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ARE SECURITY CAMERAS THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR YOUR BUSINESS?


Gone are the days of grainy black-and-white images on a 15” monitor!  Today’s surveillance cameras give you high-definition images in day, low-light and even night-time conditions.  They are vandal proof and can work in -50o C temperatures.  With the right security camera, installed the right way, you can catch a licence plate number from 75 feet away in a blizzard, follow an intruder across your yard, count how many people enter your store in a given period, even be alerted when unattended baggage appears in a pre-defined space.

However, many business owners are on the fence about whether to add a security camera system, or to upgrade a 15-year-old analog system.  Cost can seem prohibitive, and while they sure are nice toys to play with, are they really adding any value to your security system?  Most businesses already pay for a monitored alarm system; what will a security camera system do that’s worth the extra cost?

First off, I should point out that security cameras are not as expensive as they used to be.  In fact, a beautiful 1080P security camera with infra-red LEDs costs less now than an analog security camera did 5 years ago.  But it is still an investment, and you need to know that your investment is going to pay off. 

Here are some great points to consider, regarding adding video to your building’s security:

1. Internal Theft

A 2015 study showed that 75% of employees have stolen at least once from their employer.  A staggering 43% of shrinkage reported by retail outlets was due to internal theft, which is a higher figure than shoplifting (36%).  Not only that, but many people are installing cameras to catch their employees stealing time from them – showing up late and leaving early for shifts.  Putting security cameras in key areas, and letting your staff know they are there, can go a long way to eliminating this.

2. Safety

Incidents happen in the workplace every day, causing bodily injury, among other things.  Some incidents occur without any witnesses.  Having high-definition footage of an incident can help yourself and the Workers Compensation Board separate a fraudulent claim from a legitimate claim, offering safety for both you and your employees.  It can also answer the age-old question of who backed the truck into the loading dock.

3. Catching Criminals

In 2015, Saskatchewan had over 9,400 break-ins and Alberta had over 27,000 break-ins. In many, many cases it is impossible to determine who the perpetrator was; even if there is a suspicion, the courts need hard evidence in order for you to press charges.  While it is still possible for someone to avoid cameras or to disguise oneself during a break-in, HD video surveillance can provide that hard evidence in a high proportion of cases.  Even if your footage can’t solve your case now, the Police will keep it on file and it may help solve other cases in the future.

4. Deterrent

If your building has security cameras, and the one next door doesn’t, it’s a no-brainer for a criminal.  Most intruders are looking for a crime of opportunity, not a well-planned heist.  More often than not, just the presence of the security cameras themselves will reduce the amount of crime your business has to suffer through.

5. Save Money

Ultimately, the amount of money you can prevent from leaving your bank account due to internal theft, break-ins, and fraudulent claims can be enough to pay for a high-definition security camera system multiple times over.  Many businesses even notice an upsurge in employee productivity as a result of the added video surveillance.

So there are just a few reasons why video surveillance may be the right choice for your business.  I have seen clients save literally hundreds of thousands of dollars because they had the right equipment in the right place.  In most cases, the benefits are measurable almost instantly.  So be sure to take all this into consideration when making plans to increase your business’ security.

MONEY SAVER: Instead of purchasing a camera system or upgrades and tying up your capital, you should consider our new Business Bundles program. One low monthly fee covers it all.

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

  


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We do not provide pricing on our web site or over the phone. Instead we offer a No Obligation, Free Security Evaluation with a Reed Security Consultant. We carefully listen to your needs and wants and walk through your Home/Business and point out how intruders can gain access.  Then we share options on How to Properly Protect You and Make You Feel Safe. It only takes 30 minutes.

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CAMERAS NOT GUNS

Did you ever have a stranger drive into your yard and ask for directions? Keep on reading...

There's been a lot of attention about farmers, protection and guns in the media recently. At Reed Security we've seen an increase of 25% about farm security, cabin security and acreage security over the past two years.

So, what are people concerned about? We interviewed Dave and Vicki Dutton from Dutton Farms in Paynton, SK about their concerns and here's what we found:  


WHAT ARE FARMERS CONCERNED ABOUT?

"Theft is our biggest concern. We can't always be at the farm to keep an eye on things". Here were their concerns:

  • home break-in
  • shop break-in
  • vehicle theft
  • fuel theft 
  • theft of keys
  • theft of wallets, cash, credit cards, ID
  • theft of guns
  • theft of tools
  • theft of chemicals
  • confrontation 


DIRECTIONS PLEASE

"We live on a busy highway and a number of people come into our yard. When a lost stranger drives into your yard and asks for directions - are they really lost? Or could it be that they're scoping your place out?"  

Just about everybody has maps on their smartphones. You should pay particular attention to the make and model of the vehicle and even the license plate if you can. Also make notes about the person's description and age. The Police will need this information in the event of a reported theft.

  

5 SOLUTIONS TO INCREASE FARM PROTECTION NOW

Better security is a better solution.  Reed Security recommends installing several layers of security instead of relying on only one. 

  1. Install an Alarm System with 24/7 Monitoring in your Home and Shop
    -coverage on doors and windows
    -smart motion sensor coverage in common spaces and hallways
    -consider fire, low temp. and flood protection
    -consider installing ALARM.COM smart security automation
    -we notify you, the neighbors and the Police
    -you may qualify for an Insurance Discount of up to 25%
    -lock your doors when you leave the yard

  2. Install ReedHD Cameras
    -up to 26x more detail than standard definition
    -we know which cameras to install where
    -ability to record Faces and License plates*
    -see in the dark
    -records for 10 to 30 days before recycling data
    -Smart Phone apps to remotely see cameras from Anywhere

  3. Install ReedHD Smart Cameras
    -all the features of ReedHD Cameras
    -People and Vehicle Detection analytics
    -ignores all other objects such as birds or animals
    -People and Vehicle Detection alerts are sent to your smartphone app

  4. Get Your Cameras remotely Monitored with UCIT Video Monitoring
    -trained operators receive alerts from ReedHD Smart Cameras
    -operators perform a remote look in video tour
    -we notify you, the neighbors and the Police
    -choose a schedule

  5. Advertise Your Active Security Measures
    -install warning signage and decals
    -show your friends, family and neighbors your security measures including your smartphone apps
    -thieves think twice before targeting farms with active security measures

We have some other common sense Security Tips that you should check out.  

If you are having a problem with theft 
(or would like to avoid one) , We Can Help!

Contact Us today for a Free Security Evaluation.

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WHAT SENSORS ARE BETTER - WIRED OR WIRELESS?

Are WIRELESS Systems Better Than WIRED Ones? Part 3

So far in this blog series we have looked at the “brain” of your alarm system (the CPU), and the “mouth” of the alarm system (the Communicator), and seen how the right combination of wired and wireless in these can make for a good, secure system. Today we will be looking at the “eyes and fingers” of the alarm system – the actual sensors and zones. Without these “senses” reporting back to the brain, your system will just sit there idly whilst someone breaks into the property.

There are MANY different sorts of sensors which can work on an alarm system: door sensors, motion detectors, low temperate alarms, smoke detectors, pressure sensors, flood detectors…the possibilities are almost endless.  These come from many different brands, and have been designed with varying degrees of innovation and quality.  I’m not going to get into specific sensors and/or brands today, but what I do want to touch on is whether WIRELESS sensors can or should be used as opposed to WIRED ones.

Let’s take a look at some of the factors that should inform this decision:

     1. Installation

Obviously, a wired sensor requires a wire run from the CPU to each individual zone in the building. Whether it’s a house or a business, finished or new build, this will involve drilling holes. A professional installation company will do their best to ensure that these holes are never visible, but if you ever decide to remove your alarm system ten years down the road, behind each sensor and in every door will be a hole.

In addition to that, in a finished building, it can impossible to run wires to certain areas, or at least to hide them. You may end up with visible wires, or with an area that simply cannot be secured by wired devices.

This is where wireless devices really shine. Not only can they be mounted almost anywhere with minimal effort, they can often be mounted using double-sided tape, meaning that there are no screw holes beneath the device. These sensors can also be easily moved or re-purposed, eliminating the need to call your service company when you replace a door, for example.

Winner: Wireless

     2. Cost

Wired devices are invariably much cheaper than wireless ones, but require quite a bit of extra time to run cable and install, so it often evens out. For example, a wired motion sensor costs around $50, but might take 30 minutes of labour to install. A wireless motion sensor may be double the price, but takes 5 minutes to install. 

In addition to the cost of individual wireless sensors, many systems require a wireless receiver to be installed first. This is a one-time cost, however, and once its there, you can add wireless devices at will.

Winner: It’s a tie

     3. Reliability

A wireless device is essentially just a wired device with a battery and a wireless transmitter added to it; as such, there are simply more things that can potentially go wrong with a wireless device. Not only that, but wireless devices can potentially pick up interference from other strong RF sources in your house, such as Wi-Fi routers or cordless telephones. Although this is rare, I have had a number of cases where a device just won’t work properly, then we move it 2 feet over and it works like a charm; sort of like a dead spot for your cell phone.

Wired devices are renowned for being highly reliable. I have seen wired sensors 25 years old that still work day in and day out.  Obviously, it’s electronics, so literally anything can happen; but wired tends to be more stable.

Winner: Wired

     4. Maintenance

Wired devices should not require much in the way of maintenance, with the exception of life safety devices, such as smoke detectors or carbon monoxide detectors, which by design must be replaced every few years. Most wired devices are universally compatible, so if you upgrade your system in ten years’ time, you don’t necessarily have to upgrade every device.

Wireless, on the other hand, has the obvious limitation of being battery powered.  Every year or two you will have to do the rounds and replace all the batteries; although, to be fair, some newer devices are boasting 5 to 7 years’ battery life nowadays. Some manufacturers also have a tendency to bring out entire new product lines every 10 years, rendering the old wireless incompatible with the new systems. 

Winner: Wired

     Bottom Line

Many systems nowadays are hybrids of theses two schools, having a wired base and utilizing wireless for those hard-to-reach areas.  As always, do your research (or find an Alarm Company you can trust to have done it for you), and avoid cheap wireless – you always get what you pay for.  A good wireless manufacturer will have two-way communication between the CPU and devices, as well as frequency-hopping for extra security (NOTE: It’s very rare, but I have seen cases where smart criminals have used a Frequency Jammer to immobilize a wireless device, so this feature is a must!).

My recommendation for Calgary Alarm system designs: use wired devices whenever possible, but don’t be afraid of wireless. It can save you some serious headaches (and money) when used correctly!

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

  


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