Tom Reimer of Metalex Home Security shows Designer Glen Peloso how to improve the security of his basement windows, screen doors and patio doors. Watch as Glen takes a baseball bat to a screen door to attempt to break in!
When it comes to home security, the internet has a plethora of quick tips or strategies of ways to improve your home security. Being a big believer in making every little bit count, I went to Metalex President, Tom Reimer to ask him for his advice on what the best and most effective of these strategies might be. Tom was passionate about this conversation and wanted to take it one step beyond, take a few minutes to sit down with me and give me his expert take on the subject. Here is his professional take on some of these methods, a few security myths and what elements might paint a target on your house:
Q: What are some easy and basic tips that you would recommend so that people can further their home security?
A: A number of things can help. Making sure hedges and other obscuring plants are trimmed, leaving lights or a TV on while not home can be a good deterrent, “beware of dog” or other security based signs can make an intruder think twice. All of these methods are half measures though and the best way to protect your home is by enforcing all possible entry points and making sure that a thief can’t gain entry in the first place.
Security is about restricting access within vulnerable areas. Our goal is to provide window guards that fill a large accessible space with grids small enough to restrict entry. Any door or window that is on ground level is vulnerable and should be covered. Most important is the front door, which is currently the most vulnerable.
Q: Are there any security myths or mistakes that might be common that you think are important to point out or debunk?
A: The myth that I hear quite often is as follows:
If they want in they will get in. Wrong. If you make it difficult they will move on.
If I put bars on my windows a thief will think I have something of value and I will become a target. Wrong. As with the above, if you make it difficult they will move on.
I don’t want my house to look like a prison; our security solutions are extremely discreet and blend in with the surroundings to the point that your neighbors wouldn’t have a clue. Only you and the burglar know for sure.
Q: Do you consider the techniques mentioned about more or less effective than an alarm system?
A: A proactive approach is always the most ideal. Our products are without a doubt more effective for the fact that they keep out the thief, unlike an alarm that only tell you of a break-in. Our products also provide carefree ventilation and peace of mind.
Q: What are the main features that attract a burglar to a home?
A: Good neighborhoods that are well maintained property, nice cars, two income family. All these things spell money, jewelry, identification, etc. That is a hot target.
Q: Do you have any security advice for people who may either be renting out part of their homes or renting an apartment?
A: No problem with renters. Often, they would be a benefit for the sake that the chance that someone is home is greater.
Parents, have you at some point tried to tell your kids that you’ve got “eyes in the back of your head”? It’s a nice fairy tale but the fact is that you can’t always be aware of what’s going on every second of the day. At a young age, you are oblivious to the dangers of the world. It’s impossible as a parent to keep an eye on your kids every second of every day. Let’s face it, kids are bound to get into trouble when you let yourself blink. Even more unfortunate, is the fact that they’re often smarter about doing it behind our backs than we like to give them credit for.
Home Security is first and foremost about protecting your family. That goes beyond just stopping intruders from breaking it, but also not allowing your young ones to get that door open and innocently wandering off into traffic. One of the leading causes of death for kids is running out into the middle of the road and getting hit by a car. If you have a pool in your backyard, you might worry about your child going out back while you aren’t looking and accidentally falling in while you are none the wiser. Not to mention the high percentage of children in danger of opening top floor windows and high balconies, which may not be properly suited to keep them in.
Our security doors are not only the safest way to keep burglars out but also make it extremely difficult with complex locking mechanisms for your child to figure out how to open the door, allowing you to relax and not stress about the safety of your young child at home. While providing the double edge benefit of protecting yourself from exterior threats as well.
Written by: Jesse Saunders
The best defense is sometimes a good offense. We are often blind to our own weaknesses and when it comes to home invasion, it is important to make sure you are able to identify the blind spots that are preventing your family from being truly safe. Sometimes it is easy to become blinded by overconfidence and leave yourself completely unaware that you might have a problem to begin with. We rely on alarms, front door locks and other basic security means to feel like we have our homes on complete lockdown. Feeling safe is important, but you need to make sure that sense of security is well founded. After all, very few homes are truly impenetrable.
A great way to test the true safety of your residence is to take an afternoon and assess how you might break into your home. If you were a burglar scouting the house out and scheming to make a quick entrance and exit, how would you do it? Maybe you’ll realize that window by the bed of rocks could be easily smashed and opened. Maybe you’ll realize how easy it could be to scale up the side of the house to reach that second floor window, which you often leave open to get some fresh air in the house. Perhaps it wouldn’t be as hard to crawl into those basement windows as you might have thought, or find that “hidden” spare key that you keep around just in case. Do you think it would be easy to break down your front door? If you set off the alarm, how many valuables do you think you’d have the chance to grab before the alarm company calls you to check if it was a false alarm, and then the cops?
Why not take the relatively miniscule amount of time to reassure your sense of impregnability? A majority of burglars will spend the time to do their research and scout out a potential victim’s home. Why shouldn’t you find those weaknesses first, and take the necessary steps to strengthen your defenses? It’s certainly better than waiting until it’s already too late.
Written by: Jesse Saunders
Having our living space entered, our privacy violated and our valuables stolen are a serious concern and something we strive to protect ourselves against. We often equate our security concerns solely based around the threat of home invasion, rightfully so. Today however I’d like to draw attention to another threat plaguing Torontonians. Nature’s burglars: Raccoons.
Chances are that if you live in Toronto you’ve had your fair share of run-ins with these wild critters. We are considered “the raccoon capital of the world” after all. As Torontonians, it’s hard not to feel like we are increasingly at their mercy. Not only are they everywhere you look, they can also be very dangerous due to the amount of disease they might carry.
Our biggest problem is that it seems to get harder and harder to keep raccoons out. Look how many variations of our garbage bins we’ve gone through in recent years after all. They tear through screen doors like a knife through butter and make us feel unsafe if we want to enjoy a beautiful summer night, with our screen door allowing the evening breeze to circulate. What if the raccoon smells the dinner you’re cooking and wants to help himself? What if you have a small animal or child? It’s not unlikely for a raccoon to rip that screen right open and waltz in. Even in less dramatic cases, it’s not uncommon for raccoons to destroy screen protected decks, mark their territory, and continue destroying replacements.
So what’s the solution? Do we admit defeat and reach the conclusion that we just can’t enjoy nice things anymore, without putting ourselves at risk? Well, I like nice things. Safe-T-Screen doors have been a lifesaver for those eager to reclaim their peace of mind. Built with a powerful stainless steel security screen mesh, powder coating, and a three point locking system. Without sacrificing an unobstructed view or airflow. They could keep out a bear; a raccoon doesn’t have much chance.
There are at least a dozen of reasons to improve your home security and often in these conversations raccoons are overlooked. They might not be the threat you’re most worried about, but after replacing your screen a dozen times; it’s worth investing in a better option. After all, isn’t the definition of insanity repeating the same mistake and expecting different results?
By Jesse Saunders
Your home is where you feel most secure and protected. A break-in is not only a financial loss but a traumatic and emotional experience; a violation of your personal space. A false sense of
security can leave anyone vulnerable! Criminals will always look for easy targets. The following tips will help thwart a thief!
Signs of life are your first defense. Intruders don’t look for confrontation and when in doubt they will move on. When you are not at home consider leaving a dog leash near the front door, leave your radio or TV on any talk show and install a video doorbell that connects to your smart phone.
Tom Reimer of Metalex Security has noticed a drastic shift in burglars’ methods. The most common point of entry is the front door. Why? It is presumed that the victim has an alarm and the majority of entry doors are not secure even with a deadbolt lock. It is only held back with a weak pine door frame and a small strike plate that is normally less than 1?2’’ from the edge. One quick kick and they are in!
Now the presumed alarm would allow up to a minute delay before activation; enough time for them to run upstairs and search for your jewellery box and any other valuable items.
The most popular solution for this growing trend is provided by Metalex Security and referred to as Security Storm / Screen Door with standard built-in features such as all welded steel construction; heavy-duty deadbolt locks, glass and screen for insulation, carefree ventilation and the most important feature is that it swings outward which means that it cannot be kicked in!
Metalex, a local security company has many styles and options to choose from, including window guards, patio gates and their newest product, The Better Safe a wall safe that can
mounted between your wall studs in a secret hiding space.