Having an alarm system is a great source of peace of mind, and now adds a level of clarity to what is going on in your home when you are away. That said, there is one pain point that may always exist in home security. That pain point is the response list, or call-out procedure […]
As previously announced, Waterloo Regional Police have modified their response methods in an effort to eliminate unnecessary call-outs. Similar to their request for 911 to be kept free for emergencies the Region, and it’s alarm dealers, are working together to free up police resources, and to improve the accuracy of alarm call-outs. You can find […]
Convenience and Security
So. How do we do this? How do we make a home both more accessible and less accessible… at the same time? Security systems, at their core, are designed to restrict clear access to a living/working space to anyone not authorized to be on the property or inside the premise. They can be used as […]
WRP Response in 2020
We recently received word that the Waterloo Regional Police have been approved to move away their current registration model to what’s called a VARP model, VARP meaning Verified Alarm Response Program. In the past, alarm system owners have had the option to pay a small fee to have their alarm registered with the WRP. Benefits […]
Electronic Locks – Alula Communicators
The YRL and YRD Yale electronic locks have recently ended up on the shelves of the Big Box stores, making these locks the number one option for those doing home automation. And honestly, good for them. For the record, we knew this was going to happen. We don’t know what will happen to the quality […]
Cloud Storage for Surveillance – Feasible?
Depends on the size of your system. Man. I have never seen a more contentious question in our business than this one. So. Let’s talk about it. Camera systems are now recording at 1080P and 4K. We’ve talked about the amount of data that is. For those who don’t know, you’re uploading 1.2g and 3.6g […]
A lot of questions surrounding Waterloo Regional Police registration this year. Trust me. We get it. It. Sucks. Waterloo Regional decided years ago that any home with an alarm system was to be registered as having an alarm system in order to receive prioritized response and one free false alarm response per year. As the […]
In Your Head
So I think we’ve spent enough time trying to show home owners how to protect themselves against criminals. I mean, really, you’re either gonna protect yourself or your not. Hopefully home owners realize that you don’t have to be a target to get robbed, you don’t have to be rich to be a target, and […]
Trust, and how to keep it
Something I have learned from writing a public blog is that everyone has an opinion on how a public blog should be run. Everything from fun fluff to strong advice pieces gets its share of praise and criticism, and while all opinions are welcome very few of them hold any clout. The reality of the […]
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