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3 Ways to Use Technology to Deter Car Dealership Thefts

Posted by Joe Wilson

Aug 5, 2022 10:30:00 AM

In 2019, the western provinces had over 47,000 cars stolen, with the majority of thefts occurring in BC and Alberta.

British Columbia: 13,352

Alberta: 23,535

Saskatchewan: 5,284

Manitoba: 5,546

While Manitoba and Saskatchewan seem much lower in comparison to the other provinces, their low populations put them in second and third place for thefts per 10,000 people.

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Topics: Commercial Security, Dealerships

Catalytic Converters Target of Automotive Related Crime

Posted by Joe Wilson

Apr 8, 2021 7:16:19 AM

It’s not uncommon to hear about thieves creeping into parking lots at night and stealing tires, batteries and tailgates. But the newest trend among thieves is catalytic converters. 


Because those catalytic converters contain precious metals that are rising in value. 

And while catalytic converter thefts are not uncommon, the rate of thefts has increased drastically. In 2019 and 2020, catalytic converter theft claims nearly doubled according to one insurance company in BC. 

And it isn’t just individuals that are having their catalytic converters stolen. 

A car auction company in Moncton, New Brunswick had 33 converters stolen. There have been thefts at mechanic shops. Even private business fleets are being targeted. One business in Guelph, Ontario had catalytic converters removed from all of their trucks

Think it is only an Eastern Canada issue? In BC’s lower mainland, ICBC reported losses of $2 million from catalytic converter thefts in 2020 alone. 

And it isn’t just the cost of replacement parts and repairs that businesses need to worry about. They also have to manage delays, declining customer satisfaction and lost revenue from missed work.

So how do you protect your vehicle compounds and dealerships from this costly theft?

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Topics: Dealerships

8 Businesses That Need Video Security Systems

Posted by Joe Wilson

Oct 4, 2017 6:05:37 AM

Monitored and verified CCTV / video security systems ensure your business is protected. Anytime you're not watching, criminals will seize the chance to act.

CCTV surveillance can be used to protect companies in a number of industries. Surveillance doesn’t just mean installing a CCTV camera. The system needs to be monitored and alarms verified, otherwise a CCTV camera is just a recording device.

Here are 8 businesses that can benefit greatly from the use of monitored and verified CCTV and video security systems.

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Topics: Automotive, Fenced Compounds, Restaurants, Commercial Security, CCTV, Copper Theft, Construction Security, Retail Security, Office Building Security, Church, Dealerships, Security for Pharmacies

Keyless Entry Security Is A Better Way In And Out

Posted by Joe Wilson

Apr 20, 2017 12:37:27 PM

When an employee misplaces their key to your business, it should never be taken lightly. A lost key not only puts your business at greater risk for trespassing, vandalism, and theft, it can also put your employees at risk if they are at the office when a criminal gains access. 

That's why it's critical that misplaced keys are reported immediately and that access to the affected areas be changed - the longer you wait, the longer you risk that someone will use the key.

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Topics: Keyless Access Control, Commercial Security, Retail Security, Keyless Entry, Managed Access Control, Professional Office Seccurity, Office Building Security, Dealerships, Building Access Control

How to Secure Your Dealership

Posted by Joe Wilson

Feb 10, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Whether you specialize in cars, trucks, boat’s or RV’s, dealerships of all kinds can have millions of dollars’ worth of inventory on their property at any given time. For this reason, dealerships are an ideal target for theft and vandalism.

It's going to be important to secure all your assets properly and you'll need an alarm system that's up to the job. Along with vehicle thefts and potential vandalism, intruders may also be looking for spare parts from your inventory warehouse, or to strip vehicles, such as air bags, tires, rims, GPS navigation systems, stereo sound systems, pick-up truck tail gates and catalytic converters, just to name a few.

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Topics: SonaVision, Dealerships, Security for Auto Dealerships

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