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Custom Designed Security Systems for Schools and the Education Sector

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jan 15, 2018 10:30:00 AM

“Red Deer RCMP investigate school break-ins. December 4, 2017. Red Deer RCMP are investigating a rash of recent break-ins to Red Deer schools where electronics were stolen, and are asking for public assistance in identifying the suspects and in reporting suspicious activity around schools.”

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Topics: School Security

How to Protect Your Pharmaceutical Company or Retail Location from Crime

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jan 8, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Recently there has been an increase of pharmaceutical crime. According to the Pharmaceutical Security Institute, incidents in the North America region increased over one hundred percent. This is partially due to ineffective pharmacy security and criminals being more versatile and creative with their methods.

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Topics: Pharmacy and Drug Store Security, Security for Pharmacies

Make Office Security a Priority in 2018 with a Sonitrol Verified System

Posted by Joe Wilson

Dec 27, 2017 2:30:00 PM

The importance of security systems for offices can be underestimated, as a lot of people don’t see them as a target, but an alarming amount of businesses are at risk with increased criminal activity in offices.

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Topics: Offices, Office Building Security

Security Designed For Construction and Compound Protection

Posted by Joe Wilson

Dec 19, 2017 10:35:00 AM

It can sometimes be tough to maintain your construction site or compound’s security, with a range of security concerns, from after dark break-ins to internal theft from your employees, but compound security doesn’t have to be difficult! 

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Topics: Construction, Construction Security

More Threat of Copper Theft as Prices Rise

Posted by Joe Wilson

Dec 11, 2017 1:20:00 PM

Criminals are constantly adapting, thinking of new ways to commit crime and have been known to even monitor news and social media to find opportunities. A recent apprehension by our security solution Sonavision captured a copper thief in the act.

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Topics: Copper Theft, SonaVision, Prevent Copper Theft

Beyond Dine & Dash - How to Increase Restaurant Security

Posted by Joe Wilson

Dec 6, 2017 11:05:00 AM

Dining out reveals a lot about someone’s character, the way they treat the staff, the tip the give and what they order, in the restaurant industry you see all sorts of characters and customers, but, by far the worst is the Dine & Dasher.

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Retail Security in the Busy Holiday Period

Posted by Joe Wilson

Nov 30, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Retail Security in the Busy Holiday Period “The average shrink percentage in the retail industry is about 2% of sales. While that may not sound like a lot, consider that shrinkage cost retailers more than $49 billion in losses in 2016, according to the National Retail Security Survey on retail theft. So if your retail store did $1M in sales with 50% gross margins, your shrinkage at just 2% cost you $10,000 - that's significant.” (The Balence, 2017).

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Topics: Retail, Retail Security

Who Gets In? How to Improve Commercial Security with Managed Access Control.

Posted by Joe Wilson

Nov 1, 2017 11:09:00 AM

With security becoming a more complex environment and criminals becoming smarter, more and more businesses are turning away from conventional methods of security and looking for more integrated and customizable options.

As a business owner, it’s your job to ensure the safety and security of your business and your employees at all times. So how can you best protect your property and everyone working for you?

One of the most popular security trends is using keyless entry via a Managed Access Control Security System. Managed Access Control allows you to permit entry to certain employees at certain times of day. For example, if you have rotating shifts, day staff will only have access between the hours they work. It can be that specific. The ID cards or fobs issued to the employees for their keyless entry are unique to the assigned owner, so you can identify who was there and when.

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Topics: Managed Access Control

Is Your Business Making These Commercial Security Mistakes?

Posted by Joe Wilson

Oct 24, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Whether you’re a new, old, moving, or expanding business, it’s important to understand the choices you have when securing your work environment, and protecting yourself from security threats. It’s important to be aware of both internal and external threats; internal such as shrinkage, errors or employee theft, and external such as break-ins or robbery.When searching for a commercial security system or solution, it’s vital to understand your industry’s risks and how your business is vulnerable, to avoid common security mistakes. Below are some of the most frequent commercial security mistakes we’ve identified.

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Topics: Commercial Security, Small Business Security

How to Reduce Your Risk of Generating False Alarms from Your Security System

Posted by Joe Wilson

Oct 20, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Around 98% of all conventional security alarms that are triggered are actually false alarms. The majority of these activations stem from door and window contact alarms, and conventional motion sensors. Most police departments across North America, will not respond to unverified systems and alarms, or will even levy a fine. They simply do not have the valuable resources to respond to what has proven to be a waste of time.

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Topics: False Alarms, CCTV Video Surveillance

Better Secure Your Office by Asking These 5 Questions

Posted by Joe Wilson

Oct 9, 2017 9:07:00 AM

Businesses of all sizes and types are at risk of being targeted for a crime. Whether you run a small business, a law firm, an accountant practice, or a general business operation, your business is vulnerable on a variety of fronts.

Criminals looking for cash, information or computer equipment aren’t the only threat. Employee theft, vandalism, and trespassing are also growing issues.

That’s why your office needs to take the right measures to protect the company, and the best way to start is by conducting a risk assessment.

Risk assessments help you identify areas in and around your business that provide an opportunity for crime. A Risk Assessment Checklist or Questionnaire is the best way get started.

Here are 5 areas you’ll want to look into when you conduct a Risk Assessment.

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Topics: Office Building Security

8 Businesses That Need Video Security Systems

Posted by Joe Wilson

Oct 4, 2017 6:05:37 AM

Monitored and verified CCTV / video security systems ensure your business is protected. Anytime you're not watching, criminals will seize the chance to act.

CCTV surveillance can be used to protect companies in a number of industries. Surveillance doesn’t just mean installing a CCTV camera. The system needs to be monitored and alarms verified, otherwise a CCTV camera is just a recording device.

Here are 8 businesses that can benefit greatly from the use of monitored and verified CCTV and video security systems.

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Topics: Automotive, Fenced Compounds, Restaurants, Commercial Security, CCTV, Copper Theft, Construction Security, Retail Security, Office Building Security, Church, Dealerships, Security for Pharmacies

Drive Criminals Away with These 3 Tips for Protecting Your Dealership

Posted by Joe Wilson

Sep 11, 2017 12:56:31 PM

It seems unlikely that someone could simply drive away with a stolen car (or three) from a dealership, without alerting bystanders, but, just this July, three vehicles were stolen from a Honda dealership in Winnipeg and, in August, two vehicles, waiting for service, were taken from a Dodge dealership in Kelowna.

While local authorities do all that they can to locate the stolen vehicles, sometimes they are unable to do so, and other times the vehicles are located but they have been substantially damaged.

And it isn’t just automotive dealerships – boats, RVs and equipment dealerships are just as vulnerable to a multitude of crimes including theft of inventory as well as by stripping parts such as catalytic converters, air bags, navigation systems, tires and rims right from your vehicles. 

Your dealership is full of valuable assets and you need to protect it.

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Topics: Security for Auto Dealerships

Why the Police Trust Sonitrol Verified Electronic Security and You Should Too!

Posted by Joe Wilson

Sep 5, 2017 8:03:27 AM

We’re proud of our exceptional relationship with law enforcement, local police and the RCMP. Good police relations have always been at the core of what we do, along with offering the best in customer service to businesses, large and small.

On one hand, we work closely with business owners to put in place the best security technology available, and on the other hand we monitor and report on any security breaches that occur – speaking directly to emergency services (911) and passing on surveillance to local authorities in real-time.

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Topics: Commercial Security, Police Response to Sonitrol

Put A Stop to Crane Climbing with Sonitrol Security

Posted by Joe Wilson

Aug 24, 2017 7:39:00 AM

Over the past few months, there have been more and more stories about daredevils and miscreants seeking thrills atop skyscrapers and construction cranes.

Commonly known as rooftopping, this practice is both dangerous and a misuse of valuable emergency resources.

A worldwide phenomenon, Vancouver, Coquitlam and Calgary have been some of the more recent hot spots in Western Canada. Sonitrol has a solution.

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Topics: Construction Security, SonaVision, Security for Fenced Compounds

Protect Your Pharmacy from Opioid Drug Robbery

Posted by Joe Wilson

Aug 16, 2017 2:20:18 PM

Last month, a downtown Kelowna Pharmasave was robbed by a thief demanding prescription drugs and indicating he had a concealed weapon. The suspect was subsequently recognized and picked up by RCMP officers based on images recorded with security surveillance cameras.

Last year, the Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia reported a jump in pharmacy robberies, and the trend was seen across Canada. The chair of the Canadian Pharmacists Association, Alistair Bursey, told CBC News, “It’s a problem that’s been going on across the country for the last few years.”

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Topics: Pharmacy and Drug Store Security, Security for Pharmacies

Protect Your Commercial Property from Vandalism

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jul 27, 2017 10:49:00 AM

Protecting your business from break-ins and theft is at the core of commercial security solutions. After all, you want to ensure your employees and company assets are safe. But what about lesser damage such as vandalism? Vandalism may cost you less in terms of clean-up, but it is still and expense you don’t need, can damage your brand image, and can be an indication that criminals in the area think your facility is an easy mark.

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Topics: Commercial Security, CCTV Video Surveillance

How to Protect Your School from Crime and Improve Security

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jul 25, 2017 4:00:00 PM

School violence and crime is a serious problem with wide reaching impact. It has the power to affect families, school staff, law enforcement and members of the public.

In addition to being on alert for any potential violence, schools and institutions must also protect themselves from break and enters, as well as vandalism.

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Topics: School Security, Security Systems for Schools

How to Protect a Winery From Theft & Break-in

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jul 7, 2017 11:51:49 AM

Wineries are big business in BC, and exports of Canadian wine are growing each year. In 2016, Canadian exports totalled 71.4 million litres, valued at $80.1 million. B.C. is now home to over 800 vineyards, representing approximately 1/3rd of Canada’s total vineyards across the country.

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Topics: Commercial Security, CCTV Video Surveillance

Why You Need A Commercial Security System With A Low False Alarm Rate

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jun 30, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Nobody expects to have their business fall victim to robbery, vandalism, arson or any number of crimes but it happens.

While you can’t stop the risk completely you can reduce it, and if it does happen, there is a way to feel confident that the necessary response teams will be there quickly.

Sonitrol’s unique verified audio and video CCTV security systems enable our operators to hear and see what is happening at your place of business before the criminals gain entry! This allows us to verify the source of the alarm in real-time, and if it is the result of criminal activity, the local authorities are notified swiftly.

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Topics: CCTV, Police Response Times, CCTV Video Surveillance, Prevent False Alarms

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