It’s midnight, your dealership is closed. A car slowly cruises by on the street behind your shop, its occupants taking in your parking lot, your showroom, looking for something to steal.

How secure are your possessions -- and your customers’ vehicles?

Here are some things you should consider, thanks to Signal 88 Security Inc., a private security company.

Step one: Identify possible threats

Signal 88 Security says there are variety of items that are attractive to thieves: electronics, gas, metal and vehicles. Make sure outdoor lots are properly lit and instruct employees to lock vehicles and activate factory security systems, if applicable. 

High-profile vehicles are especially at risk of catalytic convertor theft, the company notes. Thieves are looking for the platinum inside the part that can be sold for scrap. Company fleet vehicles and other cars that are parked for extended time periods are prime targets.

Step two: Secure your inventory

Install a fence or walls where you can to strengthen your lot’s perimeter.

Step three: Know your security options

Conventional security measures include recorded camera surveillance systems and/or human guards.

Consider combining existing surveillance equipment with roving patrols, the company says. “Officers can patrol the area in person using randomized, less predictable routes.”  

And remember to have signs to inform potential thieves that they’re under constant surveillance or that you have an active alarm system to help stop theft.

We know you’ve worked hard to get what you have. Don’t let someone just take it away.

Have you had break-ins at your dealership? Do you have suggestions for other dealers on how to prevent them? Please let us hear from you by leaving a comment.

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Lori L. Mavrigian
Lori L. Mavrigian

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Since joining <I>Modern Tire Dealer</I> in 1979, Lori Mavrigian has held several key positions leading to her current title as managing editor. In addition to handling the day-to-day operations of magazine production, Lori writes features, contributes photography and is in charge of several of the magazines departments. She also works with the magazine's National Advisory Council for the exclusive Ludwig Report surveys. She earned a B.A. in Mass Media-Communications from the University of Akron.

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Since joining <I>Modern Tire Dealer</I> in 1979, Lori Mavrigian has held several key positions leading to her current title as managing editor. In addition to handling the day-to-day operations of magazine production, Lori writes features, contributes photography and is in charge of several of the magazines departments. She also works with the magazine's National Advisory Council for the exclusive Ludwig Report surveys. She earned a B.A. in Mass Media-Communications from the University of Akron.

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