Parking security with lighting and video surveillance can help protect your employees, customers, tenants, guests, and outdoor assets. Customized parking security solutions can help deter burglaries, robberies, vandalism, loitering, and other types of criminal activity. Shopping centers, strip malls, medical malls, office spaces, and multifamily apartments can benefit from a parking structure safety assessment.
Parking facilities are the third most common areas where violent crime happens in the U.S. Almost 1,400 attacks are reported daily. Commercial real estate companies should also be aware of other criminal activities in parking lots like vehicle theft, car parts theft, and property theft from cars.
Property owners and managers do not have to accept this high level of crime. A parking security specialist can assess your current parking vulnerabilities at your garages and parking lots and work with you to help increase your shopping center or other site security.
How Lighting Enhances Parking Security
Consider increasing your property lighting. Lighting can do more than just illuminate interior garages and driving and pedestrian paths. It can also remove shadows that provide criminals places to hide. Thieves tend to stay away from well-lit lots and garages where they can be seen.
Another recommendation is to paint walls white to reflect light throughout the parking garage. Additional lighting in the elevator and stairwells provides an extra level of safety for customers and employees.
Parking Security Using Video Surveillance
Many retail and office centers are installing high resolution digital video security cameras in their parking facilities. But these surveillance camera systems are reactive. The security camera systems can only record the criminal activity while it’s happening. Captured surveillance video can’t stop a crime in progress and often isn’t sufficient to catch criminals after break-ins, theft, and other crimes have occurred.
Live video monitoring is a more proactive parking security solution. Real-time video surveillance can enhance safety in parking lots. Commercial security operators watch parking lots and garages in real time with on-site surveillance cameras. If an activity looks suspicious, the trained surveillance operators can activate an on-site speaker or call the local police.
Stealth Monitoring and UCIT Online are the leader in live video surveillance in the U.S. and Canada with over 400 employees, 9 offices, and 3 live video monitoring control centers. Stealth remote video monitoring watches over 15,000 security cameras and can detect and deter crime at multifamily apartments, shopping centers, office buildings, warehouses, auto dealerships, construction sites and other types commercial businesses. Our virtual security guard service can reduce or even replace security guards at a fraction of the cost.
Please call toll-free (866) 382-3873 or contact Stealth today for more information on parking security. Visit Stealth’s web site to see actual videos of criminals being arrested at a range of commercial real estate properties.