Parking garages can be dangerous if security measures aren't put into place – here are three ways you can increase safety within your building's parking garage and provide employees who park there with some peace of mind:
Install a CCTV System
Installing a closed circuit television system in your parking garage can decrease crime by about 51 percent and help ensure that people parking inside the garage are kept safe day and night. Have your technician install a camera in each corner of your parking garage so every inch of space can be captured on video and be replayed if necessary. It's helpful to put signs up on the garage walls that let employees and visitors know that they're under surveillance at all times while using a parking space. This will help deter would-be criminals from vandalizing the garage, breaking into cars, or confronting people as they come and go so you're less likely to have to use your CCTV footage to solve crime after the fact. Companies like Gene's Lock and Security may be able to help.
Incorporate a Buddy System
To keep employees safe when walking to and from their cars, consider incorporating a buddy system. Attach a sign-up sheet to the wall in your break room so people can connect with others who work the same hours and walk together to and from their vehicles. The buddy system should help ensure that nobody is ever left alone in the parking garage, especially during the night or early morning hours when it's dark outside. If you don't employ enough people to buddy up with each other or if employees all work varying hours, consider hiring a security guard to act as a walking buddy and escort employees as they arrive at work and leave at the end of the day.
Create a Reporting System
It's also a good idea to create a reporting system for employees to use when they see or hear something suspicious in the parking garage. Each report can be investigated as necessary and may provide you with some insight into methods you can use to eliminate the problems that are reported. For instance, you may get reports of people lurking in the corner of the garage and realize that it's because you've located an ashtray there. If you moved the ashtray closer to the entrance of the garage, you can eliminate the need for people to lurk in dark corners, which means that you reduce the potential for strangers to mingle in. Feature a small box that has a slot for paper on a desk in your reception area so employees have a place to submit their reports anonymously.
These tips and tricks should create a safer and more convenient environment for the employees who utilize your parking garage.