HOW ROBUST IS YOUR PARKING ARAGE OR LOT SECURITY? BEYOND HAZ- ARDS LIKE TRAF- FIC ACCIDENTS AND SLIPS AND
FALLS, OCCUPANTS CAN BE VULNERABLE TO THEFT, ASSAULT, AND
HARASSMENT. ALL IT TAKES IS ONE
INCIDENT AND WORKERS OR CUSTOMERS MAY BE SKITTISH ABOUT
WHERE THEY LEAVE THEIR CARS.
Don’t let your parking area become a minefield of menaces. You can deter criminal acts
with commonsense strategies that won’t break
Understand Your Liability Risk
If you neglect parking security, lots and garages can leave your company open to risks that
can negatively affect your business reputation
and insurance rates.
“Parking is one of the greatest areas of liability
for a property owner,” stresses Sean Ahrens,
a security consulting practice leader with Aon
Global Risk Consulting.
According to the National Crime Victimization
Survey conducted by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, over 2.4 million crimes occurred in parking
lots or garages between 2004 and 2008. Of those,
16% were violent victimizations such as assault,
rape, and robbery; the remaining 84% were
motor and personal property theft. While the
survey did not include murder, these numbers
demonstrate the wide range of threats frequently
encountered in parking areas.
Parking users are also exposed to less deadly
risks such as traffic collisions, slips and falls, and
medical emergencies, explains Ahrens. Individuals parking their vehicles deserve the same
level of protection that they receive inside your
building. This is true no matter if parking is free
or paid, adds Ahrens – your company is liable for
user safety either way.
The challenge is that the risks for parking areas are always changing, says Geary Robinson, director of Parking and Transportation Services at
the University of North Texas and member of the
Safety and Security Committee for the Interna-
tional Parking Institute. The 1990s put attention
on bombings, 2001 gave way to terrorist attacks,
and the last five years have seen an increased
focus on mass shootings. No matter how big your
parking area is, there’s a distinct reality that it
could be a gateway or staging area for violence.
“It’s incumbent upon a building owner and the
security team to constantly evaluate their prop-
Reduce liability with maintenance, lighting, and surveillance