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Is your house ready for summer travel? Our top 10 security tips before you leave
Episode 132514th May 2022 • Around the House® Home Improvement • Eric Goranson & Caroline Blazovsky
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As we start getting ready to get back to summer travel season is your house ready for it? How is the security and safety in your home? Are you worried about someone breaking in? Are you worried about a package being stolen? How about if you had something go badly like a fire or a broken pipe? We tackle all of these in this weeks first hour of Around the House with Eric G and Caroline B

We also talk about some of our favorite brands like Deep Sentinel Security to TING fire electrical fire prevention sensor we talk about the things you should take a look at before you head out on vacation.

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[00:00:07] Caroline Blazovsky: motion light? And he's like, come on care. He's like, when the burglar sees that, he's going to say, oh, motion light is not phased by it. No, I mean,

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[00:00:23] Eric Goranson: It's not alerting anyone, it's just doing its thing. So I would much rather have like a camera on that light or something else that would do that. My theory with exterior lighting is I want that all night long to be well. Because I want that burger. That's walking down the street or scoping out houses in their car or truck to go by and go, wow.

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[00:00:52] Intro: We've got you covered. This is around the house.

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[00:01:06] Caroline Blazovsky: Hello. Every body.

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[00:01:33] Eric Goranson: And so I wanted to talk about our top 10 things today. That help keep your house secure. So if you're going on that summer trip, even heading down to the beach for the day that your house is just a little bit safer than when you started, and it's

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[00:02:17] Eric Goranson: Yeah. Let's

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[00:02:19] Eric Goranson: I'm ready. All right. Let's get to the list. My number one is the obvious one and that's a security system.

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[00:02:28] Eric Goranson: know my favorite, you know, I do, I do. I have my, I have my favorite, which is deep Sentinel. Yes. I know. See here's what I like about it. And this is important and that's not just because we had them on the show and now I've got it at my house and I've been testing it.

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[00:03:04] Eric Goranson: Here's what I like about deep Sentinel is that you put these cameras up around the outside of your house. Or anywhere it could be in your pool.

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[00:03:19] Eric Goranson: well. Yeah, but you put them on the, around the perimeter of what you're trying to protect your business.

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[00:03:46] Eric Goranson: But what happens is, is it uses artificial intelligence to monitor your property. And as soon as it detects a threat, like someone walking up to a door or a delivery or anything else, [00:04:00] alive guard intervene. And now it's starting to watch it and to see,

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[00:04:06] Caroline Blazovsky: how is she? She it's like, very, like you have your own personal life guard.

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[00:04:29] Eric Goranson: And it comes up on my phone and says package. Awesome. That also makes sure that if somebody comes walking up the door to steal that package before you get it, they're automatically looking for that. And so it's really cool. And if the guard intervenes, they have 140 decibels speaker there that they can say, Hey, deep Sentinel, you know, put the package down.

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[00:04:54] Caroline Blazovsky: example, if I came to Eric's door, I started doing jumping jacks. Yo [00:05:00] dude, come down. He would

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[00:05:03] Caroline Blazovsky: excuse me, miss.

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[00:05:15] Eric Goranson: So they're cool.

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[00:05:17] Eric Goranson: down. Right. And so it was funny. I was, I was walking out, uh, oh, this was a few weeks ago. Had a group of people. I was walking out. We were going out to the cars after a dinner party at the house and we're walking outside and I waved at the camera and the, and the, the dude that was on the camera that day goes deep set, no security.

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[00:05:53] Eric Goranson: so yeah, you've got, here's the thing that I like about, let's say you're living in an area that's maybe a little sketchy. You could set that [00:06:00] camera up to be looking out to your car. So if Caroline, you were walking out to your car in the driveway and somebody was coming up to walk, walk up to you, you have a guard watching that situation.

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[00:06:28] Caroline Blazovsky: So it's great for people who are on these busy roadways to put stuff like this up. And that's why I was saying it's not just for your house. It could be for your driveway, your cars, parking lots, any kind of.

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[00:06:47] Eric Goranson: And this is really cool is that if you're worried about like catalytic converter thefts or somebody stealing tools out of the back of your work truck or anything else like that, or somebody stealing fuel, there's a lot of people stealing gas out there. These days [00:07:00] that a, you could put this up and guess what they're going to at least intervene.

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[00:07:27] Eric Goranson: So it's not fair to compare it to that, but any one of those systems, they traditionally just have alarms and stuff. So door code, number three, you know, door number three was a jar. And so when they called the police and say, Hey, we have an alarm code at this. It's an alarm code. All the police go is, ah, another alarm code versus, Hey, there's a white dude, uh, in, uh, in, in gym shorts and a gray hoodie trying to kick in the back door of this residence.

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[00:08:00] Caroline Blazovsky: just to play devil's advocate a little bit. So in your, and I know we've got some alternatives. This is a pricey item. It's not cheap. The other thing is that you have to have bad though. Either you have to have the high, you have to have high-speed wifi. So not everybody has that. So we have to give them alternatives because.

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[00:08:39] Eric Goranson: So maybe that old kind of, you know, really basic system might not work. And we're gonna have to go out to break here. Most people have fast enough internet for this to work. It doesn't take something really big. But the thing is, is you have to have a big enough wifi to get it outside of the building. So it does work.

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[00:09:19] Eric Goranson: And that'll get you 10% off your hardware purchase for, you know, your system around your building there. So it's a pretty good. And it'll save you some money. Now, when we come back, we're going to dive into this list as we've got a lot of big ones to tackle, we'll do that just as soon as around the

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[00:10:25] Eric Goranson: Online.com and just about any other social media platform. Now, when we were going out to break, we were talking here about security systems and stuff, which is the obvious one, but Caroline, during, during the break brought up our next one, which is really important as well, which is some kind of doorbell camera.

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[00:10:57] Caroline Blazovsky: And I think the most important with the doorbell [00:11:00] is it allows you to see who's there. And the reason I bring this up is it's particularly important for the elderly people who are living in, in place right in homes.

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[00:11:26] Caroline Blazovsky: They were knocking on his door and he wasn't expecting anyone. And he, you know, he looked out and he saw two strange men out there causing mayhem. So it's important if he had had a doorbell he could have seen from his bed, you know, without disturbing his, um, recovery, what was going.

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[00:11:53] Eric Goranson: And I'll be honest. I don't like the ring. I liked the nest. I actually got rid of my ring because I have the [00:12:00] nest one, the Google nest. It actually is a faster, it reacts a lot faster than the ring. In my opinion, I've texted both of them.

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[00:12:43] Eric Goranson: And so I went on the camera with it and just said, Hey guys, Hey, it's Eric, blah, blah, blah, blah. You know, he said, ah, I'm 10 minutes away. Can you just drop it off? I don't have any kids home, you know, it's just me and you see me every week. Can you just sign for it? [00:13:00] And here's the name? And, uh, we're all good.

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[00:13:18] Caroline Blazovsky: Amazing. Oh, he was nice to do that for you. Not all guys or girls wouldn't do that for you.

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[00:13:42] Eric Goranson: In the master closet, getting close together or whatever for work, somebody rings the doorbell or in our master bathroom, she can actually go up and access that and see who's at the door through the Oro light switch.

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[00:14:00] Eric Goranson: So that's pretty cool. You can, it'll sit there and say it'll actually ding in the closet or the bathroom, which is kind of cool.

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[00:14:36] Caroline Blazovsky: I think it's huge. You said fire. I said. Water's mind, fear, because listen, they're both legitimate problems, right? So, but what I can guarantee you in life is that if you buy a house, you will definitively have a water leak at some point. And he'll just don't want it to be when you're on vacation.

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[00:14:56] Eric Goranson: And I'll be honest. I have this happen. Or I came in [00:15:00] after the fact, it was a three story house with a view. Couple went to Europe for two weeks. Soon after they went to Europe on this two week cruise, one of the, uh, the washing machine hoses failed. So think about this. When was the last time anyone of you in our audience checked and changed your washing machine hoses, lifespans about five years.

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[00:15:43] Caroline Blazovsky: Yeah. That sounds like you need to have shut off valves on all of your faucet. That should be shut off when you leave. Right. It's one of those things. Shut off your, your hoses to your washer.

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[00:15:58] Eric Goranson: Yeah. And so what happened [00:16:00] was this water ran filled up the basement until the door fell out. The patio door fell out. The weight of the water, pushed out the patio door. Then it came running down the driveway and they figured it out a week in that that had been going, they were out of that house for over a year, as they tried to.

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[00:16:47] Caroline Blazovsky: That's just the

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[00:16:48] Eric Goranson: I'm sure they did. That's a whole other problem. I like that. And of course I brought up fire. I like to have like the ting system, which has ting fire. You can [00:17:00] find them online that monitors your electrical system, 24 7 to make sure that you don't have any shorts that could cause a fire.

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[00:17:28] Eric Goranson: Can you go deal with the ice in the fridge and the, uh, the food and make sure that everything's good.

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[00:17:45] Eric Goranson: the iron on, did I leave the water

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[00:17:54] Caroline Blazovsky: This just gives you peace of mind and security, and it's legitimately a concern. You don't want to leave houses vacant [00:18:00] for periods of time. I mean, just from a rodent perspective, people go, you know, they're snowbirds. They go down to Florida, they come back up to the east of the west and then guess what?

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[00:18:11] Eric Goranson: We've got one of the most important ones. When we come back here, we're going to run out to break. That is one of the most important ones. And there's such a great way to do it now. Compared to how we used to do that. We'll talk about that just as soon

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[00:19:16] Caroline Blazovsky: Oh, yeah. Lightning round of lights. Hey, it's convenient. Summer vacation. Come in. Let's go. What do I

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[00:19:35] Eric Goranson: Plugged the lamp in the living room to make it sound like someone's home. I

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[00:19:42] Eric Goranson: wrong time. Horrible. Absolutely horrible. Now what's great is you can set up scenes within your house. That absolutely run correctly every single time. Like for my house, for instance, I have lights to turn it off and on at the time of the day, that [00:20:00] adjusts with comparing to like when daylight occurs, like when the sun comes up, this light will turn on or turn off.

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[00:20:23] Eric Goranson: Um, kind of, I mean, it's, it's cool, but I've got things set up that way, as well.

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[00:20:54] Eric Goranson: So, so you

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[00:20:56] Caroline Blazovsky: out. If you're not home, you can make it look

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[00:20:59] Eric Goranson: [00:21:00] thinking about it. You can run the blinds, all that can happen. I love that. So that's, what's cool. So that's one of them. The next thing, when it comes to lighting is exterior. And I'm not just talking about putting up a couple of motion lines.

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[00:21:22] Caroline Blazovsky: going to go. Just making fun of me. Well, I said, oh shit, you put up a motion light and he's like, come on care. He's like when the burglar sees that, he's going to say, oh, motion light. He's not phased by

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[00:21:32] Eric Goranson: No, I mean, okay. I mean, and if your neighbor. Knows that you have a motion light, every stinking cat that walks across that motion, light turns off and on all night, it's not alerting anyone. It's just doing its thing. So I would much rather have like a camera on that light or something else that would do that.

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[00:22:13] Eric Goranson: Cause their lights are off. It looks like no one's home.

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[00:22:29] Caroline Blazovsky: But. If you do, you know, the neighbors at the end of the street are all dark. So if you're going to hit a house for robbery, I would definitely pick them over me. That's your

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[00:22:49] Eric Goranson: I mean that's, I want them to go down the street and I'm sorry to your name. But you want those people to move on down the road and hit somebody else. You're trying to not be the easy target [00:23:00] because they're looking for the easy target. If they weren't, they just hit every house on the way down. They're looking for the easy one.

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[00:23:20] Eric Goranson: great landscape. And I'm not talking about go down to the home center and buy the $199 landscape lighting candle.

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[00:23:50] Eric Goranson: And there is no sneaking up when they're soft lighting. They don't want to be seen the more they can be seen on the entire bit of the property, the more [00:24:00] exposed they are. And that's what you're thinking about at night, but here's one little thing. And I want to say this, we'll talk about it more later on in the show in the next segment, but most burglaries still happen in the day.

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[00:24:19] Eric Goranson: It's very true. You know, we're all worried about night. Cause dark is scary. Still most of them happen it daylight when people are off at work and not home work and school we're vacation. So that's the key right there. All right. Now the other one that is really important here is smoke alarms. And you're like smoke alarms.

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[00:25:05] Eric Goranson: Let's say. I'm home. It doesn't matter. Maybe I'm maybe I'm out in the garage working on a project and I forgot that I left the griddle or the burner on. Now, if I can't hear that, that thing's going off in the house. Now, my phone is sitting there telling me that it's going off. Now, if I'm on vacation, that notification is going to show up the same way.

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[00:25:38] Caroline Blazovsky: your fire alarms are not only hooked to your home, but they're hooked to your phone. And just a reminder, carbon monoxide detectors are only set to go off at a very high level.

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[00:25:58] Eric Goranson: You got it [00:26:00] because it's something that's, it's, it's bad when it could kill you. And it's bad runs a little bit.

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[00:26:24] Eric Goranson: Just to add onto that a little bit, because they could be popping over your fence from the neighbor's house that is broken too. They could be coming from an alleyway. So make sure that all those points of entry are well. And that you've got controllers, sliders. Yeah. All that. Oh gosh,

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[00:26:45] Eric Goranson: door, all those things.

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[00:26:59] Caroline Blazovsky: or [00:27:00] that's what they call them.

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[00:27:07] Eric Goranson: door. Well, you don't have a side door into your grocery store. It's my sheet. I have a side door and your garage. Nope. You don't have a door.

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[00:27:38] Eric Goranson: Now there are a lot of security systems out there that have lights that have cameras built into them as well. You know, you see the, the ring security cameras, those are all great things as well. Cause you can actually put that in with maybe your ring doorbell or one of these other products out there that have these.

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[00:28:16] Eric Goranson: All right. When we come back here, we're going to wrap this up. We've got a few other big ones and then a couple of little sidebars that we want to talk about that are some other great little tips. We'll do that just as soon as around the house returns.[00:29:00]

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[00:29:06] Eric Goranson: from even let us down. And you're listening to around the house

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[00:29:15] Eric Goranson: Welcome back to the round. The house show we have been talking about making sure your home is dialed in for when you go out on vacation this spring and summertime making sure you've got our top 10 list figured out.

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[00:29:50] Intro: Yeah,

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[00:29:58] Eric Goranson: you don't want them to tell you how many [00:30:00] times you pull up to that old house. And they've got right up next to the house, a Bush that was probably originally designed as a hedge, but it's two feet off the house.

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[00:30:21] Eric Goranson: That's not a good thing. So thinking about where those things are, you are creating, hiding spots for criminal.

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[00:30:40] Caroline Blazovsky: It's not good for your house on so many fronts. It's not just security, but also just those pests that want to come in and wasps and bees, and

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[00:30:57] Eric Goranson: There. The girl in the [00:31:00] wild here, but the problem is, is you're right. Those things just are massive and you could hide back there. You know, we'll see people they'll have, um, oh, lilac bushes seem kind of thing. You know, they'll have that 15 foot lilac Bush out, front up against the house and no way should you have that, that close to the house because you've just someone could be living back there and you wouldn't.

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[00:31:31] Eric Goranson: there. Ah, this is a, this is a thing. And when you and I were having this conversation a few weeks ago, when I was showing you an area where there was a house that was literally a crack house that they were selling for $300,000.

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[00:31:49] Caroline Blazovsky: They have two out in Oregon where Eric is, they have so many fenced properties because they don't want all the homeless wandering on and then squatting on your property, which is such a different concern [00:32:00] than what we have.

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[00:32:03] Eric Goranson: there. Yeah. It just, just gotta be careful with that. I mean, it's, it's absolutely insane. So anyway, think about that landscaping when you're out planting stuff, making sure you know, how big it gets, and if it's something that needs to be moved to another location, to give you a, a better sense of security.

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[00:32:42] Eric Goranson: If someone comes over and tries to lift on it against the opener, it senses that and uses the motor to push it back down and fight it. So if somebody got in there and said, okay, I'm going to overpower or strip out your garage door opener, and I'm going [00:33:00] to shove the garage door up. My garage door opener goes not today, criminal.

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[00:33:09] Caroline Blazovsky: Really

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[00:33:10] Eric Goranson: type is, which is kind of mine is a Chamberlain, which is great. Uh, that thing, I just love it. And it also is very antitheft for packages. Like we talked about a few weeks ago, it actually can get signed up through Amazon. So the Amazon driver, if I wanted to set it up while I was away, could deliver packages under my garage door, it would open for the Amazon driver and then shot.

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[00:33:44] Eric Goranson: That garage door opener? Yes. That works with Amazon, but it doesn't work with like ups or FedEx or those guys, but that Chamberlain door opener has the ability via its app, that it will bridge between Amazon. And your garage door [00:34:00] opener to give them access, which has kind of cool.

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[00:34:25] Eric Goranson: Uh, lock and a deadbolt on all your exterior doors that will, that will make it harder for someone to break into your home. And that's a key,

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[00:34:40] Eric Goranson: not just, not just, sorry. I mean, you can get into that pretty easy. That's not hard to get into a single lock. Getting through the deadbolt is a little bit hard.

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[00:35:13] Eric Goranson: So if somebody bust the lock, they can't just reach in and.

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[00:35:42] Eric Goranson: If someone is going to come in there, At some point, you have to say, okay, at what point do I just give up and say, this is where I have to rely on my security system, because you can remove those sidelights and all the glass and all your doors. [00:36:00] But if someone's going to bust a window who says, they're not going to walk onto the side of the house or the side of the garage and go, ah, nobody's over here.

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[00:36:31] Eric Goranson: And that's the key. I mean, we have here where they'll break into a, like into a strip mall and then they will take a saw and cut the walls down between the units. And once they get into one of the units, they'll break the walls down in between them and cut through the wall. Shut down the whole strip war

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[00:36:50] Caroline Blazovsky: Oh my gosh. That's when you need the men

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[00:36:53] Eric Goranson: Yeah. I mean that's, what is that all

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[00:36:56] Eric Goranson: Wow. Yeah. So this bus through the wall go to the [00:37:00] next unit and go to the next unit, go to the next unit theaters run right down through the building. So they had a great security system, but guess what? The.

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[00:37:30] Eric Goranson: And then when they're done with the work, you can wipe the code out and they didn't have a key that they could have went to the hardware store and copied on ya or anything like that. The

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[00:37:47] Caroline Blazovsky: Yep. Make sure you check all your windows and doors that they are locked after people. I have seen situations where people's homes have gotten broken into the contractors [00:38:00] or the workers left the windows open intentionally, so they could break in at a later point. So make sure that's done

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[00:38:08] Eric Goranson: I want everybody out there in our audience to raise your hands. If you didn't. Change those locks or have them re keyed when you purchase the place you're living in or do you still have the set of keys that they gave you any bought the place and just hoped that the previous people or the workers that were there before didn't have a copy of that?

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[00:38:48] Caroline Blazovsky: to have tenants. Like if you have a tenant to a building, you have tenants in your home, anybody who had those keys, sometimes, you know, family, friends come stay with you, or you have, you know, secondary members of the [00:39:00] family.

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[00:39:09] Eric Goranson: hear the music in the back, airline blasted through this, it goes so fast. I'm Eric G and I'm Caroline de. And you've been listening to

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