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SUMMER SECURITY TIPS 2020

7 Security Tips to Protect What Matters





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 Group 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

REGINA SECURITY INQUIRIES

Call 306.206.0700

CALGARY SECURITY INQUIRIES

Call 587.393.2800

EDMONTON SECURITY INQUIRIES

Call 855.424.2324

REED SECURITY CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE PLAN


To Our People - Clients, Dealers, Staff and Community,

At Reed Security we're paying attention to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. It's unsettling and share the same concerns as you.

We have increased measures to Reduce the SpreadWe encourage you to consult these trusted sources before making any decisions or disseminating any information: 


INCREASED MEASURES

  • As of today none of our employees have traveled to a country or area with an “Active Travel Health Notice” per Public Health Canada. If an employee did we would not allow the person to return to work until the end of the mandatory government recommended self-quarantine - which is currently 14 days
  • If you (employee) travel outside of Saskatchewan please consult a government website to assess the risk level and current protocols for your trip and return. All travel outside of Saskatchewan should be disclosed to the office for the safety of all employees and our clients.
  • If you (employee) are faced with self-isolation and do not have adequate supplies please let us know and we will do our best to assist you.
  • If you have upper-respiratory symptoms (headache, coughing, fever, other flu-like symptoms), please notify us and stay home; and we recommend you consult a doctor and a trusted information source to determine the best next steps.
    • As of today most clinics and doctors offices request that you call first if you think you have COVID-19 so that they can be prepared for your arrival.
    • Please do not come to work within 24 hours of having symptoms of a cold or flu.
    • If a household member is symptomatic, but unconfirmed COVID-19 please consult a professional and use your best discretion in deciding when it’s safe to return to work.  
  • Should you (employee) require self-isolation or extended time off for illness please contact Employment Canada about benefits.
  • If you (employee) are confronted with someone who is COVID-19 symptomatic please maintain a safe distance of at least 2 meters or 6 feet, as always you have the right to refuse work that you think is unsafe.
  • While we are extremely happy with the job our cleaning staff does we have requested they increase their current cleaning to include wiping down public surfaces with alcohol based wipes.
  • Our goal is to reduce the staff in the office at any given time by 20%. Please discuss work from home or reduced in office days with your manager. 

 
REDUCE THE SPREAD

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and especially after using the restroom and before eating.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, wherever available. 
  • Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes.
  • Avoid shaking hands, hugging, or other personal contact.
  • If you need to cough or sneeze, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your bend of your elbow.
  • Wipe down your cell phone with alcohol based wipe several times per day.
  • Once per day wipe down public surfaces with an alcohol based wipes. This includes the front counter, light switches, door knobs, proximity card readers, and security system keypads.
  • Everyone (including clients) is required to wash their hands before and after using our boardroom.
  • Do not share computers, desks or phones.
  • Where possible do not share tools or van space.
  • Anyone can be denied entry into our office, or asked to leave the office if they are displaying symptoms that make our staff feel unsafe, a sign will be posted to indicate this at the front door of our office.

INCREASED FIELD STAFF MEASURES MARCH 16TH, 2020

  • Field staff are our sales representatives and technicians.
  • Field staff are to have hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes with them. 
  • Field staff should wash or sanitize our hands Before, During and After a site visit.
  • Technicians should wipe down equipment that multiple people touch at the end of an installation. (i.e Keypads, Proximity Card Readers, Monitors, Keyboards, Mouse’s, etc.)
  • Field staff are to ensure they are not exhibiting any symptoms as outlined by the trusted sources listed above before coming to work. 
  • Do not come to work within 24 hours of experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • If you traveled outside of Saskatchewan, you must disclose it to management.
  • Do not share vehicles as much as possible.
  • Wipe down steering wheels, gear shifters, keys, radios, interior door handles, etc… with disinfectant wipes regularly. 
  • If you have a cough or sneeze, please remove yourself from the area, cough/sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your elbow. Wash/sanitize your hands (especially in the presence of others).

                  UPDATED COVID-19 MEASURES MARCH 16TH, 2020

                  • All employees are to stay at least one meter apart.
                  • Please wash your hands before entering and after exiting the lunch room and board room.
                  • All employees are to eat lunch at their desks. You may use the lunch room to prepare or store your lunch but no lingering.
                  • Daily huddles and weekly meetings should take place via Zoom app if you cannot maintain the one meter safe distance.
                  • We are wiping down of all “public” surfaces once per day. All office should help (we have a checklist).
                  Employees that have been approved to work from home must submit the following:

                  • A photo of their home work space including the computer/technology you plan to use at home.
                  • Confirmation you can access your desktop computer via ZOHO Assist. Geoff and Garrett can help you set this up.
                  • Confirmation of how you intend to take and make phone calls.
                    i.e. my cell number is this please forward calls to my cell and I will call people back from my cell
                  • No files, paper or inventory should be removed from the office. If you require a document SCAN IT and SAVE IT to your Office 365 One Drive. 
                  • Sales Team can take documentation you are actively working on home, but you must leave an itemized list on your desk of what you are removing from the office. 

                  Permanent Work Changes:

                  • All contracts, maps, security drawings, JIFC Forms and client related paperwork are to be scanned and uploaded to the client MKS file. If you need a reminder how to do this please ask.
                  • Use ZOHO Assist to access your Desktop PC remotely.
                  • All WO and WO related materials should be photographed and emailed to the office to be stored digitally in the client MKS file.

                  Temporary Work Changes:

                  Filing

                  • The Admin Team will continue to file, however we will file in a weekly rotation i.e. new empty bin will be put out each Monday subsequently the old bin will be removed and filed sometime that week. This is to allow a 48 hour “cooling off" period for all files.
                  • If you require a file that is in a bin please wash or sanitize your hands before and after looking for the file.
                  • If you require a file that is at another employee's desk please have them have them retrieve it for you. If this isn't possible please wash or sanitize your hands before and after looking for the file.

                  The Management Team at Reed Security is reviewing the situation daily. We will provide additional updates when available.


                  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





                  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

                  WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM A SUCCESSFUL AMBER ALERT?

                  Happy Monday?

                  It makes us all sick to our stomach when we hear about a child being abducted. For a Battleford’s area family it’s been a roller coaster after their running vehicle with their six year old daughter in it was stolen on Sunday. An AMBERT ALERT was issued and many of us shared it in our news feeds on social media trying to help any way we could. My wife Heidi and I thought of all the clients we had in the Battleford’s area with HD Security Cameras that we could ask to check for footage. The family made a tearful video appeal asking for the return of their daughter with no questions asked.

                  It is a Happy Monday because the AMBER ALERT was cancelled as their daughter was safely found by a city worker in an industrial area. Prayers were answered and our worst fears were avoided. It appears to be a crime of opportunity. It’s possible the suspect(s) didn’t know there was a passenger in the vehicle.

                  So, what can we learn from this?


                  1. REDUCE OPPORTUNITIES

                  After running a security business for nearly two decades and visiting multiple crime scenes I can tell you that most crimes are crimes of opportunity. If you want to reduce crime, you need to control the odds and take away the opportunities. This means taking active precautions such as locking doors and windows, having proper lighting at night, and installing a security system. You are 400% less likely to have a break-in by taking action.


                  2. SOCIAL MEDIA WORKS

                  Many parents went to social media and shared news about the AMBER ALERT including photos of the abducted child and the vehicle that was stolen. It wasn’t just the RCMP working on their own anymore. Thousands of additional eyes and ears across the prairies were actively spreading the word and creating awareness. It certainly made it difficult for the suspects(s) to hide. Did it play a role in the decision to return the child safely? The investigation will tell the story.

                  Social Media also works when you share video footage from HD Security Cameras. Next time you experience a theft make sure you contact the POLICE and share images on FaceBook and Instagram. You never know who will recognize the suspect(s).

                  Virgil Reed
                  Founder, CEO
                  Reed Security






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