Parking garages and facilities offer a whole swath of security concerns, including vehicle theft, property damage, violent crimes, and so on. This isn’t because parking facilities are inherently dangerous, rather it is the case that security professionals have long struggled with the best way to secure these areas and make them safer for everyone involved. The good news is, technology has caught up to fill in the gaps and allows security professionals to approach parking security in a comprehensive way. Let’s take a look at some of the best practices for quality parking security.
Many of the kinds of crimes that occur in parking facilities happen because of lack of visibility. Proper lighting is good for a lot of reasons—it makes it easier for patrons to find their vehicles, read signs, and navigate. It’s also a huge deterrent for crime. Halide lighting is a wise choice as it promotes bright white illumination, eliminating the shadows that potential wrong-doers would otherwise hide in. Lighting should be placed to illuminate every area of the parking garage or lot so as to not leave any areas untouched.
Design can have a huge impact on safety. Open spaces promote a sense of safety among patrons as they are able to observe their own surroundings easily. That said, there is such a thing as going too far and you don’t want to give your space too much openness and create a sense of eeriness. Landscaping is an additional factor, as too much shrubbery and trees can offer hiding places for attackers or criminals. Low shrubs are a great way to add a touch of green and some life to your facility without being overbearing.
Typical parking facilities may install closed circuit television systems that require constant monitoring. An alternative are intelligent camera systems that can alert security personnel if something goes awry. For facilities that need more intensive security technology, something like a driver camera (IVOD) may be suitable for keeping track of who enters and exits.
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