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Derby Car Park 10th Safest Place on Earth 2007-03-02

Posted by clype in Articles of Interest, Gizmo, List, Statistics.
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A car park in Derby is one of the most secure places in the world, according to a study published in science magazine ‘Focus‘.

The Bold Lane multi-storey, with spaces for 440 cars, has not seen one theft or case of vandalism in six years.

And that makes it unique in the UK, according to its designer, Mr.Ken Wigley.

Mr.Wigley, an agricultural engineer, began working on the design after his car window was smashed and stereo stolen while parked in an airport car park.

Motorists pay an extra 20p every hour to ensure their cars’ safety.

Turnover for the multi-storey has risen from 87 000 GBP in 1997 to 531 219 GBP in 2002. The Focus report said:

‘The multi-storey uses a sophisticated web including CCTV cameras, panic buttons, entry doors and bar-coded tickets to guarantee security, but the keystone is super-sharp patented sensors that spot if a parked car moves even a little when the central computer thinks it should be stock still, resulting in a lock-down of the site: smart stuff.’

The 10 most secure places in the world are:

  1. Cheyenne Mountain — the command, control, communication and intelligence centre for coordinating and controlling North American Aerospace Defence Command and USA Space Command missions;
  2. HavenCo — a data-protection company based six miles off Britain, at Sealand in the North Sea, to which all but authorised staff, investors and members of the Royal Family are denied access;
  3. ADX-Florence Prison – a maximum security jail in Colorado, USA, where electronic doors, cameras and audio equipment allow a single guard to control the movements of numerous prisoners in several cell blocks;
  4. Deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein’s Baghdad bunker — a shelter where occupants could survive a direct hit from an atomic bomb for six months;
  5. The Mormon Church records store – vaults encased in rock at Granite Mountains, Utah, USA, where armed guards waving metal detector wands usher visitors into a concrete bunker before swinging open metal gates to a tunnel entrance;
  6. Fort Knox — a bank vault with a 25-tonne door;
  7. The 1960s Bar — part of the Burlington bunker in Wiltshire;
  8. Air Force One — a modified Boeing aircraft with all the latest safety technology, which flies the President of the USA around the world;
  9. Area 51 — a US American military facility about 90 miles north of Las Vegas;
  10. Bold Lane — a multi-storey car park near the shopping centre in Derby.

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