Meridian Leisure Park wins award for reducing car crime

Michael Gardner, Development Manager - British Parking Association, Billy Dilieto, Deputy Manager and PC 1955 Martin Aston

Michael Gardner, Development Manager - British Parking Association, Billy Dilieto, Deputy Manager and PC 1955 Martin Aston

The Meridian Leisure Park in Braunstone, Leicester has scooped a prestigious police award for helping to reduce car crime in the city.

The car park at the leisure venue on Lubbesthorpe Way has been awarded a Park Mark certificate. Park Mark is a national initiative run by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) as part of its Safer Parking Scheme to reduce crime and the fear of crime in parking facilities.

The award, managed by the British Parking Association, is granted only after a stringent ACPO inspection is carried out to ensure key measures are in place to make the car park as safe as possible for the public.

For customers of the Meridian Leisure Park, the Park Mark sign means that the area has been vetted by ACPO and has measures in place to create a safe environment

At the Meridian Park, a dedicated security team monitors CCTV cameras 24-hours a day and regularly patrols the car park. The layout of the car park does not give any easy cover to thieves.

PC 1955 Martin Aston, neighbourhood officer for Thorpe Astley, said:

 “For visitors to the Meridian Leisure, the Park Mark award adds real value as it is important for customer confidence to know that car crime at the venue is low.”

Park Manager David Eden said:

“We are delighted to have won the Park Mark award which is granted only after a stringent police inspection and is well earned recognition of the hard work put in by our security team and the measures we use, such as CCTV, to monitor the park day and night.

“Having Park Mark status gives our customers the confidence of knowing that they and their cars are as safe as possible, which is vital if people are to relax in a leisure environment.”

Michael Gardner, Area Development Officer for the Safer Parking Scheme, said:

“The Safer Parking Scheme Park Mark award is a police initiative aimed at reducing crime and the fear of crime in car parks. Meridian Leisure Park car park has now achieved that award yet again, having been in the scheme since 2006. Its operators should be congratulated for providing an accredited car park for their customers.”

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