Empty House

This is the time of year that many of us start thinking about holiday visits to relatives or warm weather destinations. It makes good sense to think about your empty home whether you’re leaving for the winter, the week, or just the weekend. There are simple steps you can take to keep the bad guys guessing and not shout out to them that your home is vacant.

If you know a snowbird who leaves for the winter, pass this blog along to them and tell them I’ve included some solid tips for winterizing their home for an extended period. Here and Here 

Quick side note: Neither article mentions putting RV antifreeze in the toilet or drains…flush the toilet first and then put it in the bowl. A cup or two down the drains keeps sewer smells out.
For the rest of us who are here for the winter months, some consideration needs to be taken when out of town.  
Snow removal should be high up on your priority list. It doesn’t need to be pretty but snow accumulation SCREAMS empty home.
Lights on timers make it look like someone is moving around the house. Previous Security Tip Here
Our alarm systems can include a sensor for air temperature or water pipes. Yours should too. If your existing system doesn’t have this feature, we can certainly add it for you. Its far cheaper than your deductible when you have to call your insurance to tell them your pipes have frozen.
Social Media should be used to post photos AFTER the trip. We’re all excited to leave. Posting a selfie with your mountain of luggage is funny but sends out the wrong message
Unplug all non essential appliances. It takes 30 seconds to program the clock on your coffee pot. That’s less than the cumulative electrical waste of all these electronics sitting there idle while you’re gone.
Finally, lower the temperature on your thermostat. Most programmable units have a “Permanent Hold” feature that wont let the schedule resume. We can also integrate a thermostat into your alarm system so that it lowers the temperature whenever you’re away regardless of the schedule. Trust me…it’s cooler than the other ones on the market and if you call me, I’ll happily explain why.
I hope you find these tips useful. If you want to offer feedback or need anything security related, don’t hesitate to reach out. If you’re not close by, we can certainly find a security expert who shares our passion for keeping what matters most to you safe.  
You’ll be hearing from me again before the holidays but if you’re leaving early, everyone at Northern Security hopes you have a safe trip.
Mike Pagnutti





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Winter Warmup


My family is a driving family. Especially my son and I. Dylan is only 9 and still rides in the back of my car. When it’s just the two of us, he gets in, buckles up, and pulls off the passenger seat headrest. He then has a clear view of the road ahead and pretends he’s the one driving. It should be interesting when he turns 16…

At breakfast, we were discussing this safety tip email as a family.
Let me introduce Dylans Winter Car Safety Kit:

1st Aid Kit

Small Shovel

Energy Bars or Other Food

Phone/Charger/Battery Pack

Extra Hat, Mitts, Blanket

Snow Brush

Sand or Traction Aid

Extra Cash

Booster Cables/Booster Pack

My Mazda has the switchblade style key. It has the buttons to control the door locks and I didn’t need a spare with all of that just to warm it up in the mornings. We can cut a chipped key that will just start and run the car.
In the early fall, we’re inundated with calls from people who have locked themselves out of their cars. We don’t offer that service, but we do refer them to our favorite towing company.
In order to help prevent you from getting locked out this winter, we’re offering you 10% off any chipped car key or remote when you show us this post. We’re already cheaper than the dealerships and have tons of keys in stock. We can usually cut them while you wait. No appointment necessary. Sorry, this is only valid until the end of 2016

If you want to discuss this email or have any other security questions, don’t ever hesitate to call or email. We always want to hear from you.
Mike Pagnutti