Thefts from auto dealerships occur frequently in both urban and rural areas in Canada. Just recently, two teens were charged for stealing vehicles from an auto dealership in Manitoba. Dealerships should give serious consideration to all aspects of their security, and they should take preventive measures wherever possible. While every business’ situation is different, we’ve included key areas to address and provided some risk management strategies to reduce auto dealerships’ risk of theft.
Based on past experience, we know a building alarm system should be considered mandatory. There are numerous types available, but the most typical for auto dealerships include:
Alarms monitored off premises ULC listed station with line security Motion detectors, door contacts, and glass sensors Perimeter security:
Protecting the land around your building can be just as important as protecting the building itself. One of the most common ways to protect the perimeter is with fencing. Things to consider include:
A chain link fence topped with barbed wire Galvanized steel posts set in concrete Entrances with strong metal gates and professional-grade padlocks When the locks are not in use, they should be locked on the fence or taken indoors for safe storage. While in use, keep
The storage of idle combustible pallets presents a significant fire hazard in both indoor and outdoor storage facilities.
A fire involving even a modest number of idle pallets inside a building can rapidly overtax a fire sprinkler system and quickly lead to structural failure of the building. Although most often associated with warehouses, pallets can be found in nearly every industrial and commercial facility. Wherever pallets are used, the potential exists for the accumulation of excess or idle pallets. While initially these accumulations may be thought to be “temporary”, the number of idle pallets can increase over time becoming a high fire hazard. Careful control and management of idle pallets is required to prevent accumulations from becoming a significant fire exposure.
Fire risks when storing pallets
Storing wood pallets
The conventional pallet is typically made from wood. As wood loses its moisture content, it becomes easier to ignite. In addition, as wood pallets dry out, their edges tend to become frayed and splintered. In this condition, a small ignition source can easily ignite them.
Storing plastic pallets
Plastic pallets represent an even higher hazard as plastic burns as hot as wood for a longer time. Burning pools of plastic can flow
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