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SafeTech Wins Best Security Company in Toronto

On February 9th, 2011, the customer review website HomeStars.com celebrated the winners of Toronto's best contractors for the year 2010 at the Donalda Golf & Country Club, in Toronto, Ontario. In attendance were SafeTech Alarm Systems President Sean O’Leary and one of SafeTech Alarm System’s Salesperson, Brant Bell, who together accepted the award of Best Alarm Systems Provider 2010 on behalf of SafeTech Alarm Systems.

SafeTech Alarms won the best Alarm System Provider in Toronto distinction by receiving 68 customer reviews on the HomeStars website with an average customer ranking of 9.8 out of a possible 10. Customers who reviewed SafeTech were impressed with SafeTech’s no pressure sales approach, exceptional customer service, intuitive website and the quality of the alarm systems and installation process. These qualities compelled 68 customers to visit Homestars and share their experience on a public review site with other potential customers.

“I am very excited about the distinction”, says Sean O’Leary, President of SafeTech Alarm Systems. “There is no greater reward in any business than getting recognized for dedicated and professional service by your customers. I am proud of the entire SafeTech staff for delivering top quality service without forgetting the importance of personal interactions with customers”.

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TD Waterhouse Market News - SafeTech

Why Leave Your Premises Defenceless over the Holiday Season?

If you are traveling during the Holidays, your home or business may be susceptible to break-ins and theft. SafeTech has a few tips to help you protect your premises while you are away.

Detection with Video Verification

A simple security system consisting of door and window contacts and a motion detector can be controlled easily by a touch screen keypad or wireless key remote and will deter a break-in and protect all your premise. Just make sure you display the "warning" decals! Furthermore, your alarm system can be monitored by a 24 hour central monitoring station. The monitoring station is alerted if your alarm is triggered and they will notify you and dispatch the authorities. Alarm systems protect your premises from more than just break-ins they can also detect trouble conditions such as smoke and fire, low temperature, flood or fluid detection, poisonous gas and power failures. The technology in alarm systems is so advanced that you can receive e-mail activity reports directly to your blackberry, iphone, ipad or laptop. You could also sync one or more security cameras with your alarm system and view the feed directly from your PDA following an alarm. With the advances in technology you can watch over your premises no matter where you are in the world.

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Digital Journal - SafeTech

Why Leave Your Premises Defenceless over the Holiday Season?

TORONTO, Dec. 23 /CNW/ - If you are traveling during the Holidays, your home or business may be susceptible to break-ins and theft. SafeTech has a few tips to help you protect your premises while you are away.

Detection with Video Verification

A simple security system consisting of door and window contacts and a motion detector can be controlled easily by a touch screen keypad or wireless key remote and will deter a break-in and protect all your premise. Just make sure you display the "warning" decals! Furthermore, your alarm system can be monitored by a 24 hour central monitoring station. The monitoring station is alerted if your alarm is triggered and they will notify you and dispatch the authorities. Alarm systems protect your premises from more than just break-ins they can also detect trouble conditions such as smoke and fire, low temperature, flood or fluid detection, poisonous gas and power failures. The technology in alarm systems is so advanced that you can receive e-mail activity reports directly to your blackberry, iphone, ipad or laptop. You could also sync one or more security cameras with your alarm system and view the feed directly from your PDA following an alarm. With the advances in technology you can watch over your premises no matter where you are in the world.

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Canadian Business News Online - SafeTech

Why Leave Your Premises Defenceless over the Holiday Season?

TORONTO, Dec. 23 /CNW/ - If you are traveling during the Holidays, your home or business may be susceptible to break-ins and theft. SafeTech has a few tips to help you protect your premises while you are away.

Detection with Video Verification A simple security system consisting of door and window contacts and a motion detector can be controlled easily by a touch screen keypad or wireless key remote and will deter a break-in and protect all your premise. Just make sure you display the "warning" decals! Furthermore, your alarm system can be monitored by a 24 hour central monitoring station. The monitoring station is alerted if your alarm is triggered and they will notify you and dispatch the authorities. Alarm systems protect your premises from more than just break-ins they can also detect trouble conditions such as smoke and fire, low temperature, flood or fluid detection, poisonous gas and power failures. The technology in alarm systems is so advanced that you can receive e-mail activity reports directly to your blackberry, iphone, ipad or laptop. You could also sync one or more security cameras with your alarm system and view the feed directly from your PDA following an alarm. With the advances in technology you can watch over your premises no matter where you are in the world.

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SafeTech CEO Speaks out Against Proposed 'False Fire Alarm Bylaw'

SafeTech CEO Appears before Councillors at City of Toronto Committee hearing on ‘False Fire Alarm Bylaw’

I would like to thank the committee for allowing me the opportunity to speak on behalf of myself, the alarm industry and the many thousand of clients that SafeTech monitors and protects in this great city.

I own an alarm company called SafeTech Alarm Systems that services the Greater Toronto area. We are responsible for monitoring homes and businesses, mainly average size dwellings and small businesses, protecting people and their property. We monitor against unlawful entry and various hazards such as flood, fire, carbon monoxide and natural gas poisoning etc…

I am here today to raise some concerns regarding the changes made in April 2010 to the City of Toronto False Fire Alarm Bylaw and state my objection to the proposed budget increase now being contemplated. I also encourage you to support Councilor Lindsay Ruby’s motion at City Council to re-instate the original Bylaw exemption of one false alarm per year.

The old False Fire Alarm Bylaw gave municipal property owners one free dispatch per annum and ‘Fire Services’ when required dispatched two vehicles at a total cost of $700.00. In April 2010 Toronto City Council removed the exemption for the first dispatch and ‘Fire Services’ began sending three vehicles per incident for a total cost of $1050.00. With the newly proposed $60.00 per vehicle increase the new rate of $410 per vehicle would mean home and building owners deemed at fault for a false alarm would now end up having to pay $1230.00 and this amount is out of reach for most property owners.

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Take Security Precautions - Metro

SafeTech Alarm Systems in Metro

Kevin Reid for Metro Dreamhomes

Taking Security Pre-Cautions - SafeTech in Metro

A security system can deter thieves from stealing your possessions.

With advances in protection technology evolving faster than ever, securing your home is rapidly becoming a 21st-century staple rather than a sign of worry.

In fact, the market is growing so quickly that it can be difficult to sort through what security options are right for your house or condo. Sean O’Leary, president of Safe-Tech Alarm Systems in Toronto, helped to clear the path.

For condo owners, a large part of your security needs are taken care of when you move in. Secured ground entrances, pre-wired alarms, 24-hour video surveillance and dedicated concierges are now standard features of many new condominiums.

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City false fire alarms Fees | Toronto Star

By David Rider

SafeTech talks fire protection in The Toronto Star

Phone in a fire alarm that turns out to be false and the city will burn you with a bill of $350 for every emergency vehicle dispatched.

The fee, one tiny revenue generator that helped balance Toronto's $9.2 billion operating budget, has triggered warning bells from alarm companies even as politicians' congratulatory speeches were ringing through City Hall.

Toronto expects to send out 10,000 false-alarm invoices per year, generating $6.6 million even after a financial analyst and accounting assistant are hired to process them.

"Ouch!" said Sean O'Leary, owner of Safe Tech Alarm Systems, when told of the fee that was previously levied only against repeat offenders. "That's a real problem."

Safe Tech has about 2,000 Toronto customers with smoke detectors wired to their security systems. If an alarm sounds and a Safe Tech monitoring station can't reach the homeowner, the company calls the fire department.

And it doesn't matter if the homeowner calls back moments later to report it was just a smoky fish fry.

"Once a dispatch has been made, even if it's known to be false, (fire trucks) still go," said O'Leary.

"The fee wouldn't be fair," he said, adding he needs to know if the bills will be sent to his firm, potentially setting up fights with customers.

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Secure ladders to Protect Second Story| Toronto Star

By Jim Wilkes

 

Homeowners who leave ladders unattended or windows unsecured are giving burglars an open invitation to bypass ground-floor security systems and break in through upper storeys, Peel police say.

The warning comes after this week’s arrest of a Mississauga man charged with 50 break-ins across the GTA over the past 18 months that netted more than $800,000 in cash, gold and jewellery.

Det. Randy Brack said high-end homes in Halton, Peel and York were targeted, usually on Saturday and Sunday nights when residents were out.

“You can drive down any street in any neighbourhood and spot the ones where people aren’t home because they’re dark,” Brack said.

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Results of independent security audit

By Ryersonian Staff

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It’s the first real day of spring — hello shorts, skirts and sunglasses. But that doesn’t matter to Charles Camato and Brant Bell. (The man are pictured in photo number 1, Bell to the left and Camato to the right.) They are the men in black, strictly suit-and-tie attire — and seriously out of place on Ryerson’s campus. The two men — security experts from Toronto’s Safe Tech Alarm Systems – agreed to walk around campus and give The Ryersonian their professional opinion on the strengths and flaws of Ryerson security.

“You need to have the ability to control and track a target (a person) from one place to another,”Bell said, while pushing the benefits of maintaining a “Big Brother” style of campus security. A watchful eye on campus can’t hurt — following several recent security issuse.

On March 15, a Ryerson teacher was assaulted in her own classroom. On March 13, an RTA student was the victim of an armed robbery in the lobby of the Rogers Communications Centre. While some might cite privacy concerns regarding closed circuit television (CCTV), the security experts say that cameras makes law enforcement easier.

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Security Systems | National Post

By Grace Macaluso

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Bob Forrest is borrowing from the past to come up with a security system for the future. When his downtown 19-storey condominium complex opens its doors in 2003, the entrance will feature a doorman. You can have all the fancy technology money can buy says Mr. Forrest owner of The Forrest group of companies. But at the end of the day your security is only as good as your people.

The doorman is part of a more comprehensive security system at the Avanti, located at 38 Charles St E plains include a concierge and closed-circuit television surveillance of common areas, such as the lobby and underground parking garage.

After location and affordability security it’s a major selling feature for Toronto’s two predominant purchasing groups-young urban professionals and empty nesters, says Mark Cohen, vice president of sales and marketing at Concord Adex Developments. Empty nesters are always away a lot and young professionals are either spending long hours at work or leading busy social lives, says Mr. Cohen.

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What’s going on at your home or business when you’re not there ?| The Globe and Mail

What’s going on at your home or business when you’re not there? Why not log on and check?

By Ian Harvey

Home and business video surveillance systems used to be the domain of the well-heeled or large corporate concerns who could afford to deploy the resources required to install and monitor the equipment. However, a combination of falling prices and Internet-based technology seems to have come up with a solution for the average home and small business. Internet accessible video monitoring systems are cheap, easy to install and provide instant peace of mind because they can be remotely monitored anywhere there’s Net access - including over mobile phones.

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