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SUMMER SECURITY TIPS 2017

Heading on summer vacation? There's nothing worse than coming back to a home that had a break-in. Here's 20+ Summer Security Tips you can implement to protect your Home and Property while you're travelling.


You're Going to Need More Than a Funny Welcome Mat to Prevent a Break-in!


1. 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 Cloud 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.



2. 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.


3. 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.



4. 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



5. 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.


6. 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.


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7 TIPS TO KEEP YOUR ALARM SYSTEM RUNNING PROPERLY DURING RENOVATIONS

Renovating your house can be a challenging experience, both physically and mentally.  On top of that, many people inadvertently compromise their alarm system by making some very common mistakes.  Avoid adding stress to your renovation by following these precautions:

1. Call your alarm installation company before you start!  Almost every issue can be avoided by planning ahead.  It is also worth letting the monitoring station know the dates of your renovations, so they can respond appropriately if they get any unusual signals.

2. Be cognisant of wires.  While many modern alarm systems are primarily wireless, be aware that alarm wires may be hidden behind walls, baseboards, ceilings, and other pieces of the house you may be dismantling.  If you or your workmen see a wire you don’t recognize, find out what it is before you cut or damage it!  Failing to do so can be a costly mistake.

3. Be careful what you paint!  Many devices, such as door sensors and motion detectors, can be painted to match the décor of the house to some degree.  However, make sure to check with your Calgary alarm professional first.  Painting over the infra-red window on a motion sensor, for example, will render it useless, as will painting over the microphone on an audio glass-break detector.  Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors will also stop working if they are painted.

4. Don’t remove/remount anything you’re not sure about.  I’ve seen painters remove a motion detector to paint behind it, then put it back upside-down.  I’ve seen contractors remove alarm keypads and put the wires back in the wrong order.  If you or your renovation team are not 100% certain about something, consult a Calgary alarm professional first!

5. Replacing door sensors can be a tricky business.  If you’re getting a new door where there once was an alarm sensor, be very careful!  Some security sensors are wireless, and can be relocated to a new door with relative ease; however, I’ve seen contractors throw sensors out with the old door, so be aware of what and where they are.  Wired security sensors can be very difficult to manipulate in an old door frame, so call your Calgary alarm installation company to see if they can assist you.

6. Be aware of powered wires.  Almost everything in an alarm system runs on very low DC voltage, so there is not too much risk to your safety in dealing with alarm wires.  However, touching the wrong two wires together can seriously damage the equipment, leading to costly repairs or replacement parts.

7. When you’re finished, test everything!  No one wants to find out three months after a renovation that the front door sensor wasn’t hooked back up properly.  Open and close every door, walk in front of every motion, and make sure all the alarm zones are registering on your keypad.  Again, if there’s any doubt, call your Calgary alarm company

Above all, don’t take risks with your personal safety or security!  Incorrect installation of alarm equipment can be very hard to detect, so if there’s any question, make sure to have a Calgary alarm system professional come out to verify correct operation before putting your trust back in the system.  That’s what we’re here for.

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

WANT BETTER SECURITY IN 2017?


Here’s 4 Easy-to-Achieve Resolutions That Can Make an Immediate Difference:
  

1. Update your Security System(s) Password and Call List.

Did somebody recently leave your business?

Did a neighbor recently move away?

First Steps: Contact Reed Security by calling one of our offices listed below or by emailing support@reedsecurity.ca.
We will need your Name, Address and Password.

Due Date: January 5th, 2017 (or whatever day of the month you decide)


2. Test Your Security System(s) monthly.

First Steps:

a) Contact Reed Security’s 24/7 Rapid Response Monitoring Stations by calling 1-800-268-6870

b) Provide your Name, Address, and Password.

c) Let the emergency operator know you would like to test your security system.

d) Arm your security system and intentionally trip detection devices.
(Let the siren sound as you trip door sensors, motion sensors, glass-break sensors, etc. 

e) After you have tested your security system again contact Reed Security’s 24/7 Rapid Response Monitoring Stations by calling 1-800-268-6870.
The emergency operator will verify that signals from your security system have been received.

Due Date: The last Thursday of each month (or whatever day of the month you decide)


3. Review your existing Security System(s) and Procedures.

First Steps: Document your current security system(s) and procedures.

Did you experience theft or have an incident in 2016?

Did your security system(s) and procedures work?

Did you have adequate protection? What would you change?

Due Date: January 13th, 2017 (or whatever day of the month you decide)


4. Upgrade your Security System(s)

First Steps: When did you install your security system(s)? ReedHD™ cameras can record Faces and License Plates*.

You can stay connected to your Home or Business with Alarm.com Smart Security.

Control your security system, locks, lights and thermostat with *Free apps.

You should consider upgrading your Security System(s) every 5 years.  

Due Date: January 27th, 2017 (or whatever day of the month you decide)


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Contact Us online today to book your No Obligation, Free Security Evaluation.

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Contact Us online today to book your No Obligation, Free Security Evaluation.

SASKATOON SECURITY INQUIRIES...CALL 306.653.3200

REGINA SECURITY INQUIRIES...CALL 306.206.0700

PRINCE ALBERT SECURITY INQUIRIES...CALL 306.922.7200

CALGARY SECURITY INQUIRIES...CALL 587.393.2800

LLOYDMINSTER SECURITY INQUIRIES...COMING SOON

TOP 5 SUMMER SECURITY TIPS


1. USE COMMON SENSE
  • If you lose a key, get the locks changed.
  • Ask all strangers for identification.
  • 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.
  • DO NOT advertise on Facebook or other social media that you are on vacation. If you like to post photos - post them after you get back.
  • For insurance purposes take photos of the contents of your home.
  • Keep all receipts in a safe and easy to find location.
  • Write down the model and serial number of all electronics.
2. MAKE IT DIFFICULT
  • Door chains are easy to bypass. Install deadbolts.
  • Install a stopper or stick on all sliding doors and windows.
  • Install window bars on all basement windows.
  • Make sure all doors and windows are properly locked.
  • Keep your premises well lit at night.
3. MAKE IT LOOK LIKE YOU ARE AT HOME
  • Install timers that turn lights on at different times. This gives the appearance that someone is home.
  • Cancel the paper.
  • Have someone pick-up the mail.
  • Park a vehicle in the drive-way.
4. INSTALL A MONITORED HOME OR CABIN SECURITY SYSTEM
  • 400% less likely to have a break-in.
  • up to 25% insurance discount.
  • optional ALARM.COM - automatic lights, locks, and thermostat control
  • optional ReedHD™ Wi-Fi Doorbell - Know Who's at the front door, records onto the cloud
5. 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 cellular phone or from a neighbor's house and wait.


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