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TOP 4 EVOLUTIONS OF REGINA HOME SECURITY

Alarm systems are no longer the basic burglar alarms they used to be. They no longer cost thousands of dollars and they no longer take days to install. In our latest Regina Security Blog post we highlight the latest security & automation technology available to home and business owners.

1.    3G/4G Cellular Connections & Interactive Services

In the past, most Regina security systems required a landline to send alarm signals to a 24/7 Central Monitoring Station. An emergency operator identifies the signals and dispatches the local authorities (Police, Fire Department) as well as your call list.

Modern security systems can still use a landline, but 85% of Reed Security’s new subscribers use ALARM.COM 3G/4G cellular connections. Since a landline is no longer required you could cancel this service and save $25 to $35 a month with your local phone provider.

With ALARM.COM you can get instant email notifications when your security system is armed or disarmed. The is an especially popular feature for parents that want to be notified when a child arrives home from school. “The Smith Family Security System was disarmed by Jamie at 3:52 p.m.”. If you’re a business owner or manager you can receive instant notifications when employees arrive to work or after hours when nobody should be at your building.

ALARM.COM smartphone apps are *free when you subscribe to an ALARM.COM interactive plan.

 

2.    Smart Home Automation

Have you ever heard of the Internet of Things (IoT)? IoT refers to connecting any item with an on and off switch to the Internet and controlling them with apps. Today’s modern security system is also a smart home automation system that can control your smart door locks, overhead doors, smart thermostat, HD Wi-Fi Door Bell Camera, Light Switches, HD Wireless Cameras and more.

With ALARM.COM you can stay connected to your home or business with one single app rather than having different apps for each IoT device.

 

3.    Wireless Sensors and Devices

With the evolution wireless security sensors and devices we no longer need to run wires throughout your home/office and risk damaging walls, floors, window casings and baseboards. Wireless security sensors and devices communicate with an encrypted frequency, have a range between 250 feet and 1.6km and have long lasting non-proprietary batteries that can last up to 7 years. This has also reduced professional installation times drastically – minimizing any interruptions of having a contractor working at your home or business.

 

4.    DIY (Do It Yourself) Systems

A new category for home security is DIY. Who doesn’t want to try to save few bucks right? If you’re a handyman and have an intermediate understanding of low voltage electronics, then this is a great option for you. Approximately 10% of Regina home owners and business owners are performing self installations of their security systems. These systems are NOT monitored by a 24/7 Central Monitoring Station and the Police and Fire Department will not accept any automated phone calls from your security system. This means you’re on your own when you need help the most.

For the rest of you, choosing a Professional Installation company to provide a Smart Home & Automation system is a better option. Reed Security $0 Down Plans are the most popular and all  inclusive . All you have to do is take care of the affordable monthly fees. Plus, since your Security & Automation system is monitored by our 24/7 Central Monitoring Station you will be eligible for an insurance discount. Discounts on your home owners insurance range from 10% to 25%.


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Reed Security Headquarters
Call 306.653.3200
SuRe InnoVations
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PRINCE ALBERT 
SECURITY INQUIRIES
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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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MOVING TO A NEW HOME? 4 REGINA SECURITY TIPS TO PROTECT WHAT MATTERS MOST

Most new home buyers focus on area, proximity to schools, proximity to work, layout, colors, and landscaping. And, often overlook security and safety.


Here a 4 Regina Security Tips to protect your Home and Family and reduce losses:


1. DO NOT HIDE SPARE KEYS


Doormats, Mailboxes, Plant Pots, and Bins are all common hiding places for spare keys. A better security option is to leave an extra key with a trusted neighbor or family member. The best security option is to install a smart lock that connects to your smart security system. You can lock and unlock doors with a keypad or remotely with *free Alarm.com apps.

 

2. REDUCE PREDICTABILITY


Many burglars look for patterns before they target a home. Burglars watch for what time you leave for work and what time you arrive home. It's also obvious when people go for vacation because they often forget to cancel the paper and haven't made arrangements to shovel the driveway. 


Make sure you have a trusted neighbor or family member collect your mail and clear your driveway/cut your lawn.

 

3. INSTALL PROPER LIGHTING


Many burglars take advantage of the dark and like to hide behind shrubs and trees. For better security install motion sensitive lights that activate when a potential intruder is in the area. For best security install smart lights that connect to your smart security system. Smart lights are controlled on schedules and can make it look like you are at Home (most break-in's occur when you are away). 

 

4. INSTALL A SMART SECURITY SYSTEM


A Reed Security monitored home security system reduces the chances of having a break-in by 400%. Insurance Companies agree and provide discounts up to 25% on your annual home insurance policy.  A Regina home-owner with $1200 annual insurance premium could save up to $300 a year


A Reed Smart Security system is customized to your specific needs, but we also have $0 Down Smart Packages to make your protection choices a little easier. Our most popular $0 Down Smart Package is designed to offer you the Maximum protection and Maximum insurance discounts and includes:


1           IQ 7” Touchscreen with Emergency Police & Fire Buttons

3          IQ door/window sensors

1           IQ smart motion sensor (pet-friendly, 40 pounds)

1           IQ smoke/fire/heat sensor

1           IQ high + low temp. sensor

1          IQ flood sensor     

1           Alarm.com 3G radio (works on SaskTel)

1           built-in 85db siren

1           24hr back-up battery

1           Professional Installation

1           Protected by Reed Security Warning Signage   

1         Silver Parts & Labour Warranty Plan

1         24/7 ULC Monitoring Plan
with Police and Fire dispatch

1         Alarm.com Interactive Gold Plan

·         No phone line required

·         Smash & Crash protection

·         Arm/Disarm with apps

·         2 Way Voice

·         E-mail alerts including Disarm Photos

Optional control of door locks, garage doors, thermostat, lights, HD cameras, shades



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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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