Safer parking award for Keele University car parks

Posted on 17 December 2012
The independent assessment of our facilities is a clear endorsement of our efforts to maintain this campus as a safe place to study.”

Keele University has achieved the Park Mark® Safer Parking Award in respect of its campus car parks.

The Park Mark® Safer Parking Award is given to parking facilities that have achieved the requirements of an assessment conducted by the Police and the British Parking Association. Keele 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.  The Safer Parking Scheme is an initiative of the Associations of Chief Police Officers, aimed at reducing crime and the fear of crime in parking areas.

David Gray, Keele University’s Head of Security said: ”This award is very welcome reassurance for staff and students of the safety of our campus. The independent assessment of our facilities is a clear endorsement of our efforts to maintain this campus as a safe place to study.”

The Scheme’s Area Manager, Michael Gardner, said: “We are delighted that these car parks have achieved the standards required by the Scheme, as it means that they are now delivering Safer Parking for the car park’s Students, Staff and Visitors. Keele University have been working closely with us to achieve the standards required. This award is testament to their hard work and commitment in that respect.”

Chief Inspector Neil Hulme, Newcastle Borough Local Policing Team Commander, said: “Keele University fully deserve the Park Mark award for their excellent approach to reducing car park crime.” 

Car parks with the award can use signage featuring the distinctive Park Mark® tick, so that drivers know exactly where to go for safe parking. Certain parking facilities that have received the Park Mark® Safer Parking Award have seen a drop in vehicle-related crime of over 80%.

For customers, using a Park Mark® Safer Parking area means that the area has been vetted by the Police and has measures in place in order to create a safe environment.

This initiative is much needed, as vehicle crime accounts for a high percentage of all crime (up to 20%) and it is estimated that 22% of vehicle crime occurs in parking areas.   

Notes for the editor


The British Parking Association is a non-profit making organisation that brings together the interests of government, local government, commercial organisations and the general public.  As the recognised authority within the parking industry, the BPA represents, promotes and influences the best interests of the parking and traffic management sectors throughout the UK and Europe.  The BPA aims to advance both knowledge and standards of management within areas as diverse as planning, design, enforcement, construction and the maintenance of all types of parking and traffic control.

The BPA manages the Safer Parking Scheme on behalf of ACPO and with support from the Home Office and Scottish Government. Eight  Area Managers are employed by the BPA to actively promote and manage the scheme throughout the UK.


The Association of Chief Police Officers (England, Wales and NI) and ACPOS (Scotland) manage the police element of the project through ACPO Crime Prevention Initiatives Ltd, a not-for-profit organisation wholly owned by ACPO.  Details of the Safer Parking Scheme and ACPO may be found at: (for operators), (for members of the public) and