Boston Dynamics, of course owned by Google, is causing quite a stir in the world of robotics with the introduction of their latest version of their original robot mule called Big Dog.  Now, 10 years on, it has released a video of Big Dog’s smaller and nimbler offspring – Spot.

This is an electric powered, 70Kg (with battery), hydraulically- actuated, four legged robot that we here at Spycatcher think is a thing of genius.

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For years now we have been defending the products that we sell on our website www.spycatcheronline.co.uk and explaining to everyone that will listen that the surveillance and counter surveillance products in our inventory are not designed to harm anyone, but they are designed to protect the users. Like many devices they can be used for the wrong reason and this is when the adverse publicity Kicks in and people forget about the many legitimate uses.

It may be that you are worried about your house being broken in to. Maybe you are concerned about your children being bullied. Is someone being aggressive towards you at work? How are your elderly parents being looked after in their care home? Who keeps vandalising your car? How many times must my house be broken into before the Police catch the culprit?? What are my children doing on the internet every night and who are they in touch with?  The list is endless and we could write 50,000 words on the areas that worry us.HD Glasses smallPIR Camera smallOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Although we should have been expecting it,  the attack in Brussels is shocking by any standards and is just a reminder of how important security is. We all know that this type of terrorist attack cannot be prevented however many establishments are once again taking measures to beef up their  security systems in order to try and keep their customers, staff and general public safe.

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Since the Brussels attack we, at spycatcheronline, have seen a sharp spike in orders for hand held weapons detectors and walk through metal detecting archways.

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Airports are now talking about re-assessing their security measures but unless you stop the public from travelling with any luggage, even hand held, there is little that can be done to prevent this type of attack.

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Many large companies and public places are now ordering handheld metal detectors to protect the public and staff from any potential threat. Our handheld metal detectors can detect even the smallest metal instruments. Only after the explosion that rocked Brussels airport terminal building have other countries now decided on  keeping armed police at their doors. After this horrific event that left 34 dead there is an increased police presence at Gatwick and Heathrow airport to prevent something like this from happening again. But should these precautions not have this been taken  sooner? Especially after the Paris attacks that left over a hundred people dead! or whilst they had known that the suspected terrorists were on the run between Paris and Belgium.

A picture taken on March 22, 2016 in Zaventem, shows the damaged facade of Brussels airport after at least 13 people were killed and 35 injured as twin blasts rocked the main terminal of Brussels airport.AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS / AFP / JOHN THYS (Photo credit should read JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)

A picture taken on March 22, 2016 in Zaventem, shows the damaged facade of Brussels airport after at least 13 people were killed and 35 injured as twin blasts rocked the main terminal of Brussels airport. AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS / AFP / JOHN THYS

Recently a police van was booby trapped and blown up in Northern Ireland by the IRA resulting in the death of a fellow prison officer. Had the vehicle been inspected using a under car search mirror perhaps the death of the prison officer could have been prevented.

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With so much destruction happening around the world it is journalists who get the brunt of it by being on the front line to provide us with news. In regards to the recent Brussels Airport bombing one journalist who was waiting for her flight to Geneva also got caught up in the bomb blasts. Being the only journalist on site she was able to provide the world with the first pictures of victims, featured the next day in New York Times. The photo shows a woman with blood pouring down her face and her shirt ripped to shreds from the bomb blast. A sad comment on the times that we live in.

In this photo provided by Georgian Public Broadcaster and photographed by Ketevan Kardava two women wounded in Brussels Airport in Brussels, Belgium, after explosions were heard Tuesday, March 22, 2016. A developing situation left at least one person and possibly more dead in explosions that ripped through the departure hall at Brussels airport Tuesday, police said. All flights were canceled, arriving planes were being diverted and Belgium's terror alert level was raised to maximum, officials said. (Ketevan Kardava/ Georgian Public Broadcaster via AP)

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One of the areas that we have noticed an increase in sales is bullet-proof body armour. We have, for many years been supplying press teams going to war zones such as Afghanistan and Iraq. Even today many of our customers are travelling to areas of conflict which is why we have developed a new  cost friendly Press Package that offers the highest level of protection for those who risk their lives to share news with the world. But times have changed and we find that companies providing security personnel to protect schools, offices and some religious establishments are providing their security staff with covert body armour.

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We live in a world where  the front line seems to be the major cities of Europe. The only answer is increased budgets for counter-terrorism departments, increased security and perhaps, most importantly, increased public vigilance.

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We have seen reports that  a number of women in European cities are now concerned for their safety after the increase of migrants coming into the EU. There has been a surge of sexual assaults on girls  as young as 7! Women are now being more cautious and we can report an increase in sales of  personal protection equipment such as rape alarms, high powered torches, aerosol personal alarms and trackers. Did you know if you carry a personal alarm you have a 97% higher chance of warding off a potential attack (Home Office).


As reported in the Times today a major article uncovers the truth about the value of hidden CCTV cameras in the homes of the elderly and the vulnerable. The charity Action on Elder Abuse which helps to run a national helpline has reported that the number of calls from people who feel that they are suffering financial abuse rose from 3,500 to 7,529 last year. Adult social services received 21,935 allegations of theft and fraud in the past 12 months, 4168 of them relating to carers.

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A large number of cases, in fact by far the majority, were brought to light when relatives of the victims decided to take positive action by installing covert CCTV cameras such as those hidden in smoke detectors. PIR motion detectors, like the type used in most burglar alarm systems or even a fully functional clock radio.

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At the start of August Spycatcheronline.co.uk featured in Alice Beer’s segment in ITV’s This Morning show. With the rise of burglaries in private homes Alice Beer showed all the different means of securing valuables within the home.

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This is where Spycatcheronline’s products such as the various can safes featured. Here at Spycatcheronline we offer everyday cans such as Coca Cola, Sprite, Barabsol, Ajax and even Pringles that all have hidden compartments big enough to hide jewellery, keys, money and any other valuable in plain site. To watch the segment again click here.


Anyone who visits this website regularly and has seen our blog posts in the past may have noticed our (my) slight obsession with anything that hovers (ever since Star Wars and Back to the Future) and Jetpacks.
Ever since that opening scene in the James Bond film Thunderball I have wondered in amazement at individual flying machines strapped to ones back, as I am sure, have most of you technophiles out there.

Since then there have been many attempts at replicating this feat, including the opening ceremony of the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles (where else would this be showcased)
and also the many, readily available water based jet packs. These have a hose and pump system that shoot water from below to create flight.

Whether or not James Bond was the inspiration behind New Zealand student Glenn Martin’s endeavours we do not know but we do know that he has been developing something over the last 35 years and is finally ready to offer the world’s first commercially available ‘jetpack’.
Now I have put jetpack into inverted commas like that for a reason – The Martin Jetpack is not really a jetpack. The £100,000 device, The P12, actually works with two ducted fans that are powered by a V4 200 horsepower petrol engine which can fly for more than 30 minutes and can reach speeds of up to 74 kilometres per hour at altitudes of 1,000 meters and with a payload of up to 120Kg.
The latest version was on show at the Paris Airshow last month and Martin also had a simulator for those lucky enough to get a go to experience the Jetpack for themselves.

Of course all aspects of safety have to be covered with something like this and the vertical take-off and landing system means that it can fly and manoeuvre in extremely tight and confined spaces.

It will also have a composite structure pilot module to protect the pilot, even in the event of an accident, as well as a ballistic parachute system that can deploy from only a few meters above the ground.

Initially aimed at first responders it is thought that this could be available commercially in 2016 and with the backing of the massive Chinese Aerospace group Kuang-Chi Science this could be a real possibility.
For more information please check out their website www.martinjetpack.com


We have been telling our customers for a number of years about how it is a complete waste of time expecting the police to solve domestic (or any other) burglaries. Of course you have to report it, if for no other reason than to get a crime number for your insurance company, but we all know that the police are under resourced and that they will devote the minimum amount of time to actually finding out who the culprit may be. They may get lucky and retrieve some of your stolen property, usually in the course of investigating a different crime, but the chances are slim.

That is why it is so refreshing to hear that the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, is suggesting that home owners should consider installing CCTV to help trap burglars. Over the years we at Spycatcher have faced a certain amount of criticism for selling covert CCTV cameras. At last the public and the Police are getting wise to the fact that this really is one of the best ways of protecting your property, and helping to bring the perpetrators to justice by providing unequivocal evidence.

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The Consumer Electronics Show at Las Vegas is held in January of each year and it’s where every major manufacturer shows off their latest products. This year, there was only one star – and it’s the product everyone’s talking about …

the E-Board.

Here at Spycatcher, we’re delighted we were the first company to pick up on this product, with enormous sales of it over the last 12 weeks.

The E-board is basically a Segway type Personal Transporter, but with one major difference – it has no handle. It may sound like it’s difficult to ride, but it’s actually really simple. Because it’s gyro-stabilised, you don’t have to balance on it – it does the balancing for you.

To move forwards, you simply press your toes down. By pressing on your heels, you’ll go backwards, and you just press on the toes of either foot to turn.

We sell this product online for £1500.00 and it was the must-have Christmas present this year.

You can see the E-Board by clicking here

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Sometimes we look at something and say “That’s cheap what a bargain” and wonder why you should pay more for an item when you can get something similar for half the price. Well if you read the following article you will know why this is sometimes not the right way to go.

This week a man was sentenced to seven years in jail for shooting his best friend dead whilst they were testing some cheap “protective clothing” that the friend had just bought and believed it was bullet proof.  This was not some drunken prank but a seriously stupid and irresponsible act that will haunt the man for the rest of his life.  What’s more it happened in Cambridgeshire in the UK!  You can read the details here http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/552501/Man-sentenced-to-seven-years-for-manslaughter-after-shooting-friend-dead and we hope that the information below will assist others who either need personal protection from bullets or knives or require re-assurance about the product that they are purchasing.

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Right, it’s time for all you boffins to shape up – the future of Back to the Future is less than a year away (21st October 2015, to be precise) and you’ve still not created a time-travelling DeLorean!

I suppose we’ll have to cut you some slack, what with you inventing 3D tellies and Blu-ray players. But how can we expect Marty McFly to skate around quaint towns like a joyous manchild if we’ve not even invented hoverboards?

Well, we’re at least one step of the way – Californian tech company Arx Pax are on their 18th prototype of a live functioning hoverboard. And it actually works! Sort of…

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