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How To Protect Your Business From Door-to-Door Scams

Posted by Joe Wilson

Aug 3, 2022 8:45:41 AM

Door-to-door scams can feel like something of the past, especially now that so much business is being done electronically. In recent years, many scammers have transitioned to the faceless route of scamming people over phone, via email or through other online channels.

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Topics: Commercial Security, Building Access Control

How To Safely Manage Office Access When You Reopen

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jun 29, 2020 7:35:00 AM

With businesses slowly opening back up, managers and business owners are trying to find the best ways to keep their employees safe. One way businesses that are doing this is by customizing their hours so that only a certain number of employees are accessing the property at a time. 

To help ensure that policies are being followed in terms of the number of people allowed on the property at once, to stop unauthorized staff and customers from entering the building and to keep your property and personnel safe, you should consider an integrated security system

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Topics: Building Access Control

Why Commercial Access Control is More Important Now Than Ever

Posted by Joe Wilson

May 15, 2020 11:40:00 AM

After almost 2 months of lock-down, we are finally talking about how to re-open businesses. This includes restaurants, golf-courses, retail and non-essential business offices. At this point, policies are being drawn up to ensure public and employee safety, and many businesses are trying to figure out how to bring workers back and get operational.

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Topics: Building Access Control

The Best Security Systems for Protecting Places of Worship

Posted by Joe Wilson

May 16, 2017 1:24:58 PM

There is no honour among thieves. Especially for those who are willing break into and vandalize a religious and faith-based organization.

While we would like to believe that even some places are safe from criminal activities, this is not always the case. It only takes a quick Google news search to see that this type of crime happens more frequently than you would likely believe.

Faith-based organizations do tremendous good for the community they serve, and a burglary, vandalism, assault, fire, or an act of violence, could seriously undermine their mission, not to mention put people at risk.

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Topics: Security for Place of Worship, Building Access Control

Keyless Entry Security Is A Better Way In And Out

Posted by Joe Wilson

Apr 20, 2017 12:37:27 PM

When an employee misplaces their key to your business, it should never be taken lightly. A lost key not only puts your business at greater risk for trespassing, vandalism, and theft, it can also put your employees at risk if they are at the office when a criminal gains access. 

That's why it's critical that misplaced keys are reported immediately and that access to the affected areas be changed - the longer you wait, the longer you risk that someone will use the key.

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Topics: Keyless Access Control, Commercial Security, Retail Security, Keyless Entry, Managed Access Control, Professional Office Seccurity, Office Building Security, Dealerships, Building Access Control

Protect Your Business With the 5 D's of Commercial Security

Posted by Joe Wilson

Apr 10, 2017 7:15:47 AM

Business owners are right to be concerned about the security of their facility and property. Businesses are the number one targets for crime. The National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association estimates that property crime averages 75% of all crime committed. 

It's true that some types of commercial enterprises are more attractive to thieves because of what they sell or inventory - medical marijuana, jewelry, electronics, to name a few, but even if you aren't in high-end retail, don't be fooled into thinking you are safe. Thieves break into constructions sites, tire warehouses, fenced compounds, and even ordinary business offices, to steal information like employee data for identify theft.

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Topics: Fenced Compounds, Commercial Security, Legal Marijuana Grow-Op Security, Construction Security, Retail Security, Office Building Security, CCTV Video Surveillance, Building Access Control, Criminal Apprehension

Top 10 Reasons Keys Put Your Business at Risk

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jan 25, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Do you use keys to secure your business? If the answer is yes, you may be exposing your business to an uneccessary security risk.  The following is a list of 10 reasons keys might be a liability at your company.

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Topics: Security Tips, Building Access Control

4 Personal Safety Tips When You're In A Parking Garage

Posted by Joe Wilson

Dec 31, 2015 11:30:00 AM

You've probably used parking garages at some time, maybe on campus, at the mall, or even where you work.

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Topics: Security Tips, Building Access Control

Access Control Is An Essential Part Of Your Total Security Solution

Posted by Joe Wilson

Dec 10, 2015 10:39:08 AM

Access control to a site or installation is one of the most essential components of a good quality security system.  

It determines who enters the area, how the access is controlled, and what technology or equipment is used to make the access happen. An access control system can range from something simple, such a fob access to a larger and more sophisticated security solution using biometrics.

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Topics: Office Workplace Security, Building Access Control

Protect Your Assets with Managed Access Control

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jul 31, 2015 6:38:00 AM

You wouldn’t think twice about locking up your company’s most valuable physical assets.  But what about assets like your intellectual property? Or even valuable office equipment and PC workstations are all vulnerable to vandalism?

A managed access control system can add an extra layer of protection over and above conventional lock and key systems, with the additional benefit of varied authorization levels to protect key areas in your business.  

And with the Sonitrol Managed Access System, you’ll be able to take advantage of supervising your staff, managing security access levels, and reducing employee-triggered false alarms, with the help of our expert Central Monitoring Station operators.  

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Topics: Office Workplace Security, Building Access Control

How to Prevent Employee Triggered False Alarms

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jul 24, 2015 8:00:00 AM

You’ve just returned home from a long day at the office only to receive a phone call from your security company alerting you that your alarm system has been activated.  A thousand questions go through your mind – is a burglar attempting to steal or vandalize your property? Are your employees safe? Will the police respond quickly? Maybe you’re wondering if this was simply another false alarm.

Unfortunately, false alarms are common occurrences for business owners and operators who do not use a verified security solution.  And one of the most common false alarm triggers is human error, including employee-triggered false alarms.  

Employees may trigger your alarm simply by forgetting to de-activate your alarm system or by entering an incorrect code.  Or at the end of a shift, an employee may not lock or close the door properly, triggering sensors and detectors that activate your alarm system.  User triggered false alarms account for more than 80% of false alarms.

FACT: According to the RCMP, police departments across Canada respond daily to burglar intrusion alarms. However, more than 98% of the alarms the Police attend are false. 

False alarms can be prevented by implementing some simple preventative measures including managed access control and verified audio/video.

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Topics: Verified Security Alarms, Building Access Control, Prevent False Alarms

5 Ways A Managed Access Control System Can Improve Your Security

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jul 16, 2015 6:42:42 AM

Businesses with less than 100 employees tend to be the most vulnerable to losses caused by internal theft and workplace violence. When you add to that external threats from would-be thieves and violent criminals to the mix, the overall security risks to a small business increase dramatically.

A managed access control system is one of the easiest, most cost-effective methods of increasing security at your store, site or office.    

One of the most important benefits from using a managed access control system is that it gives you more control over your business, who's coming and going, and this equates to an immediate reduction in your security risks.

I've identified 5 ways a managed access control system can improve your security:

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Topics: Security Tips, Building Access Control

Top 10 Reasons Why You Need Managed Access Security For Your Business

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jul 3, 2015 7:41:00 AM

Today more than ever, it’s sad to say but, you just don't know who to trust. With employee theft rates on the rise, now more than ever, it’s critical for business owners and managers to be in control of access to their property, businesses and buildings.

According to recently released stats in the U.S., a staggering 71,095 dishonest employees were apprehended in their workplace in 2012, and that figure has most likely risen since then. Employee theft and workplace violence of any kind is just unacceptable and you have to do something about it.

This makes many businesses vulnerable to internal, as well as external threats it’s important to understand the benefits of a Managed Access Control System. Not only can monitored access control systems track and restrict who goes where and when, these systems also only allow authorized users to enter your facility or designated areas at certain times within your facility.

I think there are many good reasons to having a managed access control system as part of your business security system, so here are the main top 10 benefits!

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Topics: Security Tips, Building Access Control

The 6 Best CCTV Locations To Protect Your Business

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jun 3, 2015 11:55:00 AM


No matter what type of business you're in, an integrated CCTV surveillance security system is one of the best ways to protect your property, building, compound, construction site, office, warehouse, school, retail store or church. 

Investing in a modern closed-circuit television (CCTV) system that is integrated with security technologies such as audio detection, managed access and 24/7 verified video monitoring can save you money and time, while reducing insurance premiums and potential losses.

Using CCTV cameras is also one of the best ways to help keep your employees and customers honest and safe, providing a watchful eye to deter crime and keep you informed. 

But where are the best places to position your CCTV system to make sure you minimize your risks? 


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Topics: Security Tips, CCTV Video Surveillance, Office Workplace Security, Building Access Control

What's The Best Way To Secure Your Construction Site Or Compound?

Posted by Joe Wilson

May 21, 2015 11:45:52 AM


Construction sites and compounds frequently have security problems, break-ins after dark, and employee pilfering during the day.


One of the best preventative measures I recommend to stop these types of crimes, is to install a remotely monitored CCTV camera surveillance system that will automatically trigger an alarm when a potential criminal event occurs. 


This is not a conventional CCTV system that just records what takes place, this is a Sonitrol construction security system, called SonaVision, that instantly relays or "pushes" the video stream to a 24/7 central monitoring station, where professional monitoring staff can view and assess if the activity is potentially criminal, or just a false alarm.


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Topics: CCTV Video Surveillance, SonaVision Online Monitoring, Security for Construction Sites, Building Access Control

How To Protect Your Warehouse or Distribution Centre From Employee Theft

Posted by Joe Wilson

May 6, 2015 7:22:00 AM

Distribution Centres and Warehouses are more liable to employee theft than any other business.  While you may focus on keeping criminals out of your warehouse, internal theft by company employees and contractors should also be considered.

I've seen many different types of warehouse and distribution centre theft, and one of the most common methods of theft in a warehouse environment involves a partnership between two employees, often a warehouse employee working with a delivery truck driver.  

Sometimes, theft is committed by an employee you would never suspect, as it can be common place for inventory to go missing if employees feel under-appreciated or underpaid, or perhaps just feel that the occasional product is a fringe benefit of working in your Distribution Centre.

As you know some distribution centres are massive, and can be very challenging to monitor, therefore properly protecting your facility from internal theft by implementing the following preventative measures is a good start to reducing your internal theft risk.

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Topics: Office Workplace Security, Building Access Control, Security for Warehouses & Manufacturing

Pharmacies Are Vulnerable To Armed Robbery - Good Pharmacy Security Is Essential

Posted by Joe Wilson

Apr 23, 2015 11:28:00 AM


Home-made flame throwers, guns and knives are the weapons of choice for armed robbers who hope to 

make a clean getaway after raiding pharmacies for opiates and opioids to be sold on the street. 


Criminals target the highly addictive and lucrative narcotics readily available at many pharmacies, making pharmacies as well as pharmaceutical manufacturing and distribution facilities particularly vulnerable to break-ins from armed robbers.


 “Hundreds of thousands of units of oxycodone, morphine and other “opioids” are still being robbed, pilfered or otherwise lost from the pharmacy supply chain, despite some recent improvements, the statistics reveal.” – National Post 

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Topics: SonaVision Online Monitoring, Security for Pharmacies, Building Access Control

Luxury High-End Retailers Need High-End Security Systems

Posted by Joe Wilson

Apr 9, 2015 1:30:45 PM


 Every retailer knows that carelessly handled inventory and internal “shrinkage” can add up to a serious bottom-line problem. But when your inventory is literally made up of precious gems, lots of gold, high-end custom jewelry, and the most expensive luxury handbags and fashion accessories you can imagine, a single item of lost inventory can add up very quickly indeed, and the "loss" of more than one item can be financially huge with a large impact on your bottom line.


Add to this the temptation that a random smash-and-grab thief may have, or the specific targeting of a luxury goods store by sophisticated and organized criminals, often armed, then you'll quickly see the need and importance to have a top quality security solution.


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Topics: Retail Security, CCTV Video Surveillance, SonaVision Online Monitoring, Monitored Audio Alarms, Building Access Control

5 Strategies To Prevent Occupational Fraud

Posted by Joe Wilson

Mar 19, 2015 2:21:00 PM


In my last blog I spoke about occupational fraud protection, what it is and some key motivations behind it. In this blog I'll look at 5 strategies for preventing occupational fraud.

Occupational fraud is a real threat to Canadian businesses, unfortunately more than half of small businesses and mid-sizes enterprises that are vulnerable to occupational fraud do not believe they're at risk, yet 1 in 4 businesses experienced incidents of occupational fraud in the past fiscal year. That's a real threat and a risk you have to prepare for.


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Topics: Security Tips, Office Workplace Security, Building Access Control

Protect Your Business From Occupational Fraud

Posted by Joe Wilson

Mar 11, 2015 1:51:00 PM

Understanding Occupational Fraud and Its Motivation


We’ve all heard stories of executives embezzling client money, employees selling intellectual data, and even management accepting bribes from contractors and vendors.  These are all forms of occupational fraud and they could easily become a very costly problem if you have not taken the necessary steps to protect your business.

Occupational fraud affects businesses around the world and can cause huge losses in revenues.  Small businesses and mid-sized enterprises are particularly vulnerable to occupational fraud, often due to a lack of anti-fraud controls, high employee turnover and ineffective employee monitoring mechanisms.


“The majority of Small Businesses and Mid-Sized Enterprises are not prepared to respond to occupational fraud, and more than half do not undertake period assessments of risks of fraud.” – CGA Canada

In honour of Fraud Prevention Month this March, I will be sharing some strategies that will help reduce your risks, beginning with defining occupational fraud, identifying fraud motivations and describing strategies to reduce your risk.

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Topics: Office Workplace Security, Verified Security Alarms, Building Access Control

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