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Top Outside Security Cameras For Your Home

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Top Outside Security Cameras For Your Home

Top Outside Security Cameras For Your Home

Interested in outside security cameras for your home? This article will help you decide which outdoor surveillance system is best for you and your family by weighing the pros and cons of each security camera. Jay 360 helps you understand your home security needs and guides you in choosing the right system. Interested in indoor cameras? Check out our Consumers Favourite IP Cameras 2017 guide and our top Wi-Fi Camera Brands article.

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Surveillance Cameras In The Workplace Laws In Canada

Posted by on Sep 5, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Surveillance Cameras In The Workplace Laws In Canada

Surveillance Cameras In The Workplace Laws In Canada

Surveillance Cameras In The Workplace Laws In Canada

Surveillance cameras in the workplace are very common. It’s likely that you have visited or even worked somewhere with security cameras. Workplace surveillance cameras are put in place to keep employers and employees safe. This Surveillance Cameras In The Workplace Laws In Canada article is intended to answer frequently asked questions about workplace surveillance cameras. Understanding laws and regulations is important as both an employer and employee. If you still have questions, get safe advice from the security professionals at Jay360 today!

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Surveillance Camera Installation: Keep Pets from Setting Off Alarms

Posted by on Aug 20, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Surveillance Camera Installation: Keep Pets from Setting Off Alarms

Surveillance Camera Installation: Keep Pets from Setting Off Alarms

So, you’re ready to purchase your own surveillance camera and security alarms…but you have pets. You may have already heard about the many home security fails that happen when pets accidentally set off security alarms. It happens so often that two out of five fails on our Greatest Home Security System Fails list involve pets setting off alarms. How can you keep pets from setting off alarms? There are many ways you can successfully have pets and a reliable home security system. Contacting an experienced installer is one way to ensure your home is safe from intruders and false alarms.

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Top 10 Ontario Burglaries: Lessons Learned

Posted by on Aug 5, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Top 10 Ontario Burglaries: Lessons Learned

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Think you’ve heard it all? Think again! Though you may not hear very often about burglaries committed in Ontario, nowhere is 100% safe from crime. These recent Ontario burglaries may have you shocked, surprised, or just scratching your head.

Burglaries and home invasions can make people feel unsafe in their own home. If you’re interested in learning about ways of preventing burglaries, contact Jay360 today to learn more about security cameras, access control systems, and more!

Top 10 Ontario Burglaries: Lessons Learned

The following list highlights some of the most shocking recent Ontario burglaries. It also explains the lessons learned from each incident, so that we can hopefully begin to cut down on the amount of burglaries as well as raise awareness about simple ways to protect yourself and your home.

10. Hiding Out

In December 2016, after receiving an alert from a burglar alarm, Peel Regional Police responded to a home invasion in Brampton, ON. Officers arrived at the scene and, after searching every inch of the house, eventually discovered a man hiding in the home’s attic. Because the suspect was caught before he could even leave the home, nothing was actually stolen. It is reported that the homeowners were away at the time.

Lessons learned: Burglar alarms do make a difference! Without the alarm, police would likely have not known about the burglary until the homeowners returned – and the burglar could have found more victims before then! Thankfully for everyone, this burglar was caught on the scene.

Sourceinbrampton.com

9. Violent Nighttime Burglary

In October 2015, police searched for four suspects after armed burglars broke into a Brampton, ON home at midnight. Residents were at home during the time. One resident of the home was assaulted and taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. Many home invasions in Canada do not involve guns. However, like this case, it is not unheard of and can be deeply emotionally and mentally traumatic to the victims.

Lessons learned: Though most burglaries do happen during the day, it is important to remember that they can still happen at night. Because of this, it’s important to have security systems in place and a plan ready in case this happens to you. Remember, if you are home during an invasion, always comply with perpetrators. No item is worth your life.

Sourcecp24.com

8. Unlocked Doors and Cleaned Floors

In 2013, 8 odd burglaries happened over the span of two months in Aurora, ON. It appears that the burglar would knock on the door, see if anyone was home, and then enter. However, almost all of the burglarized homes contained zero evidence of forced entry – the burglar appears to only enter through already unlocked doors. The suspected burglar also cleaned up some of the houses after breaking and entering, making it difficult for victims to notice the burglary right away. One homeowner was home when the alleged perpetrator walked in.

The homeowner said: “There was a knock at my door and before I could open it a woman had walked in wearing nylon gloves.  I asked her what she was doing in my house and she handed me a gift card and quickly turned around and left.” Mike Walker reports from barrie.ctvnews.ca

Lessons learned: Keep your doors locked! This Aurora burglar was an opportunist, as most burglars are. Why bother with a locked door when there are plenty of unlocked ones? Even when you’re home, keep those doors locked. As the one homeowner found witnessed, a burglar made a mistake and just walked in while he was at home. He was lucky to receive a gift card out of it, but the outcome could have been much worse.

Sourcebarrie.ctvnews.ca

7. Violent Daylight Burglary

Top 10 Ontario Burglaries

In January 2016, a violent home invasion took place in Woodbridge, ON. Two men forced their way through a locked door, demanded money from the unsuspecting victim, and then assaulted him. The victim was taken to the hospital and sustained non life-threatening injuries. Police concluded that these types of crimes have been on the rise in southern York Region.

Lessons learned: Though many people equate break-ins with nighttime, the truth is that most break-ins actually happen during the day when burglars assume people are at work or school.

Sourceyorkregion.com

6. The Funeral Burglars

In 2014, a slew of burglaries happened in the Waterloo, ON region. Though most of the burglaries happened in Kitchener, Cambridge, and Waterloo, others reported burglaries happening as far as Woodstock, ON. Between January and March 2014, 12 victims were targeted while attending close family’s funerals or visitations. The alleged perpetrators were eventually caught, and accused of using online obituaries to discover when their next victims would not be at home. Already grieving victims returned home to find their beloved items missing and their houses ransacked. This not only left them with monetary damages but with emotional trauma.

Lessons learned: Unfortunately, people continue to prey on the unsuspecting. This case shows that some people will take advantage of others in their most vulnerable moments. Because of this unfortunate truth, it’s important to be prepared for the worst, so that in times of personal vulnerability, your home will not be targeted.

Sources: kitchener.ctvnews.ca and therecord.com

5. International Burglary

In September 2016, an Ontario couple watched a man break into their Florida vacation house. However, the couple was not in Florida at the time. No, they were in their Ontario home and watched the break-in via a security webcam. After submitting the tape to the authorities, deputies in Florida were able to arrest the suspect.

Lessons learned: Setting up security systems is important when you have one home to worry about, but even more important when you have two! A vacation home is often vacant for long periods of time, and this Ontario couple may not have found out about the burglary until months later if that did not have a security camera.

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4. The Missing Mannequins

In the summer of 2016, a strange slew of thefts began to happen in Belleville, ON – female mannequins went missing from various shops. People were not aware of why the mannequins were stolen, but it was clear that just the mannequins, not the clothing on them, were the target. Clothes on the mannequins were ripped off and left on the ground. This weird crime has left both victims and police scratching their heads.

Lessons learned: Though you may laugh at the thought of someone going around to stores stealing mannequins, this is still a crime. It’s important to remember that thieves and burglars don’t always take what you might expect. Though mannequins seem low in value compared to jewelry or expensive dresses, they were still being targeted. That’s why setting up a security system in your store or a commercial lot, even if you believe your items are of lesser value, is still important.

Sourcecbcnews.ca

3. The 11-Year-Old “Thief”

In 2016, police responded to reports of an erratic-moving vehicle on Highway 400 in Vaughn, ON. Police were shocked when they eventually caught the suspect. Instead of a drunk driver, they found an 11-year-old boy who had stolen his parent’s vehicles and taken it on a wild ride after playing the popular video game Grand Theft Auto. In Grand Theft Auto, players steal cars, go on high-speed chases, and commit violent crimes. Police did not charge the 11-year-old.

Lessons learned: Although this a unique and unlikely case, this situation should remind us that sometimes a burglar or thief is someone we may know. Though this 11-year-old boy made a horribly dangerous decision, it’s clear he did not mean to hurt anyone and didn’t understand the full consequences of his actions. In other cases, a burglar is someone that you know – maybe your handyman or another service provider. Be aware of anyone in your home and always report suspicious behaviour.

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2. The “Spiderman” Project

In 2014, police nicknamed a thief “Spiderman,” after the suspect used highly sophisticated tools to break into high-end Toronto, ON and Vaughn, ON homes. The thief scaled walls to avoid motion sensors and even cut holes through roofs to gain access to to the attic. Like something out of an action movie, police reported that millions of dollars in property were stolen by this criminal between 2010 – 2014. The “Spiderman” thief faced 31 breaking and entering charges.

Lessons learned: Although most burglars are opportunistic, the case of the “Spiderman” thief shows that sometimes, these attacks are well thought out and planned. Remember to always report suspicious behaviour and make sure your alarm systems are engaged 24/7.

Source: cbcnews.ca

1. “The King of Car Thieves”

In November 2016, police busted a wide-scale car theft ring in Vaughn, ON. Among those caught was a man dubbed “The King of Car Thieves.” This man, the alleged ringleader of the ring, was semi-famous. “The King of Car Thieves” was actually profiled on the History Channel true crime TV show called Mastermind in 2000. Many expensive stolen vehicles, such as Lamborghinis and Maseratis were recovered by police. This group of thieves also stole cargo, and was later linked to an entire truckload of stolen Nutella!

Lessons learned: Many of the cars were stolen from homes after the thieves broke in and took car keys from unsuspecting homeowners. Keep your car keys in a safe location, away from windows and doors. If you have a garage, try to keep your car inside and make it difficult to access and less visible to possible burglars.

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This top 10 Ontario Burglaries list shows that theft and home invasions can happen to anyone. We see that although most burglars are opportunistic, in some cases, the crimes were well thought out and thoroughly planned. Even though most home burglaries happen during the day, there are exceptions. That’s why it’s important to always be prepared. Learning how burglars case a house and knowing what to do if it happens to you can help prevent a first or second burglary.

Consumers Favourite IP Cameras 2017: Amcrest vs Foscam vs AKASO vs Bosma vs Dericam vs D-Link vs TENVIS vs YI vs JOOAN vs Ouvis

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Consumers Favourite IP Cameras 2017: Amcrest vs Foscam vs AKASO vs Bosma vs Dericam vs D-Link vs TENVIS vs YI vs JOOAN vs Ouvis

Consumers Favourite IP Cameras 2017: Amcrest vs Foscam vs AKASO vs Bosma vs Dericam vs D-Link vs TENVIS vs YI vs JOOAN vs Ouvis

This article on IP cameras (Internet Protocol cameras) will help you decide which surveillance system is best for you. Weighing both the pros and cons of each IP camera will ensure you make the right choice. Jay 360 helps you understand your home security needs and guides you in choosing the right system.

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Top 10 Ontario Burglaries: Lessons Learned

Posted by on Jul 10, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Top 10 Ontario Burglaries: Lessons Learned

Ontario Burglaries

Think you’ve heard it all? Think again! Though you may not hear very often about burglaries committed in Ontario, nowhere is 100% safe from crime. These recent Ontario burglaries may have you shocked, surprised, or just scratching your head. Burglaries and home invasions can make people feel unsafe in their own home. If you’re interested in learning about ways of preventing burglaries, contact Jay360 today to learn more about security cameras, access control systems, and more!

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Workplace Video Surveillance Laws in Ontario, Canada

Posted by on Jul 5, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Workplace Video Surveillance Laws in Ontario, Canada

Workplace video surveillance laws are intended to protect employers and employees.  Get safe advice from the security professionals at Jay360 to help you make compliant choices without negatively impacting employee morale. In this article, we look at how to best protect business  owners from breaking the law when using surveillance, along with must-ask questions before installing a camera. Employees will also find information below on their rights and what is considered excessive monitoring that can be reported for privacy violations.

Organizations are to note that the information offered here is for informational purposes and legal experts should be consulted for advice. This article is provided to help inform business owners of their rights and the rights of their employees and how to balance privacy and security for all.

Here is a video to get an overview of the Canadian security surveillance landscape and where it may be heading:

Surveillance Cameras Lawsuits and Law Enforcement Inquiries

There have already been cases of civil rights groups and everyday people pressing for legal action against the misuse and application of surveillance technologies:

  • An AirBnb user is pressing charges against the company for not disclosing the active security cameras and is facing charges for wiretapping and invasion of privacy (Source: Verge)
  • Correctional Services Canada has set off a criminal investigation by the Ontario Provincial police (Source: Globe and Mail)
  • BC Civil Liberties Association is charging the Canadian Federal government with overstepping privacy boundaries and not protecting citizens from illegal search and seizure (Source: iPolitics)

Jay360 believes this is only the beginning as neighbours and coworkers become more aware of their privacy rights and the advances of digital technology.

Why is it Important to Know the Laws On Surveillance

Knowing the laws on surveillance can help you:

  • Make the right security investments,
  • Reduce the risk of harming your public image,
  • Educate business on their employees’ privacy rights
  • Manage your business
  • Avoid legal troubles

Collecting personal video or audio of another person without expressed consent is a violation of PIPEDA (Personal Information Protection and Electronics Document Act) and can lead to regulatory inquiries and lawsuits with stakeholders.

What does the Government say about Surveillance Camera Laws

The government is typically the referee when it comes to balancing information security for businesses while also defending the privacy right of citizens. Canadian lawmakers will continue to debate and alter policies to meet the needs of residents, but here is what we know so far about the law today along with due diligence tests to help position your company if an inquiry does arise:

  • Can I use a camera to monitor employee performance/conduct? – No. This is a violation of  employee privacy, a camera can only be installed to help identify the source of criminal activity (source).
    Due diligence test: If uncertain, explore the concept with your team and an unbiased third-party to increase your due diligence profile.
  • What is the proper use of security surveillance?  The privacy commissions office shares that monitoring of critical assets or high-crime areas is permissible and part of reasonable use (source).
    Due diligence test: Ensure your company can demonstrate other options were evaluated and can articulate why surveillance was chosen instead of other less invasive measures.
  • What is the permitted use of surveillance video/audio information? – Recorded media must not be used to track the movement of employees, but rather for security purposes rather than monitoring individual employees (source).
    Due diligence test: If company items go missing, get the consent of employees before reviewing footage on specific employees (source).
  • How do I Minimize the stakeholders affected? – If a store front is using surveillance it is recommended that pedestrians passing by the store should not be recorded (source).
    Due diligence test: Consider the objective of the monitoring solution and whether the lowest number of individuals are being monitored to fulfill that purpose.

Must-Ask Questions Before Installing Surveillance

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Learn more here from a local Toronto information security expert about privacy for small businesses.

workplace surveillance lawsA Unique Problem for Photography Business Companies who Post Online

For companies taking landscaping or photography of high traffic areas, there is a privacy concern arising when people’s images are placed online without prior written consent. Photographers should be aware that this is a privacy violation and the camera wielder is unknowingly exposing themselves to risks of litigation. One approach offered by the privacy commissioner is to use face blurring or anonymizing technology when rendering photos, though this may impact the quality of the image. Another approach would be to ensure pedestrians have their backs turned, reducing their exposure.

Far Reaching Consequences to a Breach of Surveillance Law

Aside from the potential litigation should employees file lawsuits against a company, the Privacy Commissioner may inspect organizations and their compliance in upholding the privacy of their employees and service providers. Within PIPEDA it is stated that, under the discretion of the Commissioner, the findings of such inspections may be published as well as included in their annual report if it concerns the interest of the general public. Companies don’t need to go at it alone when considering security and privacy, and here is how Jay360 is available to assist.

Jay360: The Fastest & Easiest Way to Install Compliant Security Systems

jay-360Jay 360 looks at helping you position your security system not only for an optimized security profile but also for regulatory and privacy compliance. Ensure you have the right tools for the job when safeguarding your premise with the right security advisor for peace of mind and privacy. The team helps manage your business interests of protecting valuable assets and confidential information without compromising employee privacy.  You can rely on the knowledge and experience of Jay 360 to provide you with the best home security solutions. Digital or analog, we have you covered. We will recommend only the security products that meet your specific needs and budget.

Call on Jay360 to help you to plan the ideal security camera system to suit you and your needs, all at the very best value.

What Are The Chances Of A Burglar Coming Back?

Posted by on Jun 25, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What Are The Chances Of A Burglar Coming Back?

What Are The Chances Of A Burglar Coming Back?

Getting robbed once can be a traumatic experience for anyone. Home invasions occur where people feel the safest. This type of intrusion can have lasting emotional effects on the victim. Considering one burglary can be so damaging, what are the chances that a second will occur at the same property? What are the chances of a burglar coming back to the scene of the crime? To help protect your home and your family, call on Jay360 today and discover the best security solutions for you.

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Ontario Video Surveillance Camera Laws Complete Listing

Posted by on Jun 16, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Ontario Video Surveillance Camera Laws Complete Listing

Ontario Video Surveillance Camera Laws Complete Listing

Before buying and installing a surveillance camera, it’s important to know the Ontario video surveillance camera laws of your area. Search through our Ontario video surveillance camera laws listing, find your region, city, or township and click the bylaw link below. Some areas do not have specified laws regarding video surveillance at this time. If you want to ensure your security camera follows all the rules, get safe advice from the security professionals at Jay360 to help you make government-compliant security choices.

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How Do Burglars Case a House?

Posted by on Jun 11, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How Do Burglars Case a House?

How do Burglars Case a House?

A home invasion is one of the most stress-provoking incidents that can happen to a person. Your safe haven no longer feels safe. Your privacy is long gone. There are many methods used to keep burglars out. Knowing exactly how a burglar thinks is one of those methods. How do burglars case a house – or in other words, how do burglars choose a house to rob? This article will provide tips on keeping your home safe from home invasions by getting inside the mind of a burglar. If you’re ready to learn more about keeping your home or property safe, contact Jay360 today and discover what home security system is right for you.

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