How to choose Safer Parking...

...Choose Park Mark®

The Park Mark® Safer Parking Scheme is an initiative of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO/S) and is aimed at reducing both crime and the fear of crime in parking facilities. Look for the Park Mark® tick to ensure safer parking.

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Today, around 20% of all crime in the UK is vehicle related.

Although vehicle related crime has come down by about a third since 1997, we want to bring the number of crime incidents in car parking environments down even further to ensure you and your vehicle are safe in the UK’s car parks. The Park Mark Safer Parking Scheme works with car park operators to ensure they of a good standard, providing a safe environment and reducing the fear of crime.

Nick Ross talks about the 'Chemistry of Crime' and the benefits of selecting a Park Mark accredited car park when choosing where to park.


More information about the Safer Parking Scheme

What does it mean?

Car parks which have been awarded the Park Mark tick have been assessed by the police and our development managers, and proved they meet the required standards and offer. This includes:

  • Quality Management
  • Appropriate lighting
  • Effective surveillance
  • Clean environment

When choosing where to park, look out for police accredited parking. Look for the Park Mark tick.

How do I find my nearest Park Mark® car park?

To find your nearest car park visit

Key points

  • Over 4700 award holding car parks throughout the UK
  • Award holders include car parks in shopping centres, hospitals, hotels, and train stations
  • Car parks have been assessed to ensure that they are properly managed and maintained

For more information about Park Mark please see here.

Park Mark® = Safer Parking for All

Vehicle Security

For vehicle security advice from the Gloucestershire Constabulary click here

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Contact British Parking Association

British Parking Association T: 01444 447 300
Stuart House, 41-43 Perrymount Road F: 01444 454 105
Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 3BN E: