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4 Ways to Ramp up Your Business Security During the Holiday Season

Posted by Joe Wilson

Oct 5, 2020 8:44:18 AM

We’re now in October, which means we are fast approaching the incredibly busy festive period. For most organizations, the holiday season represents one of the busiest times of the year, but also the only time of the year where your front doors are locked up for extended periods of time.

This represents a huge opportunity for criminals. Not only do they know that your business will have more assets and cash on its premises than normal, they also know that your store or office will be left unattended more frequently.

As a result, businesses are far more prone to criminal acts that disrupt their operations during the holiday season. This includes anything from break-and-enters, pickpocketing, vandalism and even arson. 

While your business should have a proper security solution implemented all-year round, if you don’t already have one then the holiday season is the most important time for you to fix that. Thankfully, you still have a couple of months to review your security policies and make any changes necessary to ensure your company is fully secure.

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Topics: Small Business Security

Why you want SonaVision verified push monitored video.

Posted by Joe Wilson

Oct 1, 2020 12:49:57 PM

If you’re upgrading your commercial security system or looking to install a system brand new, you need to get up to speed on what your choices are.

One type of monitoring system you may come across uses pull video technology. With pull technology, when an alarm is triggered a notification is sent to operators who then have to sign-in to the video to evaluate it.

This isn’t the case with SonaVision. 

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Topics: Verified Video Surveillance

Pharmacies and Clinics Need Integrated Security Systems

Posted by Joe Wilson

Sep 24, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Professionally organized criminals steal high-value items like electronics and jewellery and cars, but they also steal drugs from illegal sources and retail outlets like pharmacies. And it’s not just the pros that target pharmacies and healthcare facilities. Adult individuals, criminal gangs, and even juveniles will go after drugs that they can sell quickly.

Take, for example, the string of robberies the Toronto police were investigating in March.

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Topics: Pharmacy and Drug Store Security, Security for Pharmacies

The Best Cannabis Security System for Stores and Grow-Ops

Posted by Joe Wilson

Sep 22, 2020 9:31:00 AM

It’s been a few years now since the legalization of cannabis following the enactment of the Cannabis Act or Bill C-45. British Columbia now produces about 40% of all Canadian cannabis, worth an estimated 6 billion, one of the largest cash crops in the province.

Along with the technology needed to grow those quantities at a commercial quality level, cannabis business owners are in need of robust reliable security systems to protect their valuable crop and equipment.

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Topics: Verified Security Alarms, Cannabis Security

5 Top Tips to Keep Your Western Canada Retail Store Secure From Crime

Posted by Joe Wilson

Sep 7, 2020 12:25:00 PM

As a retail store owner or manager, finding ways to improve the customer experience, open up new revenue streams and introduce new products are all important for the ongoing success of your business.

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Topics: Retail Security

Warehouses and Distribution Centres Need Top Quality Security

Posted by Joe Wilson

Aug 19, 2020 9:43:31 AM

If you are a wholesaler or a large retailer, you know that considerable capital can be tied up in stock or inventory. The reputation of your business depends on maintaining the quality of products that are being stored - from unexpected disasters like flooding or even from vandalism. Not to mention protecting your assets from theft. In addition to loss of product, not having sufficient inventory can cause upheaval with your clients that count on the availability of product for their business.

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Topics: Fenced Compounds, vandalism

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

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