Wallets and Shopping Carts

Winter is upon us and it brings so many other things with it.  My family and I spent the better part of this weekend getting ready for the coming months.  We cleaned out the garage to make room for my wifes truck, winter tires installed, cold rated washer fluid topped up, and heavy jackets out of storage.  Shovels and ice melter ready and waiting.

I grabbed my winter jacket and loaded it in my usual items as we went out for a bit of shopping yesterday. Keys, wallet, cell and gloves all put into different pockets.  That leads me to a thought that came to me late last week as I was at a breakfast meeting.  I had done my usual and left my fall jacket in the coat rack across the room.  I sat staring at this row of coats and remembered that my wallet was still in the pocket of mine.  I wasn’t worried because the room was filled with amazing people whom I trust, but it started me thinking…How easy it would be for someone to rummage through my jacket? How many times have I checked my coat while my car keys were still in it?

That leads me to our shopping trip today.  As we walked the aisles, I did my usual and wandered along looking around.  Anyone who knows me has probably noticed that I’m constantly looking at things.  Doors, camera systems, locks…it’s what I do.  Today I was looking at how many unattended purses were left in shopping carts.  Sometimes for quite a while while the owner was reading a label or tending to a child.

I know it seems pretty unlikely someone would steal from a cart or coatroom, but the chance is always there.  Looking around and judging your surroundings certainly takes practice.  There is also a balancing point between paranoia and protection.  I’m proof that we anyone can become lax when it comes to keeping a bit of our guard up.  Being aware of potential dangers is one of the ways to help protect what matters most to you.

If you have a security question or tip that you would like to share, don’t hesitate to reach out to myself or one of my coworkers, We’d all love to hear from you

Mike Pagnutti

President

705-675-1003

1-800-565-0887

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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

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

Time to keep an eye out

Spring is finally upon us! The birds are flying over head and tulips are pushing their way towards the warm sun.  This is also time of year where we, as automobile drivers, need to be much more aware.  We’ve all spent the last few months not having to watch out for people on bicycles or motorcycles.  It’s easy to take that second glance when pulling out in traffic to see if there is a bike that was hidden the first time you looked.

This motorcycle season will be the 52nd year of riding for my dad, 23rd for myself, and 7th (as a passenger) for my young son.  Needless to say, we really enjoy riding, working on, and looking at motorcycles. Its easy for us to spot them in traffic…or even tucked behind a barn…but that’s a different story.  I know that not everyone notices bikes as easily as our family.  Many motorcyclists have exchanged their black leather jackets for something more eye catching to try and draw the attention of other drivers. Some are even installing extra lights to be more noticeable.  The easiest suggestion I can make is that everyone should ALWAYS assume somebody is coming.  Here’s an interesting Road and Track article that explains how easy it really is to miss something while driving.

Bicycles add their own element when it comes to awareness.  They’re silent and being ridden all over the place!  You never know where they’ll appear.  Kids (and some adults) are riding them on the roads, sidewalks, and across front lawns.  Even the most vigilant of drivers can be caught off guard by an unpredictable cyclist.  The MTO has come out with several helpful articles (HERE)  to help educate riders both young and old.

All I ask is that this spring, you take some time to enjoy that warm sunshine and keep your eye out for two wheeled motorists.  We all share the responsibility of keeping each other safe while out on the road.

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