Reed High Definition Video Surveillance Benefits

We all watch TV - think of the difference in quality between regular channels and HD channels. ReedHD™ can help solve more crimes using less cameras due to increased image quality. A standard video surveillance camera records in 0.4 megapixel (720x480 pixels). ReedHD™ records in resolutions up to 29 megapixels (6576 x 4384 pixels) and gives you a better opportunity to record and recognize Faces, License Plates and Objects. Our industry leading 29MP camera gives you the same resolution as over 95 standard definition cameras.

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ReedHD™ also has the following benefits:

  • Scalability. IP-Surveillance scales from one to thousands of cameras in increments of a single camera. There are no 16-channel jumps like in the DVR world. IP-Surveillance offers any frame rate for any camera at any time—no limitations.
  • More cost efficient infrastructure. Most facilities are already wired with twisted pair infrastructure, so with IP-Surveillance no additional wiring (a major expense of a CCTV install) is required. Only one type of network (IP) connects and manages the enterprise for data, video, voice, and others—making management more effective and cost efficient.
  • Remote accessibility. Any video stream, live or recorded, can be securely accessed and controlled from any location in the world over wired or wireless networks.
  • Intelligence at camera level. Motion detection, event handling, sensor input, relay output, time and date, and other built-in capabilities allow the camera to make intelligent decisions on when to send alarms and to whom, when to send video, and even at what frame rate or resolution to send the video.
  • Lower system cost. For many installations, the IP-Surveillance system has proven to be a lower cost alternative. Open and standard network, server and storage equipment enables market competition between choices versus the single vendor locked-in approach of a DVR. And that’s just hardware—add lower installation and maintenance costs and all the performance benefits, and it's clear IP-Surveillance saves substantial sums.
  • Get the right cameras for the right locations. We can mix and match brands and resolutions for the best possible detail to match your budget.
  • Comes with optional Nightvision technology to record in complete darkness.
  • Comes with optional POS integration technology. Record and Search for transactions such as VOID and NO SALE. A huge time saver.
ReedHD™ supports the following brands: ACTi, American Dynamics, Axis, Avigilon, exacq, FLIR, HIKVision, Panasonic, Pelco, SONY, and more...

Methods of Employee Theft

These are real life examples provided by actual Reed Security clients. In all cases, we were able to reduce losses with awareness and advanced Digital Video Management.
  • Sometimes employees only take a few items, like office supplies, or they use company equipment, like cars or copying machines for personal use.
  • A bartender brings his own bottle of booze to serve patrons instead of the bottle supplied by the bar.
  • All cash goes directly to the bartender.
  • Wonder why you're missing food? Employees help themselves or give it to their friends when you're not around.
  • Cashiers may use “short ring ups” - ringing up a lower price on the sales register to cover money they’ve taken from the till.
  • Or they may over-charge customers and pocket the difference or undercharge other employees and friends.
  • Sweethearting...a cashier's spouse or friend gets charged below cost amounts or nothing at all.
  • A cashier in a grocery store “accidentally” damages boxes and cans often so she can buy them at reduced prices.
  • A cook prepares the wrong order or too many items for the restaurant to sell. What should we do with the left-overs? "It would be a waste to throw it out."

Shoplifting 101

These are real life examples provided by actual Reed Security clients. In all cases, we were able to reduce losses with awareness and advanced Digital Video Management.

Shoplifters use the following to conceal items:

  • Bulky clothing: coats, pants and maternity outfits.
  • Packages, bags, backpacks and purses are hiding places, and sometimes they may have false bottoms.
  • Special props include hollowed-out books, fake casts, umbrellas, secret pockets, belts or hooks under coats.
  • Folded newspapers or magazines are used to hide small or flat items.

How to Spot Shoplifting:

  • Be aware of customers' hands - and their pockets, purses, handkerchiefs.
  • Notice open packages, purses, shopping bags, backpacks.
  • Watch for customers who are nervous, have wandering eyes, are loitering or lingering in hidden areas.
  • Watch groups of people, especially if a person tries to distract you.

Audio & Video Recording, Is It Legal?

  • The legalities of audio and video recording varies by Province. The Office of the Saskatchewan Information and Privacy Commissioner publishes a guideline for video surveillance for Public offices, however there are no published guidelines for private businesses.
  • Reed Security uses professional judgement when installing digital video surveillance.
  • Reed Security posts visible signage so that employees, customers, and visitors are well aware you have digital video surveillance.
  • Reed Security recommends all existing staff be briefed verbally and in writing. We will not under any circumstance install cameras in questionable areas such as washrooms or change-rooms.
  • Audio recording is legal in Saskatchewan and the Police will use the audio recording to help prosecute criminals.

Upgrading An Existing CCTV System

  • Many new digital video system installations are a modernization of an existing obsolete surveillance system.
  • Often we can minimize your investment by using your existing cameras and upgrading your old VCR and monitor with a modern DVR and display.
  • We have upgraded numerous entry-level COSTCO and Radio Shack systems. Unfortunately with these systems, they break down easily and replacement parts are hard to find and the manufacturer will not repair.


"Our office has dealt with Virgil Reed both personally and professionally over the last five years. Virgil's company is very trustworthy, accountable, and reliable. I have no hesitation referring anyone to Virgil for the integrity that their company demonstrates."

- Cliff Wiegers, Wiegers Financial & Benefits

I trust Reed Security to look after Ehrenburg and our clients. You will be satisfied with Reed's value and excellent service.

- Joe Ehr, Ehrenburg Homes Ltd.

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