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How to Protect Your Retail Store From Shoplifting

Posted by Joe Wilson

Aug 31, 2021 8:46:00 AM

There are ongoing reports of crime being down in Canada this past year. While that may be true on average for the country and provinces, some areas are seeing increases. 

One example is Vancouver, which saw a 260% increase in shoplifting involving a weapon in 2020 compared to 2019. And as restrictions are further reduced and more customers are allowed to be in stores at a time, it may become more difficult to monitor and reduce shoplifting, even in areas where there have been strong declines. 

So what can you do as a business owner to enhance retail security and better protect your staff and customers? Here are four tips for detecting and deterring shoplifters.

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Topics: Retail Security

Avoid Crime With These 4 Security Tips for Property Managers

Posted by Joe Wilson

Aug 27, 2021 8:41:47 AM

When it comes to security, property managers are in a unique position. They’re not only responsible for protecting their property and staff, but also that of the businesses that rent from them and the customers who frequent those businesses. 

That can make security solutions difficult, especially in multi-unit offices. Luckily there are steps that you can take to protect your assets, tenants and their customers. 

Sonitrol Western Canada has listed four tips for property managers to enhance the security of their premises.

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Topics: Keyless Access Control, Managed Access Control

What is a Security System Key Fob, and How Does it Work?

Posted by Joe Wilson

Aug 23, 2021 1:19:39 PM

The foundation of any security strategy is keeping high-value possessions under lock and key. In fact, locks and keys are believed to go back as far as the Romans, where valuables were kept in secure chests locked by a key worn as a ring. 

While the concept of a lock and a key is still around today, locks have become digital. 

The most secure locks are now electronic. In this blog, we’re going to take a look at exactly what keyless security is, how it works, and why it’s an important part of your company’s security strategy alongside a verified security alarm.

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Topics: Keyless Entry

What are the Benefits of Investing in Verified Alarm Security?

Posted by Joe Wilson

Aug 16, 2021 6:59:29 AM

Are you tired of using conventional CCTV alarm systems that don’t protect your organization’s facility from vandalism, theft and other criminal activities? If so, it’s time that your business invests in a verified security solution.

Not only does your business have a duty to protect its employees from harmful activity, you also need to properly secure your facility, assets and products if you are to retain a healthy bottom line and drive profitable growth. 

So, with that in mind, this blog takes a look at what a verified security alarm solution is and why it’s so much more effective for the security of your organization than a traditional CCTV alarm system.

What is a verified alarm?

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Topics: Verified Video Surveillance

3 Easy Ways To Protect Your Business From Crime

Posted by Joe Wilson

Aug 10, 2021 5:56:48 AM

It seems like we’re hearing about a new crime at a Canadian business every day. The good news is, there are steps you can take to help protect your staff, customers, and property. An effective security solution is more important now than it has ever been before. 

To get you started, here are three areas you can focus on. We hope it helps - these tips can apply to any business, from construction sites and warehouses to banks, retail stores or places of worship.

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Topics: Verified Video Surveillance

5 Reasons You Should Consider Installing Panic Buttons

Posted by Joe Wilson

Aug 4, 2021 11:55:50 AM

When you think of panic buttons, you probably think that they’re a technology that’s more suited for banks and other businesses handling large amounts of money. 

But the truth is that panic buttons are an important addition to any business or organization. Even schools in the states are looking at the benefits of panic buttons to help keep students safe. 

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Topics: Workplace security

Break-Ins: Why Improved Security is a Must for Vancouver Businesses

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jul 28, 2021 12:27:45 PM

Businesses in Vancouver’s downtown core, according to Global News, are raising the alarm on what they say is an increase in property crime, break-ins and vandalism targeting the city's region.  

With break-ins and vandalism on the rise, effective retail security is more important than it has ever been before for Vancouver-based businesses.

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Topics: Verified Video Surveillance

5 Simple Ways to Protect Your Alberta Pharmacy From Theft

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jul 20, 2021 12:38:00 PM

Is your Alberta-based pharmacy protected properly from theft? With crime rates on the up, pharmaceutical security should be a priority for your business. 

2021 has seen a huge spike in pharmacy theft in Edmonton when compared to the previous few years. According to CTV News Edmonton, Alberta's capital city has already seen 28 pharmacy robberies - either failed or successful - occur by May 2021 alone.

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Topics: Pharmacy and Drug Store Security

Is Your Alberta-Based Car Dealership Secure From Crime?

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jul 13, 2021 12:00:00 PM

In a recent blog, we discussed how auto dealerships across Western Canada are particularly vulnerable to theft this year due to the rising value of catalytic converters. With that in mind, are you worried that your car dealership isn’t secure enough to avoid the damaging consequences of theft?

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Topics: Security for Auto Dealerships

16 Ways to Boost Retail Commercial Security and Prevent Crime

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jul 5, 2021 11:06:12 AM

Preventing thefts in your retail store can be an entire job on its own, and with shoplifting on the rise securing your retail store is even more important. 

In 2019 there were 140,286 reported shoplifting incidents under $5,000 in Canada (this is compared to 99,907 in 2015).  And Western Canada accounted for more than 50 percent of these incidents. 

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Topics: Retail Security

5 Types Of Employee Theft Your Business Should Watch Out For

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jun 25, 2021 8:11:59 AM

Employee theft is an unfortunate reality that business owners need to prepare for. You may be thinking, “my employees would never steal from me.” But internal theft is more widespread than you may think… and there are different ways your employees may be stealing from your company

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Topics: employee theft

How to Secure Your Vancouver Construction Site From Rising Theft

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jun 9, 2021 1:49:28 PM

Did you know that Vancouver construction sites are experiencing a rising number of thefts? In fact, the Vancouver Police have gone as far as actively encouraging construction companies to take extra precautions to prevent crime, following a spike in thefts on the city’s west side. 

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Topics: Security for Construction Sites

How To Keep Your Multi-Tenant Office Building Secure From Crime

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jun 1, 2021 11:00:00 AM

Leasing a commercial property with multiple tenants can be a lucrative business but it can also make security more difficult. The sheer number of employees, vendors and customers coming in and out of the office can open you up to a greater risk of criminal activities, such as theft, assault and vandalism. 

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Topics: Verified Video Surveillance

How to Protect Your Rural Farm in Western Canada From Thieves

Posted by Joe Wilson

May 18, 2021 12:15:00 PM

Do you have a security solution in place that protects your rural farm in Western Canada from theft? This is more important than ever before - and, thankfully, now there’s better security technology than there has ever been before as well. 

Crime on rural farms has been hitting the news quite frequently in recent times. Take a look at this story in the Calgary Herald for example. An investigation into the theft of four calves from a southern Alberta property resulted in RCMP recovering four missing calves, as well as seizing a bag of crystal meth and an unauthorized weapon. 

“The four calves have been returned to their owner, however, the impacts from crime as a result of a theft of this nature are ongoing,” Sgt. Gary Maclaren of the crime reduction unit said in a news release Wednesday.

“The victim will continue to experience not only the stress resulting from being a victim of crime but also the added financial costs, which include the cost of purchasing milk replacer and having to bottle-feed the animals as a result of them being apart from their mother too long. Other impacts are long-term effects on the mothers of the calves as a result of their separation, which can reduce their value.”

With that in mind, what can rural farms across Western Canada do to better protect their assets? We will answer your questions here.

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Topics: CCTV Video Surveillance

4 Tips That Will Protect Your Warehouse From Criminals

Posted by Joe Wilson

May 5, 2021 1:37:17 PM

Last September $150,00 in cell phones were stolen from an Alberta warehouse. And just this year, an Amazon warehouse in BC had hundreds of thousands of products stolen from their property. Even more recently, $70,00 worth of appliances were recovered from a warehouse theft in Abbotsford, Alberta. 

While these cases were solved, not all warehouse owners are as lucky. Sometimes products disappear unbeknownst to the company, while other times thieves get away with thousands of dollars in product and are never found. 

And if you think it’s only external threats or after-hours thefts you have to worry about, you’d be wrong. The Amazon products that went missing were stolen by an employee. 

So to help ensure your warehouse is safe and secure, we hope that these four tips will help you protect your assets:

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Topics: Security for Warehouses & Manufacturing

TotalGuard™ - Sonitrol’s Integrated & Affordable Security Solutions for Small to Medium-Sized Businesses

Posted by Joe Wilson

Apr 28, 2021 11:41:27 AM

One of the key factors in selecting a commercial security system and partner company is how integrated the solution is across a business's many security needs. Another factor is affordability.

That’s where Sonitrol’s TotalGuard™ comes to the forefront. 

Sonitrol’s TotalGuard™ solution was designed specifically for the small to medium business market and offers affordable and professional security. Previously, many small business owners pieced together their own security system from off-the-shelf technology because it was cheap and ready to go. But those systems aren’t integrated, or verified, or monitored by professionals. The result was security protection in name only. TotalGuard™ is an all-in-one, edge-based device that acts as a standalone IoT panel. Each TotalGuard™ device includes Sonitrol impact activated audio detection, glass break analytics, video verification and surveillance, motion and wireless connectivity, all professionally monitored by a Sonitrol Central Station.

In addition to its many powerful features, the solution was needed for the ability to easily connect with other alarm points as each business has different security needs. Here’s a CCTV video clip of an actual TotalGuard™ apprehension!

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Topics: Commercial Security

Top 8 Tips That Will Ensure Your Physical Office is Secure

Posted by Joe Wilson

Apr 14, 2021 9:57:59 AM

Whether you run a small, medium or large-sized business in Western Canada with a physical office space, your organization is vulnerable to a variety of threats such as break-and-enters or vandalism.

Offices contain a wide range of valuable items, such as computers, cash and legal documents, making them a top target for criminals who are looking for an opportunity to make a quick buck. 

That’s why office security is so essential. 

Keeping your physical workplace secure, however, can be a daunting task. That’s why here at Sonitrol Western Canada we have compiled this list of the eight top tips that will improve your office security. We hope it helps!

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Topics: Office Workplace Security

Catalytic Converters Target of Automotive Related Crime

Posted by Joe Wilson

Apr 8, 2021 7:16:19 AM

It’s not uncommon to hear about thieves creeping into parking lots at night and stealing tires, batteries and tailgates. But the newest trend among thieves is catalytic converters. 


Because those catalytic converters contain precious metals that are rising in value. 

And while catalytic converter thefts are not uncommon, the rate of thefts has increased drastically. In 2019 and 2020, catalytic converter theft claims nearly doubled according to one insurance company in BC. 

And it isn’t just individuals that are having their catalytic converters stolen. 

A car auction company in Moncton, New Brunswick had 33 converters stolen. There have been thefts at mechanic shops. Even private business fleets are being targeted. One business in Guelph, Ontario had catalytic converters removed from all of their trucks

Think it is only an Eastern Canada issue? In BC’s lower mainland, ICBC reported losses of $2 million from catalytic converter thefts in 2020 alone. 

And it isn’t just the cost of replacement parts and repairs that businesses need to worry about. They also have to manage delays, declining customer satisfaction and lost revenue from missed work.

So how do you protect your vehicle compounds and dealerships from this costly theft?

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Topics: Dealerships

5 Ways to Prevent Theft at Education Facilities in Western Canada

Posted by Joe Wilson

Mar 24, 2021 1:04:19 PM

Did you know that nearly all teachers (95 percent) are now using technology in the classroom in some shape or form?

Technology in the classroom comes with some incredible benefits, such as personalized teaching, improved teacher efficiencies, and further equipping students with the digital skills they need for 21st Century careers. 

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Topics: Security Systems for Schools

4 Security Tips For Pharmacies & Medical Centers

Posted by Joe Wilson

Mar 23, 2021 12:47:00 PM

Calgary has been experiencing a surge in pharmacy theft with 42 pharmacies targeted since September 2020. It may seem like a small number but compared to the single pharmacy robbery in 2019, this is a huge increase. 

Staff have been held up at gunpoint as well as tied up and locked in bathrooms in more recent cases.

And with ongoing debates over COVID and vaccines, many pharmacies owners and managers are concerned about the safety of their staff and customers. To help make sure that your pharmacy is safe during the pandemic and as vaccines roll out, consider these 4 steps.

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Topics: Pharmacy and Drug Store Security

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Joe Wilson, Owner of Sonitrol Western Canada

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