Video Surveillance For Car Dealerships

Car dealerships have expensive inventory, which makes them susceptible to theft. As such, video surveillance is a much need security measure for car dealerships. Vehicles depending on the make and model can run from a few thousand dollars to a few hundred thousand dollars. Many dealerships keep their inventory right out on their parking lots. This is a high level of exposure. The more prestigious the automobile the more susceptible it is to theft.

The Benefits Of Dealership Video Surveillance

Preventing Theft
Video surveillance cameras that are placed in different areas around lots help prevent thieves from stealing vehicles. They can also help identify car thieves.

Track Customers
Tracking customer’s habits can be valuable marketing data. If you combine the video with analytics, you can use this data to improve your profit potential.

Protect Building, Employees, And Customers
Surveillance cameras help to free up your employees. It allows them to perform other duties though it should not replace general vigilance.

Future Integration
Some larger dealerships may want to consider integration. A networked security system that uses internet protocol cameras or IP cameras are essential to any integration. An integrated security system at a dealership may include integrating the following:

. employee ID card timekeeping system
. security systems like doors, locks and car alarms
. building heating and air conditioning systems

Some Inherit Risks Of Video Surveillance

Privacy
Respecting privacy is important when implementing security measures. Be careful to only install security cameras in public places such a s the showroom or car lots. Refrain from placing video cameras in bathrooms or back rooms where people expect a certain measure of privacy.

Damage
Always monitor the condition of your surveillance cameras. A broken camera leaves you exposed. How do you know the thief didn’t break it? Simply having a camera up as a threat doesn’t guarantee the inventory is safe from theft. In this economy, thieves have become more daring. You don’t want to over rely on your video surveillance cameras either. They are meant to enhance security.

At Quick Cash Auto, a cash for car business in Long Island, New York, surveillance video led to the returning of some inventory of their own that was stolen from the lot. In broad daylight, a car thief found a way to sneak into the dealership’s office, where cameras were installed, and somehow lifted the keys to a Mercedes parked right outside on the lot. To make a long story short, the key theft was caught on video and it aired that evening on the Channel 12 News. The next day Quick Cash Auto received an anonymous phone call perhaps from the car thief himself stating the car was being returned and was parked right in the nearby area. Being on video must’ve scared him stiff because he returned the Mercedes the very next day!

Sometimes a determined car thief is a hard thing to beat but surveillance cameras can be an invaluable safety measure. It certainly was for Quick Cash Auto. The owner is making further upgrades to ensure the rest of the office is secure 100% of the time.

Best Vacation For You is Pollution Free Mackinac Island

Situated in Lake Superior, about equidistant between the Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula is a small island in use since the late 17th century. With a circumfrence of about eight miles, it is the jewel in the tourism crown of Michigan. For those that have never been, Mackinac Island truly is another world…in a manner of speaking. Mackinac Island has long been a favorite stop of visitors traveling north into the Upper Peninsula, and also of Michiganians wanting to show their out of state relatives a good time. Its fudge is considered by many to be the best in the state, and the Grand Hotel is possibly the largest hotel in all of Michigan. But what makes this small island unique is its automotive appeal. No cars are permitted on the island, and residents could not be happier.

Tradition is of great importance to the residents of this small island. Even more important however are their beautiful draft horses that are used to cart people all around the island. According to its website, in 1896 a petition was signed that banned “horseless carriages” because they startled the horses (www.mackinacisland.org/history). Due to concern for public safety, and the safety of the horses of course, this ban on automobiles (with the exception of ambulances, police cars and other emergency vehicles) has continued to this day. So, there are almost no cars on the island.

Thus, there are almost no emissions or pollutants that come from Mackinac Island. There are no factories (that I know of anyway) located on that island, probably because there are not enough year round residents to run them. There are however snowmobiles that the few residents use to travel around in the winter months. But I would imagine that since there are more trees up there that those emissions are negligible. The point is, with all the factories and automobile plants that cover the Lower Peninsula, it is quite refreshing to see that there is at least one place in Michigan where there are nearly zero carbon emissions.

Even the Upper Peninsula has issues claiming it has low emissions. Michigan Tech has been mining iron ore for decades, and I am sure it works to refine the iron ore as well. There are two other universities that probably produce their fair share of Carbon Dioxide, as all universities must. This is certainly no knock against LSSU or Northern, but I am merely making a brief comparison.

Mackinac Island belongs to the horses (and the Ojibwe who believed it was sacred land) and it always will. The fact that autmobiles aren’t allowed is for the safety of the animals and people. But there is another reason as well. Time seems to slow down up there. People are there to enjoy themselves and appreciate all the natural beauty of the island. It is a rare sight indeed when a bald eagle will land on the road a stone’s throw away, and people will stare in awe. It is a peaceful island, made all the better without automobiles. Is this strategy realistic in most parts of the Lower Peninsula? Of course not; but does it work wonderfully everyday in Mackinac Island? The answer is most definitely yes.

Thinking About Buying A New 2011 BMW 328i Sedan – A Review BMW 328i Sedan

The BMW 3 Series has been around for more than three decades. And it has been a favorite not only among consumers but also among the motoring media all over the world. It is actually BMW’s bestselling vehicle since its introduction. At the same time it has won awards and honors in the automotive world.

What makes the 3 Series so popular? Aside from the manufacturer’s commitment in creating “The Ultimate Driving Machine”, BMW makes sure that every generation of the series is beautiful, innovative, and most of all significantly more affordable than its competitors in the mid-price luxury sedan range. In some countries it even outsold some cheaper models in its class. Call it a poor man’s luxury car if you will.

Now it is the year 2011 and BMW surely has not rested on its laurels when it comes to its bestselling model. The new or current 3 series, with chassis code E90, has been totally reengineered from its previous iteration (the E46), with changes to its engines, transmission, passenger compartment, suspension and plenty of high technology features and options.

The 2011 BMW 328i Sedan looks even better and more muscular than its older brother. From its iconic rings around its quad headlights and the kidney grille to its bold yet sleek silhouette, this sedan is razor-sharp and athletic.

This writer has not even begun mentioning the features of this wonderful car because the list can get very long and boring. But then again you have to know what you’re paying for when you’re thinking about buying one. So let’s give it a quick rundown.

BMW is well-known for making high performance vehicles and the 328i Sedan was not overlooked. The engine features Double VANOS for the smoothest transition of the valve timing for both intake and exhaust cams. This translates to more torque and strong acceleration, quieter and smoother at idle. This model also features Active Steering, a technology that is speed-sensitive, meaning the car is quick- steering at low speeds for better maneuverability and slow-steering at high speeds for stability. This car is equipped with 6 Speed STEPTRONIC transmission, with three modes: Sport, Drive and Manual. This makes for more response and reduced fuel consumption.

The engine features Valvetronic technology which allows the engine to breathe easier. Translation: more power and better fuel efficiency. And now to the numbers you’ve been waiting for: 3-liter, 6-cylinder engine producing 230 horsepower. The heart of this BMW is made of a lightweight combination of magnesium and aluminum.

If you got dizzy from the technical jargon, let us take a swift overview of the in-car entertainment, with their layman’s translations: HD Radio technology = hi-fidelity FM stations, iPod/iPhone USB integrated system = play your favorite music with your favorite gadget, SIRIUS satellite radio = commercial-free radio, Logic7 audio system = seven-channel, 13-speaker sound system. The 328i Sedan also features BMW’s version of a keyless entry system called Comfort Access. Just put the remote in your pocket, touch the door handle, and the car unlocks automatically. You can start the engine by pressing the start button directly.

When it comes to safety and security, the BMW 328i has the goods: run-flat tires, enhanced braking system, dynamic stability control, and back-up sensors.

Just going over the features makes you realize that this BMW 328i Sedan is worth every award and honor it will definitely receive and worth every penny you buy it for.