Remote Visual Surveillance Company Prevents Crimes at Growing Number of New England Dealerships
BOSTON, MA — Netwatch USA, a full-service remote visual surveillance company, today announced members of the Bernardi Auto Group as its newest U.S. customers. The group of car dealerships, which includes Bernardi Hyundai of Brockton, Bernardi Honda of Brockton and Natick, and Bernardi Acura of Brighton, elected Netwatch’s managed services after reviewing several different security solutions including traditional CCTV and security guards. Netwatch, who launched its U.S. headquarters earlier this year, has quickly established itself as a leader in automotive dealership security in New England.
Bernardi Auto Group, one of New England’s most well-known dealerships, first used traditional CCTV cameras and manned guards during the construction phases of two dealerships in Brockton, Bernardi Hyundai and Bernardi Honda. With Honda models taking the top two spots in the 2011 ten Most Stolen Vehicles Report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau, it was a priority that they were protected by the most efficient technology on the market. After reviewing their current traditional systems, Bernardi chose Netwatch for its innovative proactive protection capabilities. After a successful experience, Bernardi has now expanded their use of Netwatch to their Acura location in Boston and is in negotiations to implement the system at the rest of their dealerships.
“We wanted a system that was as reliable as the human eye and Netwatch is unlike any security system out there,” said Alan LePage, fixed operations director at Bernardi Auto Group. “We were impressed with its technological capabilities, affordability, and the quick turnaround time to get the system up and running. We’re proud to be partnered with such an innovative company.”
Since its original implementation at the two Bernardi locations in January 2012, Netwatch has already prevented five security breaches. Netwatch proactively monitors properties, using the most advanced video processing technologies to alert its Communication Hub to unacceptable behavior on a clients’ property. Intervention Specialists then use live, verbal warnings to intervene as soon as security is breached by alerting the intruders they are being watched and the police have been informed.
“Automotive security breaches continue to be a problem in a recovering economy,” said David Walsh, Netwatch CEO. “Thieves are interested in sellable items such as scrap metal, copper, airbags, and catalytic converters — all of which can be found on dealership lots. Bernardi has already identified intruders by using our system and we’re honored to be helping the company protect its assets.”
About Netwatch USA
Established in 2003, Netwatch currently employs 122 staff and from its Carlow Communication Hub, monitors in excess of 25,000 cameras across the globe. Netwatch was the first company in Europe to combine specialist video processing technologies with satellite communications to provide safe, preventative, immediate and cost effective protection solutions for clients. With over 35,000 crimes prevented since start-up, the Netwatch system deploys the most advanced video processing technologies to alert its Communication Hub to unacceptable behavior on a clients’ property. Live personalized audio warnings are issued to intruders preventing criminal activity. Heavily invested in R&D, Netwatch is committed to remaining the leader in the field of remote visual surveillance and thanks to the vast advancements in its proprietary software (Veritas externally and Cratos internally), Netwatch now operates in four continents with clients across Europe, South Africa, the Middle East and the USA.