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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

Combat Rural Farm Crime with a Sonitrol Monitored Security System

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jun 27, 2017 5:39:43 AM

Like a construction site or a fenced compound, farms have thousands upon thousands of dollars invested in equipment and facilities, not to mention crop and product.

Agricultural facilities are incredibly vulnerable for break-ins, vandalism, fire and theft.

It was just this year that a police chase resulted in thousands of dollars’ worth of damage for an Albertan farmer. Around the same time that this happened, thieves stole $20,000 worth of canola from a farm in Manitoba.

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Topics: Equipment, CCTV

6 Tips to Make Your Business Less Attractive to Criminals

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jun 16, 2017 12:00:00 PM

If your business is vulnerable to break-ins, theft, vandalism, fire or other threats, security should be top of mind. Unprotected or poorly protected businesses are at high risk, and business owners need an integrated, high-quality security system like Sonitrol's to effectively ward off criminals and protect their assets.

Security systems aside for the moment, there are other things that you can do to make your building less welcoming to intruders and criminals. By making it clear to the criminals that your business, whether it's an office, store or warehouse, is not an easy target, you can further deter them.

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Topics: Security Tips, Office Building Security

What Kind of CCTV Camera Should I Install For Business Security?

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jun 14, 2017 6:57:03 AM

One of the most popular security devices that businesses install are CCTV cameras. They are relatively inexpensive, and they can give a sense of security to businesses that they are protected from theft, break-ins and other crimes. But, there is a vast array of CCTV cameras and CCTV technology available, they're not all equal, and they can provide different levels of security, ranging from useless to totally secure.

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Topics: CCTV Versus Sonavision, CCTV, CCTV Video Surveillance

The Best Security Systems for Protecting Places of Worship

Posted by Joe Wilson

May 16, 2017 1:24:58 PM

There is no honour among thieves. Especially for those who are willing break into and vandalize a religious and faith-based organization.

While we would like to believe that even some places are safe from criminal activities, this is not always the case. It only takes a quick Google news search to see that this type of crime happens more frequently than you would likely believe.

Faith-based organizations do tremendous good for the community they serve, and a burglary, vandalism, assault, fire, or an act of violence, could seriously undermine their mission, not to mention put people at risk.

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Topics: Security for Place of Worship, Building Access Control

The Marijuana Industry Needs High Security

Posted by Joe Wilson

Apr 28, 2017 9:10:43 AM

This month, the Liberal Government announced that they will be introducing legislation by July 2018 that will legalize marijuana.

It's still unclear how cannabis will be distributed (i.e. government run stores, pharmacies or private shops, etc.) and what requirements will need to be fulfilled before a retail store or grow op can be started, but what we can foresee is an increase in the number of legal marijuana retailers and growers.

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Topics: Legal Marijuana Grow-Op Security, Security for Marijuana Grow-Ops

Keyless Entry Security Is A Better Way In And Out

Posted by Joe Wilson

Apr 20, 2017 12:37:27 PM

When an employee misplaces their key to your business, it should never be taken lightly. A lost key not only puts your business at greater risk for trespassing, vandalism, and theft, it can also put your employees at risk if they are at the office when a criminal gains access. 

That's why it's critical that misplaced keys are reported immediately and that access to the affected areas be changed - the longer you wait, the longer you risk that someone will use the key.

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Topics: Keyless Access Control, Commercial Security, Retail Security, Keyless Entry, Managed Access Control, Professional Office Seccurity, Office Building Security, Dealerships, Building Access Control

Protect Your Business With the 5 D's of Commercial Security

Posted by Joe Wilson

Apr 10, 2017 7:15:47 AM

Business owners are right to be concerned about the security of their facility and property. Businesses are the number one targets for crime. The National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association estimates that property crime averages 75% of all crime committed. 

It's true that some types of commercial enterprises are more attractive to thieves because of what they sell or inventory - medical marijuana, jewelry, electronics, to name a few, but even if you aren't in high-end retail, don't be fooled into thinking you are safe. Thieves break into constructions sites, tire warehouses, fenced compounds, and even ordinary business offices, to steal information like employee data for identify theft.

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Topics: Fenced Compounds, Commercial Security, Legal Marijuana Grow-Op Security, Construction Security, Retail Security, Office Building Security, CCTV Video Surveillance, Building Access Control, Criminal Apprehension

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