In 2017, a motor vehicle theft was reported every 40 seconds in the U.S. That number was up by 4% from the previous year, according to data from the FBI. Savvy thieves are getting smarter with their tactics. Gone are the days of hot-wiring. Today’s criminals use smart keys, switch vehicle identification numbers and use stolen IDs to secure loans.
According to that same FBI report, many of the stolen vehicles that had been recovered were missing parts, such as wheels, rims and catalytic converters. That’s no surprise since car parts and accessories are proving to be lucrative for professional thieves. The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NCIB) says vehicles today are loaded with expensive technology and parts that criminals can steal and sell on the black market.
At an Auburn dealership, thieves cut through a locked gate and stole dashboard equipment, stereos and batteries from over 25 Toyotas. The estimated loss was nearly $110,000. Workers at a dealership in St. Louis noticed the tires and wheels had been stolen from Yukon and Denali SUVs, as well as some pickups on the lot. This was not an isolated incident. Tires and wheels from high-end pickups and SUVs at other dealerships around St. Louis were also targeted.
With such a large inventory out on display, auto dealerships are susceptible to theft. As a dealer, there are security measures you can take to make your property less attractive to thieves. Live video monitoring is a proactive solution that works in real time to catch events as they happen. Using a combination of video analytics and human intelligence, trained security operators monitor key areas of a property to help prevent crimes before they happen. If they see anything suspicious, they can activate speaker warnings and call police.
In this video, our operators observed an individual entering a black Challenger at a dealership in California and called police. Officers arrived and arrested the suspect while he was still on the property.
The rising cost of car parts are luring criminals to dealerships across the country. If you would like more information about how our proactive solutions can help deter crime at your property, contact us here.