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SI Alarms just won the Dealer of the Year Award for Canada at the Hanwha Techwin Gala in Cabo San Lucas!!!
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The holiday season is a joyous time of year, but during this time your home can be vulnerable to break-ins and theft. Below are a few tips that you can follow to help keep your home and valuables safe during the holidays.

1. Install a Video Security System

Installing a video security system is the first line of defense against intruders. Strategically placed cameras act as a detourant and allow for you to monitor any suspicious activity. High quality cctv cameras can provide home owners with facial recognition and court admissible evidence needed to catch and convict thieves.

SI offers outdoor rated cameras for our cold praire winters. Exterior cameras are placed in the front and back doors, garages and driveways.

2. Keep your Home Well-Lit
A well-lit home means better protection. Motion activated lights are a good option to illuminate areas of your property. You can also setup lighting options directly through your alarm system with a timed schedule. This can make it look like someone is home.

3. Lock All Doors & Windows
Burglars enter homes through unlocked windows or doors, so keeping them locked is a no-brainer. This means also locking the door hwen you are running errands or going to the mailbox or taking out trash. Burglars look for the easy opportunities. For added security you can install strong deadbolts on front and back doors, along with reinforced plates and screws to fortify your door, and prevent thieves from being able to easily kick in your door to enter and burglarize your home.

4. Trim Outdoor Landscaping
Keeping the bushes and trees well manicured helps prevent thieves from hiding their activity. A clean and manicured front yard will paint a clear view of your home from the street or neighbor's home.

5. Don't Advertise your Holiday schedule on Social Media.
Thieves are now using social media sites to track when people are going away on vacation or holiday, which gives them a wide open invitiation to visit your home while you are away.

6. Pick Up Mail & Newspapers
If you are away on vacation ask to have friends or neighbors pickup any mail or newspapers as full boxes or newspapers on the porch or lawn can signal to thieves you are away.
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Most people have heard about the new door-to-door salespeople that visit our neighborhoods throughout the years. In recent summers, we have seen an increase in this type of selling in Winnipeg from American Alarm System Companies like Vivint & Titan.

Margaret Fentum is advising homeowners against buying residential alarm systems from door-to-door salespeople, stating they created headaches for her rather than security.

Fentum said a couple of days after signing the contract with Vivint, she was home alone when the alarm sounded.

"This horrific alarm was going off, and I had to get out because I would've had a heart attack," she said.

A neighbor later found an improperly installed sensor on the third floor that was setting off the alarm.

Fentum said she the company she purchased the system from was Vivint. When she called to request a cancellation of contract, they refused to do so.

With any story, there are two sides. We believe these are the series of events that happened and will provide a detailed description of the security sale process most commonly used throughout the industry.

Upon realizing the maximum potential of how a security system can protect you against robberies, theft & intrusion with your salesperson, you will be asked to sign a contract. This contract is typically based between 3-7 years of alarm monitoring coverage. This ensure that you will have 24/7 365 monitoring of your doors, windows, carbon monoxide, smoke alarm and more; depending on what type of system you build. 

Our base monitoring fee is $16.50 with the option of financing additional equipment through the adding them to the cost of monitoring. On average, home & condominium owners will take financial responsibility for systems on average of $50 / month for approximately 3 years. This allows them to optimize their residential alarm system for the maximum coverage possible, without taking an amount of immediate financial obligation.

In this story, the technical agent at Vivint should have been able to walk through Margaret Fentum the on screen options. Entering the password onto the keypad / control panel, would allow her to quickly and easily bypass the defective sensor. The level of technical support for this senior was very poor, and only suggested that she un-plug the system, leaving her with no monitoring and a running tab of services regardless if she was using it or not.

Also, it is important to note that when alarm companies in the security industry have you sign a contract, it can be cancelled. However, a deposit for the remaining un-paid months do need to be fulfilled. 

At SI Alarms Ltd, we listen and understand the needs of our customers. During our consultation process, we ensure that the type of equipment is easy to manage for the end-user and offers affordable, comfortable security that exceeds industry standards. We are transparent with cost of residential alarm system monitoring and can help provide finance services for 2014.

We offer professional, knowledgeable, and courteous technical support to help give you the best service possible. Calls over the phone in stressful situations can't all be solved easily. Available technicians in Winnipeg allow for us to dispatch the appropriate service and technician agents to fix any problems.

We are saddened to hear that this Winnipeg senior had no clear understanding of the system and the contract. Being a leader in the security industry, our job is to provide the most secure environments and would like to have seen a family member or loved one be able to help identify if the security products would be a good fit.

Picture and content from this article courtesy of CBC News

http://sialarms.com/blog/alarm-system-frustrates-winnipeg-senior/
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Will you be travelling to celebrate Christmas or the New Year? Here are some travel tips from the American Red Cross
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Aerial Security Camera aids in arrest of suspects that are blinding commercial airliners with laser pointers.
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Slip-and-Fall Fraud Incident Exposed Thanks to Elevator Security Camera
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Home is where the heart is! This Christmas music videos showcases some new and well liked security features. Happy Holidays!
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Security Camera catches an unlikely suspect. Watch as this dog casually shoplifts food like pig ears and treats :)
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We're pleased to announce that we are now offering fire and safety planning for all commercial properties.

The most important elements of having an accurate fire and safety plan is to completely understand the building credentials and assets for a complete audit.

Detailed emergency procedures provides occupants with the information that can potentially save lives and avoid injury.

Does your building have a mandatory Fire Plan in place? Do you have the necessary emergency signs, lighting, detectors or  extinguishers?

Are you unsure of the current bylaws and need help understanding what you should be in compliance with? Contact us at 204-231-1606 for a free consultation by phone, or site visit.
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