As safe as houses ... or a car park

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Friars Square car park in Aylesbury’s Station Way has won a safer parking award for the fifth year running.

Judges found Friars Square has ‘put in place measures that help to deter criminal activity and anti-social behaviour, doing everything they can to prevent crime and reduce the fear of crime’.

Ian Carmichael, Park Mark’s development manager for the region, said “We are delighted that Friars Square car park has reached the standards required by the scheme, as it means they’re delivering safer parking for the car park’s visitors.

“Car parks with the award can use signage featuring the distinctive Park Mark tick, so that drivers know exactly where to go for safe parking. “Certain parking facilities that have received the Park Mark award have seen a drop in vehicle-related crime of over 80%.”

The Safer Parking Scheme is an initiative of the Associations of Chief Police Officers, aimed at reducing crime and the fear of crime in parking areas.

There are almost 5,000 car parks with the Park Award throughout the UK.