Automobile Dealerships: Prime Targets for Criminal Activity!

Automobile Dealerships: Prime Targets for Criminal Activity!

Dealerships have expensive inventory, open access areas, and a commodity with high re-sale value!

Automobile Dealerships must protect their customers and employees, secure their inventory, prevent property vandalism, respond to after-hours loitering and ensure safe vendor access.

And in this age of technological advancements, Dealerships have to keep moving forward or they will get stuck in the past without sufficient protection.

What should one consider before investing in an enhanced security solution?

Here are some key factors to think about when developing a security plan:

  1. Response approach: Proactive versus reactive
    A proactive approach keeps businesses safe and secure and can successfully deter criminal activity. A reactive approach merely reacts to illegal activity after an incident has occurred. An example of proactive security plan would be video verification via cameras that visually confirm what happens at dealerships. Combined with live voice commands, video verification can deter criminal activity on Dealership lots. In many cases, this surveillance makes a police dispatch unnecessary, saving thousands of dollars in false alarm fees. Proactive response tactics can help detect suspicious behaviors before losses occur.

  2. Time: Quick response time in a crisis
    Time is of the essence, especially in an emergency situation. When a threat to a business arises, an immediate response is needed to ensure employees and customers are safe. When unauthorized individuals enter a Dealership after hours, a quick response is necessary to prevent possible theft or damage to property and assets, as well as to ensure the safety of any individuals that may still be on site. Monitoring systems that provide specific client protocol, quick responses, and real-time interaction can reduce reaction time to an emergency.

  3. Brand: Tailored audio messaging to protect the brand
    Having fully customizable messaging helps protect a company's brand. Tailored audio messaging from a monitoring center can handle most emergency situations. Monitoring center employees are trained to interact calmly and professionally with customers and employees and to respond appropriately to high-risk situations

  4. Accessibility: Customized and timely reporting
    Customized incident reporting based on events is important. A process to facilitate this reporting is needed. When an incident occurs at a location, management needs to know what happened in a timely manner. Incident reporting is necessary for all circumspect activity and should include:
    • Date and time of incident
    • Nature of the incident
    • Response and action taken from monitoring center and/or law enforcement
    • Estimated inventory loss and/or damage costs

  5. ROI: Return on investment (ROI) analysis.
    Investing in a new solution can be a costly endeavor. Using an ROI analysis will help build a case for new equipment. Think about integrating new security advancements with existing equipment. This gives the flexibility of utilizing existing equipment while upgrading to new technology that fits specific needs and budgets, saving companies money.

The Key to a Real Security Plan

The key to a security plan is that the First Response needs to be the first sign of threat to your people, property and assets.Police can't respond if they are not able to be alerted in real-time.This is where Iverify comes in!Get ahead of dealer loss and damage! Visit for more information.

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