In his letter to the editor, Michael King offered his opinion that the vast majority of enclosed parking facilities – whether above or below ground – are “a cesspool of crime and criminal activity” due to their automation, minimum on-site staff and profit objectives.
This is simply not the case.
Across Metro Vancouver, I am involved in the operation of 15 parking facilities containing more than 2,500 stalls, all of which are subsurface.
We experience very little crime or criminal activity; most have not experienced this problem in years.
The same can be said for a most garages.
Parking facilities that experience crime do so because of the surrounding neighbourhood. Those in successful locales are relatively crime-free; those located in problem areas will experience the crime that concerns Mr. King.
White Rock’s West Beach neighbourhood is very successful; a parking garage at Victoria and Vidal should experience the same success.
Dale Mumford, White Rock