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  • How to Get the Most out of Your Home Security Overhaul: By Peter Menkoff



    There are many reasons why you might want to do a security overhaul on your home. Perhaps crime is on the rise in your area and you wish to ensure the safety of your family. Perhaps you moved into a new property and you realized that its security features are subpar. Perhaps your security system is simply out of date and you wish to do an update that will let you sleep peacefully knowing that your loved ones are safe.

    When doing such a security overhaul, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind if you want to be 100% certain that you are doing everything you can possibly do.

    1. Do Your Research

    Before anything else, you need to do your research and do it right. Many homeowners spend a few hours, checking up on a few blogs and articles and they think they know everything about the latest in home protection.

    If this was possible, we wouldn't have specialists.

    Proper research entails much more than reading a few articles. You need to spend at least a few days learning about the latest in home security, talking to specialists and perhaps even having someone do a home security audit for you.

    You need to make sure you have all the facts before you move on.

    2. Know Your Equipment

    Not all home security systems and equipment are the same. In fact, the quality and the features provided by various systems will vary greatly and you need to make sure you are making the right choice for your home. Learn more about manufacturers, various features and models that you are considering for your home.

    Also, you need to make sure you are buying your home security equipment from a reputable seller, like Toledo Guardian, for example. This way you can rest assured you are not buying cheap knockoffs that will provide as much home security as the traps set by the kid from Home Alone (we are talking real life scenario here).

    3. Know Your Pros

    Unless you have experience in doing major home security work, you will want to hire professionals for your home sec overhaul, especially if you are doing major construction work that will involve more than simply installing some HD cameras around your property.

    You will do well to ask around and pay due diligence when it comes to hiring the right people. You will want someone who has been around for a long time and who has an impeccable track record. One thing to check is if their contractor bond is in order, as well as any and all other requirements that similar companies need to have in your area.

    Besides ensuring that they will do their job the right way, this background check will also minimize the chances of one of their employees being an unsavory character who might later use their knowledge of your property to burgle your home.

    The good news is that it is now easier than ever to check up on contractors and home security experts, which is always a crucial part of the whole experience.

    4. Know Your Budget

    When talking any serious home sec overhaul, sooner or later you have to start thinking about money. Even though home security systems have dropped dramatically in price over the last couple of years, you still need to be certain you are not overpaying or overextending your budget.

    The reason why you have to keep this in mind is that there is nothing worse than coming up with a perfect home security overhaul only to find out that you have no money to complete it half way through. This will not only leave you underwhelmed, but it will actually hurt your home security since you will have to start improvising and leaving various sensitive points unsecured.

    Always keep your budget in mind and always factor in at least 10% for unforeseen problems (there are always those).

  • 6 Things to Consider Before Relocating Your Company: By Peter Minkoff


    Many businesses are indecisive about moving. Moving requires plenty of planning and it means you will have to take a few days off. However, if you wait too long for the move, you can only cause more trouble to your business. If your employees are tumbling over each other and you cannot find a quiet place to hold a meeting, it’s time to move. No matter how bad you need to move, there are a few things to consider first, so don’t rush into anything.

    Set the budget

    Setting the budget will help you narrow down your choices. Determine your real estate needs and determine the budget accordingly. Knowing how much you can afford is essential and it can help you stay out of unnecessary debts and losses. Whether you plan on renting or buying a new space, you should dedicate some extra money to unexpected costs. These costs can include utilities, insurance, maintenance, renovations and moving. Also, if you are moving to another city, check the prices there.

    Research locations

    As mentioned, setting a budget will significantly help you with choosing location. However, there are other important factors when it comes to this: You must not forget about the accessibility for your clients and suppliers, public transportation, parking, zoning issues, nearby services and room for potential growth. Also, consider your staff’s needs. Don’t overlook them and make sure to seek the input from your employees about locations. You can even have them visit some potential sites and make a decision with their opinions in mind.

    Safety comes first

    It’s vital to think about safety when searching for a new office location, as well. Safe neighbourhood is always a priority, especially for the companies that invest a lot in technical equipment. In order to avoid some unexpected visits, think about protecting your assets properly. Namely, check if the new office space is already well secured in terms of surveillance equipment. If not, consider hiring professionals for installing some professional cameras and some high definition surveillance systems.

    Buying or leasing?

    When checking out locations, decide whether you want to buy a new space or lease it. This decision will greatly depend on your business. If your business is rather young with little extra capital and quick growth, leasing might be a better option. On the other hand, buying a new space can be cheaper than renting it. It is a good option for the more established businesses with plenty of working capital, as well as for those businesses that require extensive and frequent renovations.

    Inform your customers

    When you have found your new location and started planning the move, the next step is informing your customers. You can leave notices in your office, and on your website and social media so your customers can get the heads-up about the new location. Also, don’t forget to update your business cards, online profiles and contact info on your website. Additionally, the move will require you to take a few days off, so don’t forget to let your customers know that your services will be temporarily unavailable.

    Hire professionals

    The desire to move everything on your own will only require more organization and time. That’s why you should definitely rely on professional movers to help you transport everything, such as experienced Brisbane removals. There will be plenty of bigger pieces of furniture, supplies and papers, so save money on moving everything with professionals. Research your options and hire professionals that are licensed and can guarantee that all of your office stuff will arrive at their final destination without damage.

    Business relocation is not an easy task. You need to be thorough and patient, and everything will work out fine. Don’t forget about your employees, customers and budget because these three will best help you find your new location.

  • A Non-Lethal Means Of Self Protection


    People generally never give thought to being personally assaulted, although this is becoming a daily event and you hear about it on the news each and every day.

    Just check out the National Statistics on the web and you will find that on average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused or attacked in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.

    I’ve talked with people about a possible assault and I have to wonder what they are thinking when they tell me that they have a permit to carry a gun for self-protection.

    Granted, this is a possible solution, however, there are legal repercussions to shooting someone in self-defense that most people never think about.

    1. Do you think that you could actually shoot someone if you are being assaulted?

    What about the legal repercussions that you will face after you pull the trigger. If you think its cut and dry, you are in for a rude awakening.

    1. Click on the following link and look at the nightmare ahead of you. (What are the legal repercussions of shooting someone in self-defense?)
    2. Are you prepared to lose everything you own because you tried to protect yourself by using a gun?
    3. You might be able to afford the legal cost if money was no object. Otherwise, kiss what you have worked for good bye.

    Plan B: Consider Using A Non-Lethal Means Of Protecting Yourself.

    Your objective is to get away from a personal attack without causing physical harm to your attacker.

    How do you do this?

    Something as simple as Pepper Spray, will provide you with up to 20 minutes to get away from your attacker and call the police. Want to see how effective Pepper Spray can be? Click on this link to watch video: Pepper Spray effects.

    Pepper Spray will not cause any physical harm to your attacker, but will result in their arrest.

    For as little as $10.00, you can save yourself a fortune in court cost.

    Please visit www.toledoguardian.com


    Thank You,

    Michael Wynar

  • How to Create a Safer Workplace: 5 Tips to Follow: By Peter Minkoff


    Making sure your employees work in a safe environment is the first step towards success. Spending eight hours a day in a place where they don’t feel comfortable makes them nervous and unfocused, but just a few small changes can make a huge difference. Here are some of the ways to create a safer workplace.

    Protect your property

    The best way to ensure safety is by investing into a proper alarm and video surveillance system. This might be costly, but it’s basically the foundation of your office safety. If you install it properly and use high-quality cameras, a surveillance system is something you can rely on when there’s nobody present in the office. Alternatively, you should install a few dummy cameras just in case – you wouldn’t believe how effective these are against break-ins – as well as security scanners that are often used by multi-million companies all over the globe. Moreover, look into protective doors that will keep potential burglars out of your office space, as well as locked cabinets that can safely guard all your important and confidential documents.

    Protect your air

    However, protecting your office space against intruders isn’t enough – you must protect your employees and their health as well. The best way to do so is by coming up with an affordable air cleaning system. Keeping your windows open for as long as you can is the healthiest, most sustainable and absolutely the cheapest method of ensuring your office is always full of fresh air. The air in a small space full of people and equipment gets stale quickly, so get some air fresheners too. Indoor air quality strongly affects your employees’ health and productivity, and air pollution might be more dangerous than you can imagine.

    Protect your water

    Being at work all day long makes you really thirsty, doesn’t it? Well, there’s an easy solution – have a glass of water! However, what if tap water in your office isn’t as great as it should be? Drinking contaminated water can lead to numerous diseases and cause problems with your digestive system, urinary tract and liver. Therefore, you have to make sure everyone in your office has access to high-quality water and the most effective way is by exploring reliable commercial UV systems that will completely purify your water and make certain there are no microorganisms and bacteria left. This is also the most natural way to provide everyone in your office with a glass of clean water every day.

    Protect your environment

    Speaking of nature, another idea to think about are plants. Just a few pots of fresh green plants can make a major change in your office and enrich it on so many levels – besides boosting productivity and moral, plants also reduce stress, make you happy, purify the air, control the noise, minimize the chances for minor illnesses and, ultimately, beautify your working environment. This is something we all need, especially on a busy Monday, so make sure all your employees get a plant on their desk as soon as possible.

    Protect your equipment

    Offices are usually full of expensive and valuable equipment, which is why they require additional security all day and night. Although hiring a night guard seems expensive at first, it’s actually one of the best ideas yet – not only will you help someone find steady work, but also make sure your equipment is always safe. On the other side, when purchasing said office equipment, get the finest models you can afford because quality equipment – from computers and printers to ergonomic chairs and height-adjustable desks – will allow your employees to perform better and be more successful.

    Other tips

    Some of the other ways to create a safer workplace include managing everyone’s cables so that nobody trips over them, storing and stacking heavy items adequately, getting the best door locks on the market and using helpful and highly functional locks on all your laptops.



    You want this to be over as quickly as possible. Selling your home is not a small matter. You are bound to leave a part of your life with the memories you’ve made amidst those walls, and as far as you are concerned, it’s priceless.

    What can you do to make it more appealing to the buyer and end up satisfied with the selling price?

    1. A fresh coat of paint goes a long way

    Of course, this is a facetious statement, this “new coat” goes much deeper than a lick of paint. Even though painting your house is 60% perking it up, putting some money into the renovation of crucial spot(s) can pay-off immensely once the offers start to roll in.

    You could call the repairman for the day or, if you are so inclined, take a screwdriver and a hammer into your own hands to make sure every cupboard opens seamlessly and all the doors don’t creak.

    1. Outside looks count

    The approach to your house should look impeccable. Take those gardening shears and trim all the unkempt shrubs before they eat your house alive. A mowed lawn adds freshness to the entire picture and minor repairs to the façade will add points to the first impression.

    However, don’t let this blow out of proportion. Renovating the whole exterior of the house is a major undertaking that will eat up your money and, more importantly, take a lot of time to finish.

    1. Make your home green

    It translates to “energy efficient”. People are inclined to buy a house that will leave them with lower bills at the end of the month. Also, ecofriendly housing is trending at the moment. It’s basically two advantages at the cost of one, and a big selling point once you end up on the competitive market.

    First of all, tweak those windows and make sure they seal properly. You could try to go with energy star certified windows, but if you are looking to sell fast, this might not be a prudent investment.  Replace the old water heating unit with a new one, since water heating accounts for nearly fifty percent of the energy costs in a typical home.

    1. Perk up the pipeline

    Now that we are on the topic of water heating, make sure all the pipes don’t leak and the faucets work like a Swiss clock. A water pipeline is sort of the cardiovascular system of your house, so if it doesn’t work right, it’s the first thing that the potential homeowner will notice. Who wants to bet on a racing horse that can have a heart attack any second of the gallop?

    1. “S” is for safe and security

    One of the first associative words that go hand in hand with home is – safety. Therefore, people are more inclined to buy a house that has some semblance of security installed around the parameter. Moreover, they will be willing to pay an extra dollar for a security system that is already set up.

    Items like driveway patrol are all the rage now; installed in the driveway, they detect anyone going in and out upon activation, be it a car or a person. These items can range from motion alarm detectors, to bona fide security cameras.

    1. Décor is in the small details

    Decorations are the sort of “à la carte” of house brokering. It’s not a part of the main meal, but adding it can give you just enough of a kick in the right direction. This one considers all those aesthetic details that, for example, blend the outlines of your kitchen seamlessly with the dining section. It’s all about finding reliable interior decorators and stylists that know all about material and color, and to avoid aimless meandering, the answer to your prayers could be right here.

    1. Make it manageable

    Here’s a tip that can save your life – remove all the extra surfaces. What has been useful to you might not be to the new homeowner. All that extra shelving adds surfaces and nooks and crannies that will collect dust and signal potential frustration when it comes to managing the house. This also goes for carpets. Make your house look as streamlined as possible. It makes it look stress-free and appealing for personalization.

    With these seven tips on your mind, you are bound to increase your home value without bleeding too much money into it. Once done, it’s a burden off your shoulders that will let you focus on the planning of your future life and finding a new home.

  • Self-Defense Awareness Guide - Presented by Peter Minkoff

    Being able to protect yourself and the ones you care about in a critical situation grows ever more important in these violent times.

    We usually go through life believing that physical danger is far away, that we won’t find ourselves in a situation where we’d be forced to fight for our lives or the lives of others.

    But reality can be very different, and unforgiving.

    That is why we’ve created this self-defense awareness guide to teach you some of the most effective tactics that will make you feel safer and prepared for any situation.

    Be Aware of Your Surroundings

    That means everything and everyone around you. Too many people walk through their days, unaware of the potential threats around them, and, once they encounter one, they make all the wrong decisions because they were not prepared.

    While it might seem stressful at first, living a lifestyle where you track everyone's gestures and movements, expecting the unexpected, in fact, this type of awareness could save your life and once you get accustomed to reading people and their behavior, you will be able to feel safer and defuse or overpower any situation. Situational awareness is key. Having the Right Kind of Firepower Now, we don’t mean actual guns, no, there are plenty of personal protection options for you to choose from that legal and safe to use. The key is picking out a tool you’re most comfortable with and feel is easiest to handle.

    One of the most popular self-defense items on the market is, of course, the pepper spray. This handy gadget has stood the test of time and is the favorite self-defense implement for men and especially women around the world.

    Easy to use, legal, and fierce, the pepper spray will incapacitate any attacker within seconds, giving you room to escape or better yet, call the authorities.

    Another widely used contraption is the stun gun. Bear in mind, even though the stun gun is highly effective and allows you to keep your distance from the threat, it most likely illegal for civilian use and is mostly carried by law enforcement personnel and bodyguards.

    If the stun gun is, however, legal in your country, it would be wise to have it with you if you feel the need for that level of protection, just make sure to set the voltage accordingly so as not to seriously injure someone.

    How to Learn Self-Defense

    You might be wondering how to learn to be aware, handle a self-defense weapon and actually defend yourself. Join a martial arts course. Sounds simple, right?

    It’s very important to note that not all martial arts are created equal, and while all of them serve a purpose, there are but a few self-defense systems in the world capable of teaching you the real way to behave in a life-threatening situation.

    Most martial arts follow a set of rules and guidelines dictated by the federations of the sport, where many effective but dangerous moves are forbidden, even though they’d be very useful in real-life situations.

    All except one – Krav Maga.

    Each year, an ever growing number of Australians are turning to this martial art for knowledge on applicable real life-saving techniques. The guys and gals teaching the Krav Maga Systems are some of the fiercest individuals on the planet, capable of controlling attackers, defusing the situation and overpowering any threat.

    There, you will learn everything you’ve read about today.

    By following this guide, and taking the time to learn powerful lessons from trained professionals, you will feel safe and able to protect those dearest to your heart.

  • How to Gear Up For Your Spring Camping Trip?

    How to Gear Up For Your Spring Camping Trip?

    By Peter Minkoff

    Make a checklist for your gear

    Make an inventory of all the equipment that you already possess and everything you need to buy additionally. The next important step is to check whether all the items you possess are in a good shape, which means that you will have to check for tears in your tent and sleeping bags. Make sure that, if you plan to go rafting, your raft is fully functional. If you are wondering what some of the basic camping gear items are here is our list: Tents, sleeping bags, axes, flashlight, knife, sunscreen, lantern and some natural mosquito repellent.


    In order to stay warm and dry in nature, you will need to bring certain clothing items with you. Because the weather can be unpredictable sometimes it’s important that you bring an umbrella with you. More importantly, bring a wet jacket and some rubber boots which can come in handy if you decide to go fishing with your friends. If you plan to stay near a lake where you can swim don’t forget to pack a towel and a swimsuit. Bring some glasses to protect your eyes from strong sunlight.

    Making a barbeque

    For cooking, you will need a propane tank and a propane stove. Make sure to bring a cooler for your drinks as well. If you’re planning a barbecue with your friends you will need to bring plates, utensils, pots and a grill. In order to light the fire make sure that you add a lighter or some waterproof matches to your regular gear. Additionally, you will need some firewood which you can chop up with an axe. If you and your friends feel optimistic and want to catch some fish, make sure to bring your fishing poles and some bait so that you can all enjoy your successful fishing undertaking with some barbecued fish.

  • 5 Summer Camping Tips By Peter Minkoff

    Camping is one of the most interesting ways to spend a part of your summer vacation. Long walks through wonderful landscapes, fun talks by the campfire and the view of the star-studded night sky make a perfect camping holiday. However, many things have to be taken into consideration if you want to organize your camping trip in a safe and amusing way.

    Inspecting the area

    First of all, it’s essential that you inspect the area where you decide to pitch your tent. As you’re been given a camp spot, you should let keep your family in the car and look around the area. In summer, you have to be careful, especially in a warm climate. You can never tell when a snake might hiss at you behind a stone. Moreover, if your spot is placed near a pond or a swampy area, ask for another one. Mosquitos might ruin your camping experience. No matter what, always add animal repellents to your camping kit, just in case of such animal raids.

    Apart from that, camps placed in wilder areas can get a bit scary at night for people used to urban environments. This is why you should add a couple of safety lights to your camping equipment. Also, bring them with you for longer walks in the woods, especially if it’s rainy.

    Health issues

    One of the major worries for city people in the wilderness is health, especially if they have children. It might be good to have your children tested to different allergies before you set off for a camping adventure. Moreover, you need to know what triggers allergic and asthma reactions. Here you can have a look at things you should pay attention in case you or your kids have asthma or allergy.

    Apart from that, you’ll get all sorts of cuts, bruises and scratches. So, bring several packages of plasters and bandages, as well as other first aid items, as recommended by the American Red Cross.

    Closely related to that, equip your toolbox with different types of survival gear, such as a water filter, a fire extinguisher and other items that can come in handy in the woods.

    Safe food and drinks storage

    There’s nothing worse than having stomach problems while camping. However, they’re very common on such trips, because here people often eat food that’s different from meals they usually have. What you can do to reduce the risk of food poisoning is to pack loads of canned and dry food, as well as some special camping treats.

    As for drinks, go for water, as well as freshly squeezed lemon and orange juice. They’ll both invigorate you in the morning and boost your immune system.

    Keeping in touch with civilization

    If you live every day of your life in modern civilization, you shouldn’t try to become a highlander in one weekend. Therefore, camping in the wilderness doesn’t mean that you can’t stay connected to civilization. In line with that, bring your camera or your smartphone to your trip. If you have internet access on your camping ground, you can post your images and comments to social media. Apart from that, you can inform your friends and family (if they’re not with you) about your activities.

    Moreover, don’t forget to pack power banks and multi-power supplies to camping, since it’s highly likely that you won’t have electricity in your tent.

    Road equipment

    Spending a week or so on the road and on different campsites means that you probably won’t have a lot of contact with populated areas. Since your car will be your spare home during the camping treat, it has to be properly equipped with some practical items. First of all, check your tire repair kit before you leave for this trip. Since you can never tell how bumpy roads can get in the mountains, take a set of King Springs parts with you, in case you need spares for your wheels along the road.

    Apart from that, always keep your gas gauge above the line that indicates the tank is half full.

    Finally, never run out of windshield washing fluid, since insects and dirt can make driving a real nightmare.

    When going on a camp trip, it’s as important to prepare thoroughly, as it is to know how to behave in the wilderness. Campers should always be extremely cautious, because it’s not their natural habitat. If you follow our tips and don’t do anything hazardous, you’ll have a great camping experience.

  • How to Pack & Travel Safely During Winter By Peter Minkoff

    Going on a road trip can be quite risky even when the conditions are absolutely perfect. Car malfunction, human negligence and slip of focus can happen at any time. Unfortunately, this doesn’t even begin to describe all your troubles. You see, comes winter the road conditions will become a hundred times more complicated. There will be so many things to look out for; still, packing properly can prepare you for most hazards of the road. Here are few tips on how to pack and travel safely during winter.

    1. Start with the Luggage

    Of course, you won’t start packing your luggage few months in advance, but there is nothing wrong with starting to make a list this early in the process. Think about base layers, socks, coat and accessories like scarves, hats and gloves. Sure, each of these things is quite obvious and straightforward, but you would be surprised how easy is to forget any of those in the chaos that is packing. Finally, one tip that can save you a lot of luggage space. If you intend to bring boots with you, it would be best to wear them while traveling. While they might not be as comfortable as sneakers, they would take up an abnormally large chunk of your luggage on their own.

    2. Check the Condition of the Car

    Taking your car for a maintenance is one of the most vital tasks you should do before any long-distance travel. Seeing that your brakes, winter car wheels and tyres are in an adequate state is vital during the winter, because it significantly reduces the risk of losing control of the vehicle on the slippery road. Furthermore, if the winter is expected to be especially cold one, you might also think about adding some antifreeze to the mix, in order to lower the freezing point inside of your cooling system. All in all, these are just a few things you might want to look out for.

    3. Day to Night Ratio

    Next thing to think of during your winter travel is the day-to-night ratio. When the winter finally arrives, the sun will come up late and the night will arrive early. This means that more often than not, you will be forced to drive in the dark. Even the most skilled mechanic couldn’t do anything in the dark, which is why it is vital that you think about your safety lights. They will serve as your primary light source, which is why you need to make sure they are in working order. Naturally, you will have to provide them with power supplies and batteries in order to use them, but this shouldn’t be that much of a problem.

    4. Prepare for the Worst

    Winter in the open road can be quite unpredictable and this is why you need to make automotive safety your number one concern. Still, even with everything done right, you never know when you will be stuck in the snow for hours (in some rare occasions even days). This is why, it is always worth your while to bring along some survival gear with you. We are talking about things like food bars, medical kit, camp shovel (for clearing snow) and of course the tow strap. All in all, these can easily fit in your trunk and although you probably won’t need them, they’re always handy to have.


    As you can see, packing yourself for the winter trip is not that complicated after all. All you need to do is think about your apparel, your car safety and prepare for the unexpected. Every item matters and seeing how we already mentioned that it can be quite easy for some small detail to slip your mind, you may want to start making the list as soon as possible.



    BBBs around the country are today report a flood of new phone scam calls. The most common begins when you answer the phone and the caller says something like;

    "Oh, my headset wasn't working. Can you hear me now?"

    Or: "Sorry, my computer was down. Can you hear me now?"

    The scam, which actually began late last year, tricks victims into saying "yes"--an affirmative command swindlers can record and use to authorize unwanted charges on a phone or utility bill or credit card.

    They may be from human operators or often they come from very advanced unsolicited robocalls (recorded messages) from "an employee" of a home security agency, cruise line, or social security firm.

    Criminals may also use phrases like, "Are you the lady of the house?"; "Do you pay thehousehold telephone bills?"; or "Are you the homeowner?"

    If you say 'yes,' it gets recorded and they may come back later and claim that you have agreed to some product or service they are selling. After all, if a criminal already has your phone number, it's possible they may have also have personal details about you like your credit card number, cable or utility account or cell phone account number--perhaps obtained through a data hack.

    As a precaution, always check your account statements for unfamiliar charges, and call the billing company to dispute any payments you didn't authorize.

    Police in several states are warning folks to simply hang up if an unknown caller asks "Can you hear me?" It isn't rude...it's protecting yourself!

    Keeping You Safe At Toledo Guardian.

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