STRENGTH IN UNITY : HOW THE WASHINGTON PARKING ASSOCIATION AND COLONIAL PARKING PUT A HALT TO PARKING FACILITY AUTO THEFT

In September 2002, car thefts from Washington D.C. parking facilities were rising at an alarming rate. This article describes how the Executive Director of the Washington Parking Association worked hand in hand with the Metro D.C. police department and parking facility operators put a stop to it. Most importantly, the facility operators had to work together so that the ring of thieves wouldn't simply move from one facility to the next if better security precautions were implemented in one garage. Parking facility operators implemented several major operational changes, such as no longer using key boxes or allowing customers to leave keys in their car. Instead, keys are secured in management offices. Additionally, the facilities placed more supervision in the affected areas during peak periods and used security cameras to film not only the rear of vehicles as they entered and exited the parking facilities, but also the front of the vehicle including the face of the driver.

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    • Page range: pp 25, 28-29
  • Corporate Authors:

    National Parking Association

    1112 16th Street, NW, Suite 300
    Washington, DC  United States  20036
  • Authors:
    • Swenson, E
  • Publication Date: 2003-6

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00961071
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 4 2003 12:00AM