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GET AFTER SCHOOL PEACE OF MIND WITH SMARTHOME TECHNOLOGY


Smart home security is a back-to-school essential for many working families with older children. 

With an array of after-school safeguards for your kids, it delivers peace of mind throughout the school year and for years to come. Your kids can even grow into it as they become more independent.

Fewer keys means fewer worries 


As soon as your kids are old enough to arrive home on their own, Alarm.com starts making things easier with keyless smart locks and user codes for easy access. 

Unlike keys, user codes can't be dropped, lost on the bus, or left in the door. If forgotten, its owner can ring the doorbell camera and you can unlock the door from work. Like a set of keys, however, your child's first user code can still confer a sense of responsibility that they'll love. 

Find out more: Four Ways to Use a Smart Lock 

Technology makes check-ins less challenging 


With every school year, your kids grow a little more independent. Meanwhile, you worry just as much as you ever did, and you need to know they're okay after school. 

Your Alarm.com app is here to help, offering peace of mind via quick, visual check-ins. You can see a quick snapshot from any Image Sensor, view a live feed from your indoor or outdoor cameras, and even get front-door video clips of your kids arriving home. 

If you prefer a hands-off approach, Alarm.com also offers a range of custom alerts for specific activity and events, such as the kids not arriving home on time, or even the video game cabinet being open for too long. 

Find out more: Four Essential Alarm.com Back-to-School Alerts 

Smart reminders ensure that your house stays secure 


As kids get older, they have more going on, which means they forget things. Unfortunately, this often includes securing the house when they're last to leave. 

Alarm.com can help with actionable smartphone reminders. Once your teens have their own Alarm.com app, your house can remind them directly if a door isn't locked, or the garage is open, or the security system isn't armed when it should be. They'll be able to fix things quickly with a remote command. 

Read more: Alarm.com Versus Unlawful Entry 

As kids grow, Alarm.com keeps up
 

Alarm.com keeps up with your family as you grow. When it's time to add a new device like a doorbell camera or smart lock, Reed Security is on hand to help. We also deliver new features and updates digitally through the cloud, keeping your Alarm.com-powered home at the cutting edge of smart home technology

To add smart home security to your parenting toolkit this year, Click here to contact Reed Security or a Reed Security Authorized Dealer. 

$0 Installation Plans are available O.A.C.

Source: Alarm.com





5 OUTDOOR HOME SECURITY MUST HAVES FOR SUMMER


With summer barbecues and parties to prepare for, and warm summer evenings to enjoy, it's the time of year to pay attention to your home's outdoor space. 

After all, you won't be the only one doing so.  Summer is prime time for burglars. It's the season of unlocked windows, open doors and garages, and long vacation absences. 

Outdoor security is your home's first line of defense - so how does yours shape up? Does it deter intruders at first glance, or invite them to take a second look? 

These outdoor security essentials - all available as part of a Reed Security Smart Home system will provide you peace of mind all summer long, letting you make the most of the warm weather, worry-free.   

1. Smart Security Camera

Essential for: Knowing what's happening outside.
 



Most smart security cameras will let you know if there's activity outside. This one can 
tell you whether it's an animal, person or vehicle, and whether or not they're on your property. Customize your video alerts to see everything you want to know about—without the everyday activity that doesn't matter. 

As well as sending you live and recorded footage of your outdoor space, these cameras also send a clear message to visitors: I have a smart home security system. That's enough to keep most burglars away

Find out more: What's the Best Home Security Camera

2. Smart Lighting

Essential for: Keeping visitors visible.
 



Shadowy characters rarely like to be in the spotlight—and this goes double for burglars. Automated outdoor lighting, triggered by your Alarm.com image sensors or smart security cameras, ensures that intruders have nowhere to hide after dark. 

Going on vacation? It's easy to set up a smart lighting schedule so that Alarm.com turns your lights on every evening, giving passers-by the impression that you're home. 

3. Contact Sensors

Essential for: Security and child safety 




With Alarm.com, a little information goes a long way. Installed on a door or window, this wireless contact sensor can alert our 24/7 Monitoring Stations to a break-in, remind you to lock up for the night, or let you know that your kids are exploring the great outdoors on their own. 

When school's out, contact sensors become an essential outdoor safeguard for parents, giving you a new way to keep tabs on your pool gate, yard gate, tool shed, garage freezer or other dangerous areas that you want to keep off-limits from curious kids. 

Find out more: How Many Contact Sensors Should a Security System Have? 

4. Doorbell Camera

Essential for: Protecting your porch
 



With plenty of package thieves and dishonest visitors out there, an Alarm.com Doorbell Camera is the best form of deterrence for your front porch. With motion-triggered video alerts, a live video feed and two-way voice, you can see and speak to visitors from anywhere, whether they ring the bell or not. 

Expecting a delivery or a late arrival to your outdoor party? Just open your Alarm.com app when the doorbell rings, verify your visitor, and unlock your door with your Alarm.com-powered smart lock.   

Find out more: Four Ways to Use an Alarm.com-Powered Doorbell Camera 

5. Smart Garage Door Opener

Essential for: Protecting outdoor equipment and tools
 



Summer brings long evening bike rides, road trips, and plenty of outdoor DIY - all of which means plenty of opportunity to leave your garage door wide open. Incorporate this Alarm.com-powered garage door controller into your security system and you'll never be caught out. 


Should you leave home with the garage still open, Alarm.com knows (thanks to Geo-Services technology) and sends you a reminder. No need to pedal back home or turn the car around: just tap your phone to close the door, secure your bikes and tools and protect this commonly-overlooked entrance to your home. 

Find out more: Make Life Easy with Alarm.com's Geo-Services   

Want these security essentials in one easy package?

Shaping up your outdoor security is easy with Alarm.com. Reed Security can quickly outfit your home with all of the above and more, with state-of-the-art home security features, professional monitoring for emergencies and a single smartphone app to control it all. 

Want to get started? Click here to contact Reed Security or a Reed Security Authorized Dealer to see how to get Alarm.com. 

Source: Alarm.com



NEW! CANCEL A FALSE ALARM FROM YOUR SMARTPHONE

"CES2019 SECURITY PRODUCT OF THE YEAR"


Smart Signal gives you a direct connection to Reed Security's 24/7 Monitoring Stations from anywhere, using only your Alarm.com app. Smart Signal has simple emergency buttons within your Alarm.com app. These buttons let you quickly verify an alarm at your property to expedite emergency response, cancel a false alarm easily, or send a PANIC signal from your home or business if you discover an emergency yourself. Smart Signal's CANCEL and VERIFY buttons only appear in alarm events. To confirm or verify the alarm, all you'll need to do is HOLD the relevant button for three seconds.


You can also trigger a PANIC signal for HELP! in a broad range of emergencies.
To enable Smart Signal or for more information on Smart Home/Business solutions please contact Reed Security or a Reed Security Authorized Dealer. SASKATOON SMART HOME/BUSINESS INQUIRIES Reed Security Headquarters Call 306.653.3200 or 1.844.384.SAFE (7233) SuRe InnoVations Call 306.974.0888 PRINCE ALBERT SMART HOME/BUSINESS INQUIRIES Call 306.922.7200 CALGARY SMART HOME/BUSINESS INQUIRIES Call 587.393.2800 REGINA SMART HOME/BUSINESS INQUIRIES Call 306.206.0700



DOOR TO DOOR ALARM GUY REVEALS HIS TRICKS



Hi, I'm Alex. I'm your friendly neighborhood (well not really) summer student that works for a door to door home security company. During the school year I work pretty hard studying Business and from May to September I work hard knocking on a lot of doors - and by a lot I mean I've been to thousands of homes with my crew. I work with a crew of 20 or more reps, so it's a lot of fun!

The door to door home security company that I work for provided me with training. I'm proud to say that I have one whole week of product training. We spent most of the time on high pressure sales training and how to overcome objections. I'm pretty confident that no matter how many times you say "no thanks" or demand that I leave - I've always got a comeback. Take a look at some of my door to door sales training classes:

HOW TO NAME DROP AND MAKE IT SOUND LIKE THE NEIGHBORS REFERRED YOU (WHEN THEY DIDN'T)

HOW TO MAKE IT SOUND LIKE OUR "FREE" SECURITY SYSTEM IS WORTH $2,000

HOW TO GET PEOPLE TO SIGN 5 YEAR CONTRACTS AT $50 TO $80 A MONTH

HOW TO CREATE URGENCY BY HAVING NO LOCAL OFFICE "WE'RE ONLY HERE TODAY"

HOW TO OVERCOME BUYERS REMORSE WITH A QUICK, SAME DAY INSTALLATION

HOW TO TRICK THE MOST VULNERABLE - SENIOR CITIZENS

WHAT TO DO WHEN THEY SAY "NO"

WHAT TO DO WHEN THEY SAY "NO" REPEATEDLY AND ASK YOU TO LEAVE

WHAT TO DO WHEN THEY SWEAR AT YOU AND THREATEN TO CALL THE POLICE

WHEN GOING BACK 3 TIMES ISN'T ENOUGH

HOW TO USE DECEPTION - WHITE LIES ARE JUST BENDING THE RULES



Pretty awesome stuff right? I'm going to make a ton of dough this summer! I don't get a base salary, but I do make $400 to $500 every time I get you to sign up. So, I have a lot of motivation to keep bugging and pressuring you. We don't have a local office and the door to door home security company rents us a house or pays for our hotels, so I don't have a lot of living expenses. Sweet!

Sometimes I pretend that I work for your current security company and I offer you a free upgrade. "I'm Alex with (Your Existing Security Company". People can be so gullible when they think they're getting something for free. I'm actually going to trick you into signing up with my door to door alarm company and you will be left paying two bills. Doesn't matter to me though - I'm only working with my door to door security company for the summer and you will never see me again.

My all time favorite approach is to make it sound like you are doing me a favor. "I'm Alex with (Door to Door Alarm Company). We're in town for a few days and we're doing a blitz and I would like your help. If you're willing to put a warning sign in a visible location it will create more awareness and help us generate more business. In exchange I can give you a free state-of-the-art security system worth $2000. All you have to do is take care of the small monthly fee of $49.95 a month." People love to help and they love free. I can't believe how many people get sucked in.

Sometimes I offer a two week free trial. This is legit, but most people don't know there is a CONSUMER PROTECTION law that allows any consumer signing a contract the right to cancel within 10 or 14 days. It's called a Buyers Right to Cancel and it's on every one of our contracts. The darn government forces us to do this! 

I often tell people it's a month to month subscription, but in reality it's a 4 or 5 year contract. You're on the hook for nearly $3000 every time you sign up. However, most people trust me instead of reading through the contract. And for the people that question the 5 year term? Easy, I just tell them they can cancel anytime (even though they can't). The collections team at my head office will deal with it. Who's going to cancel if they're about to be sent to a collection agency? I won't be here anyways so not my problem.


HOW TO MAKE ME GO AWAY  
 

About the only thing that works is to put up your hand and firmly say "NO". I'm going to try to prevent you from closing the door, but if you just keep saying "NO" eventually I will take you off my hit list. Sometimes you have to threaten to call the POLICE. How ironic is that - calling the POLICE on a home security company.

It's also frustrating to me when people share their stories on FaceBook and other social media sites. I spent a lot of time figuring out ways to deceive people and I don't like it when I'm exposed or people advertise what area I'm working in. One lady took out her phone and started recording me - no thanks.  

#meetalex #JustSayNo #alarmscam #doortodoorsales


*Alex isn't a real person. If you know an Alex please be kind to him.


For more information do yourself a favor and do a Google Search of "door to door alarm scam" and always get 3 quotes. Please share.

WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS DOESN'T STAY IN VEGAS 2019


Every year 30,000+ Security Geeks (oops...Gurus) attend the biggest security expo in North America - ISCWest. Charge!

We connected with suppliers to negotiate the best pricing and brought the latest smart home and smart business technology back for our Clients and Dealers. Would you rather deal with the Dinosaurs that never change or the People that believe in Innovation?


Our partner Johnson Controls had a very busy booth. Product lines that we professionally install include DSC, Qolsys, American Dynamics, Exacq and Kantech.

The biggest advantages of using these sister product lines are integration and one app to control your security solutions. True convenience!

COMING SOON: Reed Security has been approved to become a Kantech Entrapass Global Dealer.


Senior Account Executive, Geoff Assman (right), connected with Kantech Field Application Specialist, Tom Giftochristos, to review the new features in Kantech EntraPass v8.0 including mobile app enhancements and a redesigned web interface.

NEW: Reed Security now offers Kantech Hattrix cloud-based access control. No server or up front software costs + no backups required. Conveniently manage your locations from your smartphone or desktop. Requires high-speed internet at the secured premises. Contact us for pricing details.



Automatic Systems has a fence barrier solution that ties into keyless entry systems. Restrict traffic in and out of your compound. Check out the video.


We visited our partner HIKvision with our Brand Ambassadors, Rain and Meadow. What's more fun than demoing HIKCentral Management software on four 65" screens?

HikCentral is a video business intelligence solution that provides features such as facial recognition, face matching and searching and people counting. Businesses can improve efficiencies and reduce costs. 




Using deep learning technology, AcuSense detects humans and vehicles and filters out unwanted false alarms.

When a human or vehicle is detected a strobe light and audible alarm are triggered - a huge deterrence for unwanted visitors.

Instant alerts can also be sent to your smartphone.


All objects with a temperature above absolute zero emit thermal radiation, even at low levels. This kind of radiation, invisible to the human eye, can be detected by thermal imaging sensors. 

Thermal Cameras can produce images in the visual spectrum by detecting temperature differences between an object and its surroundings. The larger the difference, the bigger the contrast variety, making details visible. Thermal cameras can be used for applications in more challenging environments to detect people and fire.


Our partner Avigilon released ACC 7 video management software featuring Focus of Attention, a cutting-edge user interface for live video monitoring. It uses AI-powered self-learning analytics and Unusual Motion Detection technologies to help ensure critical events don't go unnoticed. 


Over 5 million people trust ALARM.COM installation partners such as Reed Security to protect their homes and businesses. From one single smartphone app you can control your smart security system, smart lights, smart locks, smart garage doors, smart thermostat, HD cameras, wi-fi doorbell camera and more...

COMING SOON: 16 channel commercial Stream Video Recorder


Alarm.com's video analytics engine provides an intelligent new layer of security and awareness for home and business owners. 

Object classification and object tracking technology can distinguish between People, Vehicles and Animals, determine an object's direction of movement, and measure the duration of activity. Alarm.com subscribers can selectively control and manage notifications and assign virtual zones and multi-directional "tripwires" so they can monitor their properties for highly specific activity.

*Vehicles coming and going: Know when a vehicle stops outside your home during the daytime, or if a vehicle leaves unexpectedly overnight. 

*Lingering Visitors: Get a video alert if someone lingers by your front door, but not when the mail is delivered.

*Pet Protection: Know which neighbor's dog has been visiting your lawn. Know immediately if your own pet bends the rules and naps on the couch when you're at work.

*Automated Deterrence: Set your lights and other home automation scenes to turn on when a person enters your backyard, but not when an animal enters.

*Vendor Validation: Business managers can confirm that a delivery truck pulled into the loading dock, but won't be notified each time a customer exits the building.

NOW AVAILABLE: Video analytics now work with ADC-V522IR indoor wi-fi camera, ADC-722W wi-fi bullet camera, ADC-VC726 poe mini bullet camera, ADC-VC736 poe bullet camera, ADC-VC826 poe dome camera and ADC-VC836 poe turret camera. Requires a video analytics plan subscription. 


SHIPPING SOON: Interlogix Simon XTi5i has a an updated display that matches with the Alarm.com app. Now supports 80 wireless zones.


Ring.com displays a solar powered security camera. Perfect where no power is available. Not available for sale yet on their web site.


The smartest security and automation on the block goes commercial.

Our partner Qolsys now has a UL 1610 Certification for Commercial Burglar detection. This cutting-edge system is the perfect solution for small businesses!

Features include: 7" HD touchscreen, up to four partitions, screen lock, 6-digit passcodes, support for PowerG sensors (industry best range of 1.6km open air), disarm photos and secondary keypads.

The 2.3 Commercial software update also enables Alarm.com for Business, the industry’s leading interactive services platform integrating smart business security, access control, smart video monitoring and energy management technology.

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