Security of cars and patrons Print

Design Outcome

​​​​​​​​​​​​Design Checklist​

  • Cars are securely parked and do not encourage opportunistic crime.
  • Users are able to park and access their vehicles safely and without endangering themselves​.

Better Design Practice

The design of parking facilities helps deter car break-ins and theft​
  • Parking spaces in poorly lit or concealed locations facilitate crime. Provide lighting and create opportunities for surveillance of parking spaces.
  • Security cameras can help act as a deterrent, and are helpful in solving crime after it has taken place, but they should be considered as a secondary measure where satisfactory levels of active surveillance cannot be achieved. Unlike people, security cameras cannot call out or intervene. Security cameras can also be disabled, and require maintenance and monitoring.
  • Security grilles or roller doors are an effective measure for closing off private parking structures. Consideration should be given to the location and appearance of such features to ensure they do not have a negative visual impact on the streetscape.

​Design with CPTED in mind
  • The personal safety of car park users should be evaluated through the design principles of CPTED – Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design.
  • The layout of parking surfaces or structures should remove the potential for concealment or entrapment. Clear lines of sight should be maintained (see 7.2 Visibility) and ‘dead end’ entrapment spots eliminated.

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