Whether you’re shopping, going to the doctor’s
Here are 5 good parking lot safety rules you can follow to make the parking lot safer for not only yourself but everyone else as well
Stay Alert or Potential Safety Hazards
Be on the lookout for potential safety hazards like crack, fuzzy or missing lot striping, damaged signs, broken glass, and potholes. In bad weather look out for snow , ice, and puddles.
Stay close to Lighting.
Especially during evening hours park as close as possible to overhead lighting. Other than discouraging crime, good lighting makes it easier to spot problems like uneven pavement, broken or jutting pipes, or sharp corners that stick out.
The Shortest Distance
When exiting your vehicle take the most direct route to the destination building. Its best not to linger or wander around the lot. Avoid texting or cell phone use, and try not to reach into your purse or open your wallet while in the parking lot.
Park Away from Obstructions
Do your best to park away from obstructions like shrubs, bushes, trees or retaining wall. All of these are potential hiding places for criminals. Parking in clear well lit spaces serves to not make yourself an easy target.
Keep Your Keys Handy
It may sound a bit alarmist, but keeping your keys in your hand as you walk to or from your vehicle can help in a couple of ways. First it makes it easier to lock or unlock your doors, and secondly if the worst should happen they can serve as a make shift weapon in the need arises.
As development increases all around the country the need for secure parking areas will only grow. Nothing can stop all crimes from occurring, but following a couple of basic safety tips can increase public safety and discourage criminal activity.