Hardly a day goes by without news reports about crime and security incidents at car dealerships across the United States. In late October, a daring auto heist in South Dakota involved high-speed chases that took police officers as far as Missouri. The cars had all been stolen from a dealership. Closer to the Bay Area, a routine traffic stop in Santa Clara County revealed the driver had stolen 20 sets of valet keys from a local dealer. An investigation later revealed he was a disgruntled employee who had recently been terminated from the dealership.
Car theft is hardly the only reason to consider posting guards in an auto dealership. Here are five potential situations security guards in San Jose can handle as they guard your office, showroom, and lot.
1. Enhance the Profile of Your Dealership
Visibly posting security guards during business hours will be welcomed by your customers. Perks such as a cafeteria, gift shop, and lounge are always nice, but customers truly appreciate a sense of safety while they visit your lot. If your business is located in a major metropolitan area, your customers will take notice of the dealerships with security guards.
2. Control Crowds
If you are the type of dealership operator who likes a lot of store traffic, you probably arrange Fourth of July barbecue challenges and family events to attract more customers. The only issue with these events is that they may also attract gropers, pickpockets, loiterers, and other individuals who take advantage of crowds. Security guards can help you keep these miscreants away from your lot.
3. Protect Inventory
When you lock down for the night, the cars sitting in your lot and showroom are not the only inventory thieves may be interested in. If you have a shop and parts department, thieves might consider these ideal targets since the goods will be easier to move. If you only rely on automated security systems, your dealership may be targeted by professionals who can defeat such measures. On the other hand, sophisticated thieves will notice the presence of a San Jose armed guard and move on to a different target.
4. Discourage Criminal Activity
Car dealerships are often chosen by criminals who wish to ply their wicked trade in places they think are inconspicuous. You may think thieves and fraudsters are the only criminal threats to your business, but this is not the case. In recent years, organized crime rings have been choosing auto dealerships for money laundering and drug trafficking. Security guards are trained to spot suspicious activity. Furthermore, their mere presence may prompt careful criminals to choose other spots.
5. Handle Confrontations
A high-pressure sales environment can sometimes result in emotional and temperamental situations that escalate into confrontations. Customers may get upset if a sales transaction does not go as expected or if an auto repair service fails to address a mechanical issue. Similarly, disgruntled employees may let their temper get the best of them, and these are situations security guards can handle.
If you need commercial security in San Jose for a car dealership or another type of business, get in touch with ADS Guards today. We also offer professionally trained guards for residential properties and special corporate events. Call 1-800-794-1550 to speak with one of our representatives and receive a free quote.