5 Key Reasons to Use ANPR Cameras in Your Car Park

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Over the last few decades, Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras have overtaken traditional CCTV as the nation’s car park management system of choice. Delivering a superior level of enforcement and security, they make running your car park quicker, easier, and more profitable.

ANPR cameras work by taking a photo of a licence plate, sending it to its recognition software, and then passing it onto the relevant software for processing. This is known as optical character recognition. It lets you see who’s using the car park and how frequently, handle fines for non-paying customers, and much more.

Britannia Parking have been installing and managing ANPR car park systems for over 25 years. Read on for our list of the 5 biggest reasons using ANPR will benefit your car park.

1. 24/7 parking ticket enforcement

Regardless of how large or busy your car park is, there will always be drivers who try to avoid paying for their parking space. This can end up costing you thousands every year, especially if your car park is in an area with high demand.

ANPR cameras automatically register the number plate of each vehicle who parks up. If someone tries to leave without paying, they'll be caught on exit and issued a fine. Even better, footage from ANPR cameras can be used as irrefutable proof if someone claims they were unjustly fined. This lowers the cost and effort needed to resolve these previously challenging cases.

2. Enhanced security

Unfortunately, car parks can be a hotbed for crime. Valuable goods like vehicles and their contents are an enticing target for thieves, while violent crimes (especially in quiet car parks or late at night) are not uncommon.

Aside from acting as an effective crime deterrent, ANPR cameras can record crimes in action. These records can be used to identify suspects and submitted as evidence in court. ANPR also allows you to deny or grant vehicles access to your car park, further enhancing its level of security.

A safer car park protects your customers and improves its reputation, encouraging both new and repeat visits.

3. Improved customer experience

ANPR cameras help streamline the parking experience for your customers. By integrating ANPR with a ticketless payment system, customers will be able to book and pay for their space through their phones or online. This cuts down on time and hassle when paying for a ticket, improving their experience overall.

4. Higher profitability

By analysing how and why your car park is used, you can better develop it to meet your customers’ needs. This can help you boost its revenue-generating potential.

ANPR can provide you with detailed reports on user behaviour, which allows you to make more informed decisions. Data you can learn from includes:

  • Average length of stay
  • Common vehicle types
  • Problems with infrastructure
  • Expenditure vs profits

In addition, having an ANPR system means that fewer staff are required to patrol and monitor car parks. This helps reduce costs further.

5. Reduced admin

Security gates and manual check systems are effective ways of enforcing parking tickets, but they can cost your businesses a lot of time and resources.

ANPR systems can operate all day, every day, largely without human intervention. This means you can spend less time on managing your car park and more on other aspects of your business.

Upgrade your car park with a ANPR system from Britannia Parking

Britannia Parking are one of the UK's leading providers of car park solutions, from camera installation to car park management.

Aside from designing and installing your ANPR camera system, we offer a range of services to enhance the safety and profitability of your car park. These include:

  • Central monitoring from our 24/7 control room
  • A range of integrated payment systems (physical tickets, app, website etc.)
  • Issuing of charges for parking offences
  • British Parking Association (BPA) compliant signage
  • Reporting and account management

Wondering how we’ve helped other car park owners in the past? Read through our case studies!

Book a consultation today - we’re happy to answer your questions and explain our ANPR systems in more detail.