In Ontario alone, insurance companies reported that there were 10,900 car theft claims in 2021, which works out to a car going missing every 48 minutes [Source]. The estimate to the insurance industry is approximately $542 million dollars. While most of these thefts are thefts of opportunity, others are done by sophisticated organized criminal networks targeting specific models. This has become an increasing issue across the country mainly due to the COVID-19 supply chain disruptions.
The most common security vulnerabilities
Just like retailers, car dealerships must always have their merchandise (vehicles) on display. This often means vehicles are left outside in dark lots with little to no security which makes dealerships an attractive target to organized car thieves. While many may think vehicles are the only targets, dealerships often lose catalytic converters, tires, and expensive rims which are a lot easier to sell than a stolen vehicle.
How to resolve security vulnerabilities
As vehicle thefts continue to increase across the province, it is imperative for car dealerships to reconsider their security plans and invest in additional security. Security Guard Group has a wide range of cost-effective security services to maximize your businesses’ protection.
Static Guarding Services
Static security guards are the most effective solution for a car dealership. Static guards remain on-site for the duration of their entire shift and conduct regular patrols of the premises. This provides high visibility deterrence and allows the security guard to check for signs of trespassing or suspicious behavior. Static guards also keep a detailed record of their daily activity and observations beyond CCTV’s capabilities in case you nee this information in the future.
Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) and Monitoring Services
Many businesses to this day continue to operate without CCTV cameras based on historical data of zero incidents. While this may be true now, given the nature of rising criminal activity, it is imperative for businesses to reconsider the importance of CCTV. It is now possible to find really high-quality CCTV systems at affordable prices CCTV systems are very effective when it comes to the following areas:
- It is very effective in reducing the chance of petty theft, break-ins, and acts of vandalism. You will not only be protecting your business from collateral damage, but you’ll also be ensuring the safety of your employees and visitors.
- It gives you ease of surveillance and an effective monitoring system.
- It provides a record of evidence.
- It offers quick dispute resolution.
Mobile Patrol Services
Mobile patrol security is one of the most cost-effective security services a business can utilize to reduce and deter criminal activity. Mobil patrol is a uniformed security guard driving in a clearly marked security vehicle and this type of services comes with many benefits such as:
- A cost-effective option
- Cover a large geographical area or multi-site area.
- Carry out interior or exterior patrols.
- Hold keys to your property in case of an emergency.
- Deter criminals from targeting your business.
- Offer flexibility and changeability in coverage.
Consider Security Guard Group for your dealership security
If you are in the market for security services, consider consulting with us before making a decision. This will be an obligation free consultation to discuss your security vulnerabilities and how our organization can assist you in achieving them.