Who’s Inside The House?

Anyone who knows me would say that I love technology.  I can unlock our front door from anywhere that has cell reception or WiFi.  I enjoy gadgets, relays, and automation.  Even if you’re like me, remember that keeping what matters most safe doesn’t always have to be some high tech and elaborate setup.

I was talking with a lifelong friend one day about these emails.  He mentioned his grandmothers “low tech” approach to home security.  She’s been a widow for as long as I’ve known her and has always been a resourceful, independent woman.  She kept a pair of her husbands old rubber boots and would periodically place them outside the door.  Nothing says someone is else in the house than a pair of dirty well used boots that couldn’t fit the sweet little lady who’s usually home.

You can take this idea one step further by setting an extra place at the table when you’re not home or if your closet is visible through the window in your front door, pick up an extra thrift store jacket and hang it up.

Simple or elaborate, the choice is yours.  The point is that you want to do something to keep the bad guys wondering who’s in the house.

Do you have any low tech ideas for home security?  I’d love to hear them.  Reply in the comments or give me a call to talk about anything security related.

Mike Pagnutti
President
705-675-1003
1-800-565-0887

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Who’s at your door?

Online shopping is on the rise.  Eight out of ten Canadians now shop online.  I’m not here to talk about your shopping habits.  I’m here to discuss the pickup of those deliveries.

How many home deliveries do you think are made in a year?

According to Canada Post, they delivered 900,000 a day during the “slow” summer of 2015. (Report) That rate is increasing on an annual basis.  They now routinely have Million Parcel Mondays.  That’s where Canada Post will deliver a million or more parcels in a single day.  It’s on Mondays because of the surge in weekend shopping online.

But what about all of those deliveries?  What if they don’t require a signature?  They’ll sit on your front step or hanging out of your mailbox until you get home.  It’s wonderfully convenient for you….and the bad guys.

Here are a few quick tips you can use to make sure that new shirt is still there when you get home.

  • Have the packages delivered to your office or somewhere you trust.
  • Get a PO box and pick up all of your mail there.
  • Install a camera that’s motion activated so you get notified when someone is near the door.

My family and I use all three of these methods.  Our favorite is the doorbell camera.  It serves double duty because we know when someone rings the doorbell, can chat with the person at the door, and even unlock it…RIGHT FROM OUR PHONES!!  It also notifies us if someone is just lingering around at the bottom of the stairs.  Of course we sell it, so I like it.

Do you know who’s at your door right now? Call me so we can make sure you do.

Mike Pagnutti
President
705-675-1003
1-800-565-0887