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Verified Security Solutions: How to Protect Your Rural Alberta Farm From Thieves

Posted by Joe Wilson

Aug 4, 2020 9:13:00 AM

Rural farmers in Alberta and Western Canada have hundreds of thousands of dollars invested in equipment, facilities and crops. Yet many are still struggling to implement effective security solutions to protect their bottom line.

This has been highlighted in recent weeks by the sheer amount of canola theft occurring in the province. In fact, in Alberta farmers have reported that entire acres of canola have been stolen by thieves.

According to CBC News, large groups of around 15 to 20 people have been trespassing onto canola fields in the Calgary area this summer, cutting down canola crops with scythes and jamming the plants into plastic bags before driving away.

One farmer reported that he had already lost around two acres of crops this year.

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Topics: Fenced Compounds, Surveillance

Protect Your Place of Worship From Hate Crime With a Verified Security Solution

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jul 28, 2020 10:22:00 AM

Places of worship - such as churches, synagogues, mosques and temples - are all susceptible to hate crime. That’s why it’s crucial your establishment is protected with a verified security systemThis is even more important in Alberta, where hate crimes are on the rise. Numbers released by Statistics Canada earlier this year show that a total of 207 hate crimes were reported to police across the province in 2018 - that’s a rise from 192 in 2017.

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Topics: Security for Place of Worship

How Sonitrol’s Verified Security Solution Will Protect Your Car Dealership From Crime

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jul 21, 2020 10:08:00 AM

Earlier this year, a Calgary man admitted to stealing more than $250,000 worth of vehicle tires and rims from multiple car dealerships across Alberta, according to Global NewsA few months later in march, Airdrie RCMP laid charges on a man after an attempted armed robbery at a car dealership in the Alberta city (Airdrie Today). Then, at the start of April, Edmonton police were investigating an overnight break-in at a car dealership in the north side of the city (Global News). 

These are just a handful of the many crimes that have taken place at car dealerships across Western Canada, and show exactly why your business must consider a verified security solution.

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Topics: Security for Auto Dealerships

How to Prevent Internal Theft at Your Bar or Restaurant

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jul 14, 2020 6:05:00 AM

Most restaurateurs and bar owners in western Canada know that theft is a huge problem within the hospitality industry. However, when they think of theft they often picture the classic stereotype of a burglar breaking through their window and making off with their expensive bar inventory.

This isn’t the only threat of theft to your bar or restaurant. In fact, it’s likely that theft is occurring within your own establishment.

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Topics: Restaurant Security

How Secure is Your Business? 5 Security Practices Every Company Should Implement

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jul 8, 2020 12:00:00 PM

Want to protect your organization from the threat of break-and-enters, vandalism and other violent crimes that can have damaging outcomes for your business? Your security policy should be your first line of defence. 

Through the implementation of security technologies and some best practices, you can create a security policy that minimizes the chance of your business’s premises falling susceptible to criminal activity. 

In this blog, Sonitrol Western Canada has listed five security best practices that you should strongly consider implementing into your organization’s security policy.

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Topics: Office Building Security, Office Workplace Security

How To Safely Manage Office Access When You Reopen

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jun 29, 2020 7:35:00 AM

With businesses slowly opening back up, managers and business owners are trying to find the best ways to keep their employees safe. One way businesses that are doing this is by customizing their hours so that only a certain number of employees are accessing the property at a time. 

To help ensure that policies are being followed in terms of the number of people allowed on the property at once, to stop unauthorized staff and customers from entering the building and to keep your property and personnel safe, you should consider an integrated security system

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Topics: Building Access Control

Do You Own a Business in Vancouver? Break & Enters Increased by 99%

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jun 22, 2020 2:08:00 PM

If you own a business in British Columbia, then new data released by police in Vancouver collected during the COVID-19 pandemic should be a shocking realization that you may need to revisit your company’s security solution.

Despite Vancouver police noting that their calls for service across the city have been down overall, as reported by CTV News, there has been a whopping 99 percent increase in commercial break and enters in the last eight weeks when compared with the same time period in 2019.

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Topics: Security Tips, Small Business Security, Office Workplace Security

5 Ways to Protect Your Businesses Office While Working Remotely

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jun 16, 2020 5:48:37 AM

Statistics Canada found that 4.7 million Canadians who don’t normally work from home have started to in response to COVID-19. With businesses leaving their offices empty, whether it be during the course of the pandemic or giving their employees regular breaks from physically coming to the office, how can organizations ensure that their offices are protected when left unattended? Sonitrol Western Canada lists five key tips here:

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How Sonitrol Protects Construction Site Assets

Posted by Joe Wilson

May 26, 2020 10:00:00 AM

“Over $15,000 worth of construction equipment has been recovered and a Hope man has been arrested after RCMP received a call from a resident about a ‘prowler’ at a local construction site. Earlier this month, Hope RCMP said they received a call from a resident about copper wire allegedly stolen from a construction site in the 300-block of Fort Street. The same resident called police again on April 10 to report someone at the site.” Apr. 29, 2020, The Chilliwack Progress

It’s great that in the Chilliwack case the RCMP was able to recover stolen property based on a resident tip-off, but that isn’t always the outcome...

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Topics: Construction Security, Security for Construction Sites

New to Commercial Security? Here are Some Benefits of a Sonitrol System

Posted by Joe Wilson

May 20, 2020 1:11:57 PM

A few weeks ago, the Vancouver Sun reported that crime patterns in B.C. were changing since the Covid-10 crisis.

“Surrey RCMP Cpl. Elenore Sturko said Tuesday that home break-ins were down from 114 in the same period last year to just 74 in 2020. But business and commercial break-ins were up, with 48 additional files during the same period, she said.

With so many people working from home and business premises temporarily closed, it’s no wonder that the Mounties have had to increase daily patrols around restaurants, retail, and offices.

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Topics: Verified Security Alarms

Why Commercial Access Control is More Important Now Than Ever

Posted by Joe Wilson

May 15, 2020 11:40:00 AM

After almost 2 months of lock-down, we are finally talking about how to re-open businesses. This includes restaurants, golf-courses, retail and non-essential business offices. At this point, policies are being drawn up to ensure public and employee safety, and many businesses are trying to figure out how to bring workers back and get operational.

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Topics: Building Access Control

3 Ways Sonitrol Security can help Restaurant Owners Reopen

Posted by Joe Wilson

May 11, 2020 10:16:25 AM

A few days ago, Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer set ‘mid-May’ as the target date for restaurants, cafes and pubs to reopen. There will be strict rules for social distancing, hygiene/ cleanliness, and physical barriers. Restaurateurs who have been closed since March are waiting to hear more so they can work out ways to comply and get their business back in operation.

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Topics: Restaurant Security

Is Your Business Located in One of Canada’s Most Dangerous Cities?

Posted by Joe Wilson

May 1, 2020 6:56:15 AM

Every year, MacLean’s magazine releases a list of Canada’s Most Dangerous Places and this year, 20 out of the top 20 locations for all criminal activity are in Western Canada, with crime rates rising year over year in 18 of these townships and cities.

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Topics: Security Audit

RCMP Are Asking You to Help with Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

Posted by Joe Wilson

Apr 28, 2020 1:42:43 PM

This year, Alberta RCMP are suggesting that property owners consider Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). This includes installing fences and locked gates around the property to make it obvious when someone is trying to trespass, installing timed/motion sensor lights to keep your property bright at night and while you are away, and planning your landscaping to deter criminals. For example, keeping trees and shrubs pruned so that they do not make windows easy entry points, and even installing thorny plants that make sneaking around uncomfortable, if not impossible, for criminals.

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Topics: Keyless Entry, CCTV Video Surveillance, Verified Security Alarms

COVID Closures Could Put Your Business at Risk!

Posted by Joe Wilson

Apr 17, 2020 1:42:00 PM

With more and more businesses being mandated to shut down in response to COVID-19 and the measures being put in place by the government for the safety of Canadians, the susceptibility of companies across Canada to crimes including theft, vandalism, arson and more is increasing.

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Don’t Let Your School Become a Target for Criminals During COVID-19

Posted by Joe Wilson

Apr 13, 2020 12:55:01 PM

With the current isolation and social distancing measures, as a result of COVID-19, more and more people are required to stay home and only go out as necessary. In fact, school closures have taken place across Western Canada for the foreseeable future.

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Topics: Security Systems for Schools, Verified Security Alarms

How to Secure Your Restaurant From Theft During COVID-19

Posted by Joe Wilson

Apr 3, 2020 3:13:00 PM

Is your restaurant either closed or operating on limited take-out/delivery hours during the COVID-19 pandemic? If you answered yes, then it’s crucial that you implement proper security measures that protect your business while it’s left unattended.

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Topics: Restaurant Security

Top 5 Tips to Keep Your Place of Worship Secure in Western Canada

Posted by Joe Wilson

Mar 31, 2020 10:22:00 AM

Your church is a safe place that’s run and visited by well-intentioned and good-hearted people within your local community. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean your place of worship is safe from the damaging effect of crime.

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Topics: Security for Place of Worship

Security Tips: Protecting Your Business From Crime While It’s Closed

Posted by Joe Wilson

Mar 30, 2020 12:22:00 PM

Current events regarding COVID-19 have led to an increase in business closures and more teams working remotely. That means a business security solution is more important than ever before. 

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Topics: Retail Security, Small Business Security, Office Building Security, Government Building Security, Restaurant Security

Court Ruling Highlights the Importance of Auto Dealership Security

Posted by Joe Wilson

Mar 27, 2020 10:33:14 AM

If you are the owner or manager of an automotive dealership based in Western Canada, it’s highly likely that you have heard about the ongoing story involving Vancouver’s Dueck Downtown dealership and David Bolton.

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Topics: Security for Auto Dealerships

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