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Boosting Business Security: Inside BC's Rebate Program

Posted by Joe Wilson

Apr 23, 2024 8:08:11 AM



In response to the growing concerns of property / commercial crime affecting businesses in both rural and urban areas across the province, the BC Ministry of Jobs, Economic Development, and Innovation has introduced the Securing Small Business Rebate Program. This BC government program allocates $10.5 million to help small businesses in covering costs related to property damage caused by vandalism, and costs associated with implementing preventive security measures.

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Topics: Small Business Security

Garda $30 Million Heist - 3 Ways Sonavision Could Have Stopped the Crime

Posted by Joe Wilson

Apr 9, 2024 9:59:32 AM

It reads like a screen script for a Hollywood blockbuster. Thieves broke into a Gardaworld building in a quiet subdivision in Los Angeles and stole upwards of $30 million dollars and as of yet - no arrests made by the FBI or LAPD. The vault theft of cash wasn’t even discovered until employees turned up for work after the Easter weekend on Monday.

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Topics: Commercial Security, CCTV Versus Sonavision

The Advantages of Sonitrol's Verified Audio Intrusion Detection Systems

Posted by Joe Wilson

Apr 2, 2024 11:11:16 AM

In today's higher risk business environment, safeguarding assets and ensuring operational continuity are key concerns for many management teams. Traditional alarm systems, while providing a degree of protection, often fall short in effectively addressing evolving security challenges. Fortunately, advancements in technology have given rise to innovative solutions like Sonitrol's Verified Audio Intrusion Detection Systems, offering businesses unparalleled levels of security and peace of mind.

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Topics: Audio Intrusion

How to Better Secure Your Warehouse and Distribution Center from Theft

Posted by Joe Wilson

Mar 28, 2024 9:00:00 AM

Your warehouses and distribution centers stand at the core of your business operations, housing valuable products in one central location. Yet, these facilities are also prime targets for both cargo theft and storeroom burglary.

 “CargoNet, which tracks voluntarily reported cargo thefts, said there were 566 incidents in the U.S. and 16 in Canada in the second quarter last year, a 57% year-over-year increase. The majority of cargo thefts in the second quarter of 2023 occurred near warehouses and distribution centers, along with unsecured parking lots and company truck yards and premises, according to both Overhaul and CargoNet.”

Traditional security measures, while effective to a degree, often fall short in providing comprehensive protection. From vulnerable entry points to internal theft by employees, safeguarding your warehouse and parking area requires a multifaceted approach.

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Topics: Security for Warehouses & Manufacturing

Responding to Retail Crime Threats with Sonitrol’s Advanced Security Systems

Posted by Joe Wilson

Mar 18, 2024 9:42:00 AM

Commercial retailers across British Columbia have grappled with a surge in criminal activities, ranging from theft and vandalism to break-ins and shoplifting. A poll conducted in the region revealed that nearly half of the businesses have directly or indirectly experienced crime, showing clearly the security challenges faced by the retail sector. Emily Boston, spokesperson for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, pointed out that waste, litter, vandalism, breaking and entering, theft, and shoplifting as the most prevalent issues encountered by businesses in British Columbia.

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Topics: Retail Security

Securing the Build: Tackling Construction Theft in Canada with Sonitrol

Posted by Joe Wilson

Mar 7, 2024 7:26:00 AM

Construction theft poses a significant challenge to both large and small-scale projects across Canada, with equipment, vehicles, building materials, and tools disappearing from sites at an alarming rate. Recent estimates indicate that construction theft costs Canadian contractors up to $46 million annually, with losses escalating over time. The ease of theft, coupled with the lucrative resale market for stolen goods, makes construction sites prime targets for both on-site workers and organized criminals.

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Topics: Construction Security

Protecting Your Pharmacy: How to Defend Against Internal & External Threats

Posted by Joe Wilson

Feb 28, 2024 8:01:07 AM

In the area of law enforcement, securing businesses like pharmacies is vital to maintaining public safety. These establishments are not only hubs of healthcare but also potential targets for criminal activity. Here’s a recent warning from the Vancouver police.

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Topics: Pharmacy and Drug Store Security

Rising Crime: A Concern for Small Businesses in Western Canada

Posted by Joe Wilson

Feb 15, 2024 8:48:00 AM

A recent report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has claimed that small businesses in Western Canada - the heart and soul of many neighbourhoods - are calling for more work to be done to address crime and better improve community safety. 

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Topics: Crime Prevention Tips, Small Business Security

Comparison: Choosing the Right Security Solution for Your Business

Posted by Joe Wilson

Feb 8, 2024 8:50:00 AM

Today’s security threats are increasingly sophisticated. Unfortunately, that means businesses are faced with a new challenge - selecting a security system that not only deters crime but also provides reliable detection and response.

Traditional unverified alarms have been the norm for years, but as technology has advanced, verified security systems have emerged as a superior choice for a multitude of reasons.

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Topics: Commercial Security

Defending Your Business From Door-to-Door Scams - Tips From the RCMP

Posted by Joe Wilson

Feb 1, 2024 8:42:00 AM

Despite the surge of online scams and fraudulent digital transactions, door-to-door scams still persist, posing a potential threat to business owners. Staying informed about these scams and implementing a robust security solution is crucial for safeguarding your business from financial losses.

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Topics: Commercial Security, Fraud

Security Guards Vs Video Surveillance: What’s Best?

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jan 25, 2024 11:39:00 AM

Thefts, assault and intimidation are on the rise for businesses across Western Canada. As a result, an increasing number of companies are looking for ways to better protect their properties

One popular solution, especially for larger establishments, is hiring security personnel to stand guard outside of stores. But is this really the right option?

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Topics: Guaranteed Commercial Security, CCTV Video Surveillance

Does Your Commercial Security Plan Include These 7 Key Components?

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jan 19, 2024 12:28:20 PM



Companies of all sizes confront an array of security threats going into 2024, ranging from cyberattacks and data breaches to vandalism and employee theft. It is imperative for companies to implement a robust security solution that safeguards their assets, employees, and customers.

An effective business security plan should encompass various key components designed to tackle an extensive range of security threats.

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Topics: Commercial Security

Creating a Safe Workplace: The Importance of Panic Buttons

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jan 11, 2024 8:51:00 AM

Ensuring the well-being of employees has become a paramount concern for organizations in Western Canada. Employee safety and security are not only ethical imperatives, but also fundamental to fostering a productive and harmonious work environment. 

One of the key innovations that have emerged in recent years to address this concern is the implementation of panic buttons in workplaces, particularly in the retail industry where violent crimes are more common.

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Topics: Office Workplace Security

10 Tips to Better Protect the Codes of Your Electronic Security System

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jan 2, 2024 8:49:00 AM

Does your business have an electronic security system or are you planning on investing in one? Then it’s likely that you will have to activate and deactivate the system with codes. 

While the right electronic security system will be highly effective at securing your business, it will come with one important prerequisite - you will need to remember and protect your security codes to keep your premises secure.

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Topics: Commercial Security, Crime Prevention Tips, Building Access Control

The Evolution of Commercial Security: Why Verified Alarms are Best

Posted by Joe Wilson

Dec 21, 2023 8:36:00 AM

The landscape of commercial security has undergone a significant transformation over the past few decades, evolving from basic mechanical systems to sophisticated, technology-driven solutions.

This evolution has been driven by the need for more efficient, reliable, and scalable security measures to protect businesses, as crimes such as theft, vandalism and break-and-enters become increasingly more sophisticated and difficult to prevent.

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Topics: Commercial Security, Verified Alarms

Essential Tips for Securing Your Retail Store During the Holidays

Posted by Joe Wilson

Dec 19, 2023 8:30:29 AM

As a retail store owner, it’s not the Grinch you need to look out for over the holiday season. It’s theft and vandalism. In fact, last year, about $112B was lost to various types of retail crime, including shoplifting, flash mobs, and organized crime.

With the holiday season comes a surge in foot traffic and opportunity for retail stores (whether the pre-Christmas shopping rush or the following Boxing Day sales), but this also marks a time when security risks escalate. Retail theft, shoplifting and other security breaches can significantly impact your company’s bottom line - and even your reputation.

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Topics: Retail Security

Your Guide to Minimizing Retail Crime in British Columbia

Posted by Joe Wilson

Dec 15, 2023 11:43:00 AM

A group of more than 30 British Columbia retailers, trade associations and other groups is calling for immediate government action on theft, vandalism and violent crime, which its members say have reached "epidemic proportions'' across the province.

That’s according to a new article from CBC News, which said the coalition wants all levels of government to work together to address what it calls a crime "crisis'' in retail settings.

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Topics: Retail Security

17 Top Business Security Tips for the Holiday Season

Posted by Joe Wilson

Dec 1, 2023 9:00:00 AM

As the holiday season approaches, businesses often find themselves bustling with activity. 

The increased foot traffic, extended business hours, and valuable inventory make businesses more susceptible to security risks during this time. Implementing robust security measures can safeguard your premises, employees, and assets.

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Topics: Retail Security

How Monitored Access Control Can Deter Crime for Canadian Businesses

Posted by Joe Wilson

Nov 23, 2023 8:30:00 AM

From small startups to large corporations, the need for robust security measures has never been more critical. 

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Topics: Office Building Security, Monitored Audio Alarms

RCMP Urge Alberta Businesses to Protect Their Commercial Properties

Posted by Joe Wilson

Nov 15, 2023 8:57:51 AM

In the bustling streets of Alberta towns, where opportunities thrive and businesses flourish, a shadow looms over the commercial landscape - the threat of break-ins and thefts. 

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Topics: Commercial Security, Building Access Control

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