A new initiative has been launched to help reduce crime in parking lots in Edmonton.
The Safer Parking initiative will reward owners of parking lots that aim to upgrade their facilities to make them more secure.
Connie Marciniuk, a community capacity builder with the city explains what criteria is looked for
“It would be one that is clean, well maintained, with lines well drawn,” says Maciniuk. “It would look like it belongs to somebody so there would be a sense of ownership to it. It would be clearly defined in terms of the space, and there would boundaries so that people know, this is where you drive, and this is where you walk.”
Marciniuk added that the program was initially launched in the U.K. and has seen success already in Vancouver.
“In Vancouver, they’ve had amazing success with the program, it’s really caught on there. Parking facilites are encouraged by it and are wanting to jump on board. So we’re hoping that we can have the same effect here and have some of the decreases in crime that they’ve experienced.”
Parking lots in Vancouver that have been awarded with the “Safer Parking Award”, have seen a 47 percent decrease in crime.
Two lots in Edmonton have won the award, one is on Main and Whyte Avenue, and the other is the East Parkade at the University Hospital. (km/bg)