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Security is Essential for Pharmacies as Drug Theft Continues to Rise in Western Canada

Posted by Joe Wilson

Aug 17, 2018 7:48:10 AM

A robust and verified security solution is now more important for pharmacies than ever before, with opioid drug robberies in Western Canada continuing to rise.

In Alberta alone, according to CBC News, roughly 76,700 doses of pharmaceutical drugs were swiped during break-and-enters in the first nine months of last year. Depending on the size of the pills, that could fill a staggering 800 bottles. 

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Topics: Pharmacy and Drug Store Security

How to Keep Your Warehouse or Distribution Centre Protected From Criminals

Posted by Joe Wilson

Aug 10, 2018 11:48:25 AM

Are you the owner or manager of a warehouse, distribution centre or manufacturing company? Are you concerned about the security of your facility when it comes to both external and internal theft? If you answered yes to either of these then it’s probably about time you updated your warehouse security.

The fact is, warehouses and distribution centres pose unique challenges that traditional security systems simply do not have the ability to address. 

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Topics: Security for Warehouses & Manufacturing

5 Tips to Keep Your Financial Institution Secure

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jul 31, 2018 12:40:00 PM

Criminals seek out an opportunity that offers the lowest risk and the highest reward, and there’s no bigger incentive for a thief than cash. That’s why financial institutions must ensure they are protected from criminals, or risk not only losing money but also customer confidence.

Financial institutions, such as credit unions and banks, and other organizations that have large amount of cash in the inventories such as post offices, insurance offices and loan stores, are all vulnerable to criminal activity. 

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Topics: Financial Institutions

Securing Your Business: Crime Severity Continues to Rise in Alberta

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jul 25, 2018 8:37:28 AM

The need to implement a proven security solution has been brought to the forefront for Alberta’s business owners, after a newly released report found crime severity has increased in the Canadian province for the fourth year in a row.

The new data, released by Statistics Canada, shows Alberta’s crime severity reached a two-decade peak in 2003, then gradually declined for the next 10 years. Since 2013, however, crime in the province has been back on the rise. 

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Topics: Verified Security Alarms

4 Reasons Why Your Business Security Should Include Managed Access Control

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jul 20, 2018 8:30:45 AM

Looking to improve the security of your business? Perhaps it’s time you bring your property into the 21st Century with the implementation of managed access control.

Lock and key has been a way to keep assets secure for thousands of years, but rapid changes in technology have greatly improved the way we secure our possessions. Today we have new ways to secure our assets or locations, including pass codes, magnetic swipe cards, fingerprint recognition and keyless access control. 

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The 5 D’s of Commercial Security That Will Keep Your Business Safe

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jul 13, 2018 6:49:51 AM

Businesses are the number one target for crime in Canada, and commercial business owners are right to be concerned about the security of their property. For this reason, it’s essential that business owners prevent burglary with the implementation of a unique security plan.

Unfortunately, many business owners believe they can solve this themselves. They piece together various off-the-shelf products and create what they believe to be a passable security solution. This doesn’t work, and it leaves your assets and employees vulnerable. 

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Topics: Commercial Security

Security is Key for Automotive Dealerships as Alberta Car Thefts Continue to Rise

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jul 5, 2018 6:43:47 AM

The implementation of a robust security solution has never been more important for automotive dealerships in Western Canada, especially as new figures show that Alberta continues to be a hotbed for car thieves with links to organized crime.

Edmonton Police Service Det. Dwayne Karpo told reporters earlier this month at the annual Central Canadian Auto-Theft Association seminar that an average of 12 to 15 vehicles are stolen each day in Edmonton alone. 

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Topics: Security for Auto Dealerships

Legalization of Marijuana: Security Brought to the Forefront for Licensed Facilities

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jun 29, 2018 6:21:37 AM

Recreational marijuana will soon be legal across Canada after the senate voted to pass the bill earlier this month. This imminent legalization, which is expected to official be October 17, means owners of licensed marijuana facilities need to establish unique security solutions to deter criminals and meet industry regulations.

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Topics: Security for Marijuana Grow-Ops

Protect Your Restaurant’s Profits with a Proper Security Plan

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jun 18, 2018 1:00:00 PM

The security of your restaurant is crucial for protecting your investment and boosting yearly revenue, but many restaurants are still failing to implement a security plan that succeeds in preventing and stopping theft.

Crime may not be the first thing you think of when it comes to the restaurant industry, but your businesses isn’t safe from threats. Your restaurant is vulnerable to vandalism, break-ins, employee theft and even hold-ups. 

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Topics: Restaurant Security

Copper Security Becomes Crucial as Price Hits 3-Month High

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jun 11, 2018 11:48:26 AM

The importance of implementing a security solution to protect your copper assets, such as wiring or tubing, has been a hot topic in recent years, and recent soaring prices have made this absolutely essential for any business that possess copper.

This was made more apparent earlier this week when the price of copper jumped to its highest price in three months, up 3.7 per cent on Tuesday (June 5). The in-demand metal reached US$3.25 a pound or $7,165 a tonne, eclipsing last month’s high of US$3.14 per pound. 

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Topics: Copper Theft

4 Tips To Protect Your Construction Site This Season

Posted by Joe Wilson

May 31, 2018 11:24:21 AM

According to data from the National Crime Information Bureau (NCIB), as much as $1 billion a year is lost in the US due to the theft of construction equipment and tools. It’s estimated that less than 25 percent of stolen equipment is recovered each year. In other words, 725 million worth of equipment and tools is lifted from construction sites each year.

Construction season is in full swing. Make sure your equipment and property is safe from thieves with the installation of a construction site verified security solution

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Topics: Security for Construction Sites

How to Keep Your Licensed Marijuana Production Facility Secure

Posted by Joe Wilson

May 22, 2018 12:00:00 PM

With the imminent legalization of marijuana in Canada and the growth of legal marijuana facilities, owners need to establish unique security solutions that protect them against theft and deter criminals.

The legal production, growing, cultivation, and selling of marijuana is already very well regulated with rules in place for the safe provision of medical marijuana. Marijuana is listed under Schedule II of the CDSA, meaning it is defined as a controlled substance. 

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Topics: Security for Marijuana Grow-Ops

Why Your Church or Place of Worship Should Reevaluate Its Security System

Posted by Joe Wilson

May 15, 2018 8:11:36 AM

Faith-based organizations and places of worship are known for having open doors and accepting environments but, just like any other section of society, they are vulnerable to criminals.

Crimes targeting faith organization are uniquely defined in the Criminal Code as ‘Mischief Relating to Religious Property' - damage against a property that is “primarily used for religious worship, including a church, mosque, synagogue or temple, or an object associated with religious worship located in or on the grounds of such a building or structure, or a cemetery." 

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Topics: Place of Worship, Church

See Sonitrol in Action in These Recent Criminal Capture Videos

Posted by Joe Wilson

May 9, 2018 12:26:09 PM

 Sonitrol leads the way in criminal apprehension rates, over 175,000 criminals have been caught by Sonitrol security systems to date. Sonitrol also leads the security industry in the elimination of false alarms, a time-wasting problem for police departments across Canada.

What kind of commercial security systems receive such high acclaim? We specialize in Verified Alarms, Intrusion Detection, CCTV Monitored Video Surveillance, and Access Control Systems.

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Starting a New Business? Let’s Answer Some of Your Security Questions

Posted by Joe Wilson

Apr 30, 2018 8:03:05 AM

What are the competitors like in the area? Will employees want to work here? Can we afford the rent? These are all questions a new business might ask when selecting their first location. Many, however, forget to ask something very important - How can we make sure our new business location is secure?

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Topics: Verified Security Alarms, Small Business Security

5 Common Misconceptions About Security Alarm Systems

Posted by Joe Wilson

Apr 20, 2018 10:33:48 AM

Thousands of small, medium and large businesses are broken into every day, with the result sometimes being catastrophic for the company.

Whether opening for the first time, moving locations or simply looking to upgrade, business owners have a lot of aspects to consider. The security of their premises should be high priority on that list.

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Topics: Verified Alarms, Crime Prevention Tips, Security Tips

Still Locking Up With an Old-Fashioned Key? Learn About Managed Access Security

Posted by Joe Wilson

Apr 11, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Security, and keeping possessions under lock and key, goes back thousands of years. A lock found in ancient ruins near Nineveh, is thought to be 4,000 years old. The Romans kept valuables in chests locked by a key worn as a ring. And about 500 years after the Roman empire collapsed, locksmiths in England were making all-metal lock and key systems. Double-acting pin tumbler locks used today, were patented in 1848, so have been used commonly since, for over 160 years.

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Topics: Managed Access Control, Keyless Access Control, Keyless Entry

Sonitrol’s Reputation Speaks Volumes - Here’s What Our Clients Say...

Posted by Joe Wilson

Apr 2, 2018 11:02:11 AM

Every location has unique security needs and requirements; construction sites are different to car dealerships, places of worship are different to schools, and public administrative offices are different to non-profit organizations. Not only are these places functionally different, but each organization has a unique location, with a series of unique security needs.

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Topics: Verified Video Surveillance

Government Security Solutions That Will Get Your Vote

Posted by Joe Wilson

Mar 26, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Governments of all levels take security risk seriously.

And while governments are focused on tightening and improving security, countless government buildings have less than adequate security systems.  It’s not uncommon for offices, for example, to have outdated access control, and surveillance that is not up to the task.

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Organized Retail Crime - Combat the Risk with Comprehensive Store Security by Sonitrol

Posted by Joe Wilson

Mar 22, 2018 10:23:53 AM

 “Organized retail crime continues to be one of the biggest challenges to retailers of all sizes,” NRF Vice President for Loss Prevention Bob Moraca said in a statement. “These crimes happen across the country every day, with criminals getting smarter, more brazen, more aggressive and sometimes even attacking store employees and shoppers. Fighting ORC is a full-time job, and retailers must learn how to stay a step ahead of these thieves.” Security Info Watch, 2017

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Topics: Retail Security

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