Sonitrol Security

Sonitrol Commercial Security Blog ... by Joe Wilson



4-Step Guide to Protect Your Business from the Potential Threat of Fires

Posted by Joe Wilson

May 31, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Whether it’s due to arson, wildfires or human error, thousands of non-residential fires occur in Western Canada each year. These fires cause huge distress to business owners and significant damage to the organization’s they own.

The best way to protect your company from the devastating effects of fire is to analyze your risk, implement levels of protection through new technologies and train your workforce on how to act if a fire does occur. 

Read More

Topics: Verified Alarms

Do You Know Where The Keys to Your Business Are?

Posted by Joe Wilson

May 27, 2019 11:00:00 AM

The keys to your business give people access to more than your building - it provides them access to your equipment, supplies, inventory, electronics and customer information.

In the wrong hands your keys can be a serious security issue, providing criminals with dangerous access to your assets, put your business and employees in danger, and cost you financially. 

Read More

Topics: Managed Access Control

6 Tips to Protect Your Restaurant from Robbery

Posted by Joe Wilson

May 23, 2019 11:00:00 AM

On April 20 of this year, three men were arrested after robbing a Vancouver restaurant. Nobody was hurt inside the restaurant and police response was quick. Since a couple of transit officers were conveniently located just across the street, the culprits were apprehending before they were able to take off in a cab.

However, in many instances of restaurant robbery the outcome is not always so successful. 

Read More

Topics: Restaurant Security

Worried Your Education Institution is Vulnerable to Thieves and Vandals? Read These 3 Security Tips

Posted by Joe Wilson

May 10, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Schools, colleges and universities are designed to be safe spaces for learning and growth. Unfortunately, in many cases across Western Canada, ongoing education facility security concerns can often be a distraction.

Read More

Topics: Security Systems for Schools

Construction Site Security in Western Canada: How to Minimize Internal Theft

Posted by Joe Wilson

Apr 30, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Employee theft – often times when we think about it, we associate it with stealing products and goods from the shelves of a retail store. However, employee theft can happen across many different industries - including construction

Read More

Topics: Security for Construction Sites

5 Tips and Tricks That Will Help Your Business Improve its Office Security

Posted by Joe Wilson

Apr 23, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Business offices of all kinds, whether small, large, one floor or taking up an entire multi-floor property, must ensure that they are as secure as possible to prevent theft and ensure the protection of their valuable assets.

Read More

Topics: Office Building Security

Protecting Your Employees and Your Retail Business From Workplace Violence – it’s Your Responsibility

Posted by Joe Wilson

Apr 16, 2019 11:00:00 AM


Are you a retail business owner? Have you witnessed violence in your workplace? Did you know that violence in the workplace costs the British Columbia (BC) retail industry almost a million dollars a year in worker’s compensation alone? Not only that, but millions more are lost in missing merchandise, stolen money and property damage? 

Read More

Topics: Retail Security

The Ultimate 2-Step Guide to Properly Secure Your Pharmacy Business

Posted by Joe Wilson

Apr 9, 2019 11:30:00 AM


Opioids are commonly used as painkillers but they are also highly addictive. It’s for this very reason that organizations working in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries are at high risk of falling victim to violent crime.

Homemade flamethrowers, guns, and knives are just some of the incredibly violent weapons that armed robbers use when stealing opiates and opioids from a pharmacy. 

Read More

Topics: Security for Pharmacies

Theft and Vandalism on Canadian Construction Sites is Becoming an Epidemic

Posted by Joe Wilson

Mar 29, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Across Canada, construction site crime is becoming a widespread problem for business owners, with $46 million in equipment being stolen every year and companies being subjected to an average of two thefts annually. 

Read More

Topics: Security for Construction Sites

Sonitrol Western Canada Loves to Hear Client Feedback

Posted by Joe Wilson

Mar 22, 2019 11:00:00 AM


Are you worried about your company’s security system? If you are still using traditional CCTV, then it’s time that your business makes the switch to a verified security solution to ensure the protection of your assets.

Read More

Topics: Verified Security Alarms

Security in Western Canada: Sonitrol is a Brand That Police Trust

Posted by Joe Wilson

Mar 15, 2019 11:00:00 AM


Since 1977 Sonitrol has assisted with the capture of over 175,000 criminals. This success is a result of our verified surveillance technology, which catches criminals in the act, as well as our strong relationships with authorities across North America.

Read More

Topics: Police Response Times

Alberta Leads Nation in Marijuana Stores: Here’s how to Protect Your Shop From Thieves

Posted by Joe Wilson

Mar 8, 2019 11:00:00 AM


The latest data from Statistics Canada has found that Alberta is the leading province in Canada for the number of cannabis stores, as well as the total amount of cannabis retail sales. With so much business in the province, security for your dispensary should be top-of-mind.

The research found that, as of the end of February 2019, there are 75 retail cannabis stores operating in Alberta. The province’s stores have combined to sell $33 million worth of legal marijuana since October 17, 2018, when marijuana was first legalized. 

Read More

Topics: Security for Marijuana Grow-Ops

Understanding why Employee Theft Occurs so That you can Prevent it

Posted by Joe Wilson

Feb 28, 2019 11:00:00 AM

When we think of employee theft, the first things that come to mind are often tangible goods such as money from a till, property and supplies or goods and merchandise. In these situations, careful management and reconciliation through nightly balancing and regular inventory counts can be an effective way to recognize and reduce loss.

However, as a business owner, there are a number of ways that employees can commit fraud and remove assets from your business that may be less apparent. This is because employee theft can go beyond the things that we can touch and see. 

Read More

Topics: employee theft

Arrests of Copper Thieves in Alberta Shows the Need for Verified Security Solutions

Posted by Joe Wilson

Feb 21, 2019 11:00:00 AM

The importance of a verified security solution to protect your organization from copper theft has been brought to attention again after two men have been charged with copper wire theft in Calgary. It is believed they caused $300,000 in damage to the city’s oilfield well sites.

In the same week, an Alberta police officer claimed the province could see fewer copper wire thefts if some changes were made to the province’s regulations. 

Read More

Topics: Prevent Copper Theft

The True Cost of a False Alarm: The Importance of Verified Alarms

Posted by Joe Wilson

Feb 14, 2019 11:00:00 AM

If you have ever had a false alarm, you know the personal stress it has caused you – needlessly worrying about the safety of your property, the inconvenience of having to sort out the problem, and the frustration of the time spent dealing with an issue that actually wasn’t even an issue at all.

If a false alarm results in a call to the police or other emergency services, it isn’t just the time and money of the emergency services that will be wasted - it could also now result in a fine for your business. 

Read More

Topics: False Alarms

Alberta is Cutting Down on Rural Crime, but Here are 3 Reasons why Farmers Still Need to Improve Their Security

Posted by Joe Wilson

Feb 7, 2019 11:00:00 AM


The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has recently revealed figures relating to two recent pilot projects aimed at reducing rural crime in central Alberta - and so far they have been a success! 

Read More

Topics: Verified Alarms

Retail Crime is Getting More Advanced - Are You?

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jan 30, 2019 11:00:00 AM

In an industry like retail, every dollar counts. However, with roughly $10 million in retail products being stolen in 2018 in Calgary stores alone, it can be hard for you as a retail operator to stay competitive, especially when you are having to increase prices to offset inventory shrinkage.

Unlike the criminals of the past, the motivation of modern shoplifters is becoming more advanced and methodical. 

Read More

Topics: Retail

Fuel Your Automotive Dealership’s Security in 2019 With Verified Security

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jan 22, 2019 11:00:00 AM

If you own an automotive dealership in Western Canada you’ve probably heard the news - Alberta and Western Canada, in general, have incredibly high automotive crime rates.

Alberta, in particular, has been hit massively by automotive thefts in the past couple of years. In fact, thefts of vehicles in Alberta has jumped 56 per cent over the past five years - placing the county as the hotbed of Canadian vehicle crime. 

Read More

Topics: Security for Auto Dealerships

Is Your Place of Worship Protected Against Arson and Other Crimes?

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jan 15, 2019 11:00:00 AM

In Edson, Alberta, a mosque is set ablaze a day after Eid al-Fitr, a celebration marking the end of the holy fasting month, Ramadan. Security cameras captured the suspect leaving the property in a dark hoodie.

In Edmonton, Alberta, a suspicious fire broke out at a United Church just before preschoolers were to arrive. Employees saw someone unfamiliar leaving the church but did not pursue them for safety reasons.

Read More

Topics: Security for Place of Worship

4 Reasons You Should Invest in Improved Security for Your Business in 2019

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jan 8, 2019 11:00:00 AM

With 2019 finally here, many business owners across Western Canada will have already made their New Year’s Resolution - whether it be striving for a better work-life balance, driving up profits or hiring additional employees.

However there’s one New Year’s resolution that every business owner should be ensuring they achieve this year - improving the security of their business

Read More

Topics: Security Audit

Free Security Plan


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!

Subscribe to Sonitrol Blog Updates

Recent Posts

Why Sonitrol?

 Sonitrol Catches Criminals




Here's Why ...

Download this Free Guide -

25 Misconceptions About Conventional Alarm Systems

Download Free Guide!