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.
Sonitrol is one of the largest commercial security companies in North America, serving more than 180 cities with state-of-the-art electronic security solutions.
We're proud to announce that the number of criminals we've captured since 1977 (when we started to keep records), has now soared to 174,838! That's one criminal capture everything 111 minutes across North America.
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.
At Sonitrol Western Canada we're dedicated to the safety and security of all of our clients.
Preventing 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. Office security keeps everyone safe.
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.
More and more, police departments in municipalities across North America are redefining what constitutes a verified alarm, and prioritizing these verified alarms in order to avoid wasting Police resources and time.
Police departments in various municipalities across Canada want to work better and smarter. This means that they want to work on important issues that impact a community, and not wasting valuable Police time and resources responding to non-critical issues such as false alarms.
A staggering 98% of alarms that go off end up being false alarms. Many of these activations are from conventional motion sensors, and door and window contact alarms. Because of this, many police departments are no longer responding to these unverified alarms.
If you want to deter criminals - having a quality, customized, security system is imperative. But it’s not the only thing you can do to make your business or property less appealing to thieves, robbers, and vandals looking for opportunities. It’s equally important to ensure your facility is environmentally unwelcoming to would-be intruders. You want to let criminals know that your business - whether an office, warehouse, retail store, or construction site - is not an easy target, and that their time would be better spent somewhere else.
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?
As a business owner or manager in ANY industry, you’re probably already well aware of the value of having a CCTV system installed. This is why it’s important to understand your options and select the right CCTV camera / system for your specific needs.
There are many different types of CCTV cameras to choose from, all have different options, styles, configurations, and features. The result can be an overwhelming array of choices. That’s why we’ve taken the time to lay out some of the most popular types of cameras and what they are best for:
If you own or manage a retail store of any type, you know well about the threats you face on a daily basis. Internal loss and employee theft, armed robbery, break-ins, organized theft, vandalism and more ... are all very real threats that unfortunately become a reality for many retail stores across Western Canada.
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.
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.
As political and business interests grow in legalizing marijuana in Canada, many businesses are poised to take advantage of the potential boom in marijuana production, distribution and retail.
The legal production, growing and cultivation, and selling of marijuana is already regulated and in place for the provision of medical marijuana. But if the federal Liberals make good on their promise to allow recreational use of the drug with friendlier laws on medical marijuana use in Canada - marijuana farming could boom and so will their security needs.
The purpose of any security system is two-fold; deter criminals from trying to break-in (because they're afraid of being caught), and if they do break-in, catch them before they cause damage and steal your property. In my previous two blog posts I've written about the fact that conventional alarms don't catch criminals, and they aren't much of a deterrent. Now let's look at verified alarms - that catch criminals in the act of committing a crime.
As I've been saying for a long time ... Police Forces across North America are implementing a verified-only, alarm response policies. Canada’s largest city has just become a verified-only alarm jurisdiction.
Our moto holds true “if it is not verified its simply guessing”
The Toronto Police Service has just completed a review of response to burglar alarm events.
"It has been found that alarm activation is not necessarily an indicator of criminal activity."
On average, the Toronto Police Service has responded to over 23,000 alarm events per year and the review has shown that 98% of these calls for service are identified as false – meaning a police response was not required.
The easiest way for me to highlight the difference between a Sonitrol Verified alarm system and one of the hundreds of conventional burglar alarm companies out there in Western Canada is to walk you through a typical scenario around what happens when an alarm goes off in your business.
Let's say you have a conventional alarm installed for your business. It's nothing special but you think you have a system that can adequately protect your business.
This is what most likely happens.
It's 2:00 am on Friday night and couple of burglars break into your business. It wasn't difficult for them to get in using just a crowbar at the door, or a rock through the window.
We often talk about protecting your business from the losses associated with theft and robbery – but what about vandalism?
Vandalism can cause huge losses to your business and almost every industry has the potential to be vandalized.
Over the years I’ve heard many cases of the same school being vandalized repeatedly, and even restaurants, car dealerships and religious organizations are all vulnerable to vandals. And the persons responsible can be anyone from mischievous kids who decide to break into their rivals school, to gangs defacing your property with graffiti.
“In the USA vandalism costs schools, homeowners, businesses, governments and others more than $15 billion a year.” – U.S Department of Justice
The cost of vandalism is very high – if you’re lucky enough to have insurance that covers repairs and replacements of vandalized property, you’ll still be facing an interruption of business ... and your premiums will likely go up.
What if you’re business infrastructure is damaged or your entire fleet of vehicles is unusable? This can take time to repair – reducing your potential revenue for that period.
And depending on the amount of damage or frequency of vandalism, you may be facing lost sales or a loss of trust and credibility.
A crime is in progress. It’s your business that has been targeted. The audio sensors have been triggered by the sound of glass breaking and hushed conversations. But unknown to the would-be thieves, the Police have already been dispatched ... before they find anything to steal. On average Police will arrive within 3.5 minutes – and capture the thieves.
This security system process is smooth and very effective. An audio sensor is triggered, our expert operators verify that the alarm is real and the Police are dispatched immediately. It seems simple. But how does it actually work?
Fenced compounds and fences construction sites often contain valuable stock, equipment, building materials or vehicles … making them an appealing target for would-be thieves. And in the eyes of a criminal, a fenced perimeter is only a small hurdle between them and your valuable items.
There are many cases of break-ins where the criminal has simply hopped the fence or cut through it … and sometimes even smashed through the front gate with their vehicle. Or worse, maybe one of your employees has purposely left the gate unlocked to allow the thieves to gain entry.
But what if you’ve already implemented security measures to protect your compound from theft and vandalism?
We provide our customers with the best commercial security solutions and quality service backed by our unique Guarantee and Commitment to Service. It's something unverified conventional alarm companies simply cannot guarantee!