Protecting these assets from theft and vandalism is critical. A San Antonio dealership was recently hit by vandals who scratched 10 cars, causing thousands of dollars worth of damage.
According to Heavy, a Mercedes Benz dealership in Oakland, CA, was also a recent vandalism target. Likewise, a Planet Ford dealership in Austin, TX, was hit by targeted vandalism.
These cases are just three among the hundreds that occur across the US every single year.
WCCTV is proud to supply the LotGuard mobile surveillance system, a fully autonomous security solution that protects dealerships from all types of crimes, and there is no doubt mobile video surveillance solutions are the best way to secure any vehicle storage facility.
But there are other steps that dealerships can take to prevent vandalism at their properties. Below, WCCTV outlines some of the proven ways of reducing crime at car dealerships.
Firstly, assess the layout of your dealership, and identify where your security vulnerabilities are.
Ask yourself some key questions when doing this:
Where would a potential vandal be able to gain access to the site?
Would they be able to operate under cover of darkness?
Do you have security cameras covering the most vulnerable access point or highest value goods?
Once you understand how vulnerable your dealership is, you can implement security measures that will harden the target and deter vandals.
These steps should include:
Securing the perimeter with fencing, and ensuring you have locked gates at any entrance points
Ensuring you have adequate security camera coverage with no blind spots
Installing or improving your lighting fixtures
Ensuring any loading bays or storage areas are kept locked and secure
Even a simple measure such as installing 'Keep Out' or 'Private Property' signage can provide a huge security boost for your dealerships.
This signage is even more impactful if you mention you have installed security cameras, that they are recording 24/7, and that you plan to prosecute any trespassers caught on camera.
Signage is cheap, visually effective, and will deter the majority of vandals.
Security begins with your employees. Ensuring they are fully trained to follow your security protocols, that they understand how to spot security risks, and that you can trust them with your assets is critical.
If you don't already have a security protocol in place, a security specialist like WCCTV can work with you to implement best practices to work alongside our security camera systems.
We have over 20 years of experience providing mobile video surveillance, working with organizations of all sizes, and we are always on hand to benefit from our experience.
Basic key measures we would recommend include:
Marking or die-stamping any tools or valuable equipment on-site
Ensuring you run regularly inventory checks, and keep a log of all goods in and out
Locking all vehicles overnight
Instaling anti-theft devices in all vehicles
Use locking gas and oil caps
Only keeping a minimal amount of gas in any vehicles
Locking away keys for any vehicles on-site
Once you have a security procedure in place, make sure it is effectively communicated across your team, and that it is adjusted to cover staff vacation time and public holidays.
Finally, ensure you are running background checks on your team so you know who you have onsite and that you can trust them with your valuable assets.
There are several reasons why so many dealerships prefer WCCTV's LotGuard parking lot security cameras.
They can be deployed to your dealerships regardless of your current power situation - they are customizable and can adapt to any situation, whether you have mounting poles with electricity, or need a more mobile solar solution.
All of our units operate utilizing 4G LTE transmission, making them completely autonomous.
The built-in video analytics, automatically detects unwanted intruders, which triggers the customizable escalation process by our monitoring partners.
WCCTV's LotGuard can be provided with the following enhancements:
Additionally, evidence captured by surveillance cameras can also be used to assist with any vehicular accidents/hit and runs that may occur on your premises - helping reduce liability claims and improving your businesses reputation.
WCCTV is a specialist manufacturer and supplier of mobile video surveillance solutions that assist with securing parking lots and properties against crime such as vandalism and theft, keeping your employees and guests safe.
WCCTV’s pole cameras and solar trailers are designed for rapid deployment, making them a quick and visible deterrent to keep your property and vehicles safe and secure.
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