New & Noteworthy


Every year 30,000+ Security Geeks (oops...Gurus) attend the biggest security expo in North America. Check out this year's security innovations.

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

The next generation DSC iotega is Secure, Simple and Scalable. The iotega is not designed to be mounted to a wall like a traditional security system. Instead this unit can sit on a counter or entertainment system rack or cabinet. It's designed to be keypad free and controlled with the ALARM.COM smartphone app (July 2018). You can arm/disarm from the built in keypad or add a wire free keypad.

We've been selling the award winning Qolsys IQ Panel 2 for the past 6 months and our clients love them! Comes with a beautiful 7" HD touchscreen, built in ALARM.COM radio and training videos. You won't find another security and automation system with more features.

COMING SOON. The IQ Panel 2 will have three different versions - all with Power G wireless that has an incredible range of 1.6 km. Choose from Power G + ITI 319.5, Power G + Honeywell/2GIG 345 or Power G + DSC 433. It's never been easier to upgrade to an IQ Panel 2 no matter what security system you currently have - we can use your existing wireless sensors.

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...

Lower cost and easier to use access control is here. After a year of testing with installation partners ALARM.COM is making a big push into commercial access control. No expensive PC/Server costs or up front software costs. Instead clients will subscribe to a monthly plan and use the ALARM.COM Windows and iOS smartphone apps to add/delete users, create locking schedules and review user history. It's easy to integrate with alarm systems and ALARM.COM cameras. This is a game changer!

COMING SOON TO CANADA. Self monitoring of People and Vehicle Detection analytics. Video is stored locally and to the Avigilon Blue Cloud. Receive instant video alerts to your smartphone when you have an unwanted intruder. A monthly subscription is required.

Avigilon Unusual Motion Detection (UMD) technology is an advanced artificial intelligence (AI) technology that brings a new level of automation to surveillance, by revealing events that may have otherwise been missed.

Without any predefined rules or setup, Avigilon Unusual Motion Detection technology is able to continuously learn what typical activity in a scene looks like, and then detect and flag unusual motion.

Hikvision’s DeepInMind Series NVR is the first embedded NVR based on a deep learning algorithm executed by its GPU, making it faster and more accurate than conventional CPUs. This NVR effectively filters out alarms triggered by animals and inanimate objects, with greater than 90% accuracy.

Hikvision is the largest video surveillance company in the world and has over 25,000 employees. We toured their 2 million square foot factory in China last year and met with Jeffrey He - the President of Hikvision North America at the show. (He's a pretty big deal in the security world.)

To see all the 2018 Security Innovations please visit our FaceBook Page.


In April 2017, the federal government introduced legislation to legalize and regulate recreational cannabis in Canada. If passed, the proposed federal Cannabis Act would create rules for producing, possessing and selling cannabis across Canada.

The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) will issue approximately 60 cannabis retail permits to private operators in as many as 40 Saskatchewan municipalities and First Nation communities.

Both wholesaling and retailing of cannabis will be conducted by the private sector and regulated by SLGA. Cannabis retailers will be required to establish a standalone storefront operation, with the option to also operate an online store.  Stores will be limited to selling cannabis, cannabis accessories and ancillary items.  Stores must also have the ability to track and report cannabis inventory to help ensure consumers only have access to safe, legal product from regulated wholesalers.

If you would like to open a licensed Cannabis Retail Store in Saskatchewan you will require the following security requirements:


12.!Appendix C - Security Requirements


A Cannabis Retail Store Permit will not be issued to an applicant who has not met the physical security requirements for the premises. Any separate storage facility must meet the same requirements.

1)          Alarm System

A cannabis retail store must be protected by a professionally installed and monitored alarm system that contains at a minimum:

a)           detectors to indicate unauthorized attempts to tamper with, open, enter or penetrate perimeter entry points, perimeter windows and secure cannabis storage room;

b)           detectors to indicate unauthorized movement within the premises including the secure cannabis storage room;

c)            capability to detect any attempts to tamper with the system or malfunctions with the system which must be immediately repaired by a professional technician;

d)           panic/robbery button(s) installed at all point of sale positions; and

e)           a plan identifying system compliance must be submitted to SLGA for approval along with any changes to an approved plan or system.


2)          Digital Camera Security System

A cannabis retail store must have a digital camera security system that contains, at a minimum:

a)           cameras that are enclosed in the ceiling or domes and linked to a monitor and recording system located in a secure area within the premises;

b)           cameras and lighting must be positioned to clearly capture 24 hour coverage of activity identifying all individuals entering/exiting the premises, including staff areas, and all individuals within the premises including the:

i.             point of sale area(s);

ii.            receiving area(s);

iii.           customer area(s); and

iv.           the secure cannabis storage room.

c)            system must have on premises 60 calendar day minimum recording retention in a common format that is easily accessible, captured, viewed and capable of producing real time digital colour video and still images that clearly identify individuals and contain a time/date stamp not obscuring the image;

d)           recording and viewing system must be located in a secure location within the premises along with a maintained surveillance plan showing camera numbers, locations, coverage, authorized users list and operating instructions.

e)           if the permittee has knowledge, or should have had knowledge, of any pending criminal or regulatory investigation, recorded data and relevant information must not be destroyed after the 60 calendar day minimum recording retention period and must be provided to SLGA and police upon request.

f)            a plan identifying system compliance must be submitted to SLGA for approval along with any changes to an approved plan or system.

g)            the system must be tested weekly to ensure all cameras and recording equipment are functioning properly and a log of the test results must be kept and available to SLGA upon request.

h)           all malfunctions must be immediately repaired.


3)          Perimeter Security

A cannabis retail store must secure perimeter entry points against unauthorized access by, at a minimum:

a)           the use of 1.5mm (16 gauge) hollow metal doors with 1.9mm (14 gauge) metal frame and tamper-proof hinges at all entry points other than the customer entrance.

b)           commercial grade non-residential locks on all access points with secured tamper-proof strike plate and locking device must penetrate the door frame at minimum 1.25cm. 

c)            a customer entrance constructed of commercial grade material sufficient to secure against unauthorized access.

d)           an overhead receiving door constructed of commercial grade material and locking device (if required).

e)           sufficient to secure against unauthorized access.

f)            perimeter locking devices not on a master key system.


4)          Cannabis Displays, at a minimum, must ensure:

a)           All cannabis displayed in a customer area must be within a showcase that is accessible only by authorized staff.

b)           All cannabis on display must be in its original sealed package or an approved container.

c)            All cannabis not displayed in a customer area, and after operating hours all cannabis, must be stored in a locked secure cannabis storage area accessible only by authorized staff.


5)          Cannabis Storage

The cannabis retail store must secure the cannabis in either:

a)           a safe where the safe is a solid metal receptacle capable of lo cking and that weighs either 341 kilograms or that is anchored to the permanent structure of the building. For any items requiring refrigeration, a locking refrigeration unit that weighs 341 kilograms or more orthat isanchored to the permanent structure of the building is considered a safe.

b)           A storage room that meets the following, at a minimum:

i.             constructed of Flattened Metal Mesh, EMMA 557-99 style ¾-9F,nominal strand thickness of 0.120" (0.108" to 0.132"} diamond opening of 0.563" x 1.688" or Sheet steel 16ga, Al008/A1008M (cold rolled) or A1011/A1011M (hot rolled) or equivalent.

ii.            mount steel or steel mesh on the outside (attack side) of the room, including the ceiling, in the following manner:

•             support all edges by anti-spread bracing, studs or corners;

•             align sheet edges at every vertical and horizontal seam on centre-line of steel stud or anti-spread bracing; and

•             secure all sheets with screws, welds or rivets.

iii.           16gauge (1.6mm) steel sheets, HR Commercial quality, ASTM A366, matte finish, shall extend 1200mm around doorframe on inside of room and attached to the doorframe with screws, welds or rivets.

iv.           minimum 1.5mm (16 gauge) hollow metal door not exceeding 36 inches width with 1.9mm (14 gauge) metal frame.

v.            commercial grade door lock with locking device that penetrates doorframe at least 1.25cm and tamper­ proof hinges.

vi.           16mm gypsum wallboards on both sides of the wall (interior optional) attached with drywall screws.

Although not part of the SLGA security requirements we highly recommend installing FlashFog as an added security measure. Burglars Can't Steal What They Can't See.

We have Smart Bundles specifically designed to meet SLGA Security specifications. If you would like more information please Contact Us for a 

Reed Security Headquarters
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How much do you think it costs to install a smart home security system? Many homeowners believe installing a modern residential security system is costly, but holding off could cost a lot more in the long run.

We’ve been to many homes that have experienced a break-in or damages relating to fire, flooding and furnace breakdowns. We see People going through anxiety, spending a lot of money on insurance deductibles and endless hours replacing their valuables. Is it worth it to go through the anxiety, stress and feeling vulnerable? What is your time worth to file an insurance claim and provide documentation of all the valuables that need to be replaced? What are your keepsakes worth that can’t be replaced? Most home owners install a security system after the fact so they don’t have to go through the pain again.

These days, you can easily find affordable security solutions for your home without “burning” a hole in your budget.



The first reason to consider installing a smart home security system is that it provides protection for the things that matter most - your home, your belongings, and your family. Installing a home alarm system deters burglars from breaking and entering. Intruders often avoid the homes with security warning signage and appear to be protected. You are 400% less likely to experience a break-in when you have a monitored home security system. The insurance companies agree and provide discounts of 10% to 25% (because their risk of a payout is reduced). A professionally installed security system with door sensors, window sensors, motion sensors, glass-break sensors, siren and 24/7 Monitoring service with POLICE dispatch will limit the intruders time on site - which also reduces your losses.


According to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) there are about 24,000 house fires each year in Canada, resulting in an average of 377 deaths and 3,048 injuries per year. The #1 ignition source in all preventable house fires is cooking equipment that ignites clothing, oil or flammable liquids. In fatal, preventable house fires, the #1 ignition source is smoking materials, such as cigarettes. Fires are most likely to start in the kitchen, bedrooms and living room. In fatal, preventable house fires, more than 1/3 of the homes didn’t have a working smoke detector.

A modern home security system can protect you from smoke and fires. Monitored Smoke and Heat sensors alert occupants of the presence of smoke, identify the source of the heat and also contact our 24/7 Monitoring Stations with FIRE Department dispatch. Smoke and heat sensors should be installed in hallways and near bedrooms. Some insurance companies provide additional discounts when you have monitored fire protection.


According to Environment Canada, floods are the costliest natural disaster in Canada in terms of property damage. They are also the most common Canadian natural disaster, with about 40 per cent of floods occurring in April and May.

A monitored flood sensor wouldn’t help if there was a natural disaster, but it could instantly alert you

  • if you had flooding from snow melting
  • if you had flood from broken sprinklers
  • if you had a sewage backup problem
  • if a water pipe burst
  • if you had a flooding problem with your dishwasher or washing machine
You could potentially save thousands of dollars by dealing with the problem sooner and avoiding an insurance claim.

Did you ever come home to a freezing home during an ice-cold winter? You couldn’t feel or hear the sound of forced air? OH NO - the Furnace is out! The biggest risk when your furnace cuts out is freezing water lines. Get ready to spend $500 to $4000 on Plumbing and HVAC repairs. By installing a monitored temperature sensor you would receive an instant alert from ALARM.COM and our 24/7 Monitoring Stations. You or another key-holder can deal with the problem before it gets really expensive.      

Going on vacation? Many home-owners insurance policies have requirements that your home must be checked regularly (every 1-4 days) by someone for the policy to remain in force. Alternatively you could install a modern smart home security system with 24/7 Monitoring.

Some insurance companies provide additional discounts when you have monitored flood or low temperature protection.  


More than a smart app or a cool thermostat, ALARM.COM seamlessly connects the key devices in your home on one platform - so they work together and work smarter. Each system is easily customized to your home’s unique configuration and your needs.

Connect your security, lights, locks, thermostats, video and more — for seamless automation and control.

SECURITY CONTROL - With a variety of panels to choose from, you can take advantage of features such as two-way voice for emergency response, and severe weather alerts that notify you if dangerous conditions are detected nearby. ALARM.COM’S Crash & Smash technology ensures that your system will still work even if the panel is smashed.

LIGHT CONTROL - Manage lights with automatic schedules, and set rules to have lights automatically turn on in an alarm event for added visibility and safety.

LOCK CONTROL - Eliminate the need for keys with smart locks. Give each user their own lock code, remotely lock or unlock the door through your app, and get a notification whenever a user unlocks the door.

THERMOSTAT CONTROL - You can keep the family room comfortable on the weekend, make sure the nursery is exactly the right temperature at nap time, and have the whole house drop to a savings setting when nobody is there. The Smart Thermostat uses all the security sensors around the home so it can automatically respond to different conditions and activities.

VIDEO SURVEILLANCE - Keep an eye on what matters to you. Peek-in to watch live streaming video anytime, get video alerts if a specific activity occurs, and watch recorded clips – all from your app.

INSTANT ALERTS - What time did my teenager get home? Did I forget to close the garage door when I left today? Unlike traditional systems that only alert you in an alarm event, ALARM.COM lets you know what’s happening at your property at any time. It’s easy to set your own alerts and reminders to be notified of any activity you care about, whether your system is armed or not.


So, what will all this security and automation cost? You can purchase sensors and have them professionally installed a-la-carte. Security sensor and automation device prices range from $50/ea to $300/ea. (includes installation). A professionally installed modern smart security package will cost between $599 and $1999+ (based on a 1500 square foot home). 24/7 Monitoring fees will range from $19.95 to $39.95 a month.

Many of our clients prefer our very popular $0 DOWN PLANS and often use them to upgrade older systems. Instead of paying up front equipment and installation fees we created affordable plans that range from $49.95/mo. to $79.95/mo. O.A.C. when you sign up to a 48 month subscription. All SMARTHOME plans come with equipment, professional installation, 24/7 Monitoring with Fire and Police dispatch, ALARM.COM app and on site warranty.

If you would like to know more about any Reed Security products, services or plans please Contact Us today for more information.

We are happy to provide you with a FREE HOME OR BUSINESS SECURITY EVALUATION. 


Be Careful of WHAT and WHEN You Post Family Photos!

Travelling during the Christmas holiday season? There's nothing worse than coming back to a home that just had a break-in

Here's the TOP 6 HOLIDAY SECURITY TIPS you can implement to protect your Home and Property while you're travelling.


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. Thieves will also know you are travelling.

If you like to post photos - post them after you get back.

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

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.


Door chains are easy to bypass. Install deadbolts. We have 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 to see samples.


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 smart lights and smart appliance modules and setup on an alternating schedules.

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

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.


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


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.


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.

Reed Security Headquarters
Call 306.653.3200 or 1.844.384.SAFE (7233)
SuRe InnoVations
Call 306.974.0888
Call 306.922.7200
Call 587.393.2800
Call 306.206.0700


Who would you rather trust to protect you - industry leaders that keep up to date on the latest security innovations or the dinosaurs that are slow to adapt to change? Reed Security recently traveled to China in search of the smartest, most innovative security camera technology on the planet. We even found security cameras at the Great Wall of China near Beijing (population 21.7 million). Life is different in China. A number of things stood out right away:

1. China has the largest population in the world with nearly 1.4 billion people. People are Everywhere - both the sidewalks and the streets are congested. Be prepared to be bumped into and race to the front of the line.

2. Huge growth in construction. It's common the see clusters of construction cranes of 20 or more at one development (we lost count of how many developments we saw). Apartment buildings are built at record speeds to house the growing population.

3. China is the manufacturing mecca of the world and exports more than 2 trillion USD a year. All the manufacturing has a side effect - a light to heavy smog in the cities we visited.

4. The Chinese people work hard, but about the same as the average Canadian worker. Both work about 2000 to 2200 hours a year.

5. Chinese elementary and middle school students outwork Canadian students. The school day runs from 8am to 4pm. After dinner its 1-2 hours of daily homework.

6. You are unable to use FaceBook, Instagram, Google Maps, Gmail, YouTube and several other web sites.

7. Don't feel too bad. Over 963 Million Chinese people use the WeChat app for social media and for digital payments.

8. Baidu is the Google of China and has an 82% market share . A censored version of Google has a 10% market share in China.

9. The Chinese people are technologically advanced and use their smartphones constantly (including when we were almost run over by a moped).

10. How many security cameras can you count at this Shanghai (population 25.2 million) intersection? CCTV cameras are EVERYWHERE in China and you definitely have the feeling that you are being watched.

11. However, you also feel safe.

Where is all the data stored? How is the data being used?

12. There is a shortage of factory workers in China and employees have a choice on where to work.

13. Made in China 2025 is a government lead initiative to use Robots and Artificial Intelligence (AI) at factories to keep production costs low as labour costs increase. What are we doing in Canada to stay competitive?

14. We visited the head office of our partner Hikvision in Hangzhou (population 9.2 million). Hikvision is the largest video surveillance manufacturer in the world.

15. In 2016, Hikvision annual sales were 4.6 Billion USD and they currently have 20,000+ employees (9,000 are engineers).

16. Proud members of the Hikvision North American Support Team were gracious hosts and provided V.I.P. treatment all day. They were happy to showcase solutions and answer our questions.

17. Visits to the Hikvision head office are paid for by the customer.

18. We were impressed with the Hikvision showroom where there was a strong emphasis on Applications - using technology to solve problems. Smart Facial Detection technology predicted Virgil's height +/- 3 cm.

19. The Hikvision factory has more than 2 million square feet and manufacturers 100,000 security cameras a day. That's over 36 million security cameras a year!

20. We weren't allowed to take pictures of the inside for privacy reasons.

21. You can see the Hikvision artificial intelligence strategy at work as little orange self-driving, self charging robots move products from assembly lines to storage areas (Hikvision manufacturers the robots). 

22. The robots complement factory workers who work a regular 8:30am to 4:30pm shift and live in company-provided apartments right next door to the factory.

23. At the employees choosing they can return to work after dinner for some overtime.

We Help Families Feel Safe and Connect Them to Their Homes. We also Help Businesses Reduce Theft and Re-Gain Control.

Contact Us today for a Free Security Evaluation or to find out How We Can Help You.

Reed Security Headquarters
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Call 306.922.7200
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