Parking Lot Safety
While parking your car and walking to and from the store, scan the area for suspicious persons. If you notice something out of the ordinary, choose a different area to park in and notify mall security.
Avoid parking by large vans. If there is a van parked next to your car when you return, enter your car from the passenger side.
Conceal all valuable items in your vehicle such as: cell phones, mp3 players, laptops, radar detectors, jewelry, etc. Lock your valuables in the trunk and out of plain sight.
When entering and exiting your vehicle, do it quickly. Avoid having your back turned while putting bags away in your car.
Be cautious of strangers asking for questions as you walk to or from your car.
Familiarize yourself with exits around the parking lot.
Always lock your doors and roll the windows all the way up, even if you are just running in the store for a minute.
Have your keys ready before you get to your vehicle. Searching for or fumbling through your purse to get your keys leaves you vulnerable to attackers.
Remember where you parked your car. When there are no row numbers provided, look around the parking lot for landmarks such as trees or light posts.
Look under, in front of, and all around your car before you get in.
Once you get in your car, leave! Many women sit in their car, preoccupied by other things such as: making a list, balancing your checkboo, fixing makeup; which makes you an easy target for a predator.
Always be aware of your surroundings - this is your best defense!
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