Protecting your home is easy with the DIY home security system and professional monitoring service by Roost®.
(comparable value of $295)
Plus $17 per month for the monitoring service1
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What is Alert?
AlertTM is a prevention program that includes a wireless home security system and a professional monitoring service subscription designed and operated by Roost. It's a kit delivered to your doorstep that you can install yourself and then manage through the Desjardins Insurance Home-Auto app.
How it works
- A sensor detects a problem, such as a potential fire or break-in.
- You get a notification or text message on your smartphone, depending on your settings.
- With a subscription to the monitoring service, you get a text message or call to confirm the alert. Depending on the alert, the central station may send emergency services to your home.
What are the advantages of Alert?
This wireless system is easy for you to self-install—no power tools or residential phone line required! Once it's set up, you manage it from your smartphone with our app which sends you alerts wherever you are.
Savings on your home insurance
By maintaining a monthly subscription to Roost's professional monitoring service, you can automatically2:
- Save up to 10% on your Desjardins home insurance3
- Save up to 5% more by installing 5 or more water leak and freeze detectors4
Get the security system for only $45 (comparable value of $295). A $17 monthly fee applies for the professional monitoring service.1
Peace of mind
Rest assured that with this security system, you can act quickly if it detects an incident such as a water leak. In the event of a possible burglary or fire, the central monitoring station can send emergency services to your home. To help prevent or limit damage from the most common home insurance losses, the system sends out the following types of alerts:
Water or freeze
Smart home security system
This Wi-Fi-based alarm system helps protect your property, whether it's a house, apartment or condo.
Roost will send you the full kit along with an installation and user guide. Follow the guide's step-by-step instructions for setting up and using the system's devices.
1 smart base
The smart base recognizes all the system's devices and adds them to the Alert control panel. It sends alerts to your smartphone if smoke, a break-in, a water leak, freezing temperatures or a power outage are detected. It also sends alerts to the 24/7 professional monitoring service through Roost.
The keypad lets you manually arm and disarm your security system. If you have the professional monitoring service, it also lets you trigger a silent panic alarm in the event of a break-in or imminent danger and emergency services will be notified.
3 door and window contacts
These sensors detect if a door or window is opened or closed. Their pre-attached adhesive tape makes them easy to install on most types of doors and windows. When your system is armed, an unwanted entry through a door or window will trigger an intrusion alert.
1 motion detector
This infrared sensor detects any movement in the zone it covers. When your system is armed, you'll receive an intrusion alert if motion is detected. You should install this device in a central area of your home.
2 water leak and freeze detectors
These detectors trigger an alert if they sense a water leak or significant temperature drop. Good places to install these devices include behind your washing machine or next to your water heater.
Water damage is the most common type of home insurance claim, and these detectors are a great way to help prevent and limit it.
1 smoke alarm listener
The smoke alarm listener must be installed near one of your smoke detectors (also known as smoke alarms in certain provinces). It listens for the alarm sound made by your smoke detector and triggers a smoke alert if it hears one.
The listener only works with T3 smoke alarms, which make 3 beeps followed by a pause. If you don't have a T3 smoke alarm, you can find one at most hardware stores.
2 requirements to use Alert
You must have an iPhone (iOS 11 or higher) or Android (6 or higher) smartphone
You must have Wi-Fi at your home
How much do the security system and monitoring service cost?
The Alert program is designed to help you protect your home. It includes a home security system, priced at $45, and a subscription to a professional monitoring service, offered by Roost at $17 per month.
Roost's home security system
The system includes a set of devices to help protect your home and family. It's available at Roost's online store, where you can also buy additional devices if you wish.
Roost's professional monitoring service
You subscribe to the professional monitoring service at the same time that you buy the security system. With this subscription, your system connects to the 24/7 central monitoring station which may contact emergency services for certain types of alerts. It's reassuring to know your home can always be protected, even when you're not there. There is no long-term commitment required and you can cancel at any time.5
Ready to get yours?
- $45 for the security system, that's $250 less than the market value1
- $17 per month for the professional monitoring service1
To create an account, you need to provide your cellphone number.
How to install your security system
You can easily set up this DIY home security system as soon as you receive it.
1. Download the Desjardins Insurance Home-Auto app and log in.
The app is where you'll manage all your devices. You can use it to arm and disarm the system when you're not at home. You'll also get notifications no matter where you are if the system detects an incident (like a break-in) or a device malfunction or issue (like a low battery).
2. Install the smart base following the steps in the guide.
You'll have to set it up in a central area of your home and then pair it with the mobile app. It will then be able to recognize the other system devices as you install them.
3. Follow the steps for the rest of the devices.
Each device is easy to self-install using pre-attached adhesive tape. The kit also comes with screws, but they're optional.
That's it! Your security system is all set up. You can now enjoy peace of mind knowing your home is well protected.
Do more with our app
- View your insurance documents
- Display your digital proof of auto insurance6
- Update your payment information
- File a claim
- Tell us you're putting a vehicle in storage
- Change your address
Discover our home insurance coverages
Whether you have a house, apartment or condo, find coverage that meets your needs.
Choose the right coverage for your house to protect it against common losses such as fire, theft and water damage.
Roost is a company that specializes in smart home security solutions. They've been our trusted partner for the Alert program since the very beginning. They now offer a more extensive home security system that you manage yourself through the Desjardins Insurance Home-Auto app, as well as a 24/7 professional monitoring service.
Unfortunately, no. If you're still enrolled in the old Alert program, your devices won't work under the new program. You can keep using your current system or take advantage of the new program, which includes many additional features including smoke and intrusion alerts.
For more information about the old Alert program (water and freeze detectors obtained before May 2022), see the water and freeze detector FAQ.
Find more answers to your questions
Browse our most frequently asked questions about the Alert program, whether you need help setting up the system or fixing technical problems.
Have a technical question after installing your system, and can't find the answer in our FAQ? Call our Technical Support team.
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