4 Easy Steps To Secure The Cars At Your Dealership

October 10th, 2019

Did you know that a motor vehicle is stolen in the U.S. every 41 seconds? In 2016, thieves stole over 750,000 vehicles, which cost the public $5.9 billion. Though this can put a lot of stress on vehicle owners everywhere, it’s also concerning for auto dealerships. With open lots full of vehicles, dealerships have become a target.

Motor vehicle theft is a real issue for dealers. But there are ways to protect your inventory from loss. Here are four options to consider.

1 – Install Video Surveillance

This is one of the most effective ways to protect your dealership. With visible security cameras placed around your lot, criminals can be deterred from making any attempt at theft. Talk with a professional security team to ensure your surveillance system has the following features:

  • Live recording of your lots and sales floors.
  • Remote viewing capabilities so you can see what’s going on from a mobile device.
  • Motion detection that alerts you to suspicious activity.
  • Clips that can be archived in the event that someone tampers with the system.

When installing cameras, be sure to place them no higher than 12 feet above entrances, exits, cash registers, and inventory areas. Place signs around your dealership, both inside and out, letting people know they’re being watched. This will deter criminals and absolve you of any legal liability. Use a casing on outdoor cameras to prevent weather damage from ruining your footage.

2 – Keep Your Lot Lit And Secure

The right lighting goes a long way toward protecting your lot and inventory. Thieves love dark places where they can hide until the time is right for a break-in. Lights around the lot and showroom can increase visibility, making it even easier for your video surveillance to pick up clear footage.

Surrounding your lot with a fence and a gate at the entrance can give you greater protection. It’s hard to drive a car away when there’s no way to get it off the lot. Install an access control system on the gate with a protected passcode that keeps intruders out.

3 – Use A Monitored Alarm System

A monitored alarm system can secure the most valuable cars in your showroom. With a high-quality alarm system, a break-in will trigger audio and visual alarms. The system will then notify the monitoring center where operators are on duty 24/7. The operator will notify you and then alert the proper authorities.

4 – Keep Everything Locked Up

You might think that this is a no-brainer, but over 50,000 vehicles were stolen in 2015 because the keys were left inside. Lock your cars and then lock the keys in a secure area. Never leave keys unattended. You might consider placing them in a room that has access control.


If you have any questions about how to keep your car dealership secure, contact the professionals at Alt Security Solutions. We have the solutions you need to keep your cars on the lot until they’ve been sold.