Parking Lot Surveillance Cameras: A Complete Guide

7 Jan 2022

Whether you manage a commercial parking lot, vehicle storage facility or car dealership, it must be secured against criminal activity.


Parking lots are vulnerable areas for loitering and crimes, including theft, vandalism, carjackings, and violent assaults. In fact, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, more than 1 in 10 property crimes happen in parking lots and garages. 

Parking lots attract criminals due to their seclusion and abundance of hiding spots. These criminals seek to steal property and target customers and employees as they travel to and from their cars.

Unfortunately, these criminals are conditioned to believe that parking lots are an easy target due to their lack of active security systems - and in too many cases, this is true.

LotGuard: Parking Lot Sruveillance Cameras

Unfortunately, these criminals are conditioned to believe that parking lots are an easy target due to their lack of active security systems - and in too many cases, this is true. 

Don't allow your parking lot to become the next crime statistic; now is the time to invest in a high-quality security system and protect your property, employees, guest, and customers. 

Are Surveillance Cameras Necessary for Parking Lot Security?


There are many ways to make your parking lots less attractive to criminal activity. We detail all of these in our free download 'The Complete Guide to Parking Lot Security'.

Key suggestions for securing your parking lot covered in this guide include:https://www.lot-guard.com/the-complete-guide-to-parking-lot-security/

  • Installing lighting fixtures across your lots
  • Controlling access in and out of the lot
  • Installing perimeter fencing where possible

While these measures will discourage criminals, they aren't enough to completely stop crime from happening. The most important step you can take in preventing parking lot crime is installing visible surveillance cameras.

Surveillance cameras keep watch over your lots and properties, helping prevent break-ins, vandalism, and burglary.

They are the most productive and cost-effective step you can take to reduce crime and loitering on any commercial parking lot.

Surveillance cameras not only allow you to respond to security breaches in real-time, but they also act as an effective deterrent to opportunist criminals.

The presence of a highly-visible security camera will, in most cases, persuade a criminal to move on from your site. This visible deterrence can be enhanced by installing warning signage around your site, highlighting the presence of cameras. 

If a crime does occur, the recorded footage from the surveillance camera provides evidence that can be used for investigations, enabling the identification of perpetrators and decreasing your business's legal liability.

Enhancing your surveillance cameras with remote monitoring services will enable you to stop criminals in their tracks and protect your people and property. 

What Features Does My Parking Lot Surveillance Camera Need?

Having a surveillance camera at your parking lot will undoubtedly boost security, but choosing the best camera can be overwhelming given the range of options.

At LotGuard, we've designed our mobile surveillance units specifically for parking lot security applications, and below, we list some of their key features and why they are beneficial.

High-Definition Video: Parking lots may be poorly lit, and with vast areas to cover, crimes may occur far away from where the cameras are placed. Because of this, a high definition camera is critical to securing evidence of the required quality to aid law enforcement. 

Solar Power: When it comes to parking lots, it's wise to look for solar-powered cameras, as a fixed power supply may not be available where your cameras most need to be deployed. LotGuard's Surveillance Trailers and Pole Cameras feature solar capability, allowing for autonomous deployment if required. 

Mobile and Rapid Deployment: LotGuard's mobile surveillance units offer plug and play capability so that they can be installed in minutes. Should your surveillance requirements change, they can easily be moved to new locations. 

LTE Connectivity: It's unlikely you will have cabled internet or Wi-Fi reaching out into your lots, so a self-contained surveillance device with built-in cellular video transmission technology is essential.

Remote Access: Accessing your surveillance cameras 24/7 from any device is essential to actively protecting your parking lots. At LotGuard, we provide our mobile app and desktop viewing software as a license-free download, so your teams can access the cameras at any time, from any device. 

Edge Recording Capability: Your parking lot surveillance cameras should do more than just live stream; they should store video for retrospective review and investigation. 

Infrared (Night Vision): Most parking lot crimes are likely to occur under cover of darkness, so your chosen security camera must have a powerful, smart IR function. LotGuard cameras can see up to 800ft even in total darkness, so there's nowhere to hide for criminals.

Do I Need Video Monitoring Services?
Remote video monitoring involves a team of security professionals actively monitoring the alerts from the surveillance cameras you install at your lots.

They will verify these alerts, and, if they are an active threat, they will initiate a remote crime prevention process that includes issuing an audio challenge, live voice down functionality, and even the dispatching of guards or local law enforcement.

But do you need this service? The presence of a surveillance camera is often enough of a deterrent to criminals, and if a crime does occur then, you have all the high-quality video evidence stored on the device. 

The actual value of remote video monitoring is that it allows for crime prevention

Suppose a surveillance camera does not deter a criminal; a voice down audio challenge from a remote operator informing them that law enforcement has been despatched will stop them in their tracks.

This prevents your lots and properties from being affected by damage or loss, meaning no rising insurance premiums and no aftermath to deal with.

Finally, remote monitoring service means no late-night call outs for you to deal with; you can rest easy knowing a team of security professionals are always awake, always on guard, and always protecting your lots. 

The Benefits of Remote Video Monitoring

Is Remote Video Monitoring Expensive?

Cost is a crucial consideration for many businesses. That is a significant reason why video surveillance cameras and remote monitoring services are increasingly popular -  they are significantly cheaper than security guards.

Per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage of a security guard is $29,680 — and that number goes up if you have to cover holiday periods or you want an armed guard.

A LotGuard unit, complete with video monitoring services, offers savings of up to 85% compared with the cost of using a security guard.

There are, of course, pros and cons to using surveillance cameras vs guards beyond just the price point. At LotGuard, we would generally recommend a blended approach to security and suggest you augment the reach of existing guards with surveillance cameras.

Cameras make the work of guards more efficient, amplifying and enhancing their reach by giving them eyes on multiple areas around the parking lot.

Guards can even talk down to people in the lot through speakers while viewing them live on camera, letting them know they are being recorded.

Do I Need to Install a License Plate Recognition (LPR) Camera?
License plate recognition (LPR) cameras can significantly enhance your parking lot surveillance cameras.

They automatically scan the plates of all vehicles that enter or exit your lots (night or day, in all weather conditions) and link footage to the plate number of the vehicle recorded.

This allows users to identify every vehicle that enters and exits their parking lot and simplifies the process of access management.

An LPR camera can help you automate which vehicles can access your parking lots and make the process of identifying offenders much easier. 

This two-fold benefit has made LPR cameras an extremely popular customization feature of the LotGuard camera range.

Do I Need an 'Intelligent' Camera?


Intelligent or 'smart' surveillance cameras can automatically analyze video surveillance footage with limited or zero human intervention.

LotGuard cameras can be supplied with edge video analytics software that provides automated detection of intruders, loitering, vehicular violations and more, meaning cameras don't have to be continually monitored for activity. 

Video analytics setup is easy to configure and allows users to create a virtual perimeter around their parking lots.

When the video analytics platform detects an intrusion, an alarm is raised directly to the site manager or our partner monitoring station, who can take swift action to protect your lot.

We can even provide intelligent thermal analytics, which allows for advanced detection and classification.

Although not essential, video analytics is highly beneficial in enhancing the effectiveness of your security cameras.

Ready to learn more about how LotGuard can protect your parking lots? Call our team today on 877 805-9475 or email sales@wcctv.com.

Charles Babbage House
Kingsway Business Park
OL16 4NW
Rochdale, Lancashire
United Kingdom

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