Friday, January 15, 2016

Thieves Smash Lockboxes While Stealing Four Cars From Dealership

Thief smashes car window
When Marvin Motors' existing key control practice didn't stop the theft of four cars from its lot, it sent the Kissimmee, FL, dealership scrambling for a new way to keep their keys out of thieves' hands.

The dealership had its window-mounted lockboxes targeted twice in the span of a few months. The first time it happened, the thief was caught in the act and local authorities recommended that the dealership stop using the lockboxes. However the lockboxes remained, and the second time they were targeted, thieves made off with two BMWs, a Lexus and a Cadillac after breaking the lockboxes free of their mounts and smashing them to gain access to the keys.

With the thefts, Marvin Motors joined a growing list of dealerships that have learned that their existing key control practices weren't enough to stop aggressive thieves. Keys should be stored away from the cars, preferably in an electronic key control system that secures the keys in tamper-proof cabinets or drawers.

An electronic key control system should only be accessed by approved users by inputting a computer password and/or scanning a fingerprint. If a key isn't returned to a drawer in a timely manner, an electronic key control system should be able to alert management via text message, email notification or an audible alarm so that you can react quickly to a potential theft. Remote access capability is an added layer of security, as it allows you to see your system's activity even when you're not at the dealership.

When it comes to keeping your assets secure, are you doing enough to keep control of your keys?