Smart home security

5 Ways to make Your Home Smarter

Posted on September 27,2017

Home automation might have started with pre-programmable thermostats that let you set times for your HVAC systems to operate. Or maybe it was before that with the manual devices that used a spring-loaded mechanism to turn table lamps on and off. In any case, home automation has advanced to the point of home ‘intelligence’ with […]

Security camera footage

Security Camera Footage Goes Viral to Foil a Statue Thief

Posted on September 12,2017

We tweeted about the Edmonton statue thief earlier this summer, but the whole story carries lessons for homeowners and burglars alike. Most of us think of burglars skulking around in the darkness of night, or sneaking into backyards when you’re not at home. But if there’s one thing the security video footage proves, it is […]

Recent Burglary Statistics in Toronto

A Look at Burglary Statistics in Toronto

Posted on August 24,2017

Toronto enjoys a great reputation as one of the safest big cities in the world. And it’s not just a ‘reputation’. It’s backed up by fact. In it’s international ‘Safe Index 2015’ The Economist named Toronto as the safest city in North America and the eighth safest in the world. Not bad. But, as anyone […]

How a home inventory protects your stuff

How a Home Inventory Helps Protect Your Stuff

Posted on August 15,2017

You research the best locksmiths. You ask them to install the strongest locks, an alarm system and video security cameras. And you take common precautions to deter burglars, like keeping doors and windows locked and lights on even when you’re not home in the evenings. Why do you do all this? Because you don’t want […]

Where to hide a spare house key

Where to Hide Your Spare House Key

Posted on July 24,2017

Gas in the car? Check. Everything’s packed? Check. Windows & doors are locked? Check. Where should we put the spare key? …. ahhhmmm…. ?! You’re all ready for a visit to the cottage or the family roadtrip and it’s always the last thing you think of that stops you from getting that early start you […]

Cottage Security

4 More Tips for Safeguarding the Cottage

Posted on July 13,2017

Here’s the bad news: cottages of today are far more inviting to burglars than they used to be. While baby boomers and Gen-Xers will remember the cottages of their childhood being equipped with little more than a portable black and white TV, an am/fm radio and a small speed boat, today’s vacation properties tempt thieves […]

Locked storage

3 Things You Should Lock Away but Probably Don’t

Posted on June 27,2017

Fred Flintstone hid his cash in the finger holes of his bowling ball, at least until Wilma discovered the stash and would regularly dust the bowling ball in search of the loot. If there is any lesson there, it’s that people have probably been hiding valuables in their dwellings since the Stone Age. Still, today, […]

Improving office security

Office Security Tips from the Barrie Police Service – Part 2

Posted on June 15,2017

Most people’s workplaces have way more security than their homes. From video surveillance inside and out, to mag-stripe ID cards for every employee, businesses place a lot of emphasis on security. But, as we mentioned in Office Security Tips from the Barrie Police Service – Part 1, all of that protection can create a false […]

Burglar breaking into a home

Where Burglars Go in Your Home & What They Look For

Posted on May 29,2017

For anyone who hasn’t suffered a break-in, the image of what a burglar does once they get into a home might have more to do with crime movies than reality. The idea that they automatically know where the masterpiece painting hangs (how many people have a masterpiece anyway?!), where the priceless jewellery is stored and […]

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3 Home Security Tips for Your Summer Holidays

Posted on May 13,2017

It seems to be taking forever, but summer is no doubt just around the corner. And that means summer vacation time! It’s been almost three years since we last offered you any tips for keeping our home secure during your summer vacation. That was our first post on the subject and it has a lot […]