Mike Horsfall, a Yorkshire plumber featured on Dragon’s Den, has teamed up with an electrical wholesaler to help combat vehicle crime. The VanGuardian alarm system caught the attention of bosses at YESSS Electrical – and a new partnership means it’s available through their branches nationwide.
VanGuardian is a cost-effective alarm that protects vehicle exteriors from damage and theft. After being showcased on the BBC Dragon’s Den programme to great acclaim earlier this year, the patented product is being stocked in YESSS Electrical’s 96 UK outlets and online. Tired of thefts, Mike created the VanGuardian concept after spending more than 35 years as a tradesman in Leeds. Sick of losing tools, materials and other personal and work assets to thieves repeatedly targeting his van and disillusioned at the lack of an affordable alternative security product, he came up with his solution.
The VanGuardian alarm fixes securely to the outside of a vehicle and deters theft by activating on contact, providing a 110dB audible alert to thwart the actions of anyone touching a door or panel, preventing criminal damage and protecting valuables. Designed and developed in the UK, it requires no drilling or wiring to install, in addition to covering the rear, side and cargo doors. It can be used as a highly effective pipe carrier and roof rack alarm.
After proving popular with tradesmen, the range is now being widely used to protect motorhomes, caravans, horseboxes and camper vans, giving owners peace of mind while they sleep or when the vehicle is parked up at home. At its core are highly responsive triaxial accelerometers that detect contact, and the system’s seven levels of sensitivity adjustment ensure precise detection, ignoring false alarms from environmental factors, such as wind. Operated by a single remote control, a range of dual and single alarm bundles and accessories are available.
Mike says, “Standard factory-fitted alarms activating after the doors are open is too late – the damage is done! And the trend towards adding locks also does not deter van crime if thieves are afforded the time to operate. That’s why we created VanGuardian.
“I looked at existing technology and thought about how it could work for us. Now VanGuardian draws instant attention to criminal activity, eliminating the time that thieves need to operate and forcing them to retreat before any damage is done. It’s also a really strong visual deterrent to potential thieves.”
In February 2023, Michael appeared on the BBC’s Dragon’s Den programme to secure investment, but while his creation impressed the panel, he left empty-handed. He is already working on a new version of the VanGuardian alarm with upgraded features, as well as new security products aimed at the sports and leisure market.
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