Unauthorised parking and criminal activity can cause various problems for owners, businesses and customers. From revenue losses and traffic congestion to site vandalism and vehicle theft, abuse of your car park can quickly become a recurring issue if left unchecked.
It is therefore important that you understand how to effectively prevent these issues in your car parks in order to ensure that your parking areas are safe, secure and suitable for everyday use.
It may seem simple, but if your car park is suffering from unauthorised parking issues then contacting the local authorities can be an effective method of dealing with offenders.
However, this only applies to car parks protected by the relevant laws and the authorities do not have to get involved with issues concerning private car parks as the issue is classified as a civil matter. This means that car park owners must take relevant precautions themselves in order to prevent problems occurring from unauthorised parking.
Securing private car parks
Luckily there are a number of actions car park owners can take in order to protect their car parks not only from unauthorised access, but also potential criminal activity such as vehicle theft.
The most common action that private land owners can take to prevent unauthorised parking in their car parks is ensuring that there is appropriate signage and warnings against potential offenders. Often this can be enough to deter people from parking on your land especially if there is a threat of prosecution. However, signs offer no guarantee and it is perhaps more effective to consider a physical security system in order to ensure total security.
Perhaps the most obvious physical security solution is installing an access prevention system such as a car park barrier or security bollards that can be activated when necessary to ensure that only authorised personnel have access to your car parks.
Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) is becoming increasingly effective at preventing unauthorised parking as it ensures that everyone who enters your car park is authorised to do so. Whilst ANPR can be effective by itself it functions better as part of a larger security system and can be applied to traditional security measures such as car park barriers.
Whilst these are perhaps the most common forms of preventing unauthorised car park access there are a wide range of options available to you outside of traditional methods such as online booking systems. However these systems can often be difficult to implement and can cause confusion for customers who are unaware of the implementation of the system.
For more information about protecting your business from crime, check out our guide or if you require a secure access solution for your business, please contact the team at Newgate today on 0808 156 1561 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your requirements.