As the owner of an auto dealership, you have a lot to think about. One of the biggest concerns you have, aside from sales, is security. Car-related crimes, including theft and vandalism, are common throughout the nation. Car dealerships are especially tempting for criminals with new and in-demand models sitting right there in the open. So what do you do if your dealership is broken into?
The first thing you want to do is report the crime immediately to the police. This gives the police a warmer trail to follow than if more time passes after the incident. The police report is also necessary for subsequent insurance claims.
Document the damage or missing property. You need to be as accurate and thorough as possible so the police and insurance company have all the information they need.
Give all the related security camera footage to the police. This will help with their investigation, and it will support your insurance claims. One of the most important elements of car dealership security is an effective camera system. You need to have 24/7 coverage of your property to ensure the safety and security of your property and investment. Sophisticated systems include license plate recognition to make sure vehicles caught on footage are identified effectively. The latest security systems include mobile apps that keep you in the loop with security alerts and the ability to check on your property at any time and from any place. Smart security technology also helps you narrow in on the incidents you need to capture instead of having to scan through hours of footage.
You invest a lot into your dealership, and you need to keep your investment secure. If that security is ever violated in the form of auto theft, make sure you thoroughly document the incident so police and insurance representatives can work to resolve the issue. To better document, and to prevent future auto theft, make sure you have an effective security system that gives you all the features you need to protect your investment.