Safer Parking Scheme

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The Safer Parking Scheme is managed by the BPA on behalf of Police Crime Prevention Initiatives Ltd, a subsidiary of the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC).  The Safer Parking Scheme, established in 2004, is a UK-wide initiative aimed at reducing crime and the fear of crime in parking facilities.

Guidelines & Resources  -  Area Managers  -  How to Join
Safer Parking Enquiries  -  Benefits of the Safer Parking Scheme

Watch our behind-the-scenes video to learn more about Park Mark and what it means to car park owners and operators, what a police assessor looks for, how car parks are designed and constructed to meet safer parking criteria and views from members of the public.

A Park Mark is awarded to parking facilities that have met the requirements of a risk assessment conducted by the Police. These requirements mean the parking operator has put in place measures that help to deter criminal activity and anti-social behaviour, thereby doing everything they can to prevent crime and reduce the fear of crime in their parking facility.

For customers, using a Park Mark, Safer Parking facility it means that the area has been vetted by the police and has measures in place to create a safer environment.

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

Award holders' testimonials:            

"It makes us aware of the important requirements"

"Keep going, been excellent"

"Run really well"

"It is important to our customers that we aspire and remain vigilant in allowing them to park in a clean, well presented and most importantly, safe environment"

"We believe [the scheme] provides added value to many of its clients and at the same time provides benefits to members of the public"

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 Who can join the Safer Parking Scheme

Parking facility owners/operators that join the scheme are from a variety of commercial and public sectors, for example:

  • Shopping centres
  • Local authorities
  • Parking operator firms
  • Hospitals
  • Companies providing staff parking
  • Leisure parks
  • Caravan parks
  • Train operating companies
  • Hotel

A whole range of parking facilities are covered by the scheme, for example:

  • Car
  • Caravan
  • Lorry
  • Bus
  • Coach
  • Cycle
  • Motorbike

The scheme is also open to those organisations or individuals who do not operate or own a car park, but wish to demonstrate affiliation to the scheme as part of their interest in the reduction of crime and the fear of crime in society.

Please note this level of membership does not allow use of the Park Mark logo. Only awarded car parks are permitted to use this logo, which is a registered trademark.

The scheme is supported by the Home Office, Government and the Police Service of Northern Ireland. Read more about the scheme's Partners and Supporters.

Member of the public? To search for your nearest Park Mark accredited car park visit