When you think of vehicle robberies, flashy scenes from action films or Grand Theft Auto quickly come to mind, but the reality is much less entertaining to watch, as a car dealership in Seguin, Texas, recently discovered.
Local news in Seguin reports on a tire theft from car dealership worth $100,000 from brand new trucks -- a major blow not only to the owner of the dealership, but to his employees.
The thieves were able to snatch the tires by first breaking the lock on the gate and then literally cutting off the lights by slicing through the floodlights' wiring. Approximately 20 trucks were damaged; they were left propped up on cinder blocks that police believe the thieves themselves brought.
Surprisingly, this sort of tire theft can be more profitable than stealing an entire car. Crimedoctor reports that a $20,000 car, once disassembled, can be sold in bits and pieces for $30,000. Automobile theft is especially prevalent in areas where a large number of cars are left unattended for extended periods of time, and car dealerships are included in this group.
Car, car part, and tire theft aren't always committed by teenagers looking for a joyride or murderers looking for a getaway car; in fact, these robberies are often committed by professionals who have stealing vehicles down to an art. Vehicle robbery is a big business, and one that is taking its toll on dealerships across the nation. In Seguin alone, the owner of the affected dealership reported that several other businesses in the area had been hit by similar criminals.
What can be done to prevent tire theft and other crimes from happening? Surveillance cameras should be a necessity theft prevention against professionals who know exactly how to plan to circumvent security measures like fences and floodlights. Proactive live monitoring can help protect gates and entrances to dealerships, as well as the showroom, buildings, and service lanes.
This car dealer is not a client of Stealth Monitoring. Stealth proactive live surveillance can detect and deter crime in Texas and other locations in the U.S. for greater security while reducing security guard and other expenses. A Stealth operator could have seen unusual activity like tire theft, activated an audible warning to deter the thieves, and called the local police.
Please contact Stealth today for more information to protect your dealership or other property. Visit our web site to see actual videos of criminals being apprehended at car dealerships and other businesses.