Security for Car Dealerships

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Security for dealerships

New car dealerships are exposed to security threats in a way which many businesses are not. With the value of the vehicles they sell being so high and parts so easily taken the security issues are significant.

Foremost provide security to a number of dealerships across the area including in the towns and cities of: Nottingham, Derby, Leicester, Mansfield, Loughborough, Stapleford, Melton Mowbray.

The services provided vary but are usually focussed on Keyholding & Alarm Response and Mobile Patrols.

Dealership security threats

The common assumption might be that the most significant threat to a new car dealership would be the theft of vehicles. But, experience tells us that, while this is a worry, the biggest problem which threatens the dealerships is the stripping of parts from vehicles on the lot.

Alloys and headlights from a new car make a nice addition to a lesser/older model of the same vehicle. It seems that some of this crime might be done ‘to order’. The criminals have turned up with the needed tools, jacked-up the car (where necessary) and stripped out the parts/components required.

The dealership showrooms, spare parts facilities and offices are rarely the target. But the lots at both the main site and any offsite storage compounds are! Camera coverage of the lots is often insufficient, on its own, to prevent the crime.

The essential benefits of an external security provider

Minimising risk

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All dealerships, whether of new or used cars, are at risk of parts theft and/or very expensive damage to the vehicles waiting for sale.

Protecting your staff

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Responding to alarms or patrolling the lots of your dealership can put your staff at risk. You have obligations to your staff to ensure that they are protected should they have to attend a security incident. It makes sense to outsource the risks and the obligations to security professionals.

Visible deterrence

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Security signage and visible security patrol presence have a significant deterrent effect on potential criminals. The deterrence effect has worked if your dealership is passed over for one where security is less obviously a priority.

Reduce costs / increase flexibility

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Staffing security services in-house is always going to be more expensive.

When you factor in the flexibility available from your security provider – outsourcing always proves significantly less expensive and more flexible.

Protecting your vehicles

Your vehicles are vulnerable. Theft may be difficult, although it has happened, but stripping of parts is a common problem which security patrols mitigate against.

Using a security provider such as Foremost to deter criminals from targeting your property is a very cost-effective way to minimise potential problems.

Security cover needs

Most dealerships use security patrols for out of hours times. During working hours the threat level is considerably lower. Often, extra cover is requested on bank holidays.

We also work with dealerships to provide additional cover when the perceived threat level is high. When staff have seen people hanging around, checking things out or asking suspicious questions they sometimes contact Foremost to call in extra patrols at short notice.


““We were looking for a local security company to patrol our sites; I was recommended Foremost Security by our insurance brokers who had had a positive experience with the company! From the first point of contact I could understand the recommendation. The team at Foremost Security have a professional attitude and a high level of security presence when called upon last minute. Fantastic work.”

Barrie Wallis, Volkswagen Parkway

Our services


Keyholding involves a company or trained personnel keeping hold of a spare key to your building.

Lock & Unlock

More than just a keyholder you completely trust to carry out daily locking or unlocking duties.

Mobile Patrols

Keep your premises safe and secure, even if you’re not there - a visual deterrence to thieves and vandals.


Trained uniformed Static Security Guard stationed at your business. 24 hours per day, 7 days a week for the whole year.

Vacant Property Inspections

Meeting your insurance / landlord needs and protecting your empty properties. Giving you peace of mind.

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