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5 Ways to Enhance Security Solutions for Your Vancouver Business

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jan 18, 2022 7:50:03 AM

Vancouver police have released some discomforting details about the number of thefts in the downtown core of Vancouver, highlighting just how important effective security solutions are for businesses in the city.

Following a month-long anti-shoplifting campaign that focused on Vancouver’s downtown core, police arrested almost 200 offenders and recovered more than $75,000 in stolen property.

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Topics: Verified Video Surveillance, Commercial Security

Security Camera Registries: Are They a Good Solution?

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jan 14, 2022 12:33:35 PM



Cities across Canada are trying to find ways to help businesses and residents feel safer, and improve their security measures. One program that is becoming increasingly common in the fight against crime is security camera registries.

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Topics: Verified Video Surveillance, Surveillance

7 Ways To Protect Your Place of Worship From Crime

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jan 10, 2022 1:00:00 PM

In British Columbia, police reported a 60 percent increase in hate crimes between 2019 and 2020. And just this month in Regina, racist graffiti was sprayed on a local business. 

Then there’s the continuous stream of news articles about places of worship – churches being damaged in Victoria, Edmonton mosques being vandalized, racist graffiti on a Sikh temple in Calgary, anti-Semitic graffiti on Victoria’s Jewish Life and Learning Centre. 

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Topics: Verified Video Surveillance, Place of Worship

The Top 10 Myths About Commercial Security Alarms

Posted by Joe Wilson

Dec 16, 2021 2:20:48 PM



With crime on the rise in both British Columbia and Alberta, you’re probably wondering how you can better secure and protect your Western Canada-based business? 

Whether you are opening a brand-new business, moving locations or simply looking to enhance your existing security alarms, protecting your business is vital. There’s no doubt about it, falling victim to a crime can be completely crippling for some businesses.

Implementing the right security system can significantly lower the risk of your business being impacted by crime. Yet so many organizations simply don’t know what to look for when choosing a commercial alarm and security company.

In this blog, we take a look at the top 10 myths about commercial security alarms, so you know exactly what to look out for when making your decision.

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Topics: Verified Video Surveillance, CCTV, Verified Security Alarms

The Complete Security Management Tool: What Is MySonitrol?

Posted by Joe Wilson

Nov 19, 2021 1:32:46 PM

Installing a state-of-the-art verified security surveillance system is an important part of feeling confident that your customers, employees, and business are all protected from the threat of crime. 

But it’s also important for you to be able to access this system for your own peace of mind and to keep an eye on the day-to-day operations of your business, even when you can’t be physically on-site. 

At Sonitrol Western Canada we understand that this is important to business owners, which is why Sonitrol has created MySonitrol.

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Topics: Verified Video Surveillance

How to Prevent Charity Box Theft This Holiday Season in Your Retail Store or Business

Posted by Joe Wilson

Nov 2, 2021 2:45:00 PM

It’s not uncommon to find charity boxes and collections at businesses throughout the year but as we move into the holiday season, they will be more and more common. This may include food and toy drives, collection kettles, countertop boxes and more. 

Generally, we trust the goodness of others to keep these charity boxes safe – after all who would steal from charity? But as a recent case in Kelowna, BC shows, not even charitable contributions are safe from criminals. 

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Topics: Verified Video Surveillance

Does Security Signage Reduce Retail Theft?

Posted by Joe Wilson

Oct 28, 2021 1:15:00 PM

According to the Retail Council of Canada, “Canadian retailers lose over $3 billion annually to crime.” 

To help prevent these losses, retailers often use security signs inside their stores to prevent thieves from robbing them. This includes signs about electronic theft protection devices, surveillance, etc. But do these signs really work to enhance retail security

Loss Prevention Magazine conducted research to answer this question by interviewing customers. Here’s some of the information they found.

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Topics: Verified Video Surveillance

How To Protect Your Jewellery Store From Theft

Posted by Joe Wilson

Oct 26, 2021 7:45:00 AM

According to the Canadian Jewellers Association, jewellery thieves are now steering clear of safecracking because of how difficult these operations are. Instead, thieves target the jewellery that has been left out in displays overnight, even the lower-end product. 

There are two common approaches to these kinds of theft. The first is to smash through the windows and doors, without worrying about setting off alarms. The thieves will then grab as much as they can before police are dispatched. The second method is to sneak into the property without triggering the alarm by disabling the system, or by entering through a blind spot in the security system.

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Topics: Verified Video Surveillance

What are the Benefits of Investing in Verified Alarm Security?

Posted by Joe Wilson

Aug 16, 2021 6:59:29 AM

Are you tired of using conventional CCTV alarm systems that don’t protect your organization’s facility from vandalism, theft and other criminal activities? If so, it’s time that your business invests in a verified security solution.

Not only does your business have a duty to protect its employees from harmful activity, you also need to properly secure your facility, assets and products if you are to retain a healthy bottom line and drive profitable growth. 

So, with that in mind, this blog takes a look at what a verified security alarm solution is and why it’s so much more effective for the security of your organization than a traditional CCTV alarm system.

What is a verified alarm?

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Topics: Verified Video Surveillance

3 Easy Ways To Protect Your Business From Crime

Posted by Joe Wilson

Aug 10, 2021 5:56:48 AM

It seems like we’re hearing about a new crime at a Canadian business every day. The good news is, there are steps you can take to help protect your staff, customers, and property. An effective security solution is more important now than it has ever been before. 

To get you started, here are three areas you can focus on. We hope it helps - these tips can apply to any business, from construction sites and warehouses to banks, retail stores or places of worship.

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Topics: Verified Video Surveillance

Break-Ins: Why Improved Security is a Must for Vancouver Businesses

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jul 28, 2021 12:27:45 PM

Businesses in Vancouver’s downtown core, according to Global News, are raising the alarm on what they say is an increase in property crime, break-ins and vandalism targeting the city's region.  

With break-ins and vandalism on the rise, effective retail security is more important than it has ever been before for Vancouver-based businesses.

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Topics: Verified Video Surveillance

How To Keep Your Multi-Tenant Office Building Secure From Crime

Posted by Joe Wilson

Jun 1, 2021 11:00:00 AM

Leasing a commercial property with multiple tenants can be a lucrative business but it can also make security more difficult. The sheer number of employees, vendors and customers coming in and out of the office can open you up to a greater risk of criminal activities, such as theft, assault and vandalism. 

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Topics: Verified Video Surveillance

Retail Security: 5 Ways to Protect Your Store From Violent Shoplifters

Posted by Joe Wilson

Mar 17, 2021 10:29:19 AM

Are you worried about violent shoplifting having an impact on your Vancouver-based retail store this year? Well, we have both good and bad news for you - both of which show just how important it is to have an effective retail security solution in 2021. 

Let’s start with the good news. A month-long crackdown in January and February has resulted in nearly 300 recommended criminal charges against people police allege are violent and prolific shoplifters working in downtown Vancouver. 

The initiative, named Project Arrow, resulted in: 

  • the investigation of 250 shoplifting incidents; 
  • the arrest of 130 individual offenders; 
  • the recommendation of 268 criminal charges;
  • $37,093 in stolen merchandise recovered and returned to merchants 
  • and the seizure of 35 weapons.

The bad news is that there’s a reason why the police have taken this action. The initiative was established in response to the growing crime in downtown Vancouver.

In a statement released by the Vancouver Police Department, Inspector Rob Clarke, Operations Division, said: “Last year in the downtown core, VPD saw a 260 per cent increase in shoplifting incidents involving weapons such as bear spray, knives, needles, and guns, when compared to the previous year.”

With the number of violent shoplifting incidents on the rise, it’s more important than ever before that Vancouver retailers properly secure their premises. That’s why, in this blog, Sonitrol Western Canada has listed five key tips that will enhance retail security.

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Topics: Verified Video Surveillance, Crime Prevention Tips

Protecting Coin Shops & Bullion Stores from Robbery

Posted by Joe Wilson

Feb 23, 2021 10:41:00 AM

Have you been following the news about the silver market? Earlier in February the CEO of SD Bullion said in a Bloomberg interview...

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Topics: Verified Video Surveillance

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

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

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

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

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

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