How to Secure your Outdoor Parking Lot

Cameras for Outdoor Parking Lots

Are you interested in learning how to secure your parking lot, but not sure where to start?

Use this piece hand-in-hand with our Beginner’s Guide for Securing Your Perimeter. It provides an excellent foundation and will help you think about the basics before you focus on the specific needs to your outdoor parking lot.

Securing an outdoor parking lot can feel intimidating, but it doesn't have to be. This article gives real life examples of challenges your business or organization's parking lot may face. At SCW, we want to empower you with the knowledge you need to keep your parking lot more secure.

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Your Parking Lot Isn't As Safe As It Could Be

Different sized parking lots have unique threats. However, we want to provide a general outline for protecting your parking lot. Before a person can act, they need to be aware. We’re here to break down the potential threats to your business or organization's parking lot and how exactly you would best be able to handle them.

These are your top threats:

People who Drive Onto Your Lot

People who Walk Onto Your Lot

Traffic Incidents

How to Handle A Criminal Walking Onto Your Lot

Parking lots often attract loiterers. Thieves will often walk onto lots, so they can avoid being identified by their vehicles. They will then walk around the parking lot, identify cars they want to target for break-ins, and wait for the right moment to steal from a car.

What You Need

Long-Range Bullet Cameras

Your parking lot will need a long range bullet style camera installed at multiple locations to give you various angle and vantage points. Most importantly, these types of cameras will help you identify the faces of thieves and perpetrators in your parking lot.

Different viewing angles is important for two reasons. First, this will ensure you don’t just capture the back of the thief who has walked onto your parking lot, especially since they could walk onto your lot from any direction. Secondly, larger vehicles like SUVs or trucks can block your view of what someone is doing. It is important to have a couple of camera angles so that cars don't block your view of what is happening in your lot.

How To Handle A Criminal Driving Onto Your Lot

Thieves know that parking lots are easy targets. There are hundreds of cars in large parking lots, so most burglars feel like they can break into a car without being noticed. It’s not uncommon for burglars to act like they’re the owners of the car, making it difficult to spot suspicious activity.

What You Need

Long-Range Bullet Style Cameras

PTZ Cameras

It’s important to install long range bullet cameras and PTZ Cameras from different angles, creating an overlap. Make sure all parking areas have adequate coverage. If a criminal drives onto your lot, you’ll need cameras that recognize and identify the criminal’s face, and the make and model of their vehicle.

Many people will want to capture the license plate of a criminal’s car. The camera industry will try to sell you both license plate recognition and license plate capture cameras. Unfortunately, license plate capture and recognition are very different, and you’ll need a different type of camera depending on whether you want license plate capture or recognition. Learn more about License Plate Cameras.

Traffic Incidents

Parking lots are notorious for traffic accidents. With a large number of cars in close proximity, it’s easy for people to get into accidents. Unfortunately these accidents are sometimes followed by verbal or physical altercations. Your business or organization will need cameras in place to make sure you have footage of the incident.

What You Need

Wide-Angle Turret Style Cameras

Wide angle turret style cameras mounted at various vantage points will ensure you have overlapping camera coverage. Additionally, the wide field of view will make sure you capture any traffic incidents, automobile accidents, or damage claim incidents from parking lot users.