Being the first company to bring this product into the UK back in 2014 we were shocked by how quickly cheap, and unsafe units came in to the country as the market exploded in the second half of 2015. As a result Trading Standards came down hard and confiscated any hoverboards that did not have the appropriate EU Safety reports and certificates.

This month (July 2016) our E-board has been passed by SGS – one of the world’s leading (and most recognised) safety testing laboratories. The resulting reports have all been submitted to Trading Standards who checked to make sure that they are genuine and have confirmed that our E-board IS safe and they have authorised us to continue selling this item.

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We have been shocked to see the number of companies still selling cheap hoverboards online who claim that their items have been tested and certified as “Safe” and compliant with all EU safety regulations. Please, be careful the reports are either fake, or have been prepared by a test house in China that is not authorised and accepted by EU regulators. In some cases the only thing that has been tested is the plug and/or the charger. This is not good enough. Everything particularly the battery and the internals of the self-balancing scooter itself must be tested and passed.

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Having been the very first company in the UK to have introduced the E-board (Swegway, Hoverboard – call it what you will) self-balancing scooter on to the British market we are delighted to announce that we are now the very first company to be offering a unit that fully complies with all EU Safety Directives.Small Couple-on-eboard

When we first introduced this self-balancing scooter on to the market the publicity went viral. This in turn prompted companies who wanted to cash in on this exciting market to bring in cheaper and cheaper Chinese copies which met with no safety standards and proved to be a potential fire hazard. This is where Trading Standards stepped in and insisted that all Hoverboards/Swegways be withdrawn from the market until the importers could prove that they are fully compliant with all EU safety regulations. This led to a number of companies claiming that their units had been tested and met safety standards. Virtually every one of these importers were displaying either fake safety certificates or certificates that have not been produced by a safety testing laboratory that is recognised, or accepted, by the regulatory bodies in individual European countries. Continue reading →

As reported in the Times today (12.04.2016) 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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Since the Spycatcher company was founded in the 1980s, we’ve taken pride in being at the cutting edge of personal protection and surveillance. We’ve got to know our clientele very well, in some cases working with generations of the same family or successive executives in the same corporation, and from time to time we’d like to share that experience with you.

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We’ve been talking to Peter Taylor, a private detective with more than forty years experience in his industry. Like many professional private investigators, his organisation, Private Detective has become increasingly involved in using state-of-the-art equipment to solve cases and provide solutions for their clientele. We asked Peter to walk us through the kind of uses that his teams make of surveillance and personal protection gear.

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Spycatcheronline were lucky enough to get an invite last week to a preview of the latest screenplay film from Guy Ritchie (his first for over 7 years) The Man From UNCLE.  For the uninitiated amongst you this is a revival of a very popular and famous TV series from the sixties that saw top KGB agent Illya Kuryakin and CIA operative Napoleon Solo working together on numerous different missions under the code name of U.N.C.L.E.  The origins of this name were never originally explained but the Ritchie version has called them the United Network Command for Law Enforcement.

The roles originally filled by Robert Vaughn and David McCullum have now been extremely well and seamlessly taken over by Armie Hammer and Henry Cavill and when you add to that the stunning Alicia Vikander and the now suave (never thought I would hear myself say that) Hugh Grant you have a pretty good cast.

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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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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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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.

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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It doesn’t matter how many different products we offer to try and protect our customers there always seems to be something new on the horizon to infiltrate people’s privacy.

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We are constantly amazed by the number of customers who come in looking for telephone encryption devices to make sure that no one is snooping on them. Many people also now keep their credit cards in RFID wallets http://www.spycatcheronline.co.uk/rfid-men-s-wallet.html  to prevent their credit cards from being scanned and cloned.  Credit card cloning has become a serious problem over recent years and members of the public are just getting wise to the fact that an RFID wallet offers total protection against this form of theft.

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