Park Mark® is the accredited logo of Safer Parking Scheme, which is given to parking facilities that have achieved the requirements of a risk assessment conducted by the Police and the British Parking Association. Their assessments include management and maintenance of the facility, checking that there are appropriate levels of surveillance, lighting, signage and cleanliness. All these are known to reduce the opportunity for crime and thus create a safer environment for the motorist and their vehicle.
Michael Gardner, Park Mark® Scheme Area Manager, said: “I am delighted that The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital Birmingham has recently joined the Safer Parking Scheme. They now have two accredited car parks on the scheme. Achieving the award is testament to the hard work that has gone on behind the scenes, particularly by the gardening volunteers to achieve the standards required and should be applauded”.
“The scheme celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2014. Reaching this landmark birthday is due to organisations being committed to achieving high standards and it shows they care about their customers’ experiences.”
Car parks with the Park Mark® award can use signage featuring the distinctive Park Mark® tick, so that drivers know exactly where to go for safer parking. Early adopters of the scheme saw a dramatic drop in vehicle-related crime of over 80% showing that the initiative is very important in making a difference. Vehicle-related crime now accounts for 12% of all crime* (down from 17% in 2004), and 11% of vehicle-related crime occurs in car-parks** (down from 19% in 2004).
There are currently nearly 5000 car parks with the Park Mark® Award throughout the UK. To find your nearest Park Mark® car park, visit www.parkmark.co.uk.
Pictured: Police Assessor Tudor Roberts, ROH Car Park Co-ordinator Emma Lenegan-Edwards, Chief Superintendent Chris Todd, ROH Director of Operations Jonathan Lofthouse and British Parking Area Manager Michael Gardner.