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4 WAYS TO INCREASE FARMYARD AND ACREAGE SECURITY IN 2019

Grainews.ca recently consulted Virgil Reed, Founder, CEO of Reed Security on options to increase farmyard security. 

Not so long ago, farmyard security meant keeping a rifle and ammunition handy. “Farmyard security has always been an issue, but today there’s a lot more awareness about it due to events in the media,” says Reed.

“Farms have poor response times from the police due to their remote locations, so farmers need to take more proactive measures and create a security plan in the event an unwanted visitor comes in their yards. The security plan should include professional security solutions as well as common sense.”

“Stay away from Wi-Fi cameras and always install wired whenever possible,” cautions Reed. “Wi-Fi cameras are unreliable and the signal is often too weak or has interference. We’ve learned this the hard way over the past 18 years. We do install commercial grade Wi-Fi antennas when we need to connect the home to a shop or barn, but the antennas require direct line of site.”

Here are 4 WAYS TO INCREASE FARMYARD AND ACREAGE SECURITY IN 2019:   


1. HIGH DEFINITION

Reed says a four-camera ReedHD™ High Definition Camera package from Reed Security with professional installation offers superior quality imaging to cameras on offer online or at big box stores. Reed’s cameras record in 2MP to 4K, or four times the quality of 1080p HD. These cameras all have IR NightVision that allow the camera to see 100 to 300 feet in pitch dark. 

Hint: Proper lighting is crucial to camera performance. Rather than relying on NightVision keep your yard lights on and add Motion Lighting for best results.


2. SMART CAMERAS

Video motion detection is unreliable and causes too many false alerts - the weather, the lighting and wildlife all create false alerts. You cannot depend on video motion detection - you will become frustrated and you start to ignore the alerts.

Instead, we recommend ReedHD Smart Cameras with Avigilon people and vehicle detection. This technology uses sophisticated video analytics to minimize false alerts. Smart security cameras learn the site and only alert a user's smart phone when an actual car, truck or person is in the view of the camera. Existing i.p. security cameras can be upgraded to smart cameras with an Avigilon Blue subscription.

 


3. HD SMART PTZ

HD SMART PTZ (pan/tilt/zoom) security cameras allow the user to control the camera similarly to a joystick. Instead of a joystick the user controls the HD PTZ camera from a smart phone, tablet, PC or NVR. Our 2MP security camera has a 30x optical zoom (4.3 to 129 mm lens with auto-focus) that allows the user to clearly see over 1,000 feet in both day and night. Available in HD or SMART. 

Hint: HD SMART PTZ cameras should be installed in conjunction with HD cameras. HD SMART PTZ cameras can only record 90 degrees field of view when not controlled by the user.
  

 

4. ALARM.COM INSTANT ALERTS

If you already have video surveillance cameras and do not want to upgrade to smart cameras, we can install wireless motion sensors to cover your driveway. When movement is detected you will receive an alarm.com instant alert on your smartphone. You can then log-in to your existing smartphone app and view cameras. This option requires a professionally installed home security system and alarm.com subscription. 

Hint: Most wireless motion sensors are not built for harsh climates. Install an outdoor model such as the DSC PG-9994.    



SOURCE: GRAINEWS.CA, REEDSECURITY.COM

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REED SECURITY WELCOMES DETECT SECURITY SUBSCRIBERS

Virgil Reed, Heidi Dutton, Sharon Riese, Kurtis Riese

Detect Security Systems has sold its security monitoring services to Reed Security.

You will be in great hands! Reed Security has received 20+ Award Recognitions for the way we look after People (Customer Service, Quality Management, Marketing, New Direction, and Small Business of the Year). 

Our local dealer in P.A. is Thor Security Ltd. and the office is located at 1-243 South Industrial Drive. Myron and Oyvind look forward to serving you!

No major changes are planned, however we will be seeking feedback from you on how we can continue to deliver a great experience.

Sincerely,


Sharon Riese
Owner
Detect Security Systems


Virgil Reed
Owner
Reed Security


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SUMMER SECURITY TIPS 2017

Heading on summer vacation? There's nothing worse than coming back to a home that had a break-in. Here's 20+ Summer Security Tips you can implement to protect your Home and Property while you're travelling.


You're Going to Need More Than a Funny Welcome Mat to Prevent a Break-in!


1. USE COMMON SENSE

If you lose a key, then get the locks changed. A better alternative is to eliminate keys altogether by installing an alarm.com smart lock with built in keypad.

Ask all strangers for identification. The person who is “lost” and looking for directions could actually be a burglar checking to see if someone is home.

Never hide an extra key outdoor - especially underneath a mat or on top of a light fixture. This is the first place the bad guys look. Leave an extra house key with a friend or a neighbor. Again, a better alternative is to eliminate keys altogether by installing an alarm.com smart lock with built in keypad.

DO NOT advertise on Facebook or Instagram that you are on vacation. Social media is the equivalent of a diary in a glass house. You may think you’re letting your friends and family know you’re having a great time, but people often forget to change their privacy settings. If you like to post photos - post them after you get back.

For insurance purposes take photos of the contents of your home and keep all receipts in an off-site location. Great options are Google Drive, Microsoft Cloud and Dropbox.

Write down the model and serial number of all electronics. This will come in handy for a future Police report and insurance claim.



2. MAKE IT DIFFICULT

Door chains are easy to bypass. Install deadbolts. We have alarm.com smart lock options with built in deadbolts.

Install window bars on all basement windows. They are a great visual deterrent and can be connected to a monitored home security system.

Install a stopper or stick on all sliding doors and windows. You can find these at your local hardware store such as Home Hardware, Canadian Tire or Rona.

Make sure all doors and windows are locked. Many burglars go door to door looking for targets that forgot to lock their front doors.

For cabins, consider installing roller window and door shutters. Visit kimbel.ca to see samples.


3. MAKE IT LOOK LIKE YOU ARE AT HOME

Burglars target unoccupied homes so keep your home well lit at night. Install timers that turn lights, radios and televisions on at different times. This gives the appearance that someone is home. A better option is to install alarm.com smart lights and smart appliance modules and setup on an alternating schedules.

Cancel the newspaper and have a friend or neighbour pick-up your mail.

Park a vehicle in the drive-way. Don’t forget to lock the doors and remove any valuables.

If you’re taking an extended vacation of more than a week, hire a student or service to cut your grass.



4. INSTALL A MONITORED HOME OR CABIN SECURITY SYSTEM

The insurance companies agree. You are 400% less likely to have a break-in and can qualify for an insurance discount of up to 25%.

  • NEW! $0 Equipment, $0 Installation Plans
  • No Phone Line required
  • 24/7 Monitored Protection from intrusion, fire, flood, low temperature, and carbon monoxide
  • Includes Police / RCMP and Fire Department dispatch and Call List notification
  • Optional ALARM.COM - control your smart lights, smart locks, and smart thermostat with *free apps
  • Optional ReedHD™ Wi-Fi Doorbell - Know Who's at the front door, record audio and video onto the cloud
  • A monthly subscription is required for all service plans



5. IN CASE YOU DO HAVE A BREAK-IN

If it looks like a door or window was forced open, DO NOT go inside. The Burglar may still be on site.

Call the Police from your mobile phone and wait.


6. ALWAYS GET 3 QUOTES

Do NOT Sign Up with Door to Door alarm companies with Limited Time Offers. Before you know it you will be on the hook for thousands of dollars with a company that doesn't have a local office. Many door to door alarm companies have summer programs (May to September only). After that good luck. Be sure to search Google for reviews and ask friends and family who they use for home security.


If you would like more information on Smart Home or Business Security & Automation please Contact Us for a Free Security Evaluation.

SASKATOON SECURITY INQUIRIES
Reed Security Headquarters
Call 306.653.3200 or 1.844.384.SAFE (7233)
SuRe InnoVations
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PRINCE ALBERT 
SECURITY INQUIRIES
Call 306.922.7200
CALGARY 
SECURITY INQUIRIES
Call 587.393.2800
REGINA 
SECURITY INQUIRIES
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CAMERAS NOT GUNS

Did you ever have a stranger drive into your yard and ask for directions? Keep on reading...

There's been a lot of attention about farmers, protection and guns in the media recently. At Reed Security we've seen an increase of 25% about farm security, cabin security and acreage security over the past two years.

So, what are people concerned about? We interviewed Dave and Vicki Dutton from Dutton Farms in Paynton, SK about their concerns and here's what we found:  


WHAT ARE FARMERS CONCERNED ABOUT?

"Theft is our biggest concern. We can't always be at the farm to keep an eye on things". Here were their concerns:

  • home break-in
  • shop break-in
  • vehicle theft
  • fuel theft 
  • theft of keys
  • theft of wallets, cash, credit cards, ID
  • theft of guns
  • theft of tools
  • theft of chemicals
  • confrontation 


DIRECTIONS PLEASE

"We live on a busy highway and a number of people come into our yard. When a lost stranger drives into your yard and asks for directions - are they really lost? Or could it be that they're scoping your place out?"  

Just about everybody has maps on their smartphones. You should pay particular attention to the make and model of the vehicle and even the license plate if you can. Also make notes about the person's description and age. The Police will need this information in the event of a reported theft.

  

5 SOLUTIONS TO INCREASE FARM PROTECTION NOW

Better security is a better solution.  Reed Security recommends installing several layers of security instead of relying on only one. 

  1. Install an Alarm System with 24/7 Monitoring in your Home and Shop
    -coverage on doors and windows
    -smart motion sensor coverage in common spaces and hallways
    -consider fire, low temp. and flood protection
    -consider installing ALARM.COM smart security automation
    -we notify you, the neighbors and the Police
    -you may qualify for an Insurance Discount of up to 25%
    -lock your doors when you leave the yard

  2. Install ReedHD Cameras
    -up to 26x more detail than standard definition
    -we know which cameras to install where
    -ability to record Faces and License plates*
    -see in the dark
    -records for 10 to 30 days before recycling data
    -Smart Phone apps to remotely see cameras from Anywhere

  3. Install ReedHD Smart Cameras
    -all the features of ReedHD Cameras
    -People and Vehicle Detection analytics
    -ignores all other objects such as birds or animals
    -People and Vehicle Detection alerts are sent to your smartphone app

  4. Get Your Cameras remotely Monitored with UCIT Video Monitoring
    -trained operators receive alerts from ReedHD Smart Cameras
    -operators perform a remote look in video tour
    -we notify you, the neighbors and the Police
    -choose a schedule

  5. Advertise Your Active Security Measures
    -install warning signage and decals
    -show your friends, family and neighbors your security measures including your smartphone apps
    -thieves think twice before targeting farms with active security measures

We have some other common sense Security Tips that you should check out.  

If you are having a problem with theft 
(or would like to avoid one) , We Can Help!

Contact Us today for a Free Security Evaluation.

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