Strategies for Securing Building Parking Lots
Having a parking lot or garage in your building or condo is a great amenity for your residents, but it also means that you have another area that you need to secure- and this area can be the most difficult. With a large area and so many people coming in and out, it can be difficult to ensure safety for residents. So how do you confirm the safety of your residents and maintain the quality of the garage or lot?
Here are 7 tips for securing building parking lots:
- Limit access points: The fewer access points you have to the garage or parking lot, the more secure it is. It can be more difficult with parking lots as they aren’t always enclosed, but try to limit the number of places people can walk or drive into the lot.
- Install gates and secure all access points: All access points should be gated and secured. Use key fobs for residents to ensure they can easily get in through gates and/or doors you can walk into and make all other visitors call or speak to an guard that will let them in.
- Put up security cameras: Install security cameras and put up signs to deter crime. Security cameras allow you to monitor the area in real-time and go back to investigate anything that may have happened in the past.
- Hire security guards: Having security guards routinely check the lot is a good idea. It not only deters crime and adds an additional level of security, but it also make residents feel more secure.
- Put in mirrors and speed bumps: Crime isn’t the only thing you need to watch out for- you also need to watch out for safety and this includes slowing cars down and trying to limit accidents. Speed bumps and mirrors are especially important in parking garages with multiple floors and sharp turns.
- Light it up: Make sure the parking area is well lit to not only improve drivers’ ability to see but also to make it safer to walk in. Dark areas are a hotspot for crime, and adding lights can go a long way in preventing them.
- Watch the stairways and elevators: Stairways and elevators are one of the most common areas of crime, so ensure that these areas especially are monitored closely with security mirrors and are well lit.
So how does your building rank in terms of safety? Use these tips as a checklist to see how you stack up! Are you a 7 out of 7 for an A+ rating or are you closer to failing our parking lot safety test with just a 3 out of 7? If you’re not up to par, it’s time to reevaluate your parking lot security strategies.
Every building is different, so it’s important to evaluate your parking lot space to determine what you need- and ORNA can help with a personalized security plan. We will help you identify your needs and let you know how to best implement security plans based on those needs and your budget. Click here to learn more about tips for securing building parking lots and to find out how ORNA can help.