Car dealerships are better lit than airports, so why do they still face so many security problems?

Despite bright lights, car thieves take advantage of no one being around to go for joy rides, steal cars and break into garages.

One way to help prevent this all too common issue is to invest in night time drive-by patrols.

How Thieves Think

If your dealership has never had a car stolen, it’s only a matter of time. Thieves know you probably have a well-lit lot and security cameras, but that’s it. Cameras are only a problem if the thief shows identifying features. A mask and gloves are enough to make it nearly impossible to identify a thief on camera.

Lights are great, but how much traffic goes by at 3 AM? Thieves learn traffic patterns and know which areas of your lot are least visible from the road. The lights just make it easier for thieves to find their targets.

Both new and used cars are at risk. To better understand how much of an issue this is, take a look at a few news stories just from the past year.

A car lot in Chamblee, GA went from having three or four cars stolen at a time to over 30 in a single night. The value was estimated upwards of $2 million. While the cars were insured, the dealer says they face much higher premiums as a result.

Around the same time as the Chamblee incident, thieves stole $100,000 worth of cars just 15 minutes away at a Stone Mountain, GA dealer.

A pre-owned car lot in Atlanta, GA also experienced losses of close to $75,000 after thieves broke in and stole seven cars. Police found three of those wrecked by the time the story was released to the public.

Along with thefts also comes damage. In fact, three Roswell, GA dealers had to deal with thefts and vandalism. In one instance, one of the stolen cars was used as a battering ram to break down the gates to steal more cars.

While Atlanta, GA and surrounding areas aren’t the only places dealing with thieves, these stories show that car dealerships aren’t safe.

Make Thieves Question Themselves

If lights and cameras aren’t enough, what’s next? Night time drive-by patrols change the game for thieves. Suddenly, someone is watching. The problem is thieves don’t know when or how often.

When patrols are varied, it’s impossible for thieves to know when the best time to steal a car is. Instead of targeting your dealership, they look for something easier.

Save Cars From Being Lost Forever

It’s easy to say that the police will find the stolen cars or insurance will cover your losses. However, police may never find your lost inventory.

What if the car is disassembled and sold for parts? This happens overnight and by the time a theft is reported and police start investigating, your cars are in pieces and being sold all over the world.

Another common problem is cars are often stolen just for the thrill so the thief can take a joyride. The end result is those cars are typically wrecked. Even if it is found, it’s still a total loss.

Major claims like this cause your insurance premiums to increase. Instead of getting full coverage, you end up paying for the loss over time. This alone makes it well worth investing in night time drive-bys and even on-site security guards to patrol at night.

Get Additional Security For Blindspots

Do you have lights and cameras at all angles of your dealership? Perhaps your garage doors aren’t as well lit since they’re locked down tight. Maybe only 75% of your cars are within the surveillance camera angle.

Having a little additional security for blindspots makes your dealership less appealing to thieves. A security guard drives through your lot and sees all the blindspots and where thieves may be trying to hide. Suddenly, there isn’t any place for them to hide.

Contact BOS Security

Are you tired of your car dealership being vulnerable to thieves? Contact our team today at 404-793-6965 to learn more about we help protect your cars.

Want to uncover potential vulnerabilities thieves may exploit? Try our free  Security Needs Assessment today to optimize your dealership’s security.

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