Top 10 Car Park Security Tips
The two main problems with security relating to car parks is the safety of vehicles and the safety of staff. Keeping your car park secure at all times is essential to ensuring your employees personal safety and the safety of their possessions. Here are our top 10 tips to help you secure your car park and keep employees safe.
Install a barrier
Stop unauthorised individuals entering your car park by installing a car park barrier, this will ensure only your employees and authorised vehicles can enter your car park. Installing a barrier also has the benefit of stopping members of the public using your car park for free parking especially if your business is situated in the city centre close to retail outlets. As well as this, a barrier with prevent any untrustworthy individuals entering the premises without your knowledge! To ensure only authorised individuals can gain access to your car park, install access control features such as fob activation/ passcodes etc. or employ a security guard to man the barrier.
For larger car parks, consider hiring a security guard for extra peace of mind.
A security guard can strictly control access to staff/ authorised visitors and during quiet times they can regularly patrol the car park for added security. A manned car park entrance is a huge deterrent for any potential criminal behaviour as the risk of detection is higher with the presence of an attendant/ guard. If you choose this option for your business, ensure you use a reputable security company and gain references before hiring. It is important any security staff hold the correct licences and know what they are doing.
Control your access points!
As well as installing access control at the entrance to the car park you should also install it at any pedestrian entrances to the business, such as lifts, doors etc. This will ensure that if any unauthorised individual does manage to enter your car park, they cannot then enter the building itself. Double security measures such as this further secure your premises and the safety of your employees.
Light em up!
Car park crime mainly occurs in dark, poorly lit areas. To reduce the risk of criminal activity, install effective lighting systems across the whole of your car park including, entrances, exits, pathways and stair wells. A well-lit car park will act as a strong deterrent for any criminals looking for an opportunity to arise and staff will feel safer at night. Remember if you feel safe, a criminal probably doesn’t!
Big brother is watching!
As well as good lighting it is important to install a thorough CCTV system and appropriate signage throughout the carpark. Employ a reputable company to install, service and monitor your CCTV and add clear signage to your premises informing people you have and use CCTV.
As well as being highly useful if any incidents were to occur, CCTV will give a clear message that your premises are secure and you are prepared to take measures to ensure the safety of your staff!
Designing the dream
Many car parks have been designed in a way that directly aids criminal behaviour. Dark, poorly lit areas and CCTV blind spots attract opportunist criminals who are looking to take advantage of your poor layout and design. If you are re-designing or installing a new car park, design your carpark ‘smartly’ for maximum security! Include safe pedestrian routes, light all areas well, avoid creating spaces where an attacker may be able to conceal themselves and keep the car park clear of obstructions. This will further ensure the safety of your employees and limit opportunities for future crimes to occur.
Installing roller shutters over your entrance points will hugely improve your businesses security. You may want to leave your roller shutter up and open during business hours if staff come and go regularly, however they should be down and closed at night or over the weekends to provide a high security option when you’re not there. For more information on roller shutters see our page.
Staff security is very important in car parks. Install panic alarms and emergency phones at several points in your car park to ensure staff can raise the alarm quickly in an emergency. Have these emergency measures linked to an area where a member of staff is always present and can rapidly respond to the alert, e.g. a manned security desk. The presence of these safety solutions will act a further deterrent to opportunist criminals. Remember, prevention is always better than a cure, Installing preventative measures now will benefit your employees and security in the long run!
Assign each staff member a designated parking space, allowing more vulnerable individuals to be able to reach the building quickly and safely by situating them closer to the entrance. This will show you prioritise staff safety and allow you to reduce any risks associated with vulnerable individuals parking too far away from the building entrance.
Make sure your carpark as well as your business are insured. Insurance is vital for any business to ensure if any damage that occurs will not ruin you! A secure car park may lower insurance premiums so ask your insurance company what they recommend for the best cover.
Showing your staff you care about them and their possessions leads to a better working relationship and work environment. For maximum security, car parks need to be as safe as possible, and staff must be aware of the dangers and be prepared for any problems. Inform your staff of the dangers related to car parks and offer safety tips. We have compiled a list of what we think are most important, you can find it here Personal car park security tips
For information on how ADC can help secure your carpark, call us on 0800 0461 105 or visit our website for more information.
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