A Coventry supermarket has
been praised by police for its work in cutting crime in its car park.
Motorists using the petrol
station at the Tesco store in Clifford Bridge Road, Walsgrave
frequently drove off without paying.
Property was often taken from
cars parked at the store, and the vehicles themselves were often
But a re-think by the site
owners has prompted a huge reduction in the amount of crime.
The car park and building have
now been nominated for a Secure By Design award by West Midlands
Police. It is the only car park of its kind in the region to be given
such an honour.
Following a refurbishment at
the store, CCTV cameras have been installed and the drive-through area
in the petrol station removed.
Since the changes were put in
not one motorist has left without paying.
Crime Prevention and
Architectural Liaison officer PC John Gisbourne said people living in
the community had been consulted about the changes, and this had
helped ensure the best improvements had been made.
PC Gisbourne said:
“The award is not easily
attained and requires a partnership approach between everyone to
“There are no other
commercial sites of a similar nature in the West Midlands and the
store’s security team worked hard to get to the required standard
to be given the award.
“This has led to a
dramatic reduction in crime at the site.
“The site will be
monitored on a regular basis to ensure that the reduction in crime
and the success continues.”
Tesco Security Director John
“We are delighted to have
been presented with the Secure By Design award.
have been working in very close partnership with West Midlands
Police to ensure that we provide our customers and staff with a
secure and safe environment both in the store and the car park and
this is a recognition of all our efforts.”