Protecting The Basement

This spring I gave a few residential security talks at the Home Show put on by The Sudbury Home Builders Association .  During my talks, I covered several topics including the pros and cons of window bars.  I believe that everyone who has windows at or near ground level should have some sort of protection on them. That could range from bars, additional stickers warning of your alarm, or professionally applied window film.

One of the main advantages to window bars is that they’re an immediate visual and physical deterrent.  Nothing says “You can’t get in here!” like a set of hefty bars blocking entry.   They can range from flat bar on the inside of the window frame to elaborate square tubing that has a loose rod to slow an attack from a saw.   I would always recommend looking at those manufactured to be quickly removable in case of emergency.  The last thing you want is something meant to keep you safe keeping you trapped in your own basement.

If you have an alarm, make sure every one of your windows has a visible sticker.  Should anyone be looking through the window, they’ll hopefully notice the sticker and not take the chance.  If they do, make sure you have window contacts or glass break sensors installed to catch them.  These can be easily added to any new or existing system.

The third method is one that very few people know about.  It’s also my favorite.  There is a film that goes on like tint and stretches like Saran wrap.  If installed properly, it’s an excellent way to keep the bad guys out. They can still break the glass but the film will stretch and not easily let go.   You can get it completely clear or tinted.  Team that up with your alarm stickers and I think you’ve got a pretty good system.  Visual, physical, and safe.

Whether you choose to implement one of the above ideas or not, I urge you to look at your windows and give some serious thought to how secure they really are.

Give me a call or reply to this email if you want to discuss any of these ideas and how we can help you implement them.  We’re always here to help you keep what matters most safe.

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

Post and Share…but not too much

Family vacations are something I think we all look forward to. It’s a time to just be together as a family.  I’m sure everyone has that one trip they’ll never forget.  I’ve sat through countless slide reels of my grandparents vacations from when my mom was a kid.  The process of documenting and sharing those moments sure has changed. According to Statista in 2016, there were 21.3 million smart phone users in Canada.  That’s a whole bunch of cameras ready to take pictures and post them on social media without even leaving the beach.

Here’s a couple cool social media facts for you:
Facebook – 1.94 billion monthly active users as of March 31, 2017
Twitter – 313 million active users – 2017
Instagram – 700 million active users – May 29, 2017

What does this have to do with security?  Let me show you an example:

People constantly post pictures of their loaded up car, tweet about how they’ll miss their pets, or share an article about things to see at the Grand Canyon before a vacation.

Lets say you have 200 Facebook friends and post that picture of your luggage at the door.
All 200 of your friends can see it.  They can also like or comment.
Sally comments “Have a great trip!! We’ll see you in two weeks” – Now all of her friends can see it – Add all 350 people who she’s friends with.
Frank (who knows Sally but not you) gives it a like – His 150 friends can now see it.
You just told 700 people that your house is going to be empty for two weeks.  What if Frank has someone in his friends who’s a bad guy?

How’s that for a breach in security?  I encourage you to think twice before posting details about your vacation before you leave.  You never know who’s looking at those posts.

Give me a call or email so we can discuss some of the many options we have available to help you keep what matters most safe while you’re away.  We have everything from smart phone enabled alarm systems to chains and padlocks.

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