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ESCALA GETS PROTECTED BY REED SECURITY


Escala, a project by Meridian Development, sits in one of the most storied neighbourhoods in Saskatoon. Steps away from the hustle and bustle of Broadway Avenue, yet secluded on University Drive, it offers a mix of apartment-style and townhouse-style condos for those who love the refined life.

Located at 637 University Drive, this luxurious residence is also one of the safest and secure properties in Saskatoon.

Protection for this project included:



Live Video Monitoring

  • Construction phase
  • REEDHD™ security cameras protected the perimeter of the site
  • Reduces theft and liability
  • Provides accountability
  • Monitoring Team dispatches the Police and notifies the client if an intruder enters the property
  • Smartphone app


REEDHD™ Security Cameras

  • Smart Cameras with Face and License Plate recognition
  • Interior Protection - main entrance, hallways, parking garage
  • Exterior Protection - entrances, perimeter of building
  • IR Nightvision for clear images during low light conditions
  • Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) for bright light conditions
  • Desktop and smartphone apps


Access Control

  • Restricts access to the property
  • Keyless entry - no more keys to replace
  • Integration with intercom
  • Controls Who goes Where and When
  • User Reports
  • Desktop and smartphone apps


Fire Alarm Monitoring


“Reed Security provided us with great service throughout construction, we look forward to working with them again in the future.”

-Karl Miller, CEO, Meridian Development


Thanks Karl !!


If you need Smarter Security and Fire protection for your building or next project please contact us today.

We would be happy to provide a No Obligation Security Review.

306.653.3200 or sales@reedsecurity.ca




$0 TOUCHLESS VIDEO DOORBELL


Our new Touchless Video Doorbell recognizes when a person stands on your doormat, and sends you a mobile alert. 

Just tap the alert to see, hear and talk to your visitor through your Alarm.com app, from wherever you are.

You can do more at the front door like:

  • Check on doorstep deliveries
  • See, hear and speak to visitors
  • Watch live video feeds Anywhere, Anytime
  • Keep visitors safe with 2 way audio and touch free doorbell experience
  • Get around the clock smart alerts



FEATURES:


  • Expansive FOV (150° V, 115° H)
  • Full HD (1440 x 1920) video resolution
  • High dynamic range (HDR)
  • IR night vision (15 feet)
  • Video Analytics on the edge for faster, more relevant alerts
  • Live video and saved clip viewing
  • Two-Way Audio through the mobile app
  • Battery heater for low-temperature operation
  • 2x2 antenna for improved Wi-Fi range
  • Compatible with existing doorbell transformers (requires 16-30 VAC, 10 VA)
  • Compatible with mechanical and digital chimes

    *Requirements:

    -strong Wi-Fi Connection outside your home
    -internet package with minimum 2.5 MBPS upload speed per camera
    -existing doorbell must have a 16V 10VA transformer (or an electrician is required) 

20TH ANNIVERSARY SALE!

For the month of 🏷️ FEBRUARY you can get a Touchless Video Doorbell professionally installed for $0 ($400 value) when you sign up for a new Reed Smart Home Security system.

Plus.......Get the first month on us!

Applies to new installations, upgrades and switch overs from competitors.

Contact us today for a No Obligation,
20 minute Smart Home/Business Evaluation or call 306.653.3200


THE FINE PRINT
*Some conditions apply
*O.A.C. on approved credit
*Full packages start @ $49.95/mo.
*Doorbell only plans start @ $17/mo.
*36/60 month subscription is required
*Early termination charges may apply if you are an existing Reed Security client
*Available at participating dealers




POLICE WARN ABOUT GARAGE BREAK-IN'S. HERE'S WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT.


Source: saskatoonpolice.ca

The Saskatoon Police Service would like to advise citizens of a recent rash of Break & Enters to residential garages. Since October, there have been more than 40 occurrences reported where the perpetrator(s) had gained entry to garages with wooden overhead doors by removing one of the panels. Many times tools and machinery including large items like a snowmobile and snow blowers were taken, and in some cases nothing was taken.

Citizens are encouraged to report any cases as such, regardless of items being taken or not, and to keep a vigilant eye in their neighbourhood for suspicious activity or vehicles in alleyways or driveways that have garages with wooden overhead doors.

Added security such as motion lights and recorded video cameras can be beneficial to these investigations and should be referenced when reporting.



USE THIS CHECKLIST FOR BETTER GARAGE SECURITY




 Make sure everything is locked

The easiest way for an intruder to break in is without forced entry; you left a door or window unlocked. Make it part of your routine to ensure all access points are secure when you are done using your garage. The same applies for access points with your home and vehicles.


 Add motion lighting

A motion light has two components - a motion sensor and a light. When the motion sensor PIR detects a change in heat the light turns on an illuminates the area. Intruders do not like lighting because it's easier to identify them. Motion lights can be purchased from your local hardware storeWe recommend a models with LED lighting. Solar-powered models are very easy to install on your own without contracting an electrician.


 Add Door and Window Sensors

A door or window sensor is connected to a security system and lets you know when a door or window is opened. An armed sensor triggers a siren and notifies our 24/7 Monitoring Stations to dispatch the Police.

Note: Most wireless sensors require a heated garage, 0 degrees Celsius or warmer to function properly. Cold temperature sensors are available.




 Add a Motion Sensor

A motion sensor is connected to a security system and lets you know when there is movement in front of the sensor. An armed sensor triggers a siren and notifies our 24/7 Monitoring Stations to dispatch the Police. This sensor would detect when an intruder removes a wooden door panel from an overhead door and enters the garage.

Note: Most wireless sensors require a heated garage, 0 degrees Celsius or warmer to function properly. Cold temperature sensors are available.

 Add Window Bars or Security Shutters

Sometimes adding security sensors isn't enough. In this case you should add a physical barrier to deter and prevent entry. Metal window bars can be purchased from your local hardware store. Roll up security shutters can be purchased online.

 Add a Siren with Flashing Strobe Light

A exterior siren with flashing strobe light is connected to a security system. When triggered by a door, window or motion sensor it creates 110db of unwanted ATTENTION. Intruders often leave the property. 


 Partition the House and Garage

Modern home security systems have a programming feature called "partitioning". This allows areas to be armed/disarmed independently from each other. Partition 1 can be the Home and Partition 2 can be the Garage. When you are not using your garage make sure it is armed.



 Add Security Cameras

A security camera allows you to keep an eye on things and acts as both a deterrent and recovery tool. All evidence is recorded either to a cloud or local NVR (network video recorder) and is used in Police investigations.

REEDHD ColorVu security cameras use ultra low light sensors and a spotlight to see in full color at night.




 Add Warning Signage

We provide "Protected by Reed Security" warning signs and decals to our clients. When you have a monitored security system you are 400% less likely to experience a break in. Make sure intruders know you are protected.


All security devices are eligible for the Saskatchewan Home Renovation Tax Credit.


Contact us today for a No Obligation, 20 minute Smart Home/Business Evaluation or call 1.844.384.7233


SASKATOON SECURITY 

Reed Security Headquarters

306.653.3200 or 1.844.384.SAFE (7233)

SuRe InnoVations

306.974.0888

PRINCE ALBERT SECURITY

306.922.7200

REGINA SECURITY

306.206.0700

CALGARY SECURITY

587.393.2800

EDMONTON SECURITY

855.424.2324


HOME SECURITY TAX CREDIT

Source: Saskatchewan.ca

Home Renovation Tax Credit

Home Security Systems, Devices and Professional Installation qualify. Monthly fees do not.


Under this non-refundable tax credit, Saskatchewan homeowners may save up to $2,100 in provincial income tax by claiming a 10.5 per cent tax credit on up to $20,000 of eligible home renovation expenses. Eligible expenses include the cost of labour and professional services, building materials, fixtures, equipment rentals, and permits.

This tax credit will be administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) as part of the Saskatchewan personal income tax system. CRA will develop the necessary forms and filing instructions in the coming months.


1. To Qualify

  • Renovations must be to your principal residence, which must be located in Saskatchewan.
  • Renovation expenses must be incurred between October 1, 2020, and December 31, 2022.
  • The renovation must be substantially completed by December 31, 2022.
  • At the time of the renovation(s), you must own, alone or jointly with another person, the housing unit (or share of the capital stock of a co-operative housing corporation that you acquired solely for the right to inhabit the housing unit owned by that corporation).
  • You, your current or former spouse or common-law partner, or any of your or your spouse/common-law partner's children must ordinarily inhabit the housing unit during the eligibility period.
  • In general, renovations must be of an enduring nature and integral to the dwelling or to the land that forms part of the dwelling. Land of one-half hectare or 1.24 acres, including the land upon which your housing unit stands and any portion of the adjoining land, will generally be considered part of your eligible dwelling for purposes of this tax credit.


2. Claim Credit on Tax Returns


Claim the credit on your 2021 and/or 2022 personal income tax returns:

  • Total qualified expenses incurred between October 1, 2020, and December 31, 2021, in excess of $1,000 (base amount), but not more than $12,000 can be claimed on your 2021 tax return (maximum claim of $11,000 for 2021).
  • Total qualified expenses incurred between January 1, 2022, and December 31, 2022, in excess of $1,000 (base amount), but not more than $10,000, can be claimed on your 2022 tax return (maximum claim of $9,000 for 2022).
  • The tax credit can be split among eligible family members, but the total amount claimed cannot exceed the maximum allowable. Eligible family members include you and your spouse or common-law partner and you or your spouse/common-law partner's children who are under 18 years of age at the end of 2021.
  • If you sell and purchase an eligible dwelling during the eligibility period, qualified expenses that you incur for both dwellings will be eligible (however, each dwelling must have been your permanent residence at the time the renovations occurred). The maximum total of qualified expenditures that you can claim is $20,000.
  • If you earn rental or business income from part of your eligible dwelling, you can only claim the amount for expenses incurred for the personal-use areas of your dwelling. For expenses incurred for common areas or that benefit the housing unit as a whole (e.g., re-shingling a roof), divide the expense between personal use and income-earning use and claim the personal-use portion.
  • Example of splitting the tax credit between family members: You and your spouse enter a contract for the purchase and installation of a new furnace after October 1, 2020, and pay $9,500 for this renovation. On your 2021 tax return, calculate the tax credit as follows: Total qualified expense of $9,500, less the $1,000 base amount = $8,500. Either you or your spouse can claim the entire $8,500 or you can each claim a portion of it. For example, if you claim $3,500, your spouse can claim the remaining $5,000.

3. Documentation

Eligible expenses must be supported by documents such as receipts or invoices and should clearly identify:

  • the vendor/contractor including business address and (if applicable) their GST/HST registration number
  • the type and quantity of goods purchased and/or services provided
  • the dates when the goods and/or services were purchased or delivered
  • Invoices must by marked "paid" or be accompanied by other proof of payment such as credit card slips or cancelled cheques.

4. Eligible Expenses

Examples of eligible expenses:

  • painting the interior or exterior of a house
  • re-shingling a roof
  • kitchen, bathroom, and/or basement renovations
  • flooring (carpet, linoleum, hardwood, laminate, etc.)
  • windows and/or doors
  • furnace, boiler, woodstove, fireplace, water softener, water heater, and/or oil tank
  • central air conditioner
  • permanent home ventilation
  • permanent reverse osmosis system
  • septic system and/or wells
  • electrical wiring upgrades (e.g., changing from 100 to 200 amps)
  • home security system (monthly fees do not qualify)
  • solar panels and panel trackers
  • building a garage, deck, fence, garden/storage shed, and/or an addition to your home
  • building a new driveway and/or retaining wall (or resurfacing a driveway)
  • exterior shutters and awnings
  • pool liners and/or solar heaters and heat pumps for pools (does not include solar blankets)
  • landscaping (e.g., sod, perennial shrubs and flowers, trees, large rocks, permanent garden lighting, permanent water fountain, permanent ponds, large permanent garden ornaments)
  • fixtures (e.g., blinds, shades, shutters, lights, ceiling fans)
  • electronic devices that are installed as a fixture and are necessary and primarily used to operate another eligible expenditure (e.g., a device that is a fixture and is necessary and primarily used to operate solar panels, air conditioning systems, home security devices, or ventilation systems)
  • associated costs to the above such as installation, permits, professional services, equipment rentals, and incidental expenses (e.g., work performed by electricians, plumbers, carpenters, architects, etc. will generally constitute an eligible expense)
  • for condo owners and co-operative housing corporation members, your share of the cost of eligible renovations to common areas will qualify for the tax credit if certain conditions are met (see Information Bulletin for more details)

5. Ineligible Expenses

Examples of expenses which are not eligible:

  • renovations to a cottage or cabin unless it is your principal residence
  • the value of your own labour for do-it-yourself projects
  • payments to a close relative or other person not at arm's length, unless that person is registered for GST purposes
  • routine repairs and maintenance typically performed on an annual or more frequent basis
  • maintenance contracts (e.g., furnace and/or pool cleaning, snow removal, lawn care, etc.)
  • appliances, furniture, draperies, hot tubs, and mechanical items not considered an enduring addition to your home (e.g. fridges, stoves, couches, etc.)
  • TVs, computers, tablets, smart devices, speakers, streaming devices, cellphones, gaming systems, and other audiovisual electronics
  • items that have a value independent of the renovation, such as construction equipment and/or tools
  • any financing costs (e.g., interest payments) associated with the renovation(s)


Contact us today for a No Obligation, 20 minute Smart Home/Business Evaluation or call 1.844.384.7233


SASKATOON SECURITY 

Reed Security Headquarters

306.653.3200 or 1.844.384.SAFE (7233)

SuRe InnoVations

306.974.0888

PRINCE ALBERT SECURITY

306.922.7200

REGINA SECURITY

306.206.0700

CALGARY SECURITY

587.393.2800

EDMONTON SECURITY

855.424.2324




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Reed Security Group (HEAD OFFICE)
14-1724 Quebec Avenue
Saskatoon, SK S7K 1V9
Ph: 306.653.3200

SuRe InnoVations
1701 Saskatchewan Avenue
Saskatoon, SK S7K 1P7
Ph: 306.974.0888
1.844.384.SAFE (7233)

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1-243 South Industrial Drive
Prince Albert, SK S6V 7L9
Ph: 306.922.7200

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#104, 150 Edwards Way NW
Airdrie, AB T4B 4B9
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