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How to Protect Your Alberta Dealership From Theft

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jan 13, 2021 8:38:38 AM

Electronic auto theft is on the rise across Canada, according to a new report from the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), as more vehicles are equipped with technology like keyless entry remotes.

These new findings show just how important it is for automotive dealerships in Alberta (and Western Canada in general) to invest in a world-class dealership security solution.

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Topics: Security for Auto Dealerships

False Alarms are Costly Time-Wasters

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jan 6, 2021 12:01:48 PM

In the News: 

“Alberta RCMP are following a new alarm policy after just under 15,500 false alarms took up an estimated 8,000 human resource hours in 2017. The new policy, which came into effect on July 13, states that police will verify alarms before responding and will not respond to alarms that are only triggered once.

Saskatoon Police Service (SPS) is asking city council to raise the fee when officers respond to false alarms. Officials believe by increasing the fee, it would serve as a further deterrent for security alarm customers from having false alarms and allow officers to spend more time on other duties. On average, officers have responded to 2,100 false alarms each year over the past five years.” Global News

Despite decades of warnings and changes to bylaws to introduce fines, local police forces are still burdened with false alarms every year. 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 often now results in a fine for your business.

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Topics: Security Tips

New Year’s Resolution to Increase Business Security? Don't Wait.

Posted by Joe Wilson

Dec 29, 2020 9:05:00 AM

The disruption to work environments, work schedules and all manner of processes, especially those dealing with customers and employees will be carrying over into 2021. As we head towards March, we’ll be in the frame of a full year of working in a pandemic.

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Topics: Verified Video Surveillance

Looking Back at Some Criminal Captures in 2020

Posted by Joe Wilson

Dec 23, 2020 11:12:30 AM

Did you know that Sonitrol Security Systems lead the industry in criminal captures? Over 182,000 recorded arrests have been made since 1977, in locations across North America using Sonitrol alarms!

I thought I’d share a few criminal capture testimonials that we received over the course of this year. We post these on a regular basis on our website to share the feedback which often includes video or audio clips of the actual incidents.

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Topics: criminal captures

5 Reasons Why Your Business Needs a Quality Fire Alarm System

Posted by Joe Wilson

Dec 14, 2020 8:26:05 AM

When it comes to owning a business, protecting your premises, assets and the people that work for you is one of the most important elements of success. That’s why it’s crucial that all organizations have a high-quality fire alarm system in place. 

The issue is, many businesses do not understand the importance of implementing a proper fire alarm system. Many business owners have the mindset of: “a fire is unlikely to occur on my premises, so why invest in a top-quality solution?”

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Topics: Verified Video Surveillance

Tips to Help Boost Your Retail Store Security

Posted by Joe Wilson

Dec 3, 2020 11:49:00 AM

Retailers are well aware of how costly and time consuming it is to manage loss prevention including: loss of inventory because of employee theft, customer theft, organized crime, counting errors, and damaged goods. The average retail chain owner spends 2% of sales dollars on loss prevention.

Sonitrol Western Canada, can help solve these retail security problems with a security solution custom designed for retailers focused on reducing theft, break and enter, and armed robbery.

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Topics: Retail Security

Securing Your Premises: Break-and-Enters for Vancouver Businesses are Increasing

Posted by Joe Wilson

Nov 8, 2020 4:53:24 AM

While Vancvouer’s crime levels in 2020 are similar to 2019, according to a new report from the Vancouver Police Department, businesses should be aware that break-and-enters are on the rise. Effective security solutions are now essential. 

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Topics: Verified Video Surveillance

Security for Licensed Producers of Marijuana / Cannabis - Free eBook

Posted by Joe Wilson

Nov 3, 2020 4:45:07 AM

High risk ventures like cannabis facilities need a special security solution that deters criminals and protects against theft. In this Sonitrol ebook, you’ll learn about the security requirements for marijuana / cannabis facilities and how they are best protected with verified monitored Sonitrol alarms.

Here’s a sample of what’s inside..

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Topics: Audio Intrusion, Verified Security Alarms, Cannabis Security

Front Line Access Control Systems

Posted by Joe Wilson

Oct 30, 2020 10:00:00 AM

If you’re a manager of a commercial property, a building, a private office, or even a separate section within an office, there are some aspects of access security you need to know about. One of the most important of which is the front line security system - access control.

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Topics: Keyless Entry, Professional Office Seccurity

Why Hybrid Offices Need Smart Integrated Access Control

Posted by Joe Wilson

Oct 22, 2020 12:54:09 PM

Offices in 2020 have undergone a massive transformation due to the pandemic. With more and more people working from home, many businesses are adopting a hybrid approach to going into the office.

It’s not uncommon for office workers to work a few days from home and a few days in the office, so that the office facility has less people in the building at one time, creating new types of shift workers. 

This has resulted in managers rethinking their office security and entry access control.

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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

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Joe Wilson, Owner of Sonitrol Western Canada

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