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Results & Cost Efficiency Make for a Clear Security Choice

By Jon Kromroy

As a partner and friend to hundreds of auto dealerships, I understand the unique security challenges they face, particularly during overnight hours. With valuable inventory displayed openly, car dealerships are prime targets for theft, homeless trespassing, vandalism and other criminal activities.

Traditionally, many dealerships have relied upon onsite guard services to mitigate these risks. However, advancements in technology have introduced a more effective and cost-efficient solution: remote video monitoring.

Let’s take a closer look . . .

Cost Efficiency

One of the most compelling advantages of remote video monitoring over traditional guard services is the significant cost savings. Employing security guards requires paying for salaries, benefits and other associated costs, which can quickly add up.

In contrast, remote video monitoring systems leverage advanced technology to provide round-the-clock surveillance at a fraction of the cost. By eliminating the need for multiple guards, dealerships can reduce their security expenses without compromising on safety.

Enhanced Surveillance Capabilities

Remote video monitoring offers superior surveillance capabilities compared to human guards. The following are some key benefits.

  • 24/7 Coverage: Unlike human guards, who may need breaks or could potentially fall asleep, remote monitoring systems operate continuously, ensuring uninterrupted surveillance.
  • AI and other Advanced Technology: Modern remote video systems are equipped with high-definition cameras, thermal sensors and other detectors. These technologies enable comprehensive monitoring, even in no light conditions, and can cover larger areas more effectively than human guards.
  • Real-Time Alerts: Remote monitoring systems can instantly detect suspicious activities and trigger real-time alerts. These alerts are sent to a monitoring station where trained professionals can assess the situation and take immediate action, such as contacting law enforcement or dispatching on-site security personnel.
  • Incident Documentation: High-quality video recordings from remote security systems provide invaluable evidence in the event of a crime. This documentation can be used for investigations and insurance claims, and it significantly increases the chances of identifying and prosecuting perpetrators.

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Reduced Human Error

Human guards, despite their training, are susceptible to fatigue, distraction, and other limitations that can compromise their effectiveness. Remote video systems, on the other hand, operate with precision and consistency, eliminating the risk of human error. Automated surveillance ensures that no suspicious activity goes unnoticed, providing a higher level of security for an auto dealership.

Scalability and Flexibility

Remote video monitoring solutions are highly scalable and can be tailored to the specific needs of a given car dealership. Whether they have a single location or multiple dealerships, remote monitoring systems can easily be expanded to cover all areas. Additionally, these systems can be integrated with other security measures, such as access control, creating a comprehensive security network that enhances overall protection.

Proactive Crime Deterrence

The presence of visible security cameras and signage indicating remote monitoring serves as a powerful deterrent to potential criminals. Knowing that their actions are being recorded and that law enforcement can be quickly notified, criminals are less likely to target your dealership. This proactive approach to crime prevention can significantly reduce incidents of theft and vandalism.

A Logical Conclusion

In summary, remote video monitoring offers car dealerships a more effective and cost-efficient solution for mitigating overnight crime compared to traditional guard services. With advanced technology, 24/7 coverage, real-time alerts, and reduced human error, remote monitoring provides superior protection for a dealership’s valuable inventory. Additionally, the scalability and flexibility of these systems ensure that security needs are met, regardless of the size or number of locations.

Partnering with a remote video monitoring team not only enhances the safety and security of a dealership but also provides peace of mind, knowing that those assets are being protected by the latest in surveillance technology.

How do you know you are hiring the right team? I would be happy to discuss how our remote video monitoring solutions can be tailored to meet the specific needs of your dealership. Thanks for considering this innovative approach to securing your dealership.

Jon Kromroy is a National Director at Elite Interactive Solutions with years of experience securing auto dealerships. Click here to learn more about navigating security solutions. You can also find him on LinkedIn.

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