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WARNING: EVEN COVID-19 CAN'T STOP THE DOOR TO DOOR ALARM SCAM




Hi, I'm Alex. I'm your friendly neighborhood (well not really) summer student that works for a door to door home security company.  At first my company was going to respect your boundaries and stay away from your personal space, but Nah - who are we kidding :)

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:

CORONAVIRUS ISN'T THAT BAD - NO MATTER WHAT THE W.H.O. OR C.D.C. SAYS

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


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



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.


HERE'S 7 SECURITY TIPS TO KEEP THE HOLIDAYS HAPPY


1. KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR STRANGERS 

  • Are there any strangers lurking around the block? Let your neighbours know if there is unusual activity. This is especially important during winter vacations.
  • Any moving vans or contractors parked on your neighbours driveway? 
  • Join Facebook groups such as Neighbourhood Watch and Community Associations; share information!

2. 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. 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 One Drive 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.




3. MAKE IT DIFFICULT

  • Reduce Package Theft by having all shipments delivered to your work (if your employer will allow it). Some delivery companies can hold for pickup.
    Best Option:
    Shop Local!
    We sponsor your kids sports teams and donate to local charities. 
  • 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.

 
4. 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.
  • Hire a service or student to shovel the snow off your driveway.




5. 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




6. 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. 


7. ALWAYS GET 3 QUOTES

  • 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 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

Call 306.974.0888

PRINCE ALBERT SECURITY INQUIRIES

Call 306.922.7200

REGINA SECURITY INQUIRIES

Call 306.206.0700

CALGARY SECURITY INQUIRIES

Call 587.393.2800

EDMONTON SECURITY INQUIRIES

Call 855.424.2324





SMART BUSINESS SECURITY VS. TRADITIONAL SECURITY

Here are five ways Reed Smart Business Security, powered by Alarm.com, out-secures a traditional security system every time.

1: You're always protected - even if you forget.  


Old security systems have a habit of leaving you unprotected. Forget to turn them on and they can't even sound the alarm during a break-in.

Reed Smart Business Security is different. Just specify a closing time, and Alarm.com takes care of the rest. You can have our auto-arming feature turn the alarm on for you every day, without fail. You can have your system arm itself automatically after a period of no activity. You can also use your Alarm.com app to arm and disarm your system from anywhere.

Even when your alarm is turned off, however, your Alarm.com technology remains on. Reed Smart Business Security works around the clock to protect you, monitoring activity, alerting you to important events, and going the extra mile to keep everyone and everything safe.

2: Our business security technology is built tougher.


As well as being smart, an Alarm.com-powered Reed Smart Business Security system is tough. Our dedicated cellular connection, which delivers the emergency signal to our 24/7 Monitoring Stations, can't be cut like a phone line or broadband cable. If the power goes out, your alarm panel's battery backup keeps you connected.

Our patented Crash and Smash technology, is engineered to defeat an intruder who attacks your security panel to stop it signaling for help.

Your system activates the feature in response to the initial "crash" of the break-in. If your security panel then goes offline, due to the "smash" of a hammer, Alarm.com's cloud platform takes over, alerting our 24/7 Monitoring Stations on the broken security panel's behalf. The intruder will be none the wiser… until the Police arrive.

3: Smart access control means fewer weak spots.


If you're still using keys for security, your business needs an urgent upgrade. Keys are easy to lose, misuse, copy or steal. The more you have in circulation, the weaker your security.

Reed Smarter Access Control replaces keys with smart access control: a secure solution of smart locks, card readers and user codes that puts you in control of who goes where, when.

You can quickly set up or delete access for employees, get access-triggered alerts when certain doors are opened, and quickly find video clips of access events. You can also lock and unlock any door remotely, and even have your business lock itself automatically at closing time.

Find out more: Smarter Access Control for Businesses

4: Smart video monitoring helps you manage emergencies


With ReedHD smart security cameras in your Alarm.com-powered system, a nighttime alarm doesn't necessarily mean an immediate dash to work. Instead, you can open a live video feed to see what's going on. If it's a false alarm, you can let our 24/7 Monitoring Stations know. If the emergency is real, it can be verified faster, and Police alerted sooner.

Smart video monitoring also adds huge value in the aftermath of a break-in or fire. It gives you securely-stored footage of the event to share with police and your insurer. Your video clips, easily accessed and shared via your Alarm.com app, could be the key to identifying and catching the culprit, as well as helping your insurance claim proceed.

Find out more: Upgrading to Smarter Business Security Cameras

5: With Alarm.com on your phone, security is at your fingertips

With its own smart business security app, Alarm.com makes it easy to solve security worries and other challenges. Here's what Alarm.com for Business user Jill says about it:



If you would like more information on Smart Home or Business Security 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

Call 306.974.0888

PRINCE ALBERT SECURITY INQUIRIES

Call 306.922.7200

CALGARY SECURITY INQUIRIES

Call 587.393.2800

REGINA SECURITY INQUIRIES

Call 306.206.0700


Source: ALARM.COM

TOP 5 WAYS TO MANAGE MULTIPLE BUSINESS LOCATIONS WITH ALARM.COM


As your business grows, so does the work it takes to manage it - especially when you scale up to multiple business locations. 


The complexities of adding new stores, restaurants, warehouses or other premises can create an overwhelming workload (or worry-load) that you'll need to solve. This could mean a new hire, or a new technology solution to help you scale more efficiently. 

Alarm.com for Business, with its award-winning multi-location management features, should be at the top of your list. It reduces complexity by giving you and your team a single point of control for essential functions including security, employee access, video monitoring, and energy management for every location in your business. 

Whether you're managing two locations or two hundred, using Alarm.com for Business to take care of them will save you time, money and worries.  Here are five big benefits you'll discover. 

1: Automatic security lets you "set and forget" at scale 

Protecting your people and property is a complex task that Alarm.com makes easy. Our automated security safeguards, which include automatic system arming and door locking at closing time, only need to be set up once. Once Reed Security adds Alarm.com technology to your latest location, it takes just seconds to automate its security by applying the rules you've set up for the rest of your business. 

This doesn't just apply to the alarm systems across your business. You can quickly create cross-location rules to regulate employee access, get activity-triggered smartphone alerts, or save energy by automating your Alarm.com smart thermostats

2: Access control with user codes improves and streamlines your security 

Outdated access technology weakens your security and gets harder to manage as your business grows. Our smart access technology does the opposite, protecting your business with centrally controlled smart locks, easily managed user codes, and the option of a full keycard-and-reader solution. A single login is all you need to control employee access anywhere your business. 

Alarm.com user codes are easy to set up, revoke, and manage in bulk.  You can assign employees to customized access groups, with pre-set permissions determining which location(s) they can access and when—enabling you to streamline and scale your access control to tens or hundreds of employees. 

3: Smart business alerts keep you on top of any emerging issues  

Unlike traditional security technology, Alarm.com for Business is proactive, alerting you to problematic or unexpected activity at any business location, even when disarmed. The more locations you're taking care of, the more valuable this becomes. 

For example, you can set up a single "late opening" alert, then apply it to every location—eliminating the need to check this important detail for every location, every day. You can know right away if a door is propped open, if an off-limits area is accessed, or even if a thermostat is tampered with. You can also set up highly customized video alerts to capture specific activity—take a look:


4: Multi-location video gives you a real-time view of everything 

The bigger your business gets, the more important it becomes to see what's going on. Alarm.com gives you a single video monitoring dashboard that combines security camera feeds from different locations, side by side, making it easy for you and your team to stay on top of things.  

With four video streams on a single screen, and the ability to set up and toggle between custom, multi-location video groups (e.g. "front door cameras", or "kitchen cameras") it's simple to monitor activity across your business in real time. 

5: Customizable permissions let you delegate with clear boundaries 

The bigger your team, the more you'll benefit from Alarm.com, especially when you delegate its different functions to managers, or to specialists like a loss prevention officer. With multiple levels of user permissions, Alarm.com makes it easy to give team members access to the features they need, and no more.

 

You can give a manager the ability to set up or revoke an employee's access, but only at that manager's location. You can give your loss prevention specialist access to every security camera feed without giving them control of your smart thermostats. As the primary account holder, you'll always retain the ultimate ability to increase, decrease, customize or remove your team's permissions. 

Want to save time and money with smarter business security? 

If you would like more information on Smart Home or Business Security 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

Call 306.974.0888

PRINCE ALBERT SECURITY INQUIRIES

Call 306.922.7200

CALGARY SECURITY INQUIRIES

Call 587.393.2800

REGINA SECURITY INQUIRIES

Call 306.206.0700


Source: ALARM.COM



SUMMER HOME SECURITY TIPS 2019

20+ Security Tips You Can Implement to Protect Your Home, Property & Family.


1. KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR YOUR NEIGHBOURS 

  • Let your neighbours know if there is unusual activity. This is especially important during vacations or travelling for work.
  • Are there any strangers lurking around the block?
  • Any moving vans or contractors parked on your neighbours driveway? 
  • Join your local Neighbourhood Watch on Facebook and share information about your community.

2. 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 One Drive 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.




3. 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.

 
4. 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.




5. 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




6. 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. 


7. 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 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

Call 306.974.0888

PRINCE ALBERT SECURITY INQUIRIES

Call 306.922.7200

CALGARY SECURITY INQUIRIES

Call 587.393.2800

REGINA SECURITY INQUIRIES

Call 306.206.0700

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