Costly Dealership Auto Theft Can Be Prevented

The Sit­u­a­tion:

Accord­ing to the FBI Uni­form Crime Report – 2012 – auto theft con­tin­ues to rise – notably in states such as Cal­i­for­nia, where some areas have seen an increase in motor theft up to 60%. The increase is being felt at auto deal­er­ships across the coun­try who are begin­ning to real­ize they need help in pro­tect­ing their inven­to­ry.

Motor vehi­cle theft is top­ping the charts as the #1 prop­er­ty crime in the U.S.

Sta­tis­tics From the Report Indi­cate:

  • Cal­i­for­nia – auto theft is up 13.7% in the entire state from 2011–2012. Eight of the top 50 and 15 of the top 105 cities for auto theft are all Cal­i­for­nia metro areas. Specif­i­cal­ly, the San Jose/Santa Clara metro area increased 61.33% from 2011–2012 (from 6,881 to 11, 101 thefts).
  • Detroit – Detroit/Warren/Livonia metro area ranked eighth on list of top metro areas for stolen vehi­cles with 19,294 thefts in 2012

“Auto theft is up across the board accord­ing to the lat­est FBI Uni­form Crime Sta­tis­tics, and this includes thieves tar­get­ing deal­er­ships,” says Pat Clan­cy, VP of LoJack Law Enforce­ment.

Randy Ortiz, CEO of LoJack, high­lights 5 ways that thieves are tar­get­ing deal­er­ships:

  1. Test dri­ve theft – Offer false proof of iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and nev­er return with the vehi­cle
  2. Access­ing the key theft – Swap keys upon test dri­ving the vehi­cles, and return to the lot to steal after hours
  3. Fraud­u­lent theft – Pro­vide false cred­it / iden­ti­ty infor­ma­tion to pur­chase vehi­cles
  4. Tech­nol­o­gy gone bad theft – Learn to hack into pass­code locks and new secu­ri­ty tech­nol­o­gy
  5. Inside job theft – Deal­er­ship employ­ees use inside infor­ma­tion, such as VIN num­bers to steal vehi­cles

Case Stud­ies Point to Solu­tions for Spe­cif­ic Types of Theft:

A cus­tomer test dri­ving a BMW 335 at a Cal­i­for­nia deal­er­ship liked the car so much that she decid­ed to take it home with her – but she didn’t both­er buy­ing it first.

An Audi deal­er­ship is the vic­tim in this case when a cus­tomer pur­chased a high end vehi­cle with a very bad check.

What Should Your Deal­er Man­ag­er Be Work­ing on Today?

  • With motor vehi­cle theft top­ping the charts as the #1 prop­er­ty crime in the U.S., LoJack fills a clear mar­ket need for an effec­tive stolen vehi­cle recov­ery solu­tion.
  • Take advan­tage of the launch of a new dig­i­tal deal­er train­ing web­site, the LoJack learn­ing Man­age­ment Sys­tem, to train your staff in what to look for and how to pre­vent theft.

For more infor­ma­tion on pro­tect­ing your deal­er­ship from motor vehi­cle theft and learn­ing more about infor­ma­tive resources for par­tic­i­pat­ing deal­er­ships, be sure to vis­it the LoJack web­site specif­i­cal­ly for auto deal­ers today!





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