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LOCAL RETAILER SAYS REEDHD™ SECURITY CAMERA BUNDLE IS A GAME CHANGER

Left: Cole Thorpe, Founder, Prairie Proud   Right: Virgil Reed, Founder, Reed Security & Dealer Program

A Saskatchewan-based clothing company is taking off in Western Canada. With its logos making their way across the country, Prairie Proud is living up to its name.

Cole Thorpe launched the clothing line in 2014 with a goal of giving back to the community. He's built a successful brand with prairie values - Passion, Community and Quality. To date he's given back more than $19,000 to the community via charity partners. Here's his story... 

Prairie Proud partnered with Reed Security and installed a Business Bundle to stay in control, reduce losses and grow their bottom line. 
After the installation we asked Cole for his feedback and these were his comments:


1. How did you find out about Reed Security?

As a resident of Saskatoon for the last 8 years, I have become aware of Reed Security and its offering. Most notably, Reed Security proudly provides the security system for IDEAS Inc. in which my business (Prairie Proud) operates. 


2. What solution did you install? Why?

As a growing local retailer, we wanted to legitimize our security in an effort of loss prevention. I decided to install a REED HD Bundled Solution which includes 3 cameras in addition to moving our motion detectors into locations of high traffic which are clearly visible. This bundle solution coupled with mobile access has provided peace of mind as an entrepreneur.

3. Is the solution meeting your expectations?

Yes, I have been very happy with this solution.
 

4. What features do you like about the solution?

Personally, the mobile access is a game changer for someone like me; many aspects of my business are run from my phone and the fact that I can now monitor security from the palm of my hand is a reflection of business in the 21st century.
 

5. Would you recommend Reed Security to others? Why? 

Yes, I would definitely recommend Reed Security to others; the service provided was excellent and supporting other local businesses is part of our philosophy.


ReedHD
 Business Bundles include:  

  • ReedHD™ Hi-Def Cameras (twice the quality of 1080p)
  • 10 to 14 Days Recording of all events
  • SmartPhone and PC apps for remote viewing 
  • 100% Parts and Labour warranty
  • 100% Onsite Service warranty
  • 100% Remote Tech Support with login service
  • Archiving of incidents for the POLICE
  • Preventative Maintenance with regular visits to your site
  • One low monthly fee covers it all 


Contact Us today for a Free Security Evaluation or to find out How We Can Help You.


SASKATOON
Reed Security Headquarters
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NEW $0 DOWN PLANS 2017


We've added some new $0 Down plans with *FREE Equipment + *FREE InstallationNO PHONE LINE REQUIRED. It's never been easier to UpgradeSwitch Over from a competitor or install a New Smart Package at your Home or Business. 


We also have new security bundles, LARGER easy-to-use TouchScreens, free apps, e-mail alerts, arm/disarm with your smart phone, automatic doors, automatic garage doors, automatic lights, HD Wi-Fi doorbell cameras, no phone line options, smart thermostats, geo-services, video verification...and a whole lot more!


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 Help You Feel Safe. It only takes 30 minutes.


In addition to providing Innovative Products and Great Value, you will receive Award Winning Service from a local security company that Cares. #local #wecare


If you would like a preview of some of the new technology we have available Click Here.

 

What are you waiting for? Contact Us online today to book your No Obligation, Free Security Evaluation.

 

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ARE YOUR KIDS FULL OF SURPRISES? WE GOT YOU COVERED

The Smartest Home Security & Automation system on the Block just became Smarter. With Unexpected Activity notifications your Smart Home Security & Automation system can now look out for your Home and Family.

Alarm.com learns your family's routine and when unusual activity happens - you will receive an instant alert to your smartphone. It's a new type of proactive, intelligent protection.

Unexpected Activity notifications can be triggered by door sensors, window sensors and motion sensors that you've placed in dangerous or forbidden areas of your Home or Business.


Find out when the little people at your Home wake up in the middle of the night. Are they having a bad dream or stomach ache? 


A Reed Smart Home Security & Automation system can protect you and your kids from bad ideas that seemed good at the time.

If you would like more information on Smart Home or Business Security & Automation please Contact Us for a Free Security Evaluation.


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Reed Security Headquarters
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SuRe InnoVations
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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

  


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

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ARE WIRELESS ALARM SYSTEMS BETTER THAN WIRED ONES?

It’s Saturday morning, and you’ve just woken up. You think to yourself “I could really go for some coffee right now”, but the kitchen seems so far away…fortunately, you have a WiFi connected coffee maker, and can start the process from the warmth and comfort of your bed, simply by opening an app on your phone. Life surely couldn’t get any more convenient.

It’s not surprising that when it comes to alarm systems, residential or commercial, many clients are looking for integrated solutions; something they can access any time, anywhere, at the click of a button. However, the stakes are a little higher when it comes to security then they are with your morning coffee. Is it safe? Will it work every time? What if I have a power outage? We have to ask the question: are wireless security systems better than wired ones?

This is a great question, but one that doesn’t lend itself to a “yes or no” answer. Saying a system is “wireless” can mean a number of different things. A “wired” system may still have wireless components, and vice versa. In fact, there are three distinct aspects to an alarm system, any of which can be wired or wireless, in almost any combination. These three components are:

-          CPU – the main brain of the system, where all the processing of signals happens

-          Communicator – the part that sends the signals from the CPU to the monitoring station

-          Devices – the individual zones in the system; doors, motion detectors, etc

To understand the benefits and drawbacks of using wireless in an alarm system, we’re going to break down each of these three components individually and examine them closely.

Today we will look at the CPU.

CPU

What does the CPU do?

The CPU, or Central Processing Unit, is the real hard worker in the system. It receives signals from every other device in the system, including keypads, door sensors, smoke detectors, keyfobs, etc, and decides what to do with them. Without this part functioning properly, every other part of the system is effectively useless.

What’s the difference between a wired one and a wireless one?

Traditionally, the CPU (or “panel”, as it’s often referred to in the alarm industry) was housed in a secure metal box in a room that is hard to reach, such as a utility room or a locked server room. It is usually part-and-parcel with, or closely housed to, the Communicator; this means that when the CPU decides that someone needs to be notified of something, communication can happen instantly. The siren is also wired into this box.

With the advent of wireless alarm systems, someone somewhere said “hey, we could save money by putting the CPU, the communicator, the siren AND the keypad all in one box”. This seems like a great idea! A technician only has to install one piece of equipment, and run one set of wires to it.  Almost every alarm company offers these types of system, and it is single-handedly responsible for the “Zero down” deals we hear about on the radio every day. They can now install three or four systems in a day instead of one or two, and they’re not paying for multiple pieces of equipment. 

How does the CPU perform in an alarm situation?

The “fully wireless” CPU has a distinct disadvantage: the CPU and communicator are sitting right inside your keypad – probably right next to the front door of your house or business. Not only that, but the sturdy metal enclosure has been replaced with a piece of plastic. More than once I have seen a criminal enter a premise and then simply take a hammer to the keypad. After one or two swings, your keypad is destroyed, your siren is disabled, and your system is dead and has no way to communicate with the outside world. The burglar can take their time in checking out your property and possessions. 

If you had a hard-wired system, the keypad would certainly be destroyed; but the CPU and Communicator are still downstairs doing their job. They’ve detected someone walking in front of the motion detector and have seen that the keypad is no longer responsive, and the Police are on their way. Not to mention that the siren is still blaring, making the burglar think twice about sticking around.

When it comes to communication, the alarm industry has put some safeguards in place to make these kind of break-ins harder to pull off, specifically a technology called “Crash and Smash”, which means a quick distress signal is sent in most of these cases before the keypad is irreparably damaged. This is a great idea, though not without it’s own flaws. I will explore this in my next blog.  

Bottom line

The bottom line is that the CPU in a “fully wireless” system is cost-effective and convenient to install, and some even come with built-in touchscreens and extra features which aren’t available in hardwired systems; however, they come at the cost of being incredibly vulnerable to attack. When you’re paying a monthly fee for your alarm system, and often an up-front cost as well, do you really want your alarm system to be only as secure as a $10 hammer? 

My recommendation: better safe than sorry. A hardwired CPU may cost you more to have installed, but if your security system isn’t secure, it’s missing the point!

Dave Schlegel
Owner
Oxford Security Systems
Reed Security Authorized Dealer

  

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