The Current State of Our Community

The Current State of Our Community

The Current State of Our Community 1200 800 Avante Security Inc.

11 Weeks Into Quarantine

Crime prevention hasn’t always been a concern for Canadians, especially those that were brought-up in rural areas in times where everyone knew their neighbours. As we spend more time at home with our families, conversations of what life once was has become a trending topic. Friendly disputes among different generations commonly argue which time period should be deemed the safest but the reality is truly subjective. Safety is truly a state of mind and it is our job to reinforce that sense of security with our clients.

Life in the city was much busier and often hectic before we were asked to self-isolate, so it’s possible that you were less engaged with breaking news and seemingly unaffected by local occurrences. Lately, the news has been filled with updates regarding racial justice campaigns after the heartbreaking violence that lead to public protests across the United States and Canada.

The media has its ways of manipulating our perceptions and Canadian broadcasters are steering clear from using scare tactics by not reporting one-off events.

In the last few weeks, we have caught multiple trespassers loitering on our client’s properties attempting to steal their vehicles; luckily our team was alerted by Video Analytics software to respond promptly and prevent the criminals from accomplishing their mission. Clients that subscribe to Video Analytics are protecting their home from the perimeter of their property for the fastest response. Although there has been an uptick of certain crimes like auto theft, overall crime can’t be defined as more prevalent across our city; the Toronto Police noted the rate of assaults has decreased by 20%. As families in Ontario come to terms with today’s crime trends, beyond the statistics, we urge you to remain vigilant and ensure your security solution is comprehensive and up to date.

Although we have been asked to stay at home to eradicate the pandemic, criminals are not likely abiding government regulations; for them, it’s business as usual.

As we remain under strict government guidelines, and vulnerable to the ever changing state of our community, it’s important that we protect ourselves from the risks outside of getting sick, the risks that we may ignored while feeling overwhelmed by COVID-19 like the ones listed here:

Cyber Threats

Canada has recently gained a spotlight since our federal government became one of the three players on countering election meddling as part of the “Paris Call for Trust and Security” in Cyberspace. The nonbinding declaration calls for states, the private sector and civil society organizations to work together to promote security in cyberspace, counter disinformation and address new threats endangering citizens and infrastructure. The announcement that Canada will work with powerhouses Microsoft and the Alliance for Securing Democracy to tackle the surge of disinformation and cyberthreats that have been identified during the reign of COVID-19. Canadians are at high risk of being scammed, defrauded and even spied upon due to technological vulnerability especially through our healthcare and medical sector.

Top Cyber Risks Explained

Ransomware: A type of malware (harmful software) that encrypts access to your computer system, files, and personal information and demands a payment to reinstate your access and get your files back — any paying doesn’t ensure that you regain access.

Phishing: A method of targeting individuals by contacting them by email, phone or text message to retrieve information and sensitive data like credit card details and passwords. Often times, this method is successful by disguising as the target’s financial institution or a “trusted” contact.

Data Leakage: The unauthorized transmission of data from within an organization to an external recipient. In 2017 over 147.9 million consumers were affected by a data leak from one of the largest credit bureaus in the US—Equifax. The breach compromised personal information including credit card data.

Hacking: An unauthorized attempt to exploit a computer system or private network. Hacking a security requires more skill than creating one. This form of cybercrime is commonly shown in television and movies as the highly intelligent villains pave an exciting storyline.

Cyber Threats

Canada has recently gained a spotlight since our federal government became one of the three players on countering election meddling as part of the “Paris Call for Trust and Security” in Cyberspace. The nonbinding declaration calls for states, the private sector and civil society organizations to work together to promote security in cyberspace, counter disinformation and address new threats endangering citizens and infrastructure. The announcement that Canada will work with powerhouses Microsoft and the Alliance for Securing Democracy to tackle the surge of disinformation and cyberthreats that have been identified during the reign of COVID-19. Canadians are at high risk of being scammed, defrauded and even spied upon due to technological vulnerability especially through our healthcare and medical sector.

Top Cyber Risks Explained

Ransomware: A type of malware (harmful software) that encrypts access to your computer system, files, and personal information and demands a payment to reinstate your access and get your files back — any paying doesn’t ensure that you regain access.

Phishing: A method of targeting individuals by contacting them by email, phone or text message to retrieve information and sensitive data like credit card details and passwords. Often times, this method is successful by disguising as the target’s financial institution or a “trusted” contact.

Data Leakage: The unauthorized transmission of data from within an organization to an external recipient. In 2017 over 147.9 million consumers were affected by a data leak from one of the largest credit bureaus in the US—Equifax. The breach compromised personal information including credit card data.

Hacking: An unauthorized attempt to exploit a computer system or private network. Hacking a security requires more skill than creating one. This form of cybercrime is commonly shown in television and movies as the highly intelligent villains pave an exciting storyline.

Random Acts that Endanger Others

Although some provinces have loosened rules and have started re-opening business’s, Ontario is further behind as numbers of COVID-19 cases have not decreased. Until the provincial government is satisfied with the public’s activity and a sustainable decline in COVID-19 cases, we will continue to use caution. During the state of emergency, countless acts against the health and wellbeing of others have occurred. The police have a zero-tolerance policy for people who refuse to respect physical distancing bylaws, so they continue to issue large fines to discourage defiance.

Here are a few shocking headlines of random acts that could have caused harm:

“Toronto police arrest woman for spitting, coughing, wiping saliva on East York ATM”

“Police launch investigation after officers respond to ‘Star Wars’ stormtrooper with guns drawn”

“Thousands of dollars in fines issued for breaking COVID-19 rules”

Break-Ins While Residents Are Home

Amid abnormal activities, burglars have not taken any breaks and they are taking every opportunity to gain access to valuable items. Since most small business were asked to close their storefronts for over 2-months, there have been many break-ins across the GTA where the perpetrators were able to get away without a trace. Retail spaces within Toronto have taken the largest hit as many storefronts lack adequate security systems but homes are also targeted. Burglars are continuing to surveillance homes to determine the best times to approach. Sadly, we’ve heard of instances where criminals would knowingly break-into homes where the owners were fast-asleep; they took their chances of waking someone up with a plan to flee before getting caught and arrested. Successful break-ins don’t require a lot of time; ensure your alarm system is armed every time you leave your home and when you and your family go to bed. It is important to have an alarm response plan and to keep your household informed and organized.

Within the prestigious neighbourhoods that we service, the homes and the valuables within them are in high demand. Not only are they in demand for purchase, they are known as the homes of Toronto’s elite. Certain neighbourhoods are prone to theft because of the known value of the homes and the assets within them, so we advise our clients accordingly with tailored solutions. Continue to stay vigilant and interpret the media wisely, together we can make a difference in keeping our communities safe from harm.

Random Acts that Endanger Others

Although some provinces have loosened rules and have started re-opening business’s, Ontario is further behind as numbers of COVID-19 cases have not decreased. Until the provincial government is satisfied with the public’s activity and a sustainable decline in COVID-19 cases, we will continue to use caution. During the state of emergency, countless acts against the health and wellbeing of others have occurred. The police have a zero-tolerance policy for people who refuse to respect physical distancing bylaws, so they continue to issue large fines to discourage defiance.

Here are a few shocking headlines of random acts that could have caused harm:

“Toronto police arrest woman for spitting, coughing, wiping saliva on East York ATM”

“Police launch investigation after officers respond to ‘Star Wars’ stormtrooper with guns drawn”

“Thousands of dollars in fines issued for breaking COVID-19 rules”

Break-Ins While Residents Are Home

Amid abnormal activities, burglars have not taken any breaks and they are taking every opportunity to gain access to valuable items. Since most small business were asked to close their storefronts for over 2-months, there have been many break-ins across the GTA where the perpetrators were able to get away without a trace. Retail spaces within Toronto have taken the largest hit as many storefronts lack adequate security systems but homes are also targeted. Burglars are continuing to surveillance homes to determine the best times to approach. Sadly, we’ve heard of instances where criminals would knowingly break-into homes where the owners were fast-asleep; they took their chances of waking someone up with a plan to flee before getting caught and arrested. Successful break-ins don’t require a lot of time; ensure your alarm system is armed every time you leave your home and when you and your family go to bed. It is important to have an alarm response plan and to keep your household informed and organized.

Within the prestigious neighbourhoods that we service, the homes and the valuables within them are in high demand. Not only are they in demand for purchase, they are known as the homes of Toronto’s elite. Certain neighbourhoods are prone to theft because of the known value of the homes and the assets within them, so we advise our clients accordingly with tailored solutions. Continue to stay vigilant and interpret the media wisely, together we can make a difference in keeping our communities safe from harm.

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As we all do our parts to contribute to a healthy and safe society, our team continues to support homeowners with their security needs by making special considerations given these uncertain times. We continue to secure homes 24/7; monitoring and patrolling our client’s homes as we proactively attend to alarm triggers. We’ve listened to our client’s concerns regarding the pandemic and adapted by offering remote and contactless services.  Our Security Experts are able to consult you and your neighbours while abiding to social distancing rules and without entering your home. While you consider what will make you feel more safe, our team is on standby for you and your community.

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