Taking the right approach to parking security can reduce overall crime and help keep everyone safe. Tackling your parking security methodology means cutting down on personal thefts, vandalism, assault, and public intoxication. Parking lots often have a lot of security vulnerabilities, but with the correct approach, you can make your parking lot significantly safer. Let’s take a look at some of the ways Gatekeeper recommends assessing and improving your parking security.
Take Maintenance Seriously
Parking lot maintenance may not leap to your mind as a part of security, but if an area is dirty and unkempt, people will treat it like it’s unsafe. It’s also good to have eyes on the scene–janitors performing routine cleaning duties–to reinforce the idea that this is a cared for and heavily watched area. Non-intrusive landscaping can also be an effective means of establishing boundaries and making an area look cared for.
Take a hard look at your lighting and decide if it’s actually adequate. Shadows are the perfect environment for aggressors due to the reduced visibility that allows them to get away with insidious acts, while it can also make it more difficult for some video surveillance systems to perform. Natural lighting can be effectively used to brighten a parking space up, but consider how people behave at night and whether or not they tend to rely on their headlights more than they should have to.
Methods of Surveillance
These days, it’s important that we use comprehensive approaches to surveillance. For us at Gatekeeper, that means a three-factor approach to authentication, wherein we identify the driver and occupants of a vehicle via our DriverCam, the make and model of a vehicle and whether or not any dangerous modifications have been made to it with our Automatic Under Vehicle Inspection System, and what the license plate characters are with our License Plate Reader.
Parking facilities don’t always demand the most attention in the world, but with that said, security is an amenity. More secure parking facilities are much more likely to be used. Not taking parking security seriously could also lead to a negligence lawsuit or just ruining the image of your parking facility, reducing the number of people who want to use it.
Parking Security With Gatekeeper
Gatekeeper Security’s suite of intelligent optical technologies provides security personnel with the tool to detect today’s threats. Our systems help those in the energy, transportation, commercial, and government sectors protect their people and their valuables by detecting threats in time to take action. From automatic under vehicle inspection systems, automatic license plate reader systems, to on the move automatic vehicle occupant identifier, we offer full 360-degree vehicle scanning to ensure any threat is found. Throughout 30 countries around the globe, Gatekeeper Security’s technology is trusted to help protect critical infrastructure. Follow us on Facebook, Google+, and LinkedIn for updates about our technology and company.