Overnight security hired for downtown parking garage

Patrols onsite daily 8pm-2am

Since the downtown parking garage on Locust Street was built, there have been ongoing challenges with late-night activity, including vandalism, walking along the seventh floor ledge, throwing items over the side (including, in one case, a dog from the third floor), throwing eggs and debris at the adjoining apartment building, parties on the top floor, skateboarding and racing down the ramps, and other concerns.

The city has installed signs and security cameras, police have increased visits, and yet the behaviour persists.

As a result, the city has now hired Neptune Security Services Inc. to patrol the garage every evening from 8pm – 2am (including holidays) to deal with all types of behaviour. The security officer will patrol the 7-levels, stairwells & outside parameter and if necessary, call Halton Regional Police for assistance.

In addition to the above, Parking Officers will continue to regularly patrol the garage outside the above times.

My Take:

This is a step in the right direction to deal with the many complaints and evidence we have received from area residents. I want to thank them for their input and patience as we have looked for solutions and tried many approaches to deal with the problem. The primary concern is public safety; the presence of an on-site security guard will assist in ensuring the garage remains safe and secure for all users, and for area residents. The cost is being paid for entirely from parking fees and fines.

Written by Marianne Meed Ward

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  1. I am pleased to learn that the garage will have security in the evening hours. This ought to control and diminish the misuse of the space. It is alarming to hear of the incident of animal abuse. Perhaps we all need to be more observant in Burlington to be able to hold those responsible for violent behaviour accountable.

  2. Great idea! One evening as I was pumping gas at the adjacent Esso, someone in their annoyingly loud car was making a statement by speeding through each and every level. This thing’s already an eye-sore, it might as well be well-maintained…

  3. Thank you to the city of Burlington for taking this action. March 2nd we were attending BPAC and were greeted with skateboarders at entrance doors on 1st floor. WE were hesitant on leaving our car as once before on a Sunday we came out after a performance and our car had been keyed and spit on. IT is intimadating.

  4. I’m glad to hear it; we avoid parking there at all costs. We’ll need it more and more in the future as the core population intensifies.

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