When your inventory is worth tens of thousands of dollars and it comes with a motor and wheels, crime prevention becomes a serious concern. Losing several vehicles can cost a business a whole quarter of profits, especially if insurance refuses to pay out. For many businesses, relying on lighted lots and interior alarm systems will not prevent a crime or theft.
Teenagers skulking around late at night are a liability, because they are both liable to vandalize, and get hurt as was reported in January of the arrest of two teenagers in Fremont, CA.
The car dealership reported 7 keys missing the night before, and then someone reported the suspicious persons with hoodies loitering in the parking lot around midnight. The police responded, and caught the 13 and 14 year old boys, but did not find the missing car keys.
When it comes to prevention, the right information and parking lot surveillance camera locations can bring the right response. Live video monitoring of car lots can reduce vandalism and damage. Trained monitors can activate speakers and call police to scare away trespassers and deter crime and theft.
The 13 and 14 year olds may not have stolen the keys. But they, young people, and other trespassers looking for a good time quickly learn the car lot is not a place to have fun or vandalize. The speakers can scare them away. If they stick around, the dealership becomes their least favorite spot when the police arrive.
Criminals, including those stealing keys and vehicles, target easy locations. When they see security signs and parking lot surveillance cameras and experience audio warnings and police presence they simply move to other – far less protected – dealerships.
This dealership is not a client of Stealth Monitoring, the leader in live parking lot surveillance camera video surveillance. For more information on crime prevention and the benefits of proactive monitoring from Stealth Monitoring for car dealerships contact us now.