Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Former NBA Player’s Used Vehicle Stolen off Dealership Lot

Having cars stolen off the lot is one of the worst things that can happen to a dealership, but New Deal Used Car lot in Spokane Valley experienced something even worse — two cars, a safe full of keys and the titles to all the cars were stolen, leaving the employees unable to make any sales.

Car robber at night
When employee Scott Fitzgerald arrived at work one morning, he noticed the dealership had been
ransacked by thieves. One of the two vehicles stolen happened to be a Cadillac SUV previously owned by former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal. As if that wasn’t enough, the safe stolen by the thieves contained keys and titles to all 109 vehicles on the lot.

Without titles to the vehicles, the dealership was unable to make any car sales, and employees couldn’t bring in any revenue until the titles were replaced, which was expected to take at least three weeks.

An electronic key control system can reduce the likelihood of nightmares like this one and give managers peace of mind. With these systems, keys are stored in tamper-proof steel cabinets or drawers that can only be accessed with a password, fingerprint scan or key fob. When a key isn’t returned to a drawer within a specified amount of time, management is alerted via text, email or audible alarm.

How do you keep your keys accounted for? Let us know in the comments.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Eight Cars Stolen From Tampa Dealership

A used car dealership in Tampa is now eight cars short after a group of burglars drove them off the lot before the dealership opened one morning.

Car thief in mask and glasses
Ten burglars ignored signs at the dealership warning them of multiple rolling surveillance cameras and broke through the front windows of the Prespa Auto Sales lot. The men were seen on tape searching through drawers and finding the keys to eight cars. They then used a stolen minivan to break through the dealership’s gates, allowing them to drive away with all eight vehicles.

Securing vehicle keys with an electronic key control system could have prevented the keys from being easily accessed by thieves. The system allows you to store keys in a steel cabinet or drawer that permits only authorized users to retrieve the keys using a password, biometric fingerprint scan and/or key fob. By automating the key tracking process, you can set up alerts that will notify you via email or text message when keys are taken by unauthorized users or aren’t returned in a timely manner.

For more information about how to keep your keys accounted for, read our post "Five Benefits of Implementing Electronic Key Control."

Monday, April 11, 2016

Thief Steals Vehicle and 60 Keys From Florida Dealership

Not only did a thief get away with driving a $60,000 BMW off a Florida dealership lot, but he also managed to get away with the keys to 60 other cars.

Keys displayed on pegboard
When Nicholas Jackson tried to purchase the BMW with a credit card and his Electronic Benefit Transfer card, dealership managers declined his business. The next day, the BMW and 60 keys were missing from the dealership.

Fortunately for the dealership, Jackson ran out of gas at an intersection, enabling the police to locate both Jackson and the stolen property. However, an electronic key control system could have helped prevent the keys from ending up in Jackson’s hands in the first place.

An electronic key control system secures keys in tamper-proof drawers or cabinets that can only be accessed by entering a password, scanning a fingerprint or swiping a key fob. The system also enables you to set up alerts that will notify you — via text message, email or audible alarm — when keys aren’t returned within a certain amount of time.

To learn more about how electronic key control can help dealerships protect their inventory, check out this post.