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Fire Alarm Monitoring: How to Keep Your Business Protected Against Fires

Posted by Joe Wilson

Aug 24, 2018 1:00:00 PM

A large portion of Western Canada is currently under threat from a vast number of wildfires, with a thick blanket of smoke covering the air as far east as Saskatchewan and even Winnipeg, Manitoba.

There are more than 540 active fires in British Columbia (BC) alone, and the wildfire season has already burned over 6,000 square kilometres of land - making it already the third worst wildfire season on record in the province. 

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Topics: Security Tips

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

6 Tips to Make Your Business Less Attractive to Criminals

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jun 16, 2017 12:00:00 PM

If your business is vulnerable to break-ins, theft, vandalism, fire or other threats, security should be top of mind. Unprotected or poorly protected businesses are at high risk, and business owners need an integrated, high-quality security system like Sonitrol's to effectively ward off criminals and protect their assets.

Security systems aside for the moment, there are other things that you can do to make your building less welcoming to intruders and criminals. By making it clear to the criminals that your business, whether it's an office, store or warehouse, is not an easy target, you can further deter them.

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Topics: Office Building Security, Security Tips

4 Key Security Strategies to Employ for Your Business

Posted by Joe Wilson

Feb 27, 2017 4:48:29 PM

Protecting your business should be one of your main priorities. So where do you start, and what steps do you take to install a security system that will really work well for your business?

Here are four security strategies to employ to ensure your business is kept safe and secure at all times.

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Topics: Security Tips, Verified Alarms, Keyless Access Control

'Tis The Season For Property Theft

Posted by Joe Wilson

Dec 15, 2016 9:35:43 AM

 The weather is getting colder, perhaps it is even snowing where you are. With the start of the cold weather comes the holiday season. Unfortunately, some people are running around trying to make some extra cash or find that perfect gift, and some folks find that this is the hardest time of year, with heating bills increasing, buying gifts for the holidays. For example, numerous seasonal labourers constantly get let go due to the shut down of construction sites, farms, mines and oil fields with the extreme decrease in temperatures and traitorous weather at this time of year. It can get to the point where some people decide to make poor decisions that come with unfortunate consequences, and some people turn to theft and burglary.

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Topics: Security Tips, Verified Alarms, Crime Prevention Tips

3 Last Minute Retail Safety Checks Before Black Friday

Posted by Joe Wilson

Nov 18, 2016 10:30:44 AM

In last week's blog we talked a lot about security solutions retail stores should take into consideration to prevent theft, especially right before the holiday season gets under way. This week I want to focus more on the security of your staff and customers. Product theft is obviously a key goal that we all want to prevent, but the number one concern should always be the protection of those working and shopping at your store’s location.

 Let’s go over 3 different security measures that you, as the employer, should review, and act on as we enter this hectic holiday season to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible.

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Topics: Retail, Security Tips, Retail Security

Be Proactive With Your Retail Security This Holiday Season

Posted by Joe Wilson

Nov 9, 2016 10:00:00 AM

The chaos of the holiday season has already begun. The number of shoppers walking the malls and the streets will grow substantially and rapidly over the next few weeks.  

Soon your sales people will be too busy to monitor for loss prevention because they will be too busy assisting customers. Whether they're running to the back room to get a certain size, operating the till or just being bombarded with questions, it will be impossible for your employees to monitor your store 100%. This is the time of year where retail theft is at its highest and you want to keep your inventory shrink to an absolute minimum. So what do you do?

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Topics: Retail, Security Tips, Retail Security

Custom Security Solutions For Your Unique Business Needs

Posted by Joe Wilson

Sep 30, 2016 9:30:00 AM

No two organizations' security needs are alike.

Places of worship are different to schools, public administrative offices are different to non-profit organizations, large corporations are different to small businesses, construction sites are different to car dealerships, and retail stores are very different to warehouses.

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Topics: CCTV Versus Sonavision, Security Tips

You Must Protect Your Codes

Posted by Joe Wilson

Sep 19, 2016 2:05:00 PM

As a business owner, you have taken a great deal of time and investment in sourcing an alarm system that is the right fit for your business. You paid for the equipment and now a monthly fee to have the system monitored.  The last thing you want to do is make your system useless ... right?
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Topics: Security Tips, Verified Security Alarms

The Truth About Alarm Systems

Posted by Joe Wilson

Aug 15, 2016 10:30:00 AM

We all know that the better the alarm system you choose, the better the security coverage you will get. This is especially obvious for someone who has had the unfortunate experience of being the victim of a break-in, and they relied on a conventional alarm system that was purchased on the basis of price alone.

Here at Sonitrol Western Canada, we get lots of new customers who've recently had a bad experience, from a break-in or some other type of business crime. They were victims of not only a crime but also a conventional and inadequate alarm system.

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Topics: Security Tips, Verified Security Alarms

The Top 4 Reasons Your Auto Dealership needs Sonitrol Monitored Alarm Security

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jul 28, 2016 1:14:25 PM

You may not want to think about it too much, but theft and some more serious crimes frequently happen at many car dealerships. No matter what size dealership you have, used or new cars and trucks, high-end luxury cars, or used cars - auto dealership crime is a problem. 

Therefore, it makes a lot of sense to have a quality security system in place, no matter type of car dealership you're operating, because your inventory comes with a high price tag - if you have a problem you lose, and it’s a big deal.

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Topics: Verified Security Alarms, Security for Auto Dealerships, Security Tips

7 Ways to Ensure Safety and Security in the Workplace

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jul 18, 2016 2:30:00 PM

At Sonitrol Western Canada we're dedicated to the safety and security of all of our clients.

Preventing workplace illness, injury, violence, and security threats in the workplace is the most important job there is. As a business owner or manager, a huge part of your job is maintaining the safety and security of your employees so they can stay productive and healthy in their work environment.

There are a few things you can do to ensure your workers are in a safe and secure environment. We’ve outlined the major points here to make it easier for you.

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Topics: Office Workplace Security, Verified Security Alarms, Security Tips

Start Improving Your Retail Security TODAY

Posted by Joe Wilson

May 23, 2016 2:00:00 PM

As a manager or owner of a retail store, you know how time consuming and expensive loss prevention can be. Everything from employee theft and organized crime, to damaged shipments or internal errors are threats that you need to take into account and protect yourself against.

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Topics: Security Tips, Retail Security

How to Avoid Copper Theft

Posted by Joe Wilson

May 17, 2016 2:30:00 PM

If you have any amount of copper in your construction site, compound or warehouse, you're vulnerable to copper theft. 

Copper theft is a growing problem in North America. In Canada alone, the cost is estimated to be in the many millions. Criminals are turning to stealing any bit of copper they can get their hands on - tearing out pipes and plumbing from walls, taking apart air conditioners, destroying street lamps, breaking into construction sites and more.

Vacant or unnocupied factilities and warehouses are particularly vulnerable to copper theft and the extreme damage repair costs associated with it. Therefore, it’s important to be proactive in protecting your valuable assets from theft, especially when it comes to copper.

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Topics: Security Tips, Security for Construction Sites, Prevent Copper Theft

Why You Should Use Verified Audio Intrusion Detection

Posted by Joe Wilson

Apr 22, 2016 2:00:00 PM


Are you using conventional security alarms for your business? You may be putting your business and your livelihood at risk. Using non-verified security alarms makes you rely on easily compromised technology - such as motion sensors and door contacts. These older, less effective systems have a remarkable 98-percent false alarm rate.

 A proven solution to increase the effectiveness of your security system is to add Verified Audio detection.

Why is Audio Detection superior to the motion sensors of conventional alarm systems?

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Topics: Security Tips, Verified Security Alarms, Monitored Audio Alarms

What Type of Security Alarm System is Best for My Business?

Posted by Joe Wilson

Apr 14, 2016 2:00:00 PM

As a business owner or manager, you need to understand the threats and vulnerabilities of your particular industry, building type, and location, in order to make informed decisions about security. In the case of security, one size definitely does not fit all. To properly protect your assets, employees, inventory, and livelihood, you need a security solution tailored to your specific needs.

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Topics: Retail Security, Security Tips, CCTV Video Surveillance

How to Secure a Legal Marijuana Grow-Op or Retail Store

Posted by Joe Wilson

Mar 29, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Licensed marijuana grow ops and retail stores have very specific security needs. They are high-risk targets, and often, companies providing traditional security solutions are either unwilling or unable to provide the all encompassing security solutions that this industry needs.

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Topics: Security Tips, Retail Security, Security for Marijuana Grow-Ops

Top 5 Common Security Mistakes Made By Businesses

Posted by Joe Wilson

Mar 21, 2016 2:00:00 PM

If you’re a business, new, expanding, moving or just looking into security for the first time, it’s important to understand what exactly is at stake, and make an informed choice so you can protect your business from possible threats. Threats may be internal, such as employee theft and shipping errors - or external, such as data breaches, break-ins, and vandalism. If you're looking for a security solution, it’s important you understand your industries main risks and your individual business vulnerabilities so you can avoid some common security mistakes. In this blog we’ve outlined the top 5 common security mistakes that businesses make when choosing a security solution for their building or property.

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Topics: Security Tips, Verified Security Alarms, CCTV Video Surveillance

5 Ways to Improve Security on Your Construction Site

Posted by Joe Wilson

Mar 8, 2016 3:00:00 PM

During a construction project, there are always going to be security threats specific to construction sites that can be difficult to manage. Unprotected sites will have a high risk of theft of uninstalled materials, equipment (such as copper cables), and installed materials, such as copper wire & pipes that can be torn out of walls. You have valuable assets to protect and deadlines to meet, and so security should be top of mind.

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Topics: SonaVision Online Monitoring, Security for Construction Sites, Security Tips

5 Ways to Improve Your Warehouse Security

Posted by Joe Wilson

Feb 26, 2016 2:30:00 PM

Warehouses and distribution centres often pose a unique challenge for traditional security systems.  With their often massive size and complex layout, vulnerabilities often occur that can expose your inventory to not only external threats such as break-ins but internal threats such as employee theft.

We’ve come up with 5 solid ways you can increase security in your warehouse or distribution centre, and protect your valuable inventory and assets from theft and vandalism.

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Topics: Security for Warehouses & Manufacturing, Verified Security Alarms, Security Tips

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Joe Wilson, Owner of Sonitrol Western Canada

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