Video Surveillance for Mechanic Shops
An often overlooked aspect of auto shops is their security – most people assume that since the cars aren't running, they aren't going anywhere. Surveillance cameras and video security is a great security tool for auto shops, giving mechanics and technicians the ability to give their building, supplies and customer's cars absolute security.
Benefits of Auto Garage Surveillance
Reduce opportunities for theft – Although the appeal of broken down cars may not be visible for some – their parts may be of great value to thieves. Metal, electronics, seats, steering wheels and other working parts can be easily stripped from unguarded cars. Parts, tools and supplies used for repair may also be seen as lucrative due to high market prices. Visible security cameras can deter thieves from stripping exposed cars, and can help identify garage intruders in the event that your shop is broken into.
Improve image – An integral part of having a successful shop is building trust with customers. Customers need to trust that the repairs on their car will be performed on time and in good faith by qualified mechanics, and that their car will be in safe hands while it's away from home. A surveillance camera can't directly ensure the former, but having visible cameras can help your customers breathe easy and know that their cars are in good hands.
Potential Issues of Mechanic Security Cameras
Vulnerable to damage – Cameras, especially if mounted outdoors, are susceptible to damage from inclement weather, collisions, or trees. Luckily, protective housings are available which can keep your cameras in a moisture-free, temperature controlled zone for maximum stability.
Imbalanced security – Although video security cameras are a great way to secure your building or business, they should not be the only security solution you use. An imbalanced system which only relies on video surveillance can leave you high and dry should your security cameras experience issues. This does not mean that you have to go out and install 10 different security systems, but make sure that you have a different type of security aside from video surveillance cameras.
Factors to Consider when installing a Auto Body Shop Surveillance System
No security system is different, and the layout and type of cameras you use depends on a variety of factors. Consider the following when you're choosing and installing security cameras:
- Have you ever had issues with theft or intruders?
- Do you feel like your neighborhood helps or hinders your overall security?
- How is your shop currently protected?
- Do you store all your client's cars indoors, or do you have to store some outside?
- What do you feel is your biggest security issue?
Best Practices for Auto Mechanic Security Cameras
- In outside lots, make sure cameras cover all possible areas where cars or equipment may be stored. With a network of IP video cameras, you can configure multiple types of cameras (bullet cameras, dome cameras, etc) together to provide maximum coverage of an area.
- Like outdoor areas, make sure that camera systems in your garage cover all possible areas, especially where parts and tools are stored.
- Place cameras in lobby and near any exits to record every visitor who enters and leaves your shop.
- Place cameras in your office and administrative areas to protect your files, safe and other sensitive information.