When you consider the inventory value and the amount of
foot traffic a dealership has you have the perfect scenario for video
surveillance. Automobiles vary in price considerably, depending on its
make, year, model and features, prices range from a few thousand to as
much as hundred thousand dollars. Inventory is largely left out in the
parking lots which leaves millions of dollars in inventory exposed to
crime, theft, and harmful weather for hours at a time.
Dealership Surveillance Benefits
Theft Prevention – Similar to other retail stores, money is
the bottom line for dealerships. Potential profits means protecting
inventory and potential profit. Inventory protection is extremely
important. Security video surveillance cameras installed on the lots
can help prevent crime and thieves from stealing cars, as well as help
identify any any suspicious characters roaming the lots.
Visitor and customers tracking – Consumer habits and
showroom layout can provide with invaluable information. Knowing what
cars attract the most customers and where most of your foot traffic is
coming from can help you better prepare your sales reps. Tracking
customer’s habits, determining what cars they look at versus the ones
they actually purchase can offer valuable information for inventory,
marketing and your sales staff. Video security cameras can help you keep count as well as track customers as walk around your property.
Customer, Employee and Building Protection – Surveillance
cameras offer an invaluable service to your security staff, security
cameras can keep your staff posted about all possible security issues
that may arise during the day. Newer technology allows your security
staff to monitor the site during their round right from their tablet or
mobile device. They can even receive alerts directly on their mobile
devices so they may quickly respond accordingly.
Integration is the Future – Integrating past technologies
with present ones is very important. The ability to use current wiring
and older cameras with more advanced HD cameras is key. This allows you
to keep costs down while still being able to upgrade to higher
resolution cameras. The latest technology on the market allows you to
use existing cabling and even cameras and mix them with new HD cameras
on the same system. You may even integrate existing burglar alarm
systems or access control systems with the latest digital video
Auto Wholesaler Surveillance Risks
Customer Privacy – Keep security camera installations to
key public areas like parking lots, showrooms, and lobbies. Keep the
cameras in areas where employees and customers are expected to be
monitored. Those areas where employees or customers expect privacy such
as break rooms or bathrooms should not be monitored by surveillance.
Vandalism or Damage – Security cameras monitoring
automobiles parked on outside lots, are most susceptible to weather
damage. Damaged surveillance cameras will lead to video interruptions,
this makes inventory susceptible theft or damage. Make sure to install
vandal proof cameras with a good outdoor rating to minimize camera
Relying on Surveillance – Video surveillance is a very
effective security solution for any auto dealership. We do however
suggest that it should not be used as only security system. Video
surveillance should supplement an existing security system such as auto
car alarms as well as security guards.
Auto Wholesaler Surveillance System Considerations
There are a wide variety of factors one should consider
when installing the perfect security system. We suggest you consider the
following when installing a security system:
How many theft or crimes have you had in the last year?
What area is most vulnerable, security-wise? What part of your dealership needs attention?
Car theft rings are common. Have you had an issues with car theft?
What do you currently have installed now? Currently what kind of security system or systems do you have in place?
Dealership Security Cameras Best Practices
All outdoor cameras should be in protective housings to shield them against wind, weather and acts of God.
Placement of outdoor cameras is crucial, make sure you do
not have any blind spots on your lot, especially those outlying spaces.
Mix various types of cameras (e.g. dome cameras and bullet cameras) to
provide gather various types of video footage. The different cameras
will network together and offer a comprehensive system with different
Remember to install cameras in maintenance and storage
areas to help prevent theft of valuable equipment and/or customer
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