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Solihull has been recognised as one of the safest places in the country to park a car.
According to the British Parking Association's Safer Parking Scheme, 35 car parks across the borough passed the safe car park standards and received the Park Mark award.
A Park Maek is awarded to parking facilities that have passed a risk assessment conducted by the police and the British Parking Association and can demonstrate low to zero levels of vehicle related crime.
The assessment covers surveillance levels, lighting, signage and cleanliness, which are known to reduce the opportunity for crime and create a safer environment for the motorists and their vehicle.
The 35 car parks in Solihull that have met these standards means there ate 23,338 car parking spaces available in the town centre that are safe to use.
Even with the 163,000 cars that are registered in the town, that leaves Solihull with one of the highest rates of safe parking spaces in the whole of the UK - with 143 safe spaces per 1,000 cars. That's much higher than the UK average, which sees just 50 safe car parking spaces per 1,000 cars.
Solihull BID Executive Director Melanie Palmer said: "This is really pleasing news and a welcome boost for town centre businesses and staff who work hard to keep car parks clean, safe and welcoming for visitors."
Leader of Solihull Council, Cllr Bob Sleigh said: "As a Council we work hard to make sure our car parks are safe and secure for people working in and visiting the borough, and we are very proud to have so many awarded with Park Mark status."
To find a safe car park near you, you can use the BPA's car park finder here - http://www.parkmark.co.uk/car-park-finder