Georgia State University urges students to practice caution while entering and exiting vehicles in parking lots and parking garages. Parking lot patrons are particularly vulnerable while texting or otherwise distracted, while carrying a cumbersome load of books or shopping bags, and while navigating a dark or isolated parking lot alone.
Although property owners are ultimately responsible for providing a safe and secure premises for their patrons, guests can reduce their risk of becoming a victim. All parking lot patrons can benefit from the following GSU student parking lot safety tips:
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Walk with others to your vehicle whenever possible.
- Carry your car keys when approaching your vehicle so you can enter quickly. For added safety, put your car and house keys on separate key chains.
- Always check underneath your car upon approach and in the rear seat for intruders before entering your automobile.
- If something or someone looks suspicious, leave the area immediately. Do not try to go to your vehicle.
- Lock your doors immediately and keep windows rolled up whenever possible.
- Park in well-lit areas.
- Trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right, find another place to park.
- Do not leave valuable items visible in your car. Put them in the trunk or take them with you.
- Carry your registration and insurance card with you. Never leave valuable documents in your car that could help a thief identify who you are or where you live.
- Call ahead when driving to your home or apartment late at night and have someone watch you walk from your car to the residence.
Parking Lot Patron Rights
By law, business and parking lot owners are required to protect all patrons legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the property owner or management company fail to provide adequate safety and security measures, they may be held civilly liable for any injuries or wrongful deaths which occur as a consequence.
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– RULE 7.3, ABA MODEL RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT.
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