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article imageHome invasions in GTA and Toronto on the rise Special

By Paul W. Fitzgerald     Sep 27, 2013 in Crime
Home invasions and break-ins now seem to be a growing and disturbing trend here in Toronto and across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
Whether you live in the ‘Big Smoke’ or the posh suburbs and towns outside the city, police authorities concur that there is sadly an increase in this type of shameful crime.
No place is safe it seems.
Home invasions have made for top news and chatter among homeowners, and rightfully so.
The story involving Louis Romuldi is one that really hits home.
The 57-year-old Toronto resident was threatened with a knife and robbed this summer after he allowed a man and woman who falsely claimed they knew him into his apartment.
“Police said I was targeted,” says Romuldi. “I got a lot of blows to my head. I didn’t expect this to happen. I thought it was someone who actually knew me.”
Following the crime, the crooks were discovered on surveillance video from a sporting goods store during their $2,400 shopping spree with Romuldi’s credit cards, according to Toronto Police.
Romuldi says he was punched in the face by the man who then held a kitchen knife to his nose, demanding his bank cards and pin numbers.
“I didn’t resist,” says Romuldi, who was emotionally and physically scarred. “I’m not trained in combat. He [intruder] said something like, ‘Are you a redneck?’ He put the knife on my nose, he punched me and I told him, ‘Take the damn wallet.’”
Home break and enters are also a frightening experience. Just ask Amanda and Tony Simpson who reside in Burlington, ON. The couple and their two children recently took a trip down south. During their time away they received a devastating phone call from a neighbour who was looking after their home.
“I’ll never forget the call,” says Amanda. “Our neighbour called us in Florida to say our home had been broken into and our place was ransacked – our prize possessions like our TV, stereo system and even jewelry were all gone. Words just can’t describe how we felt that someone had entered our home and stole from us.”
Tony echoes these same feelings. “We canceled the rest of our trip and returned home immediately. We were so hurt to learn that someone would do this to our family. They broke into our home and they took our belongings. We still feel violated.”
Clinton Howell, a well-known expert in home security and surveillance systems in Burlington, says companies are busier than ever this year installing home security and surveillance systems throughout Toronto and the GTA.
No community is 100% safe, but homeowners are being pro-active in protecting their properties and families by having home security and surveillance systems installed, reducing the risk of being a victim, says Howell, owner of H2 Systems Inc.
“The technology currently available in home security and surveillance systems is rather amazing. Motion sensors, infrared cameras and contact sensors have advanced to the point where people can monitor and control their security system through their iPhone and Smart Phones as well, giving them peace of mind 24/7,” he says. “Not only do security systems increase your comfort level about safety, but they also add value to your home.”
When it comes to surveillance, Howell suggests using Watchnet NVR (Network Video Recorder) and Watchnet DVR (Digital Video Recorder) as both offer full remote access with iPhone, iPad, and Android apps.
Watchnet, Arecont and Vivotek IP cameras are basic systems which he also highly recommends and which provide great quality and pricing.
He also says that for burglary and safety the DSC Power Series is a great tool in keeping the criminals away.
“Just about every system out there can be integrated with motion and contact sensors and motion activated lights,” says Howell. “Whatever your needs are the technology is available and easy to use and monitor.”
There are many options when it comes to acquiring a security and surveillance system, according to Howell.
“Do some research and speak to a professional who can assist you in identifying what you need.”
“Everyone now is aware that home invasions and break-ins are happening at alarming rates,” says Howell. “Utilizing new technology makes communities safer place to live as they thwart off the crooks.”
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