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Cultivation, Processing or Sales: How to Keep Your Cannabis Operation Safe

Posted by Joe Wilson

Nov 15, 2018 11:00:00 AM

While the rules surrounding cannabis cultivation, processing and sales vary from province to province, now that marijuana is legal in Canada, one thing remains the same – your cannabis based business requires top level security to keep your product and employees safe, as well as to ensure you meet regulated security requirements.

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Topics: Security for Marijuana Grow-Ops

3 Benefits of a Security Solution That is Custom-Designed for Your Business

Posted by Joe Wilson

Oct 31, 2018 1:00:00 PM

 

Owning and operating a business is no easy task, and business owners are constantly asking themselves a plethora of questions from how much profit they are making, how they can grow the company and what’s changed in the market.

But have you ever stopped to ask yourself this - is my business safe from criminals and do I have a robust security solution in place? 

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Topics: Verified Security Alarms

How to Secure Your Retail Business During the Holiday Season

Posted by Joe Wilson

Oct 26, 2018 1:00:00 PM

The time between Thanksgiving and New Years is a time for celebration, delicious meals and catching up with the people who are most important to you. However, with the good comes the bad and the holiday season also means an increased need for security at your retail store. 

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Topics: Retail Security

Why Remote Security Monitoring Beats Conventional CCTV Alarm Systems

Posted by Joe Wilson

Oct 19, 2018 12:00:00 PM

Technology has changed many aspects of our lives in recent years, and that’s no different for the security of your business. Remote video monitoring provides huge benefits for business and property owners when compared with conventional alarm systems.

Conventional CCTV cameras, which are still used widely across Western Canada, merely record what’s going on. Sometimes these cameras are even watched by expensive on-site security guards that can barely keep their eyes open during their shift. 

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Topics: SonaVision Online Monitoring

How to Keep Your School Secure from Thieves and Vandals

Posted by Joe Wilson

Oct 15, 2018 1:37:03 PM

“There is no place for these illegal and disturbing acts in our communities or anywhere else in Alberta.”

These were the words spoken by Member of the Legislative Assembly, Lorne Dach, after a series of vandalizations, which demonstrated hatred and intolerance, were perpetrated in various communities across Edmonton - including a school basketball court. 

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Topics: Security Systems for Schools

How to Reduce Risks on Your Construction Site

Posted by Joe Wilson

Sep 28, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Construction sites are often the target of break-ins, vandalism and theft. This is because there are a number of factors that make construction sites attractive to criminals, such as possessing numerous assets that can be easily flipped or used on a different site, limited security, valuable scrap, useful (and costly) materials, and many other things. 

As a result, construction crimes can be perpetrated by all levels of criminals from small thefts that aim at personal gain, to organized gangs and criminals who have a ready market for your equipment and materials. 

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Topics: Security for Construction Sites

Cannabis Legalization: 3 Ways to Ensure Your Marijuana Dispensary is Secure

Posted by Joe Wilson

Sep 24, 2018 9:28:00 AM

From October 17, every Canadian adult will be able to purchase cannabis on the internet and in bricks-and-mortar retail locations across the country. However, the experience will be vastly different across Canada, with every province introducing its own regulations on who can sell marijuana in physical locations.

Across western Canada, most provinces will have licensed marijuana dispensaries that can sell cannabis. Here is a quick break down of how each territory in western Canada is planning on handling legal marijuana sales. 

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Topics: Verified Security Alarms

How to Combat Rural Farm Crime With a Winning Security Solution

Posted by Joe Wilson

Sep 18, 2018 12:26:35 PM

Do you own a rural farm? Then you have probably invested thousands upon thousands of dollars in your facilities, equipment, crops and products. With rural crime rising across Western Canada, security solutions that actually work are becoming increasingly more important for rural farm owners. 

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Topics: Verified Security Alarms

Why it’s Important to Authenticate Security Breaches with Verified Alarms

Posted by Joe Wilson

Sep 11, 2018 1:20:12 PM

With conventional alarm systems, you are unable to verify what is causing your alarm to go off without first going to the property. As a result, you will not know what level of attention is needed to correct the issue.

Conventional alarms are simply nowhere near as good as a verified security solution

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Topics: Verified Security Alarms

4 Tips to Keep Your Marijuana Production Facility Secure

Posted by Joe Wilson

Aug 31, 2018 12:57:23 PM

The marijuana industry is set to boom over the next couple of years. In fact, huge corporations such as beverage makers Diageo PLC and Molson Coors Canada are already investing, or at least planning to, in the sector.

A 2018 Deloitte report estimates Canadians will spend as much $7.17 billion on cannabis products in 2019.

While this is all great news for those within the licensed marijuana production industry, it does mean just one thing - securing your facility is absolutely essential. It will protect your revenues and ensure your business continues to run efficiently. 

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Topics: Security for Marijuana Grow-Ops

Fire Alarm Monitoring: How to Keep Your Business Protected Against Fires

Posted by Joe Wilson

Aug 24, 2018 1:00:00 PM

A large portion of Western Canada is currently under threat from a vast number of wildfires, with a thick blanket of smoke covering the air as far east as Saskatchewan and even Winnipeg, Manitoba.

There are more than 540 active fires in British Columbia (BC) alone, and the wildfire season has already burned over 6,000 square kilometres of land - making it already the third worst wildfire season on record in the province. 

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Topics: Security Tips

Security is Essential for Pharmacies as Drug Theft Continues to Rise in Western Canada

Posted by Joe Wilson

Aug 17, 2018 7:48:10 AM

A robust and verified security solution is now more important for pharmacies than ever before, with opioid drug robberies in Western Canada continuing to rise.

In Alberta alone, according to CBC News, roughly 76,700 doses of pharmaceutical drugs were swiped during break-and-enters in the first nine months of last year. Depending on the size of the pills, that could fill a staggering 800 bottles. 

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Topics: Pharmacy and Drug Store Security

How to Keep Your Warehouse or Distribution Centre Protected From Criminals

Posted by Joe Wilson

Aug 10, 2018 11:48:25 AM

Are you the owner or manager of a warehouse, distribution centre or manufacturing company? Are you concerned about the security of your facility when it comes to both external and internal theft? If you answered yes to either of these then it’s probably about time you updated your warehouse security.

The fact is, warehouses and distribution centres pose unique challenges that traditional security systems simply do not have the ability to address. 

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Topics: Security for Warehouses & Manufacturing

5 Tips to Keep Your Financial Institution Secure

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jul 31, 2018 12:40:00 PM

Criminals seek out an opportunity that offers the lowest risk and the highest reward, and there’s no bigger incentive for a thief than cash. That’s why financial institutions must ensure they are protected from criminals, or risk not only losing money but also customer confidence.

Financial institutions, such as credit unions and banks, and other organizations that have large amount of cash in the inventories such as post offices, insurance offices and loan stores, are all vulnerable to criminal activity. 

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Topics: Financial Institutions

Securing Your Business: Crime Severity Continues to Rise in Alberta

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jul 25, 2018 8:37:28 AM

The need to implement a proven security solution has been brought to the forefront for Alberta’s business owners, after a newly released report found crime severity has increased in the Canadian province for the fourth year in a row.

The new data, released by Statistics Canada, shows Alberta’s crime severity reached a two-decade peak in 2003, then gradually declined for the next 10 years. Since 2013, however, crime in the province has been back on the rise. 

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Topics: Verified Security Alarms

4 Reasons Why Your Business Security Should Include Managed Access Control

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jul 20, 2018 8:30:45 AM

Looking to improve the security of your business? Perhaps it’s time you bring your property into the 21st Century with the implementation of managed access control.

Lock and key has been a way to keep assets secure for thousands of years, but rapid changes in technology have greatly improved the way we secure our possessions. Today we have new ways to secure our assets or locations, including pass codes, magnetic swipe cards, fingerprint recognition and keyless access control. 

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The 5 D’s of Commercial Security That Will Keep Your Business Safe

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jul 13, 2018 6:49:51 AM

Businesses are the number one target for crime in Canada, and commercial business owners are right to be concerned about the security of their property. For this reason, it’s essential that business owners prevent burglary with the implementation of a unique security plan.

Unfortunately, many business owners believe they can solve this themselves. They piece together various off-the-shelf products and create what they believe to be a passable security solution. This doesn’t work, and it leaves your assets and employees vulnerable. 

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Topics: Commercial Security

Security is Key for Automotive Dealerships as Alberta Car Thefts Continue to Rise

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jul 5, 2018 6:43:47 AM

The implementation of a robust security solution has never been more important for automotive dealerships in Western Canada, especially as new figures show that Alberta continues to be a hotbed for car thieves with links to organized crime.

Edmonton Police Service Det. Dwayne Karpo told reporters earlier this month at the annual Central Canadian Auto-Theft Association seminar that an average of 12 to 15 vehicles are stolen each day in Edmonton alone. 

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Topics: Security for Auto Dealerships

Legalization of Marijuana: Security Brought to the Forefront for Licensed Facilities

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jun 29, 2018 6:21:37 AM

Recreational marijuana will soon be legal across Canada after the senate voted to pass the bill earlier this month. This imminent legalization, which is expected to official be October 17, means owners of licensed marijuana facilities need to establish unique security solutions to deter criminals and meet industry regulations.

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Topics: Security for Marijuana Grow-Ops

Protect Your Restaurant’s Profits with a Proper Security Plan

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jun 18, 2018 1:00:00 PM

The security of your restaurant is crucial for protecting your investment and boosting yearly revenue, but many restaurants are still failing to implement a security plan that succeeds in preventing and stopping theft.

Crime may not be the first thing you think of when it comes to the restaurant industry, but your businesses isn’t safe from threats. Your restaurant is vulnerable to vandalism, break-ins, employee theft and even hold-ups. 

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Topics: Restaurant Security

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