According to the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), parking facilities are one of the most common places for crimes to take place, with over 7% of violent crimes occurring in these locations. Issues ranging from break-ins and vandalism to vehicle theft, hit-and-runs, and muggings all take place far too frequently when the proper security isn’t in place. The side effects of crimes can be felt quickly as guests will take their business to locations where they will feel safer.
- Parking garages are the 3rd most common place where crimes take place.
- Almost 1,400 violent crimes occur each day in parking facilities in the US.
- More than 1 in 10 property crimes happen in parking facilities.
- An estimated $6 billion in property loss occurs in these locations annually.
There are many key steps to take to create a more secure environment at your parking facility while maintaining a good reputation and avoiding revenue loss. For example, it’s a great idea to install cameras and sufficient lighting throughout your property. Yet, more often than not, the most important thing you can do is to have trained security professionals on-site. Your guests will appreciate it and feel more comfortable if they know help is immediately available. Security will not only investigate and break up suspicious activity, but they can also work as a smart contact point that will respond quickly and reach out to the proper authorities when necessary.
Most parking facilities have high walls, darks stairwells and other design elements that can naturally create hiding spots for criminals or block the view of surveillance equipment, but when guests see officers patrolling your property, adding that layer of heightened security, they will immediately feel more relaxed and protected. What’s more, guests are more likely to drive safely and follow signage and parking rules when a security team is present.
There is a lot to consider, and worry about, when trying to ensure that a parking facility remains welcoming for all guests. While installation of proper lighting and cameras will definitely work to deter some criminals, adding extra protection by hiring security professionals is key to your parking operation maintaining a safe environment. Without a doubt, providing on-site, professional security is often the best step that a facility can take. At Parking Concepts, Inc. we proactively manage and maintain safe parking and transportation operations. To learn more about how we can partner with you to make your parking operation safer and more successful, contact us today!