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Organized Retail Crime - Combat the Risk with Comprehensive Store Security by Sonitrol

Posted by Joe Wilson

Mar 22, 2018 10:23:53 AM

 “Organized retail crime continues to be one of the biggest challenges to retailers of all sizes,” NRF Vice President for Loss Prevention Bob Moraca said in a statement. “These crimes happen across the country every day, with criminals getting smarter, more brazen, more aggressive and sometimes even attacking store employees and shoppers. Fighting ORC is a full-time job, and retailers must learn how to stay a step ahead of these thieves.” Security Info Watch, 2017

In a highly competitive industry like retail, it is vital to account for and utilize every dollar to make sure your retail store is operating smoothly and maximizing its profit. With multiple news stories emerging across Canada and North America about breaches in retail security, tomorrow could be too late to address your risks. Not knowing the threats you are up against and being ill prepared is the number one cause for preventable retail based crime.

The importance of understanding and addressing the risks is further highlighted with the introduction of legal marijuana locations in the coming months, which have already been noted to have a much higher risk of crime associated with them. The threats are not always external such as robbery, a huge risk for these facilities and all retail operations is internal theft, marijuana operations are calling for rigorous criminal background checks and a range of other screening processes to try and proactively address this.

“According to the results of the National Retail Federation’s 13th annual Organized Retail Crime (ORC) study released on Friday, ORC continues to impact the retail at ever-increasing rate as 67 percent of loss prevention executives surveyed reported seeing an increase in the crime in the past year.” Security Info Watch, 2017

So how can you boost your retail security and limit theft, both internal and external?

Why Is Sonitrol Security is Perfect for your Retail Store

Our Sonitrol Retail Security Solution, doesn't just monitor employee activity or record break-ins and theft, we will also immediately verify the threat and alert the authorities if need be. Our unique SonaVision verified video solution, monitors the interior of the retail store and is activated by highly sensitive motion and heat controls to detect thieves and vandals.

We can give video access for your own supervision (WCB compliant), so you can record shipments and deliveries and watch job progress and day-to-day work.

Our video systems integrate with your point of sale terminals and can identify employee theft. They can also track customer sales patterns as well as customer theft .

Why The Retail Industry Trusts Sonitrol

At Sonitrol, we give you expert customized retail security solutions, with the flexibility to make changes whenever you need to. We will be happy to modify your security system and add additional security services at any point in time, if the situation arises.

We have decades of Retail industry expertise, from big box stores, to luxury goods retailers, to medical marijuana operations, to jewellery stores, to small business retailers!

We are able to provide unique security solutions on time and on budget - and we understand demanding schedules, and getting the job done on your schedule not ours.

Retailers choose to work with Sonitrol because no one can match our results; the numbers speak for themselves. Criminals apprehended using Sonitrol technology: 175,000 and climbing!

Our Unmatched Guarantee - We provide our customers with leading edge technology and quality service backed by our unique Commitment to Service. It's something unverified conventional alarm companies simply cannot guarantee!

Sonitrol is an industry leading security solution company that is one of the top firms in North America, with the highest recorded apprehension rate and client satisfaction rating. Tomorrow is too late to address your retail security, why take the risk?


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Topics: Retail Security

Why it’s time for a Security Audit of Your Business

Posted by Joe Wilson

Mar 6, 2018 10:33:00 AM

“Rising crime rate strains Victoria police force, offences increase nearly 20 percent over 2 years.” CBC News, March 2017.

With recent crime rates increasing in Canada, it is more important than ever to maintain a secure business. Keeping up with your security is vital and falling behind can be incredibly costly for your business. If you haven’t had a security audit in the last couple of years, you’re probably overdue for one!

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Topics: Security Audit

Sonitrol Commercial Security for Legal Marijuana Facilities

Posted by Joe Wilson

Feb 21, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Lately, there has been an increase in security threats for legal marijuana facilities in North America. With this type of venture comes a unique set of risks, and requirements for high performance security. Not addressing these security risks can come with a high cost.

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Rising Crime Rate in BC Makes Companies Reconsider Their Security

Posted by Joe Wilson

Feb 6, 2018 10:00:00 AM

With the rising crime rate in British Columbia a lot of companies are questioning their security and with a spate of crime in Langley City, business owners are looking to improve their security solutions.

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Verified Security Should Drive Security at Your Automotive Dealership

Posted by Joe Wilson

Feb 2, 2018 10:00:00 PM

The Calgary news in the past couple of months has been very focused on automotive crime, from theft from autos, to grand theft auto - there is a serious concern in Alberta.

Automotive crime is a nightmare for dealerships. Stolen vehicles or parts not only hit your books but they can be a huge inconvenience to your customers if the vehicle was theirs or pre-ordered.

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Evaluate Your Commercial Business For These Potential Security Issues

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jan 30, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Commercial security risks can come from a variety of threats and it is imperative you do not make your business a target for would-be criminals. Some aspects of security are self-evident and often small business owners try to address their building security by piecing together off the shelf products. This is not an effective approach to secure your building, assets or employees. It could be highly risky and leave you vulnerable.

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Topics: Security Audit

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

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Joe Wilson, Owner of Sonitrol Western Canada

We provide our customers with the best commercial security solutions and quality service backed by our unique Guarantee and Commitment to Service. It's something unverified conventional alarm companies simply cannot guarantee!

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