University safest for car parking

FEELING SAFE: Northumbria Police Chief Constable Sue Sim presents the Park Mark Award to deputy vice-chancellor Julie Mennell, with, from left, the force's architectural liaison officer Brian Stobbs, regional Safer Parking development manager Phil Taylor, Anthony Mersh, head of campus services Graeme Robinson, and Jimmy Rawlings.

FEELING SAFE: Northumbria Police Chief Constable Sue Sim presents the Park Mark Award to deputy vice-chancellor Julie Mennell, with, from left, the force's architectural liaison officer Brian Stobbs, regional Safer Parking development manager Phil Taylor, Anthony Mersh, head of campus services Graeme Robinson, and Jimmy Rawlings.

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THE University of Sunderland has been given top marks for putting safety on the agenda.

Northumbria Police’s top cop awarded the university its Safer Parking Scheme Park Mark Award for meeting and keeping up the standards required by the British Parking Association.

Chief Constable Sue Sim and Phil Taylor, Safer Parking Scheme Development Manager for the North East, went along to present the award.

The Safer Parking Scheme was set up by the Association of Chief Police Officers to reduce crime and the fear of crime in parking areas and the Park Mark Safer Parking Award is granted to parking areas that have passed the risk assessment carried out by police officers.

Being awarded the Park Mark means that the university has put in place measures which help to deter criminal activity and antisocial behaviour.

The university provides a security service, which is available for assistance 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, covering all university teaching and residential sites using both mobile and site-based staff and an extensive CCTV system, which is centrally monitored at the university control room.

Thirteen university car parks have been individually assessed and achieved this award.

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