Hiding Keys isn’t new…but the hiding places can be.

I think just about everyone has hidden a key or two in their day.  I’ve seen them stashed everywhere over the years.  Some ideas were good, while others…not so much.

I certainly want you to use all of the services Northern Security has to offer…I just want to help you avoid the discomfort of calling us at 9 p.m. on a Sunday when you’re stuck outside.  That’s why I want to offer these solutions to help keep you and what matters most to you safe.

Ideally you’ll use one of our keyless push button solutions and avoid keys all together.  We have plenty of options so don’t hesitate to reach out to me for some great ideas.   If you don’t want to go that route and decide to keep with keys, there are a few do’s and don’ts when it comes to keeping a spare handy.

Don’t hide them

  1. Under a cheap looking fake rock
  2. On top of the screen door
  3. Under the door mat (does anyone even still have them outside?)
  4. With the sketchy looking kid down the road

Places to hide them…just make sure no one sees you retrieving it

  1. Taped under a real stone in a flower garden, rock garden, or large planter.
  2. Concealed in the siding on your house (seriously…check this out!)
  3. Using a magnetic or velcro key hider to keep it stuck somewhere out of sight
  4. With a trusted neighbour

Another option to help reduce your chances of leaving your keys inside, add extra protection, and likely save some money on your insurance is to install deadbolts.  If you remove the locking door knob and just install a passage set, you’ll need your keys to lock the door behind you and be less likely to get locked out.  Our deadbolts have a 1″ throw and you can usually get a reduction on your insurance for installing them.

Just some things to consider to avoid that Sunday call.

If you want to discuss this or any other security tips, I’d love to hear from you.

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

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Everything Freezes

I don’t try to hide the fact that I’m not a fan of cold weather.  I’ll tolerate it if I’m bundled up and prepared.  I have bad news for you.  Locks are the same…especially padlocks!  They’re sitting on the outside of (usually unheated) buildings or on gates.  Completely exposed to the elements.

I’m entering into my 21st year of being a full time security solutions provider.  That means 20+ winters of customer feedback regarding padlocks…most of it is contradicting!!

All winter long, I have customers coming in telling two types of similar stories.

Customer 1 tells me: “This is an awesome padlock!  It never freezes!”
Customer 2 tells me: “This padlock is terrible! I carry a torch and my key all winter long!”

Same padlock…opposing stories.  How can this be?

The answer is simple.  It’s all how you treat the lock when the weather hits and what you do if (and when) it does freeze.

  1. Prevention
    • Cover the lock with a physical barrier to keep it out of the elements
    • Spray the lock and its internals with a water repelling fluid
      • We sell Lock Saver which keeps water from settling in the components
  2. Solution – For when it does freeze
    • Warm up the lock
      • Putting a torch or lighter to the lock will get it open.  Putting it right back will only let it freeze back up again.  You need to do more…
    • Dry out the lock
      • Allow the lock ample time to dry and get the moisture out otherwise it’ll just freeze up again
    • Displace the moisture
      • WD-40!  Honestly!  WD = Water Displacement – It gets any remaining moisture out of the crevices and lubricates the lock.
    • See Step 1…Prevention

I’ve used this simple process for years to get customers into their homes and gates.  I don’t believe there is anything on the planet that is completely freeze proof.  We can’t control the weather.  We can just better prepare for it.

If you want to discuss this or any other security tips, don’t hesitate to reach out to me.  I’d love to hear from you and help keep what matters most to you safe.

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

Home Alone!!

This is the time of year, when many gain some independence.  Perhaps they’re an early teen letting themselves in after school or a young adult moving away to attend post secondary.  Either way, being home alone can be intimidating at first.  That’s why I’m passing these tips along to you so we can work together and help keep what matters most safe.

In keeping with the theme of my last email and school bus safety (here if you missed it) I figured I’d touch on leaving young ones at home.  The interesting fact here is that Ontario does not have a minimum age listed in the law books.  The CBC offered a great article about kids at home in March of 2016.  There are courses offered to teach them the skills they need to start off on the right path.  Here’s one course at the Sudbury YMCA if you want to pass it along.

There are several useful strategies for anyone who is living on their own.  One of the easiest is to simply have a “check in” plan.  It can be a casual daily wave to the lady across the street or an evening call to a loved one.  By making friends with your neighbours, they’ll help to keep an eye on things when you’re home and away.  They’ll also learn your routines and schedules as you’ll learn theirs.

I’ve gone over many tips in these emails and they can almost all be found on our blog.  I can’t stress enough the importance of good locks and an alarm system.  Combined together, they offer peace of mind for anyone on their own.

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 home or away.  We have everything from smart phone enabled alarm systems to deadbolts.

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

First Day Of SCHOOL!!

Tomorrow is the first day back at school for most schools. My wife and I will wake our children by running into their rooms yelling like Nemo around his dad on his first day of school.  (Here’s an 18 second YouTube Link in case you don’t know what part of the Disney movie I’m talking about)

Do you know what that means for everyone on the road?…SCHOOL BUSES!

Its time for every one of us to watch the roads for excited youngsters.  We all know the rules and fines but can always use a reminder.  I went to the MTO website (link) and pulled out the regulations.

Drivers: know the rules

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When driving on a road WITHOUT a median:

  • drivers travelling in both directions must stop for a stopped school bus with its upper red lights flashing
  • when you approach the bus from the front, stop at a safe distance to let children get on or off the bus and cross the road
  • don’t move forward until the red lights have stopped flashing or the bus begins to move

When driving on a road WITH a median:

  • traffic coming from the opposite direction is not required to stop.

 

Fines

Drivers can be charged if they pass a stopped school bus with its upper red lights flashing:

  • First offence: $400 to $2,000 and six demerit points..
  • Each following offence: $1,000 to $4,000, six demerit points and possible jail time (up to six months)

Vehicle owners can be charged if their vehicle illegally passes a stopped school bus, even if they weren’t driving.
If you’ve got young ones, it wont hurt to go to the site and check over the full list of tips to help keep our young riders safe.

Now that I have you thinking about driving and vehicles…I have to remind you that we can cut and program keys, fobs, and factory remotes for almost every vehicle on the road today.  We save customers between $35-150 over the dealership and do the programming for you! No appointment necessary.

I’m always happy to write these emails and welcome any and all feedback.  Don’t hesitate to reach out and discuss anything security or safety related.

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