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Safer parking extends to lorry park facilities with launch of Park Mark Freight

Park Mark® Freight is a new and comprehensive assessment managed by Police Crime Prevention Initiatives and the British Parking Association that seeks to enhance the highest quality of today’s lorry parks and facilities in services and operations.

Park Mark Freight builds upon the Safer Parking Scheme’s Park Mark® Award by introducing essential criteria. The Park Mark® is primarily aimed at the prevention of criminal behaviour within the parking environment and requires owners/operators to adopt an active management strategy to ensure that there is minimal occurrence of crime. The freight industry experiences a high volume of cargo theft and the main Safer Parking Scheme Assessment Guidelines do not explicitly cover this type of business.

Facilities awarded the Park Mark® Freight award are subject to an annual assessment to ensure the high standards required by the award are maintained. To be granted Park Mark Freight, a parking facility must demonstrate a wide range of responsibilities, which includes low crime, measures in place to enhance the safety of people and vehicles, good management and operations, and exemplary customer service.

Park Mark Freight

Sara Fisher, Head of Operations and Business Development said, “There is an increased expectation for efficient, well managed and high-quality lorry parks and truck stop facilities in order to combat vehicle and cargo crime. We are delighted to launch Park Mark Freight with Police Crime Prevention Initiatives and look forward to awarding the Park Mark to facilities that can demonstrate the highest standards across their operations.”

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