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REED SECURITY EXPANDS - WELCOME HIGHMARK HOME SYSTEMS SUBSCRIBERS


Highmark Home Systems Ltd. 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 they look after People (Customer Service, Quality Management, Marketing, New Direction, and Small Business of the Year).

Dave Sammartino will be staying on through a transition arrangement to ensure a smooth handover of the business. Dave Schlegel is your local Reed Security Authorized Dealer and has 10+ years security sales, installation and support experience.

No major changes are planned, however we will be seeking customer feedback to identify how additional customer value can be created.

Dave Sammartino
Owner
Highmark home Systems Ltd.


Virgil Reed
Owner
Reed Security

SALES, INSTALLATION, SUPPORT

Contact Your Local Reed Security Authorized Dealer
Dave Schlegel
587-393-2800
dave.s@reedsecurity.ca
reedsecurity.com/calgary

BILLING, ADMINISTRATION

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306-653-3200
administration@reedsecurity.ca
reedsecurity.com



GET A *FREE SMART SECURITY & AUTOMATION SYSTEM UPGRADE AT HOMESTYLES 2017

Drop by the Reed Security booth (114) or Sure InnoVations booth (810) and we will upgrade your alarm system to the Smartest Security & Automation System on the Block.

That's right...

$0 EQUIPMENT*
$0 INSTALLATION*


Promo Code: IQUPGHOME

All you have to do is take care of the affordable monthly fees.
Some conditions apply.
Expires March 31st, 2017  

Reed Security - Booth 114
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Homestyles 2017
Prairieland Park
Thursday, March 9th, 3pm to 9pm
Friday, March 10th, 1pm to 9pm
Saturday, March 11th, 10am to 9pm
Sunday, March 12th, 10am to 5pm


Contact Us today for a Free Security Evaluation or to find out more information.


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BEGINNER GUIDE TO HD SECURITY CAMERA SYSTEMS: OVERVIEW


What is a HD Security Camera System?

We all watch TV - think of the difference in quality between regular channels and high definition channels. ReedHD™ security cameras can help solve more crimes using less cameras due to increased image quality. A standard video surveillance camera records in 0.3 megapixel (VGA 640x480 pixels). ReedHD™ security cameras record in resolutions up to 4K (3840x2160 pixels) and gives you a better opportunity to record and recognize Faces, License Plates and Objects. A ReedHD™ 4K security camera gives you the same resolution as over 26 standard definition security cameras.

CHECK OUT VIDEO SURVEILLANCE SAMPLES ON THE REEDHD YOUTUBE CHANNEL

HD Security Camera systems consist of:

  1. Cameras and Lenses
  2. Power
  3. Cable and Conduit
  4. Router/Modem and Internet
  5. LAN and Switches
  6. Storage
  7. Display Monitor
  8. Apps for connecting remotely
  9. Warning Signage
  10. Professional Installation



OVERVIEW:

I.P. cameras capture images and convert them to digital video streams. The digital video streams are broadcast over a local area network (LAN) using Ethernet (CAT5e or CAT6) cable. Power is supplied to I.P. security cameras through the ethernet cable via Power-Over-Ethernet (POE) adapters built into the security cameras and at a POE enabled switch. The ethernet cable for each security camera is plugged into the switch which feeds into the network router/hub. 

A Network Video Recorder (NVR) captures each security camera's signal, compresses, and records it. Software built into the NVR provides features such as motion recording, intelligent search, zoom and video analytics (People Detection, Cross Line Detection, Object Removed). The NVR combines the video streams from the security cameras and handles the broadcast over the LAN and internet for local and remote viewing via apps for PC, MAC, tablets and smartphones.

Note: The maximum distance between network devices is 330 feet. 

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Over the next several weeks we will update content on each section of our Beginner's Guide to HD Security Camera Systems. Keep checking back...

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SECURITY INQUIRIES
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7 TIPS ON PICKING THE RIGHT SECURITY SYSTEM PROVIDER

No one should ever compromise security. No one should just settle when the safety of your family is at stake. Nothing is ever “just okay.”

A study on convicted burglars’ view on alarm systems and deterrents found that 85% of burglars considered the presence of deterrents such as home security and that 62% would seek another target. Only 13% said they would still continue the attempt even after an alarm had been discovered. That is a large drop in your risk as of a victim of burglary just by having an alarm system present.

Buying your first alarm system shouldn’t be taken lightly, as if just buying another pair of shoes. You have to remember that burglary is a crime of opportunity. When burglars see a way in, they are most certainly going to find a way out. While burglars generally avoid homes with an alarm system, you must consider establishing a stronger home security from your Regina & Saskatoon Alarm System Provider.

But, how do you exactly determine a trusted home security company fit for your alarm system needs? To help you out, here are the key considerations for choosing one.

1. Read On-line Reviews

When you intend to buy or upgrade your phone, one of the first things that you do is read reviews of your prospective purchase online. Be as persistent when you search for a home security provider. Support your choice with research and informed advice from security system users in Regina & Saskatoon. However, you have to be very cautious when doing so because some online reviews can be untruthful with the intention to mislead.

One of the most effective ways to choose the right alarm system provider is to seek the advice of friends and family. They have your best interest in mind. You can depend on them to give you an honest assessment of a device. Personal referrals are priceless.

2. Check Out Their Workmanship

Credibility is at the core of choosing a trusted home security provider. Evaluate the company’s work history to determine whether its record is untainted, received a significant number of complaints, has a reputation of being a trailblazer in the industry or if it has good customer service. Find out if they have all the licenses to operate, especially those that may affect consumer protection.

3. Review Your Own Needs

In figuring out where to buy home security devices, it is important that you are able to identify your needs. What do you want the alarm system to do for you and what’s your allotted budget for home security? Only then will you be able to narrow down your choices and ultimately pick the right Alarm service Company.

If you think that a wireless alarm system would work best for your home, then opt for an alarm system company with specific wireless products. Reed Security offers top notch security devices, sensors and other accessories that can help you in managing your home.

4. Research the People

People are the heart and soul of any security company. Find out if their pool of home security experts are truly what they claim to be. Check if they are indeed trained and certified to reduce faulty installations and other technical problems. Experts should also extend to customer service professionals whom you can count on to give assistance whenever necessary.

5. Review the 24/7 Monitoring Station and Emergency Operators

With so many alarm companies to choose from in Regina & Saskatoon, you should find the one that has a responsive 24/7 Monitoring Station. You will notice that most professional alarm systems have a two-way radio capability, which will directly send a distress signal to the command center. The command center will then assess the situation and if a threat is validated, it will ask authorities to dispatch units and attend to your emergency.

This aspect is very important because it deals with the actual responsiveness of a security company and of authorities. At the same time, it must help you identify validated threats both from false alarms and your immediate surroundings.

6. Review Contracts and Warranty

This is usually the boring, tedious part of the process. But don’t make the mistake of not paying attention to this detail. Most companies have you sign a three to five year commitment contract in exchange for discounts on the installation fees. Also check to see whether or not they have any warranty policy.

7. Look for Innovation

A good company must always know how to innovate. In the Regina & Saskatoon security industry, companies who have the best and latest technology are considered pioneers. And as the market evolves, it is important that your choice of provider is capable of change, upgrades, and other technological advancements in order to keep up with the latest features those consumers are looking for. Many people are not only looking for home security, but smart home security with home automation and remote capabilities.

Security is serious business, and you should take it seriously. When you shop around for a burglar alarm, do not just settle for the cheapest unit or the most expensive one at that. Do not just pick the one that looks the most advanced or the one that has the most features. The reasons for choosing an alarm system provider should include the provider’s credibility, innovative offerings, customer service availability, and the variety of products offered specific to your needs.

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CAN I STILL GET A HOME SECURITY SYSTEM IF I HAVE PETS?

One question I have learnt to ask at every residential sales call is “Do you have pets?”  That’s because pets can drastically affect the way a security system works, and therefore should be a huge factor in deciding what your alarm system should look like.  Similarly, an existing system might work perfectly for years, only to have false alarms start when a new pet is introduced to the house.   It can certainly be a challenge, but one that can be overcome with careful consideration and planning.

Motion Detectors - The most obvious culprits for false alarms in the presence of pets are motion detectors.  Many motion detectors are “pet friendly”, and many even give a weight (between 40-80lb on average) under which a pet can essentially be ignored.  However, there are some limitations to these devices, and improper placement or setup can still result in false alarms.

A standard PIR (Passive Infra-Red) motion detector shoots out beams in a sort of three-dimensional grid, and is triggered by objects big enough to cross 2-3 beams at once.  “Pet friendly” motion detectors work by having reduced sensitivity for the grid slices in the lower half of the field of view, making it less responsive to objects that stay low on the ground.  And that is the key; height.  Pointing a pet-friendly motion detector at a flight of stairs will inevitably give you false alarms, as will pointing it right at your cats’ favourite jumping spot.  I have seen more 6lb cats set off false alarms than 40lb dogs, because they love to jump on things when no one is around (even when the owner swears that they don’t!).

Glass-break Sensors - If you have a cat that loves to jump or a dog that enjoys getting rowdy when no one is home, a better alternative might be to strategically cover windows with audio glass-break detection.  These sensors have a microphone in them, and listen for the high-pitched frequency of breaking glass.  Your pets can move around freely without any worry of setting the alarm off.  However, dogs with very high-pitched barks, or pet birds, have been known to set these off too.  One just has to think ahead: does your dog sit at the front window and bark at every car that drives past?  Then maybe the glass break detector should be covering the back windows only.

Placement - The last thing we need to talk about is the general placement of sensors.  I have seen many door contacts, window sensors, and even one glass-break detector damaged by pets because they were placed too close to the ground.  A puppy will chew on just about anything it can get its teeth on, as anyone who has owned one will know.  There are few circumstances where a sensor would have to mounted low (wiring a sliding patio door in a finished house might be one), so these cases can usually be avoided before they happen.  But if you’re system was already setup before you got your pet, it might be worth getting a security professional in to evaluate the existing equipment and its placement.

To sum up, here are the important things to consider:

-          YES, you can definitely have pets and still have a reliable alarm system

-          If you have pets and are getting a new security systemPLEASE bring it up with your salesperson (if they don’t bring it up themselves) and plan around the pets

-          If you have an existing alarm system and then get a pet, CALL your Calgary alarm installation company to discuss how this might affect you and how to minimize false alarms

-          NO, you should not have to live with false alarms just because you have pets.  It may take some effort to get things setup for your pets, but don’t let that dissuade you from having an alarm system altogether; it’s there for your safety AND that of your pets.

Dave Schlegel
Owner, Calgary Security Expert
Oxford Security Systems
Reed Security Authorized Dealer  


Contact Us online today to book your No Obligation, Free Security Evaluation.

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Saskatoon, SK S7K 1V9
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