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dence. And the most likely place to be a victim of violent crime was in the public realm (i.e., in a transit station or vehicle, on a street near one’s residence, or at a playground, field or park). The likelihood of being a victim of a violent crime in a park-

ing facility is about two in a million. There is even more good news – violent crime in parking facilities is declining, and in 2005, it was down by more than 40% from the decade prior. Smith con- cludes: “One is about twice as likely to be a victim of violent crime in the destination served as compared to being in the park- ing facility serving the destination.” We asked several parking professionals their opinions on

why they think violent crime is down significantly from the past decade. Barbara Chance of Chance Management Advisors, said:

“Parking garages have had an undeserved bad name as locations for crime. Better garage designs by parking professionals (using principles such as those found in Crime Prevention Through Envi- ronmental Design), improved and appropriate lighting, and more attention to the needs of pedestrians have helped to reduce crime and improve perceptions of the environment found in well- designed garages.” Gary Means, CAPP, Executive Director of the Lexington &

Fayette County (KY) Parking Authority, referenced a recent study in Lexington showing that there was actually less crime in down- town than in the suburbs. “People who don’t frequent our downtowns generally have a sense that there is more crime downtown, especially in parking

Let’s make a movie, produced by Parking Today, in which the parking garage wins.

garages; however, that is typically not the case,”Means said. “In my opinion, better lighting and solid security measures are a must, but the real benefit is lots of public activity. “Over the past decade, many downtowns have made a sig-

nificant comeback in levels of activity, especially in the enter- tainment and nightlife areas,” Means said, “and I would see this as a crucial reason for a decrease in violent crimes in park- ing facilities.” Even with violent crime in parking facilities at a decrease

and the proactive measures parking professionals are taking to ensure customer safety and security, Parking still loses this round to Pop Culture. People will never stop watching TV or going to movies, and every time they do, they will be reminded of the sin- ister serial killer lurking in the dark, secluded parking garage. So we have an idea: Let’s make a movie, produced by Park-

ing Today, in which the parking garage wins. Our hero is a park- ing attendant, who after saving numerous careless victims of street crime, looks the victims in the eye and says, “Next time, park in a parking garage.”

Isaiah Mouw, who works for Republic Parking System, can be contacted at Ben Bronsink, Co-Founder of, can be reached at

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