We receive many questions about why the City restricts on-street parking between 3am and 6am:
The 3-6am parking ordinance is a very effective tool in reducing the opportunity for criminal activity. When cars are parked in the street they become more susceptible to break-ins, vandalism, or to being stolen. These cars become potential crash targets for drunk drivers. In addition, cars parked in the street late at night provide cover for criminals to park their getaway cars while they commit crimes in our city. Also, if the streets are clear it aids our ability to catch criminals escaping on foot or in a car because of the improved lines of sight that are created.
The ban on 3-6am on street parking also reduces the number of abandoned or disabled vehicles left in the street that contribute to neighborhood blight. A car parked on street for several nights will be noticed, and action can then be taken to remove it.
As a police department we try to be proactive in our efforts to reduce crime by eliminating the opportunities for criminals to victimize our residents. This ordinance is a preventative measure. If cars are parked in the garage or a well lit driveway it reduces the attractiveness of committing a crime because of the potential of being observed.
The ordinance does accommodate households that have more cars than what will physically fit on their property and for temporary special circumstances. Obviously, these cars are susceptible to all the crimes described above, so on-street overnight parking permits are a choice of last resort.