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Reed Security Share Options For Rental Home And Apartment Security Systems

Reed Security believes when you become a client you will be entering into a relationship – one they want to grow and become long term...they work hard to meet all your Saskatoon Alarm & security needs from day one!  In their latest alarm and security tip they share options for rental/apartment home security systems.

Reed Security are Trusted SASKATOON ALARM & SECURITY experts


If you have been a renter have you considered an apartment security system?  Whether you rent an apartment or a house, you have options for installing a home security system.  First the facts on burglary. Second the language you’ll need in your lease agreement. And finally, we’ll review the types of security cameras and devices that work for renters.


Did you know renters are 85% more likely to be burglary victims than homeowners? Across the board: renters experience higher rates of burglary (reference).  In general, apartment complexes with 10 or fewer units were more likely to be burglarized than larger ones. Single-family homes fell into the second place. And last, apartments with 10 or more units were the least likely.

Our only point is that renters need to think about home security. Modern security camera systems make it much easier for renters to install them apartments and rental homes. Your rental contract should have a specific clause regarding alterations to your apartment. Typically, the language will read something like this:


TENANT ALTERATIONS:

All alterations, improvements, or additions to the Demised Premises to be made by Tenant shall be subject to the written consent of the Landlord, which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld, provided such alterations and improvements do not weaken the structural integrity of the Building or detract from its dignity and/or uniformity. All alterations and improvements and/or additions made by Tenant shall remain upon the Premises at the expiration or earlier termination of this Lease and shall become the property of the Landlord, unless Landlord shall, at the time of approval of the alteration, provide written notice to Tenant to remove the same, in which event Tenant shall remove such alterations, improvements and/or additions, and restore the Premises.

TIP: GET CONSENT BEFORE YOU INSTALL A RENTAL HOME OR APARTMENT SECURITY SYSTEM


The basic rule of thumb is that you cannot do anything that alters the structure of the building.  Anything you do must be restored to its original condition. Our advice is to let your landlord know what you want to do. Once you have gained their consent, make those changes on your existing lease and both you and your landlord should initial them or add an addendum to your lease. Typical language regarding a rental home or apartment security system will look something like this:


CAN TENANTS PUT HOME SECURITY CAMERAS OUTSIDE THEIR APARTMENT OR RENTAL HOUSE?



Modern home security cameras make it possible for you install them in a rental home or apartment without altering the structure. Cameras can be motion activated, which means you’ll get a text message the second someone triggers them.  Some also have two-way speakers so you can “answer” your door from wherever you are, whether you’re in the backyard or across the globe. If you rent a house, then these cameras are definitely a good option for you.

CAN YOU PUT A SECURITY SYSTEM INSIDE AN APARTMENT?

According residential lease agreements, the inside of your apartment is your private space, which means that as long as you follow the standard rules on alterations, you can install your home security system in an apartment.  Only under strictly outlined circumstances can your landlord enter your home without prior approval, so there should be no expectation of your landlord’s privacy if he or she walks into your apartment. Check your lease to find out what those circumstances are.

Peephole Cameras 

One of the easiest options for renters is to install a door peephole security camera. Like the porch light cameras above work with standard outdoor lights, door peephole security cameras work with your existing peephole set up.


You’ll have to remove the existing peephole, but that’s not difficult at all. One you remove the peephole, your peephole security camera fits right into that hollow space. They are adjustable according to your door’s thickness. And again, like those porch light security cameras we mentioned, they are motion-activated, equipped to send you text messages, and allow you to communicate with the person at your door.

RENTAL HOME AND APARTMENT SECURITY SYSTEMS: FINAL THOUGHTS

Renters are no longer priced out of the market or shut out by their lease agreement in terms of diy home security. You may have only a few options, but they are really good options. Take advantage of that and secure yourself and your belongings.

When you become a Reed Security client you will be entering into a relationship - one they want to grow and become long-term. Last year over half of their business came from word of mouth! 

PRODUCTS:

Installing a security system will decrease the odds of having a break-in by nearly 400%. There are a few more things you can do to keep the odds in your favour, and they offer these security tips to their clients.

Reed Security is a Multi SABEX AWARD WINNING company and they are TRUSTED SASKATOON ALARM & SECURITY EXPERTS





Trusted Team Brags About Trusted Saskatoon And Area Home Builder Westbow Construction

The Trusted Saskatoon Directory team is ecstatic to announce our latest partner in the Saskatoon Home Builder Category! A big Trusted Saskatoon community welcome to Westbow Construction a Trusted Saskatoon Home Builder


Westbow Construction - Quality For Generations

Every design, layout, and plan is well thought out to ensure that it works well for your lifestyle. Whether you are a first time home buyer, young family or downsizer, Westbow Construction has a home that would work for you! At Westbow they take pride in ensuring that their clients are purchasing affordable homes but not sacrificing quality, functionality or finishing touches. They have been in business since 1977 and easy to understand why after speaking to their clients.  


"Westbow is absolutely outstanding to work with and they are very responsive when you call. I purchased a property from them in 2017 in Warman and love the design of the condo style townhouse. Given the limited space it has many unique features that are really appreciated. I would definitely recommend them." - Wayne Durksen (Warman, SK)




"I love working with Wesbow Construction and am proud to align myself with such a great company. They really care about the people they work with, the homes they build, their community  and their customers. They allow me to have input into their designs and developments and truly work as a family. " - Marla Janzen - Trusted Saskatoon Realtor


Giving back is important to Westbow - so what is their vision for giving back? 

Westbow partnered with Hungry for Life to touch the lives of people of Haiti, the most impoverished nation in the Western Hemisphere. Haiti has lived through a history of instability. After a massive earthquake hit Haiti in 2010—one that decimated over 300,000 people—it became the poorest country in the West. In the wake of that event, 1.5 million people were left homeless. Of those that do have shelter, 75% lack running water. These unsanitary living conditions contribute to the high rate of disease. Haiti’s education system was setback too. Resources were, understandably, moved toward those needs necessary for survival. 

As such, for every Westbow homes sold their team donates $500 to the Haiti Free School Project. 




We are proud to have Westbow Construction on our directory of excellence in the Saskatoon Home Builders Category and give them the thumbs up!

Westbow Construction is a Trusted Saskatoon Home Builder


Trusted Saskatoon Partners Announced As SABEX Awards Finalists!

THE SABEX AWARDS - SASKATOON ACHIEVEMENT IN BUSINESS EXCELLENCE

Saskatoon and area have many great businesses that have raised the standards for the community and industry at large. At Trusted Saskatoon we value businesses run with integrity and are proud to announce that three of our Trusted Saskatoon Partners are Finalists for the 2019 SABEX Awards!

Customer Service (Sponsored by MNP LLP): Finalist - Glenwood Auto Service
Rob Scott (Owner) has always taken great pride in exceeding clients expectations when it comes to customer service. Glenwood Auto Service has a long history of delivering quality auto repair and service since 1973. Their motto from the beginning has been "fantastic service is our discount". Glenwood's commitment to superior customer service has remained consistent and because of this, the business continues to grow. 
Their customers are extremely loyal and Glenwood always listens to feedback to continue to grow. With over 2000 positive client reviews in an industry that is flooded with horror stories, we are proud to have Glenwood AutService as Trusted Saskatoon AutoRepair & Tire Specialists! 

Marketing (Sponsored by Handy Special Events): Finalist - Decora Homes Ltd.
Decora Homes specialize in building high-end custom homes. A multi-award winning home builder with over 10 years experience. When they unleash their creativity they excel and they love incorporating new ideas that make them truly unique. Decora Homes have always marketed their company to showcase the quality and uniqueness they are known for. Decora Homes have earned recognition for their distinctive design and spectacular detail. Decora Homes have been a Trusted Saskatoon Home Builder for over 5 years with no complaints.

New Business Venture (Sponsored by Saskatchewan Polytechnic): Finalist - Wiebe Windows & More
Owner, Bradley Wiebe has been installing windows and doors in Saskatoon and area for over 10 years. When starting his own company in 2015 he knew that his focus would be on ensuring quality workmanship and exceptional customer service. Wiebe Windows & More has a 5-star rating and numerous customer testimonials and is on target to grow as a business by another 40% this year. Trusted Saskatoon is proud to have Wiebe Windows & More on our directory of excellence and to be able to promote their company with a new website, logo design and more through Trusted Marketing Services.




Congrats to these amazing individuals and Trusted Saskatoon businesses on being named a 2019 SABEX Awards Finalist!


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Reed Security Share Important Trusted Saskatoon Alarm and Security Tips

Reed Security believes when you become a client you will be entering into a relationship – one they want to grow and become long term...they work hard to meet all your Saskatoon Alarm & security needs from day one! Reed Security are Trusted Saskatoon Alarm and Security Experts 

HOW TO STOP BURGLARS FROM TARGETING YOUR HOME


In Burglary Prevention Tips :


  • Unlocked doors or windows
  • Front doors with glass panes
  • Open curtains that reveal what you have in your home
  • Open doors or windows (this includes garage doors)
  • Darkened points of entry
  • Valuables left out in the open, such as lawn equipment or bicycles
  • Large bushes that obscure the front yard or door to your home
  • Fences that provide cover
  • Neighbourhoods without neighbourhood watch



Signs that a home is an unoccupied target include:


  •     Newspapers or unchecked mail
  •     Overgrown yards
  •    “Sorry we missed you” notes on the door

Secure Entryways

BURGLAR-PROOF YOUR HOME: 

LOCK YOUR WINDOWS AND DOORS

REINFORCE YOUR DOORS

GLASS FRONT DOORS ATTRACT BURGLARS

They will look through the door in order to see what’s inside.  A thief can see if you have a traditional, monitored alarm system as well.

KEEP YOUR GARAGE DOOR CLOSED

I think a lot of people take leaving their garage door open for granted. Maybe you could do that in 1952, but those days are over. I know a man who’s wife pulled into the garage and left the garage door open when she went into the house. By the time she went back out to close it, someone had already run in and stolen his toolbox full of expensive tools. Now, talk about emboldened opportunism! Luckily they caught the guy because the man had a security camera that had captured a clear image of his face.

GET AN UP-TO-DATE OPENER

LOCK THE DOOR FROM YOUR GARAGE INTO YOUR HOUSE

CLOSE YOUR BLINDS OR CURTAINS


 WHAT BURGLARS WANT AND WHERE THEY LOOK FOR IT IN  YOUR HOUSE

  • under the mattress
  • under the bed
  • master closest
  • shoe boxes
  • night stands
  • tops of wardrobes
  • bathroom cabinets
  • dresser drawers
  • medicine cabinets
  • children’s’ rooms
  • kitchen pantry
  • broom or utility closet
  • basement
  • attic
HOW LANDSCAPING CAN ATTRACT OR DETER BURGLARS 

Crime prevention officers suggest keeping bushes trimmed down to about 3 feet or shorter so that you increase the visibility for your neighbours or pedestrian onlookers. I can totally see keeping my front door and window bushes trimmed back. But let’s take a look at our other options below.

DEFENSIVE LANDSCAPING - AN ARMY OF POKEY, SHARP PLANTS AND GRAVEL UNDER WINDOWS KEEP TREES NEAR YOUR HOUSE TRIMMED


ADD LANDSCAPE LIGHTING FOR HOME SECURITY 

Basically, these are stand-alone security cameras installed in light fixtures. Whenever motion triggers them, both the light and the camera activate. Next, they send you an alert via text message. From there you can control the camera, which includes the ability to speak to whoever is there..ask Reed today! 


SIGNS YOU ARE AWAY

  1.  OVERGROWN LAWNS 
  2. TRASHCANS LEFT OUT BY THE CURB


WHAT DO BURGLARS LOOK FOR IN A TARGETED NEIGHBORHOOD?

  • settled homes
  • a particular type of home typically means disposable income..that means they have jewelry or cash
  • well-kept homes
  • yards with nice fences because they indicate nice interior
  • houses without alarm systems
  • glass front doors that let them see inside


 If you get that funny feeling in your body about a strange person, trust it. Our age-old instincts, by design, warn us of situations. Don’t let your head talk you out of that warning.

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