Parking Deck Parking Lot Safety for Women NRSEC news September 2017 – from your friends at Northeast Remote Surveillance and Alarm, LLC
Tips to keep you and your loved ones safe in parking garages and parking lots.
Parked cars provide hiding spots for a crouching, stealthy predators to close in on you unless you’re aware of your surroundings at all times. You should NOT be talking on a cell phone or listening to music with your ear-pods. Predators target prey who’re distracted and unaware catching you off guard makes you unable to use pepper spray or personal alarm noisemaker. Also beware of cars cruising the lanes – predators can suddenly stop and jump out to rob or kidnap you.
Stay ALERT and PREPARED
• ALWAYS keep warily scanning 360 degrees around you (NO ear-pods, cell phones, or other
• Carry pepper spray and a personal security alarm (noisemaker or screamer) very visibly and ready. Both can be carried beyond the parking area as well. Or if you’re near your car, you can push your car key’s emergency button – setting off your car’s horn. Either a personal alarm or your car’s horn will spoil a predator’s secrecy. Also, you’ll further deter him/them by making it obvious that you’re carrying pepper spray held at shoulder height and very ready to spray.
Do NOT feel guilty for assuming someone might be dangerous and treating him coldly. Get over it. An innocent and decent man easily understands a woman’s safety concerns in a vulnerable location. If you become the victim of crime, you’ll wish you’d been impolite before a threat escalated.
Parking Garage Safety
If parking garages do have surveillance equipment, it’s often obsolete. Do not rely on it. Do NOT use parking garage stairs and elevators – they provide traps that benefit predators by isolating you, muffling your screams and noisemaker alarm, and depriving you of possible escape routes. INSTEAD, walk in the middle of the aisles and ramps (with your pepper spray and noisemaker visible and ready) until you reach your destination.
Don’t Be an Easy Target for Predators be aware of your demeanor
• Someone looking friendly, timid, lost, absent-minded, or intoxicated
• Someone wearing earphones or distracted with a cell phone
• Someone unaware she’s being followed until she’s isolated and face-to-face.
• Someone parking close to trucks that prevent witnesses from seeing you.
• Someone “handcuffed” with both arms loaded with packages or a child.
For better parking garage and parking lot safety, insist that a store security guard escort you.
INCREASE YOUR PARKING LOT SAFETY
Carry pepper spray and a personal security alarm (noisemaker or screamer) raised and ready, in full view. Predators can see that you’re alert and prepared, so will likely leave you alone. (Or, if you’re within 50 feet or so of your car, keep your finger on your car key’s emergency button to sound your horn alarm to attract attention and scare off a predator).
Also, beware of posing as good Samaritans. Predators may offer to help and set you up.
IF YOU HAVE A BABY WITH YOU
If you have a baby with you while loading groceries into your car, position yourself so the open car door and cart surround (protect) you. Keep the baby in the cart until you finish loading the groceries. If loading into the trunk, have a convex mirror (available at auto parts stores) affixed inside your trunk lid so you can watch behind you.
To load your baby into your car (after loading the groceries, the baby goes in last), get into the rear seat with your baby, lock the doors, and buckle your baby into the safety-seat. Now look around, have pepper spray in hand, get out of the rear seat and into the driver’s seat, again lock the doors, and immediately drive away. Always use this routine and it’ll become second nature.
Parking Lot Safety SUMMARY
• ALWAYS keep warily scanning 360 degrees around you (NO ear-pods, cell phones, or other distractions).
• Walk while holding pepper spray raised and ready, in full view of any predator looking for easy prey. Also keep your thumb on the panic button alarm on your key chain (emergency button), ready to attract attention and deter a predator. Or get a more effective personal security alarm (noisemaker or screamer).
• Lock your car doors the instant you enter and keep windows closed – then immediately drive away.
• Always keep your car locked – even if you’re just running a quick errand.
• To avoid carjackings: always be aware of your surroundings and have an escape route. If a suspicious person approaches, blare the horn and/or drive away. If it’s too late, give up your property without resistance.
Parking Deck Parking Lot Safety for Women NRSEC news September 2017
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