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Paul Mayes, APCOA
Graham Sweedy, Contract Manager, APCOA
Kevin Midgley, Car Parks & Ground Transport Manager London Luton Airport
Peter Gravells, BPA

APCOA achieves Park Mark® Parking Award at London Luton Airport

Published: 16 July 2014

APCOA Parking (UK) Limited has achieved the coveted Park Mark® Safer Parking Award for the official airport car parks at London Luton Airport.

The Park Mark® Safer Parking Award is given to parking facilities that have achieved the requirements of a risk assessment conducted by the Police and the British Parking Association. The Safer Parking Scheme is an initiative of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), Police Scotland and the Police Service of Northern Ireland, aimed at reducing crime and the fear of crime in parking areas. 

The Safer Parking Scheme, managed by the British Parking Association (BPA), awards the Park Mark® to facilities that have measures in place to create a safe environment. Police Accredited Assessors undertake a site specific risk assessment. They assess the management and maintenance of the facility and check that there are appropriate levels of surveillance, lighting, signage and cleanliness, thereby reducing the opportunity for crime.

APCOA Parking (UK) Limited and London Luton Airport have the measures in place that help to deter criminal activity and anti-social behaviour, thereby doing everything possible to reduce the fear of crime.

Peter Gravells, Park Mark® Scheme Area Manager, says, “We are delighted that APCOA has achieved the Park Mark® Award, it means it is delivering a safer environment for those using the car parks at London Luton. It is a fantastic achievement and testament to the effective management and high car parking standards maintained by the company.”

Kevin Midgley, Ground Transportation Manager for London Luton Airport says “The Airport is immensely proud to receive the accreditation for all four of its official car parks. When you book with us you’re assured that our car parks are closest to the terminal building, are safe and secure and no one sells our parking for less.

The Park Mark® award demonstrates our continued commitment to improve facilities for customers”.

There are currently 5000 car parks with the Park Mark® Award throughout the UK. To find your nearest Park Mark® car park, visit


Pictured Left to Right:

  • Paul Mayes, APCOA

  • Graham Sweedy, Contract Manager, APCOA

  • Kevin Midgley, Car Parks & Ground Transport Manager London Luton Airport

  • Peter Gravells, BPA

Further information:

Visit the BPA Media Hub or contact the Policy and Public Affairs Team direct: Tel: 01444 447 316

London Luton Airport Press Office 

Notes to editor

* Source: Home Office, ‘Extent and Trends,’ 2010. 

p. 11

** Source: Office for National Statistics, ‘Crime Statistics: Nature of Crime tables, 2011/12 - Vehicle related theft,’ 2012. 


The British Parking Association (BPA), founded in 1970, is the largest independent professional association in Europe, representing 720 member organisations in the parking and traffic management profession. Members range from technology manufacturers and car park operators to local authorities and theme parks.   

The BPA is dedicated to promoting and representing knowledge and standards in every type of parking facility, both on-street and off-street, and to bringing together the interests of Government, local authorities and commercial organisations, providing a forum for the exchange of information and ideas concerning parking.The BPA manages the Safer Parking Scheme on behalf of ACPO and with support from the Home Office and Scottish Government. Nine Area Managers are employed by the BPA to actively promote and manage the scheme throughout the UK.


The Association of Chief Police Officers (England, Wales and NI) manages the police element of the project through ACPO Crime Prevention Initiatives Ltd, a not-for-profit organisation wholly owned by ACPO. ACPO works alongside Police Scotland and the Police Service of Northern Ireland to deliver the police element of the Safer Parking Scheme.

Details of the Safer Parking Scheme and ACPO may be found at: (for operators), (for members of the public) and

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