Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre has successfully retained the Park Mark® Award status. This award is given by the Safer Parking Scheme in collaboration with the Police to car parks that have achieved standards of the Safer Parking Scheme. This scheme is designed to reduce crime and the fear of crime in car parks.
Mark Rumfitt, Centre Manager said: "Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre has developed a strong working partnership with the Police, which has helped us achieve the Park Mark® Award. Our car parks have achieved Park Mark® Safer Parking Awards, this means that they have been assessed by the Police and we have measures in place to deter criminal activity, creating a safer environment for our customers and their vehicles".
Mark added, "Our dedicated in house teams, have great pride in making Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre a safe environment for our customers and this award recognises the efforts of our behind the scenes team. The car parks at Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre are well managed, maintained and have appropriate levels of surveillance, lighting and cleanliness all of which contribute to reducing the opportunity for crime."
The Park Mark assessors were pleased and impressed with the amount of work completed since their last visit in February 2008, including - knee rail fencing to the top corner of Red Car Park, surface markings in the Multi Storey Car Park, together with the upgrade and installation of new CCTV cameras. The changes to the Security control room were impressive and the images being produced are of a very good quality.
The assessors also congratulated all personnel involved for maintaining the standards, particularly the security team who are very diligent, resulting in any problems being kept to the absolute minimum. With an annual vehicle throughput in the region of 4m this equates to the likelihood of becoming a victim of crime as 1:500,000, thus creating a safe and non-threatening environment for users of the centre.