With so many people and vehicles coming through car washes across the county on a daily basis, many business can become hot spots for crimes of opportunity. In the past we’ve written about everything from thieves breaking into change machines to car thefts and murders. We hope that by highlighting the types of crimes most common at car washes that owners are able to take steps in preventing them.
To prevent crime at your car wash, consider the following:
- Establish a partnership with your local law enforcement agency to ask for overnight patrols if you’re a 24/7 operation
- Install video surveillance to deter would-be criminals
- Make the switch from coin-operated machines to ones that also accept credit cards so that less money is on hand for a criminal to take
- Install motion-activated flood lights to keep employees and customers safe after dark
- Interact with your customers to create bonds with individuals and create a safe community where customers and employees look out for one another