Those parts are what criminals are truly after – and they know exactly what they’re looking for.
The Main Target: Catalytic Converters
It’s not a new issue, however, catalytic converter theft continues to grow in popularity. This type of theft can happen anywhere vehicles are located. From parking lots to city streets, garages, rental lots and used car dealerships to name a few.
Just how common has this type of theft become? According to BeenVerified, catalytic converter thefts in 2021 quadrupled those that occurred in 2020.
This problem has hit collision centers especially hard. Here’s a snapshot of several alarming incidents in recent months:
In Fillmore, CA, the issue has become so bad that police are teaming up with local businesses to deter thieves.
The Fillmore Gazette reported that the Fillmore Police Department is working with local auto repair shops to engrave license plate numbers and the Sheriff’s star logo onto residents’ catalytic converters free of charge to deter thieves from stealing them.
Similar “Etch and Catch” programs are being offered across the country which just goes to show how common these thefts have become.
But Wait… There’s More!
Unfortunately, while catalytic converters are among the most stolen items from collision centers, that’s not all thieves are after. Some of the other regular targets include:
It’s not just the targets that have made collision centers a viable option for thieves. Several factors are contributing to this problem, including the rise of online selling platforms like Facebook Marketplace, eBay and Craigslist.
Thieves can easily and quickly resell their items for a profit before anyone ever realizes the items are stolen. Supply chain delays and staffing shortages stemming from the pandemic have also put a strain on these businesses. Thieves know this – and they’re ready to cash in on your struggles.
Defend and Deter Collision Center Theft
Collision centers can be tough to defend from a security perspective. Thieves are after vehicles and the parts inside them. Often, collision centers park customer cars outside or on storage lots overnight.
While many businesses use fencing to protect customer vehicles, that doesn’t keep thieves out. They can easily cut through fences and break locks. Once on-premises, they cut out parts like catalytic converters as quickly as they can, leaving behind costly damage.
That’s why deterring thieves and stopping crimes before they ever happen is so crucial – not just recording footage of a crime in action. Pro-Vigil’s remote video monitoring (RVM) solution utilizes cameras backed by the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI).
Here’s how it works: if our cameras spot suspicious behavior, like someone walking onto your property after-hours or hopping a fence, the AI flags that event. Our team of expert virtual guards then takes over. They determine whether the threat is legitimate and jump into action.
Sometimes this means deploying audio and visual deterrents like strobe lights, sirens, and recorded announcements. In the most serious situations, they can even contact the proper authorities. Pro-Vigil’s security solutions have proven so effective that we’ve deterred 97% of crimes detected on customer sites.
Stop crime at your collision center in its tracks! Contact our expert team of security specialists today to learn how we can make that goal a reality.