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Safe parking

A Which? survey among drivers found that finding a safe and secure place to park their car was the issue that caused them most concern.

The Park Mark Safer Parking Scheme is a national standard for UK car parks that have low crime and measures in place to ensure the safety of people and vehicles.  A Park Mark is awarded to each car park that achieves the challenging standards.

The distinctive Park Mark signage helps drivers find car parks where they can confidently leave their vehicle, knowing the environment is safer for them, their passengers and their vehicle.

Find your Safer Parking car park using the Park Mark car park finder: www.parkmark.co.uk/car-park-finder

If you are unable to use a Safer Parking car park, or if you are parking in the street or on your driveway, always remember to:

  • park in open well-lit and secure areas wherever possible
  • print off West Mercia's vehicle crime prevention postcard - Click on the link below and when you print it, both sides of the postcard will appear on a single side of A4 paper - fold the paper in half and display it 'STOP' side up on your dashboard
  • ensure windows, sunroof and boot are all secured and doors locked when leaving your vehicle unattended, no matter how briefly
  • take keys with you when leaving the vehicle unattended
  • remove any valuables and personal belongings from the vehicle
  • remove your sat nav and its cradle and wipe away any sucker marks (More information on sat nav security)
  • fit an alarm or immobiliser
  • activate the steering lock - whenever and wherever you park
  • have the vehicle registration number etched on each of the windows
  • postcode your vehicle stereo using an ultraviolet marker
  • keep your vehicle in a garage if possible
  • keep vehicle keys secure and out of sight
  • fit a locking petrol cap and wheel nuts