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How To Prepare For A Security Audit

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jun 29, 2022 12:15:07 PM

Even if you have had a security audit in the past, the changing technological and criminal environment makes regular security audits a necessity. If you haven’t had one in the last 2 years, you’re probably overdue.

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Topics: Security Audit

How Municipalities Can Secure Public Buildings

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jun 28, 2022 8:58:49 AM

City owned buildings that are open to the public have a high risk of certain types of crime including vandalism. Protecting government buildings is a priority for a number of reasons, and this includes protecting the public, information and staff, as well as ensuring continuity of government services. 

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Topics: Professional Office Seccurity, Government Building Security

False Alarm vs False Dispatch, and How to Prevent Both

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jun 17, 2022 8:17:10 AM



A false alarm can be stressful for a business owner, wasting their time, money and resources. False alarms cause businesses needless worry, wastes their time while they figure out what happened and is just generally frustrating.

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Topics: Verified Alarms, False Alarms

Fire Safety Tips For Your Business

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jun 7, 2022 5:38:11 AM

Fire safety should be a top priority for any business. From a financial perspective, a fire can be costly. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, fire and explosions result in more than $2.3 billion in damage every year.

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Topics: Commercial Security

How to Recognize a Shoplifter and Better Secure Your Business

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jun 6, 2022 9:00:00 AM

Shoplifting is a major issue in Western Canada. Even with the decrease in shoplifting in 2020, there were 90,904 police reported incidents of shoplifting under $5,000. Of those, 20,791 were in Alberta and 20,005 were in British Columbia. Manitoba and Saskatchewan had significantly less but still in the thousands at 7,447 and 3,103, respectively.

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Topics: Retail Security, Pharmacy and Drug Store Security

A Helpful Guide to Employee Theft and How to Stop it

Posted by Joe Wilson

May 31, 2022 9:30:00 AM

Finding out that your employees are stealing from you can be a hard pill to swallow. But the reality is that employee theft (or internal theft) affects businesses of all sizes and can greatly reduce your bottom line.

That’s why it’s crucial that you take steps to bolster your business security solutions and mitigate the opportunity for employee theft.

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Topics: Verified Video Surveillance, Small Business Security

5 Ways to Improve Your Parking Lot Security

Posted by Joe Wilson

May 26, 2022 10:35:24 AM

Parking lots aren’t the first thing to come to mind when you think about securing your property. But with employees, vendors and customers coming and going every day, it is important to make it safe.

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Topics: Verified Video Surveillance

How To Protect Your School From Crime During The Summer

Posted by Joe Wilson

May 9, 2022 12:45:00 PM

Summer is around the corner, and if you are responsible for security at an educational institution, you want to be sure that your school is properly secured during the two-month long summer break.

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Topics: School Security

Do Motion Sensor Devices & Lights Really Stop Crime?

Posted by Joe Wilson

May 5, 2022 8:31:00 AM

If you have a business that’s closed in the evenings, you may have considered motion sensor lights to help boost your security. The question is, do these lights really work?

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Topics: Retail Security, Professional Office Seccurity

Security Tips When Moving & Relocating Your Business

Posted by Joe Wilson

May 2, 2022 8:26:31 AM



Relocating a business can be a formidable task. You have to transport expensive equipment, confidential information and expensive supplies/inventory. And you have to do all of it while keeping your assets safe and secure.

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Topics: Crime Prevention Tips

3 Ways Sonitrol Protects Banks, Credit Unions and Financial Institutions

Posted by Joe Wilson

Apr 14, 2022 12:55:16 PM

In February, a man robbed an Alberta bank armed with bear spray. The thief came into the bank, jumped over the counter and ran off with an undisclosed amount of money. Luckily, the spray was not discharged. 

While surveillance caught the crime on camera, the man was masked and there have been no updates on the suspect since the robbery. So, how can you improve the security of your financial institution and ensure criminals are caught red-handed?

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Topics: Financial Institutions, Government Building Security

Protect Your Saskatchewan Dealership from Catalytic Converter Theft

Posted by Joe Wilson

Apr 6, 2022 2:44:00 PM

In 2019, there were 18 catalytic converter thefts in Saskatchewan reported to RCMP and 14 thefts reported to municipal police. In 2021, that number was up to 140 reports to RCMP, which included multiple incidents where more than one part was taken. During the same time, municipal police received more than 300 additional reports of catalytic converter thefts.

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Topics: Security for Auto Dealerships

How to Protect Your Western Canada Warehouse From Theft

Posted by Joe Wilson

Apr 1, 2022 5:40:07 AM

Warehouse security is a priority for plant managers and managers of distribution facilities. You want to protect your products, all while optimizing storage space and building a culture of trust among your employees. 

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Topics: Security for Warehouses & Manufacturing

Automotive Dealership Security: What You Really Need

Posted by Joe Wilson

Mar 14, 2022 11:52:34 AM

Earlier this year, a car dealership in British Columbia had seven cars and the keys to approximately 300 vehicles stolen from the lot. The theft happened early one Sunday morning and while security cameras caught the theft on video, the culprits wore masks and hoods, so police are still looking for information. 

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Topics: Security for Auto Dealerships

Edmonton Retail Crime Is Rising: Here’s How to Protect Your Business

Posted by Joe Wilson

Mar 10, 2022 9:31:36 AM

Shoplifting, property damage, smash and grabs and other crimes are on the rise in Edmonton. It has gotten so bad that downtown business owners are locking doors to control who comes in and reducing opening hours. 

Now more than ever, retail stores in Edmonton need to ensure they have a robust security solution in place.

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Topics: Verified Video Surveillance, Retail Security

How to Protect Your Lower Mainland BC Business From Crime

Posted by Joe Wilson

Feb 25, 2022 1:33:14 PM

Last month, security cameras caught a store owner being bear-sprayed by a stranger who had been harassing his staff and customers. This is not the first time this Burnaby business has experienced crime, and the suspect for this most recent crime has yet to be arrested. 

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Topics: Verified Video Surveillance, Small Business Security

5 Reasons Why Your Business Needs a Verified Security Solution

Posted by Joe Wilson

Feb 16, 2022 8:45:00 AM

Are you looking to enhance your organization's security? Do you want to move away from conventional CCTV alarm systems that simply just don’t do the job when it comes to protecting your property from theft, vandalism and other criminal activities?

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Topics: Verified Video Surveillance

How To Protect Your Hospital Clinic or Medical Facility in Western Canada From Crime

Posted by Joe Wilson

Feb 14, 2022 7:30:00 AM

On December 20, 2021, two men were shot outside of a hospital in Kelowna BC. On December 29, 2021, rapid tests were stolen at an alarming rate from Winnipeg hospital. On October 27, a man stabbed someone at a Manitoba hospital. On June 6, 2021, an ambulance was stolen from Kingston General Hospital

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Topics: Verified Video Surveillance, Security for Pharmacies

How to Protect Your Retail Store From After-Hour Crime

Posted by Joe Wilson

Feb 10, 2022 10:31:39 AM

Last month, $40,000 in inventory was stolen from a wig shop in Vancouver. That very same shop was also robbed twice in 2020. 

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Topics: Retail Security

How To Protect Your Restaurant Patio From Theft And Vandalism

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jan 20, 2022 1:33:54 PM

One of the most effective ways to attract more guests to your restaurant, build customer loyalty and increase profitability is to build a world-class patio experience for your restaurant. 

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Topics: Restaurant Security

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