Travel Advice: Secure your home before going South

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December 23, 2016 - 2:57pm Updated: January 2, 2017 - 11:45am

The call of sun-soaked beaches and palm trees draws thousands of Saskatchewan residents to southern destinations each winter. Not only do they leave behind the bitter cold, they leave behind their most valuable assets: House, cabin, vehicles and all their possessions.

Myron Jacobsen and Oyvind Sparboe, business partners and owners of Prince Albert’s Reed Security encourage vacationers to secure their possessions before they jet away. “The last thing you want to do is worry about the safety and security of your house back home,” says Jacobsen.

“With a state-of-the art security and video surveillance, vacationers can be comforted to know all their possessions and property back home are safe and sound”, adds Sparboe.

If someone does attempt a break-in at your home, they’ll be greeted by an eardrum piercing siren to fend them off. “There’s no time to waste in this sort of situation,” Jacobsen says. “The moment the signal trips, our trained monitoring station response team jump into action to secure the premise.”

Their response teams are ready for any incident, not just a break-in. Emergencies such as a fire, low temperature warning, water leaks or even carbon monoxide can be monitored and handled quickly.

“Depending on your insurance policy, you could eliminate the need to have a neighbor come and check up on your house,” Sparboe says. “All of our systems are about providing both the safest and the most affordable protection.”

Securing a home with Reed Security is more affordable than most people think.

For only $5 a month in your first year, you’ll get 24/7 monitoring, then it’s only $19.95/month thereafter. “That’s the most affordable monitoring on the market,” adds Sparboe.

The affordability for securing your home doesn’t end there. Many insurance companies offer substantial discounts off your insurance premium when you have a security system. “We have customers who more than cover their annual monitoring fee with the savings off their house insurance,” says Jacobsen.

Cutting edge technology allows for remarkable capabilities. You can even see how your house is doing while you’re away in real time. “By adding video cameras, you can sit on the beach in Hawaii and see video feeds in real time using your laptop, smart phone or tablet” says Sparboe.

Maybe you forgot to turn the thermostat down before you left? You can adjust that too and turn off any lights which weren’t turned off right from your device. 

Through step-by-step instructions, they can guide you to all the wonderful features of your new interactive smart home security system to make sure you’re always protected.

Jacobsen says installing a system before you leave, “starts with a call for a free security evaluation and estimate”. They will assess what your home needs for door sensors, motion detectors including the various options for other equipment such as smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, moisture sensors and video cameras. “You pick the equipment you want and we’ll set an installation date and time. Installation is usually within a week”.

To bring your home security system into the modern age, visit Jacobsen or Sparboe  at 1-243 South Industrial Dr., call (306) 922-7200 or visit their website.

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