Keeping Safe And Secure In Parking Lots

December 19th, 2022

Whether you own a retail store, a public property, a business complex, or any sort of property with a parking lot, your security shouldn’t stop at your doors. Parking lot safety is important, and it provides a number of benefits to property owners looking to improve their security as a whole. Parking lots are major burglar and vandal targets, as they know there’s the potential for unattended high-value items with few individuals looking around and lots of places to hide. 

For those who own a retail store in Chico, CA, a secure parking lot helps to bring in more customers. Customers want to spend their money where they feel safe and valued, and that feeling begins the moment they pull into your property. If a retail store has a dark or unsecured parking lot, customers may not want to risk spending time or storing their vehicle there where they don’t feel exactly safe. Instead of shopping with you, they’ll go elsewhere where they feel their safety is better value. 

Improving Your Parking Lot Safety 

Improving your Chico, CA parking lot safety isn’t a difficult endeavor, and it’s a worthwhile investment in your overall security strategy. A few tips for creating a safer parking lot environment in Chico, CA are: 

  • Install proper lighting – Lighting is crucial in parking lot spaces. Where cars gather, there are plenty of shadowy and underlit regions where burglars can hide out until no one is around. Once they believe the coast is clear, they’ll come out from their shadowy hiding spot and continue on in committing their crimes. Installing proper lighting in your parking lot ensures there are fewer places to hide, and that any actions committed in the parking lot will be seen. 

  • Security camera installation – Security cameras are an excellent investment in your parking lot security. Your cameras will keep watch over everything going on in your parking lot, and they act as an effective deterrent against crime. Installing security cameras and advertising their presence can be enough to send criminals elsewhere to attempt to commit their acts. If a criminal does decide to carry out a crime anyway, you’ll have the footage as evidence to provide to the police. 

  • Security patrols – While hiring a security guard to conduct patrols might seem “old school”, there’s a reason it’s a tried and tested method. Security patrols keep criminals at bay, and it lets them know that there’s always someone watching to make sure vehicles and patrons are safe. Security patrols can cover the parking lot and the entire property the parking lot rests on. 

Safer Lots And Happier Businesses 

By securing your parking lot, you’re building your security strategy from the very start of your property. You’ll send a message to patrons, clients, employees, and customers that their safety is a top priority, and they can feel safe when they enter onto your property. If you’re interested in creating a safer parking lot environment for your property, contact us today to see what our professionals can do for you.

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"I have known Tim for over 10 years. To date, Time with Crime Free Living has installed two separate surveillance systems for my company. With each system, Tim has listened to my needs and custom dsigned surveillance systems for my specific needs and within my budget. The equipment used is always state of the art, the workmanship is top notch, and Tim is the example of trustworthy. I would recommend him for any job."

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With 16 years of experience in law enforcement, Tim Truby, CEO, is fully certified in video surveillance and training.

  • Certified Advanced Crime Prevention Specialist
  • Academy Instructor Certification
  • California POST Certification in Specialized Surveillance Equipment
  • California POST Certification in Basic Crime Prevention
    • Advanced Crime Prevention through Environmental Design
    • Certified Alibi Security Dealer
    • Enhanced Risk and Threat Assessment (FEMA)
    • Incident Command System (100 & 200)
    • Certified Cognitech Video Forensic Investigator
    • Neighborhood Watch Toolkit Trainer
    • Computer Crimes/Investigations
    • Domestic Crisis for Crisis Negotiators