Keep Your Cool

I don’t know about you but I love this time of year. The days are hot and the evenings are warm. All I want to do is hang out in the sun. My wife and I will quite often sit on our patio and enjoy a coffee (or two) in the mornings or a glass of wine (OR TWO) in the evenings. We have an older house and keep the inside temperature low using the windows and breeze off the nearby lake as opposed to installing air conditioning.  

Last week I was sitting out there and looking at the deck box right below our open kitchen window. It’s the perfect stepping stone to climb up and peer into the house. I know this because I’ve used it several times to scare our children as they sat at the table doing their homework. The downside is that it’s an easy way for a bad guy to gain access to our house. That’s also why we always close and lock the main floor windows when going to bed or leaving the house. That leads me to this weeks tip about security on your doors and windows especially when sleeping or away.

It can’t hurt to try and strategically open windows to maximize airflow while avoiding any compromise in safety. If you’re going to leave windows open, check to make sure they aren’t easily accessible from the outside. Make sure windows have working locks of some sort. Remember, a chunk of old broom handle is better than nothing! Try to avoid relying on the $9 lock holding you patio door. Trust me, when I say that it really doesn’t add much in the line of safety.  
Finally, If you have a “window shaker” style of air conditioner, look at how its installed. How easy would it be for a bad guy to push it back into the house? If you’re like most people, it’s just stuck through one window and resting on the other one. Maybe it has a small screw to make sure it stays in place. Those units installed on ground level windows are an easy invite. In the past, I’ve screwed in an additional piece of wood top and bottom. I made sure the screws went deep into the frame of the window and into the air conditioner. This kept the unit from being pushed in or pulled back out. 
One final piece. Lock your vehicles! Warm weather means that there are more people walking the streets at night. An article on Sudbury.com reported more than 200 reported thefts from vehicles from August to its writing in November.  
I hope you’re enjoying these tips. If you ever want to discuss anything security related, don’t hesitate to reach out.  Everyone at Northern Security wants to help you protect what matters most safe.   
Mike Pagnutti

President

m.pagnutti@northernsecurity.ca

705-675-1003

1-800-565-0887

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