.
😊 The longest time barbecuing lasted 80 hours! The record breaker grilled 1,000 hot dogs, 558 burgers, 526 sausages, 104 chicken pieces, and 200 ears of corn.
😊 Many people travel to Stonehenge on the first day of summer. Stonehenge is an ancient structure made of giant stones. When the sun rises on the first day of summer, it shines in a special way through the stones.
😊 The largest scoop of ice cream weighed in at 3,010 pounds (1,365 Kg)
😊 The Eiffel Tower Gets Taller in the Summer because the 1,062-foot (323 meters) monument experiences thermal expansion that causes the structure to grow due to the summer heat. It makes the tower grow a remarkable 6 inches during the summer.
😊 In the year 1816, the earth didn't have any summer. It was due to a volcanic eruption. The eruption of Mount Tambora in Indonesia left out dust, ash, and sulphur oxide enough to block out the atmosphere. This event led to a global drop in temperature resulting in winter-like climates.

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King of the Castle

Date: 18/04/2023

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Our homes are our castles....
We take pride in them, use them to spend time with loved ones, and it's where we should all feel safe.

Did you know......?
🏰 Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world, the home of British kings and queens for almost 1,000 years.
🏰 Windsor Castle has over 1,000 rooms and more than 300 fireplaces
🏰 The Smallest Castle in the UK is Molly's Lodge, a Grade II Listed castle that sits on a 0.61-acre plot of land near the village of Long Compton in Warwickshire
🏰 The Tower of London is actually a Castle...The most secure Castle in the land!
🏰 Castle Drogo is the last castle to have been built in Britain, between 1911 and 1931
🏰 There are 3 Royal ‘castles' Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and The Palace of Holyroodhouse
🏰 Buckingham Palace has cinema, swimming pool, post office, police station, clinic and an in-house ATM...Convenient for when you want to take out money to look at pictures of yourself!

Just like every other castle we need to have defences in place to prevent attacks.

Storming your Castle
🏰 817 houses are burgled in the UK each day
🏰 An average burglary takes less than 10 minutes
🏰 The average cost of a residential burglary in the UK at £3,030
🏰 3.9m people have had their homes broken into multiple times
🏰 Semi-detached houses are the most common property type targeted by burglars
🏰 Only 32% of British households have a burglar alarm
🏰 77% of people with at least a basic home security system are not burgled.

Looting... What do they really want?
👑 Purse/Wallet/Money/Cards/House keys/Documents
👑 Jewellery/Watches/Mobile phones
👑 Computer/Electrical goods/Camera
👑 Household items/ Sports equipment/Bicycle
👑 Vehicle/Vehicle Parts/Car keys
👑 Handbag/briefcase/Shopping bag
👑 Tools/Work Materials/Garden furniture

Defending your castle

We have all worked too hard to create a safe haven for ourselves and our families to have any part of it stolen away by a thief. A small investment in home security can allow you to sleep more soundly, help to prevent break-ins and maybe even reduce your home insurance premium.

Now our new King is getting settled into his castle...
Let's look at how to protect ours

Burglars tend to avoid houses with visible security systems like home alarms or CCTV and secure doors and windows. Start with simple steps like getting into the habit of locking your door especially when you are at home or in the garden. 70% of burglars enter a property through an unlocked door and 50% of burglaries occur whilst someone is actually at home. Consider fitting a letterbox cage to avoid anyone ‘fishing' for keys through your letterbox.

Outdoor security lighting is vital for protecting your castle during hours of darkness. 60% of all burglaries take place between 6pm and 6am and lighting up outside your home can act as an excellent deterrent against would be burglars.

Burglars are opportunistic. 47% of burglaries happen on a spur of the moment so, make sure your castle doesn't look like easy pickings for them. One of the biggest downfalls is having your possessions on show. It's very tempting for a would-be intruder who may like what they see too much to pass it by. Think about where you place your belongings within the home and use window dressings that obscure the view from outside. Dispose of packaging of new items such as TVs directly at your local recycling plant rather than leaving it on show next to your bin.

Multiple layers of defence (because a moat or catapult might not be an option!)
🏰 Install a home security system for peace of mind when you are at home or away
🏰 Use your Security lighting to illuminate dark areas around the outside of your castle and take away any potential hiding places for crooks
🏰 Check your locks and make sure they are in good working order. Pay special attention to Garage locks, Sheds locks and any security measures you have on outbuildings.
🏰 Windows and doors which are not used regularly should also be checked on a regular basis.
🏰 Join local community groups, either in person or on social media. It will keep you up to date with local news and make you aware of anything suspicious happening in your area.
🏰 Avoid showboating. High value possessions in plain site are more likely to be taken. Look through your windows to see what a burglar can see. Consider changing your layout or invest in suitable window coverings
🏰 Consider using security boxes or good hiding places within the home for any items of value
🏰 Add gravel to your driveway and path, the perimeter of the house and under windows. Gravel makes a great crunching noise that can alert you to an intruder approaching your property.

Did you know......?
Fun Facts about King Charles III
👑 Was the longest waiting heir apparent to the throne in British history
👑 The oldest British monarch ever to be crowned.
👑 Was the first baby of the 20th century born in Buckingham Palace (14th November 1948)
👑 The first heir to the throne to attend primary school
👑 The first heir to earn a university degree.
👑 Served in the Royal Navy from 1971 to 1976
👑 Plays three instruments cello, piano and trumpet
👑 Founded nearly 20 charities and is patron of more than 400
👑 Has a frog named after him. An endangered species of Ecuadorian tree frog was announced as the Hyloscirtus princecharlesi, or the Prince Charles stream tree frog
👑 Is considered one of the UK's most successful living artists, his paintings have sold for more than $2 million
👑 Runs his Aston Martin (a 21st birthday gift from his mum) on bio-fuel made from surplus English wine. His Jaguars, Audis and Range Rovers run on used cooking oil.
👑 Has a really long royal name. His full official title before King was:

His Royal Highness Prince Charles Philip Arthur George, Prince of Wales, KG, KT, GCB, OM, AK, QSO, PC, ADC, Earl of Chester, Duke of Cornwall, Duke of Rothesay, Earl of Carrick, Baron of Renfrew, Lord of the Isles and Prince and Great Steward of Scotland.

Did you know......?
Fun Royal Facts
👑 The Queen's coronation in June 1953 was the first major royal event to be fully broadcast on TV.
👑 Queen Elizabeth II was the longest reigning British Monarch. With an impressive 70 years and 214 days. Her rule spanned 15 British prime ministers and 14 American presidents!
👑 Queen Elizabeth II was the second-longest-reigning monarch of all time after French King Louis XIV who served as monarch for more than 72 years after taking the throne at age four
👑 The Queen invented a new dog breed - The Dorgi, a Dachshund Corgi cross
👑 Kings and Queens have two birthdays. If a monarch doesn't have a summer birthday, then they will have a second one in June for the Trooping the Colour parade. This tradition was first introduced in 1700's with King George II and will continue with King Charles III in November and June
👑 The Royal Family are not allowed to sign autographs in case somebody tries to forge their signature.
👑 In the UK, the monarch does not need a passport to travel overseas because passports are issued in his or her name. The same rules apply for driver licences

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Joining the fight against Rural Crime

Date: 20/03/2023

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Sadly, rural crime continues to affect many...
It is organised, repetitive and the impact on farmers, businesses and the local rural communities should not be underestimated

Rural crime tends to fall into one of four categories:
Agricultural - working farms, farm machinery, farm buildings and smallholdings.
Offences include theft of equipment or fuel, damage to property and livestock worrying.
Equine - working stables and equestrian centres. Offences include tack theft and livestock worrying.
Wildlife - Offences include hare coursing, poaching and interfering with protected species
Heritage - Offences include lead theft, damage to ancient monuments and illegal metal detecting.

Everybody needs good neighbours! If you have people living nearby why not organise a get together in your local pub. Not only will you get to sample a few pints and make friends but, this will also give you an opportunity to discuss anything that is concerning in your area and work together to look out for any suspicious activities.
You may want to organise a social media page or WhatsApp group and join a local rural crime watch to keep everyone informed of suspicious activities that you need to be aware of. You could carry out regular drive-bys together to monitor local activity.
Being vigilant and alert can help to prevent a crime from taking place!

Being vehicle vigilant
Take extra measures to protect all vehicles. 4x4's, quads, fork lifts, trucks, tractors, and horse boxes are present on many rural properties, and due to there high resale value these expensive vehicles are common targets for thieves.
All vehicles whether car, quad or tractor should have the keys removed when they are not in use. At the end of the day, keys should ideally be hidden in a Security box within a secure location.
Avoid leaving vehicles where they can be easily seen. Where possible, vehicles should be housed in a lockable garage or building, ideally with security lighting installed to the perimeter. Gangs typically target high-value equipment by staking out farms and rural properties during the day and return late at night under the cover of darkness to steal and potentially clone it. Trackers are a great bit of kit should anything go missing but remember to add visual deterrents like a steering wheel lock and wheel clamp.

Quad and ATV theft is on the up. They are easy to transport and the absence of registration plates makes it harder to identify them once stolen. Fitting Trackers and Chains to anchor them down will help to deter any potential theft. Take photographs and record makes and models of all equipment and vehicles you have to help police investigate and aid insurance claims should the worst happen.

According to NFU Mutual rural thieves are not only targeting new vehicles but also old pick-up trucks too. Older Toyota Hilux and Mitsubishi L200 are the most regularly targeted pick-up models. The average age of L200s stolen in 2022 was 12 years, and 10 years for Hilux vehicles.
Shipping delays and the effects of Covid and Brexit are contributing to the rise in demand for new and second-hand machinery and rural thieves are continuing to steal large numbers of Land Rover Defenders and their parts due to the high resale value.

In 2022 Trailer theft increased by 69%. This year it is expected to rise even further due to high demand and inflated prices of trailers and horseboxes. Again, record all details of your trailer, take photos and fit wheel clamps, hitch locks and a TR55 Tracker. Anything that obstructs a thief and prevents them from easily accessing what they want, can put them off committing the crime in the first place!

Explore your Estate and buildings
Farmhouses and other rural properties need the same security as any other home. But, if you own a rural home you might have multiple structures on your property that may not be visited for weeks at a time. Because of the remote location, additional security measures are needed and it's important to secure all areas of your property that store valuables.
Keeping your yard tidy and clear of tools and machinery is one of the easiest things to do. If it's not visible to a thief and they can see a security system in place, they will be less likely to go through with the crime.

• Carry out regular checks on boundaries making sure they are well-maintained and secure
• Keep all doors and windows shut and locked when not in use
• Install a visible burglar alarm in all buildings
• Invest in good Security lighting
• Ensure windows & doors are secure
• Fit strong locks to sheds, garages, outbuildings and skips
• Maintain security equipment regularly to ensure it works correctly
• Use security posts or temporary obstructions to control wide access points to yards

Take care of Tools & Equipment
With a rise in theft of smaller, portable items like tractor GPS systems and power tools such as chainsaws, jet washers and welders ensure they are kept in a secured building or container.

• Install a burglar alarm on buildings where equipment is kept
• Always lock vehicles
• Keep expensive items out of sight when not in use
• Consider using hitch locks, wheel clamps or chains & ground anchors
• Keep a record of all valuable items and take photographs
• Fit outside security lights
• Fit strong Door locks to sheds, garages and outbuildings
• If you use a storage container add a container lock

Focus on Fuel
Fuel theft more than doubled in 2022. Fuel thieves often target farms and rural homes under the cover of darkness where, if they are not properly protected, they can drain tanks within minutes. Anything from basic plastic tubes to pumping apparatus is used to siphon causing both a financial loss and huge inconvenience to the owner.
Whether fuel is being stored in a fixed tank or is in a vehicle there is a risk of theft.
Fit fuel bowsers with wheel clamps or hitch locks. Heating Oil tanks can be secured with a Fuel tank lock and consider motion activated security lighting around the tank areas. If vehicles or machinery are kept outside, park them with the fuel caps against a fence or wall.

Guard with Gates
Maintaining your gates is vital job that we sometimes overlook. Even if not used regularly, make sure they are well-maintained and locked with a good quality padlock and chain. A rusty lock is easier to penetrate and gives a thief the impression that your property might not be well secured and maintained either. Hinges on your gates should be capped or inverted to prevent easy removal.
Restrict the access to your grounds with locked gates and security posts
The fewer ways in the better!

Be Boundary conscious
Take a good look around your property boundary for any potential places where it could be made more secure.
• Plant thorny hedging. This will deter but also collect vital evidence if crossed by a thief.
• Dig deep perimeter ditches to stop unwanted vehicle access
• Restrict access to your property with locked gates and security posts
• Invert and cap gate hinges
• Make sure fixing bolts are secure and use covered padlocks
• Install warning signs
• Consider installing a visible CCTV system

Avert with Alarm & lights
Keeping watch over your entire property can be a challenge especially at night. Thieves don't want to be seen; they operate well under the cover of darkness.
Consider placing motion-activated security lights that turn on every time they detect movement. Not only will this alert you, it will also act as a deterrent.
Place your lights in vulnerable areas;
• Along the driveway of your home.
• Around all barns, outbuildings, sheds and garages.
• Near the back and front yards of your house.

As well as motion-sensor security lighting, CCTV cameras and Alarms are great for crime prevention. Install in access locations, vulnerable areas and around the perimeter.
Don't forget to place signs around the perimeter warning thieves that your property is protected. Visible deterrents like this are great for warning would-be intruders that your property is going to be more trouble than it's worth!


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Date: 20/03/2023

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We are so proud that Bulldog Security Products has reached its 39th year! It all started in 1984 when Ray & Mavis Jordan launched their first Bulldog Product after Ray designed and constructed his first caravan stabiliser in the garden shed. He was convinced that other caravanners would be interested in buying one after several discussions on the dangers of towing a caravan so, he went on to build another 25...and how right he was. His idea was so successful that he formed his own company and set up shop in a Nissen hut in Bridgnorth later moving to Much Wenlock in 1988.

Originally known as Leisure Craft the Jordans decided to change the business name to Bulldog Security Products.. a nod to Winston Churchill and his nickname "British Bulldog" a man who Ray has always admired.

Many happy years continued and the business grew along with their family. Ray & Mavis may have stepped aside now for their children and grandchildren to continue working and improving the business but, 39 years on they are so proud that the Bulldog brand is growing stronger than ever thanks to the dedication of the whole Jordan family and their close-knit team.

Managing Director Ian is the eldest son of the founders and has been with Bulldog all of his working life. He started in the workshop and is now leading the business with his wife and Company Secretary Yvonne and Director brother Neil. Grandchildren Andy and Lucy are also involved to ensure that the company runs smoothly on a daily basis enabling Bulldog to achieve its mission and objectives to its full potential. The family are backed by a very loyal team with an average service length of 30+ years... amazing considering the staff turnover of most companies these days

As you may have guessed, Bulldog are very proud to be a family run British company. We manufacture from our own premises in Much Wenlock, England and source all of our products here in the UK. This enables us to maintain the highest level of quality and service and support other British businesses. Bulldog products are highly sought after in the UK but also export to many destinations all over the world.

The Bulldog product range spans all areas including Leisure, Commercial, Domestic and with three specialist websites for Security Products, GPS Trackers and Home Alarms we have everything covered.



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Spring has Sprung!!

Date: 20/03/2023


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The birds are singing, the plants are blooming and there is a bright yellow circle in the sky.
The first day of spring marks the vernal equinox - the first day of balance between daylight and darkness. Increased light brings an added release of serotonin (the ‘feel-good hormone') into our bodies. The extra hours of sunlight and the ability to go outside can-do wonders for our health and improve our moods.

What is the real name for spring?
Originally, spring was known as lent, or the lenten season, which came from the Old English lengten, which means "to make longer or greater in length." Referring to the fact that the days are getting longer.

Spring is all about new beginnings and transformations, a time of rebirth, renewal and awakening. ...Starting fresh and starting over so let's begin with the outside of our home

🦋 Clear the guttering of any debris - this will reduce pests, boost your kerb appeal and stop expensive water damage

🦋 Fences & gates can have a spruce up, remove debris and repaint if necessary. Maintain or replace locks and chains

🦋 Check bulbs in security lights are working and wipe them over to ensure a nice bright beam

🦋 The dreaded Garage tidy up - this is an ideal time to sort out and sell anything that is no longer used, tidy the area and maintain or replace your garage door locks

🦋 Wash windows and doors to extend their life and enhance your homes appearance

🦋 Clean & weed driveways, check that you have adequate security lighting in the right areas, and add any additional security measures needed such as security posts and a home alarm


With the new blooms of flowers, plants, gardens and trees, many people consider the spring season to be the most beautiful time of the year. After giving your home a big spring clean now its time to move onto the garden

🌷 Sort out your shed. A great time to perform any tool maintenance, oil and sharpen etc. Replenish your supplies of pots, supports & soil

🌷 Check that you have the relevant security measures in place for your sheds & outbuildings. Imagine yourself as a burglar, are you giving them an easy time?

🌷 Maintain or replace door locks and chains & anchors

🌷 Tidy up flowerbeds and borders. Save money by planting hardy vegetables such as onions, peas, cauliflower, leeks & potatoes

🌷 Lawn Care: Remove winter debris and reseed any damaged areas ready for a lush green lawn come summertime

🌷 Clean down any outdoor furniture, BBQs and plant pots

🌷 Lastly, put the kettle on... have a cuppa and admire your hard work!

Facts about spring

🦋 Spring begins on the Vernal Equinox.

🦋 Many cultures celebrate the whole day as the March equinox. But the equinox actually occurs at a specific moment in time around the world when the Sun crosses the celestial equator which in the UK is on Monday 20th March 2023 at 9.24pm.

🦋 An equinox is the only time when both the Northern and Southern Hemisphere experience roughly equal amounts of daytime and night time.

🦋 The name equinox is derived from the Latin words aequus, meaning equal, and nox, meaning night.


Perfect equinoctial markers:
🌷 The Great Sphinx of Giza, built around 2500 B.C as the Sun nears the horizon, you'll observe it settle directly onto the Sphinx's right shoulder.

🌷 Machu Picchu (Peru) Intihuatana is a giant stone at the top of this sacred mountain. Usually, the stone casts a shadow throughout the day, as any other structure would. However, at exactly noon on the date of the spring or autumn equinox, the Sun's shadow disappears! Therefore, the stone is a precise indicator of the date of the two equinoxes.

🌷 Chichen Itza (Mexico) A huge pyramid built around A.D. 1000 The play of the Sun's light on it signals the beginning of the seasons. On the spring equinox, the light pattern looks like a snake. Mayans called this day "the return of the Sun serpent.



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