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ParkingSafetyGeorgia 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:

When Leaving

  • 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.

When Parking

  • 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.

Read full article at GSU.

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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ParkingLotSafetySignStore and mall patrons often return to their vehicles while balancing shopping bags in one hand and a phone in the other, making themselves vulnerable targets.

Safe Bee reports, “more than 1 in 10 property crimes occur in parking lots or parking garages.” While parking lot and parking garage safety is the responsibility of the property owner, patrons can take steps to protect themselves. Safe Bee urges shoppers to follow three safety guidelines:

Be Prepared

Shop during daylight hours when possible. Obviously it’s easier for thieves to strike under cover of darkness. Fewer people shop at night too, which ups the odds that you’ll be alone in the parking lot or garage. Plan to rely on your debit or credit card for purchases; don’t carry lots of cash.

Park, Lock and More

If it’s an option, park in a lot with an attendant. Thieves aren’t as likely to lurk where someone’s on watch.

Park as near to entrance as you can. The closer you are, the less time you’ll have to spend walking through the lot or garage. Choose a well-lit spot.

Don’t assume that locking your car is enough to keep it safe….Don’t leave tempting items visible in the front or back seat.

Heads Up!

As you’re heading back to your car, have your keys out so you don’t have to search through your purse or pockets. You can also use your key as a weapon.

Be alert. This isn’t a good time to be caught up in texting or checking email, for example.

When you reach your car, get in, lock up and get out. Don’t spend time arranging packages in your trunk or fiddling with the radio station.

Read full article at Safe Bee.

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.

Continue reading →

ParkingLotSafetySignMost mall-related crime occurs in parking lots, making shoppers and drivers navigating these lots vulnerable to theft, assault and vehicle break-ins. Law enforcement officials who patrol the country’s busiest malls have coordinated with Consumer Reports to help shoppers reduce their risk of becoming victims. Their advice appeared in the December 2013 issue of Consumer Reports Magazine:

Be Choosy Where You Park

Sure, that isn’t always easy. But it could be worth driving around a little to find a spot in a populated area instead of settling on one in a dark, remote location, especially if you are alone. “Park in a well-lit area because criminals hate light; they don’t want to be identified,” said Officer Heidi Miller of the Police Department in Bloomington, Minn., home of the Mall of America.

Lock and Stow

Many parking-lot thefts occur because drivers neglect to perform the simplest task: locking the car and closing the windows. Don’t allow your car to be an easy target for thieves. Hide valuables such as GPS devices, cell phones, laptops, and ­iPods. If your GPS is mounted to your windshield, pull it off and try to clean off the suction marks so that thieves don’t break into the car looking for it. “Don’t even leave the GPS cable,” Miller said, because criminals think you’re simply putting the device away in your glove box or center console. In addition, if you have an aftermarket stereo with a removable faceplate, Miller suggests removing the face and taking it with you.

Stay Focused

“People walking through the parking lot don’t pay as much attention as they used to,” Capt. Robert Guidetti of the Paramus, N.J., Police Department said. Instead they are checking e-mail or making calls. Look to your front, side, and rear when walking to and from a store. Being aware of your surroundings lessens your chances of becoming a victim or getting struck by a car, Guidetti says.

Assume You’re Watched

Criminals watch for shoppers who put purchases in their car or trunk, then walk back into the store. Once you’re gone, it can take only moments to break in and grab items. If you need to stow packages while shopping, repark your car in a different location, away from anyone who could have been observing, says Detective Bob Welsome of the New York City Police Department. Other options are to find out whether the mall has storage lockers available or ask security to hold your packages until you’re ready to leave.

Don’t Dally

“Walk like you have a purpose,” said Officer Harry Nuskey of the Upper Merion Township, Pa., Police Department, near the popular Mall of Prussia. “Don’t wander, even if you don’t know where your car is.” Have your car key in hand before you leave the store. It can also act as a weapon if necessary, Guidetti says. Once in your car, lock the doors immediately and drive off. Don’t sit and do other things. That will lessen the chance of you becoming a target.

Beware of Stranger Danger

If you are approached or chased, yell or scream to get attention or go back to the store and alert security. If you are followed while driving, go to an open gas station or a populated area with plenty of light, Miller says. “Your best defense is a well-charged cell phone,” Miller said. “Get on the phone and call 911.”

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Parking lot owners and managers are required by law to provide a safe premises for all patrons legally on their property and to prevent foreseeable third-party criminal attacks, such as rapes, shootings, assaults, or robberies. For example, should a proprietor have reason to anticipate a criminal act based on knowledge of a security lapse or a previous crime on or near property, he or she then has a duty to exercise ordinary care to deter such crime and protect those legally on their premises from harm.

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