Top 5 Security Tips for Auto Repair Shops
October 4th, 2019
Owning an auto repair shop can be both fun and challenging at the same time. It’s highly likely you love your business as much as you love cars, and you’ll do whatever it takes to take care of your bread and butter. After all, your clients entrust some of their most prized possessions to your care, and you know how much some people adore their cars. Aside from your customers’ vehicles, you also have your own equipment, tools, and other assets to protect.
Here are some tips to ensure the security and protection of your auto repair shop:
Get a reliable alarm system
It’s best to install an alarm system that has 24/7 monitoring capabilities. Choose an alarm system that will set off in case of burglary, fire, and carbon monoxide leak. The alarm system should also offer three layers of protection. It should set off a visual and audible alarm and set up to alert the authorities in case of an emergency.
Install security cameras in and around your shop
As much as you want to keep an eye on every vehicle in your shop and all the new ones coming in, it’s not always possible. Aside from cars, you should also watch people and check for any suspicious activities. By installing security cameras in the right places, you can monitor different areas all at the same time. This way, it will be easier to deter potential theft. CCTV recordings can also serve as evidence when an accident or incident occurs.
It’s best to position cameras by entrances, high-traffic areas, garages, windows, and other vulnerable areas. You should also install cameras in the office where important documents, cash, and vehicle keys are typically stored.
For best results, have a professional security system company design and install a security camera for your shop.
Set up mobile alerts
You should also consider getting smart security systems that allow setting up mobile alerts. This way, when sensors and security cameras pick up unusual activities, you will get alerts through SMS or a dedicated app. Higher-end alarm systems also have this feature. Once you get the alert, you can quickly verify if something wrong went down. You can then take action immediately and alert the authorities.
Set up access controls
If you have a bigger team and you don’t need all of your staff coming in and out of certain areas, you can choose to set up access controls. You may provide some members of your team exclusive access to certain rooms in your shop. Furthermore, you can also have an ID or biometric system that will only allow entrance and access to your shop to authorized staff or personnel.
Keep your shop well-lit
You can go all high-tech, but you should not forget about good old proper and sufficient lighting. Make sure you light up every part of your shop, inside and outside. If you want to save on energy, you can install motion-sensing lights that will automatically turn on only when necessary.
Do you think it’s time to enhance your auto repair shop’s security? Let Visions Integrated Technology Solutions (VITS) help you out. Get in touch with us today and let us discuss the best security solutions for your business.