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Trusted Saskatoon Security Experts REED Security Provides After School Peace Of Mind

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. 

After School Peace Of Mind From Reed Security 

Smart home security is a back-to-school essential for many working families with older children. 

With an array of after-school safeguards for your kids, it delivers peace of mind throughout the school year and for years to come. Your kids can even grow into it as they become more independent.

Fewer keys mean fewer worries 

As soon as your kids are old enough to arrive home on their own, Alarm.com starts making things easier with keyless smart locks and user codes for easy access. 

Unlike keys, user codes can't be dropped, lost on the bus, or left in the door. If forgotten, its owner can ring the doorbell camera and you can unlock the door from work. Like a set of keys, however, your child's first user code can still confer a sense of responsibility that they'll love. 


Technology makes check-ins less challenging 


With every school year, your kids grow a little more independent. Meanwhile, you worry just as much as you ever did, and you need to know they're okay after school. 

Your Alarm.com app is here to help, offering peace of mind via quick, visual check-ins. You can see a quick snapshot from any Image Sensor, view a live feed from your indoor or outdoor cameras, and even get front-door video clips of your kids arriving home. 

If you prefer a hands-off approach, Alarm.com also offers a range of custom alerts for specific activity and events, such as the kids not arriving home on time, or even the video game cabinet being open for too long. 


Smart reminders ensure that your house stays secure 


As kids get older, they have more going on, which means they forget things. Unfortunately, this often includes securing the house when they're last to leave. 

Alarm.com can help with actionable smartphone reminders. Once your teens have their own Alarm.com app, your house can remind them directly if a door isn't locked, or the garage is open, or the security system isn't armed when it should be. They'll be able to fix things quickly with a remote command. 





As kids grow, Reed Security keeps up


We keep up with your family as tray grow. When it's time to add a new device like a doorbell camera or smart lock, Reed Security is on hand to help. We also deliver new features and updates digitally through the cloud, keeping your Alarm.com-powered home at the cutting edge of smart home technology. 

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Trusted Saskatoon Security Experts REED Security Talk Doorbell Security Cameras

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 


See and Hear Visitors at Your Front Door




Your front doorway is a busy place. With visitors introducing themselves, your kids charging to and from the school bus, packages arriving, and hellos and goodbyes galore, it's hard for you to keep track of everyone who passes through.  It's no wonder that doorbell cameras are now a smart home must-have, thanks to their ability to show you who's at the door, no matter where you are. 

And with a ReedHD™ Doorbell Camera, that's just the start. 

Because these doorbell cameras are fully integrated into your smart home security system, they're powered by Alarm.com and able to cooperate with other devices. That gives you and your family more ways to incorporate your doorbell camera into your everyday life. 

Answer Your Door From Anywhere

A ReedHD™ Doorbell Camera gives you a safe, smart way to see who's at the door, no matter where you are. When a visitor rings the doorbell, you get an Alarm.com smartphone alert. Open your Alarm.com app and you'll see a video feed of who's there, with a microphone icon that you can press to start a voice conversation through the doorbell. 

Although you can see your visitor, they can't see you, and you don't need to indicate whether you're home or not. Given that burglars often ring a home's doorbell before a break-in, this makes your video doorbell a great crime deterrent. 

Protect a Package from Thieves 

With a smart lock included in your Alarm.com-powered setup, you can go a step further and unlock your door remotely. This is great for protecting valuable deliveries that would otherwise be left on your porch. 

If you have a smart lock, you'll see an ‘unlock' icon in your app underneath your doorbell's video feed. Once you've verified the delivery person visually, tap once to unlock your door and ask them to leave the package inside. When they're done, use your app to lock your door and watch them leave. 
See and Share Suspicious Activity. A ReedHD™ Doorbell Camera is also a full smart home security camera, ready to capture and send you footage of suspicious activity in your front yard or porch area. 

A visitor to your porch will trigger a motion-activated video recording, even if they don't press the doorbell. You can have these clips delivered to your phone right away, where they're easy to download and forward to your partner, neighbours or local police department. 

Keep Up With Your Kids

Crooks and intruders aside, most activity at your front door is ‘good' activity: friends visiting and family arriving home. Reed makes it easy to keep up. It's easy to create a custom doorbell camera alert, triggered by your kids' Alarm.com user codes, that sends you a video clip of your kids arriving home every day. It's a great way to make sure they're home safe and know who they're with. Once the kids know they're on camera, they might even give you a wave. 

PS: It's Also a Doorbell 

Sometimes, you just need a doorbell. You'll be pleased to hear that a ReedHD™ Doorbell Camera goes above and beyond, with both an audible chime and a special ‘Do Not Disturb' option that parents of young children will love.  Instead of waking a napping youngster with an audible chime when pushed, your video doorbell will simply trigger a silent smartphone alert that only disturbs you. 

Is it Time For You To Upgrade to a ReedHD™ Doorbell Camera? 

If you already have an Alarm.com-powered smart home security system, Reed Security can quickly upgrade you with a doorbell camera or other smart devices, including indoor and outdoor video cameras, smart locks and even a smart thermostat.



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





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.

Trusted Saskatoon Alarm and Security Experts at Reed Security Share Security Tips

When you become a Reed Security client you will be entering into a relationship - one they want to grow and become long-term. Installing a security system will decrease the odds of having a break-in by nearly 400%. 

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


Reed Security Top Security  Tips


All About Theft:


  • 66% of break-in's are forced entry and forced entry attempts
  • 34% of break-ins are an unlawful entry (without force)
  • In 2015, Saskatchewan had 9407 break-in's (180/week) and Alberta had 27,517 break-in's (529/week)
  • Break-ins occur in all areas of the City - not just the "bad areas"
  • Most Home break-ins occur when you are at work or travelling (daytime)
  • Most Business break-ins occur when you are at home (evening and weekends)
  • Cabin's and Lake properties are especially attractive
  • 98% of break-ins occur through main floor doors and windows (often unlocked)
  • Thieves target the Master Bedroom


Thieves steal:

  • Cash and Credit Cards
  • Jewelry
  • Designer clothes and sunglasses
  • Electronics such as TV's, Stereos, Computers, Video Game systems, Smartphones and Tablets
  • Tools
  • Sporting Goods
  • Cars and Trucks or the contents in them
  • Building Materials
  • Alcohol and Prescription drugs
  • Your Identity

 

How to Prevent Theft

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 neighbour.
  • DO NOT advertise on Facebook or other social media that you are on vacation.
  • 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 the serial number of all electronics.
  • 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.
  • Install timers that turn lights on at different times. This gives the appearance that someone is home.


Install a monitored Home Security system and you are 400% less likely to have a break-in.

You will receive up to 25% insurance discount. and optional ALARM.COM with automatic lights.


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 neighbour's house and wait.



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