How to Prevent Vandalism at Car Dealerships

For most typical businesses, leaving millions of dollars of company assets sitting in the parking lot would seem crazy, but that's the nature of the business for car dealerships. 

So doing everything possible to protect these assets from theft and vandalism is critical. Just recently, a San Antonio dealership was hit by vandals who scratched ten cars, causing thousands of dollars worth of damage. 

Per Heavy, a Mercedes Benz dealership in Oakland, CA, was also a recent vandalism target along with a Planet Ford dealership in Austin, TX.

Although these cases seem shocking, they are just three among the hundreds across the US every year. 

That's why so many businesses are turning to LotGuard's fully autonomous surveillance units to protect against these types of crimes. There can be no doubt that mobile video surveillance solutions are the best way to secure any vehicle storage facility.

But there are other steps that dealerships can take to prevent vandalism at their properties. Below, we outline some of the proven ways of reducing crime at car dealerships.  

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1. Identify Vulnerabilities and Harden Security

Assess the layout of your dealership to identify where your security vulnerabilities are.

Key questions to ask yourself when doing this include:

Understanding how vulnerable your dealership is will help you implement security measures that will harden the target and deter vandals.

Steps should include:

2. Utilize Visible Security Measures

Even simple security measures such as installing 'Keep Out' or 'Private Property' signs can provide a huge security boost for your dealerships. 

Signage is even more impactful if they draw attention to the fact you have surveillance cameras installed, that they are recording 24/7, and that you plan to prosecute any trespassers caught on camera. 

Signage is a cheap, visually effective deterrent to the majority of vandals.

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3. Create a Culture of Security

Dealership security starts with your employees. Ensuring they are aware of all security protocols, that they understand how to spot security risks, and that you can trust them with your assets is critical. 

If you don't already have a security protocol in place, at LotGuard we have a team of security experts who can work with you to implement best practices to work alongside our security camera systems.

We have 20+ years of experience providing mobile surveillance units, working with organizations of all sizes, and we are always on hand to offer the benefit of our experience.

General security measures we would always recommend include:

Once you have a set security routine in place, make sure it is effectively communicated across your team, and that it is adjusted to cover staff vacation time and public holidays.

Finally, ensure you run background checks on your employees so you know who you have onsite and that you can trust them with your valuable assets.

4. Install a LotGuard Mobile Surveillance Unit

There are many reasons why so many dealerships love WCCTV's LotGuard parking lot security cameras.

They can be deployed regardless of the current power situation - they are customizable and can adapt to any location, whether you have mounting poles with electricity, or need a more mobile solar solution.  

The units operate utilizing 4G LTE transmission, making them completely autonomous.

The built-in video analytics automatically detects unwanted intruders, which triggers the customizable escalation process by our monitoring partners.

LotGuard can be provided with the following enhancements:

Additionally, the evidence captured by LotGuard can also be used to assist with any vehicular accidents/hit and runs that may occur on your premises - helping reduce liability claims and improving your businesses reputation.

Ready to learn more about how LotGuard can protect your dealerships Call our team today on 877 805-9475 or email

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