There are many ways to amp up a parking lot’s security, depending on the type of property and resources available. Some of the most common ways are:
- Live video monitoring and Voice-activated security sound systems
- Installing security gates with swipe access (if lot is used by employees only)
- Appointing security guard and checkpoint
- Ample lighting to prevent any hiding areas
- Removing or pruning vegetation around the lot
- Installing security signs for safety and warning purposes
- Installing emergency phones and panic buttons
Q.Is it necessary to install security signs in my parking lot even if there is a security guard?
According to the FBI, parking garages/lots are the 3rd-most frequent place where violent crimes happen. Local laws and ordinances prevail in most cases, but the best practice is to use as many layers of protection as possible, making it hard for criminals to break through them. Even if the security guard is unavailable at the duty spot due to any unavoidable circumstances, the security sign would be there to give a heads up.
Q.Which type of crimes can be deterred by parking lot security signs?
Parking lots are a hub of criminal activities. Security signs such as area under 24 hours surveillance, camera in use, activities monitored, etc., effectively warn against theft of and from cars, vandalism, robbery, assault, possession and use of guns or weapons in the parking lot, illegal parking, littering, trespassing, or loitering in the lot.
Signs also suggest car owners not to leave children, pets, and valuables unattended in the vehicle.
Q.What are the best locations for installing security signs in the parking lot?
Signs mounted at entry/exit points are the hardest to ignore. Use clear signs that educate everyone about available security tools like emergency phones, VASS, and panic buttons. Make sure that obstacles like trees or street poles aren’t blocking any of your signs.
Reflective signs work best for parking lots because they offer good visibility even when the lights are not working.
Q.Can I install a CCTV sign in the parking lot even if I don’t have a surveillance camera installed?
Though it may not be the most effective way to protect your parking lot, posting a fake security sign is better than taking no security measures at all. Even fake security signs can offer some level of threat to potential criminals. Plus, these are an affordable solution as compared to purchasing a real security system. Installing video surveillance signs is also much easier.