Personal Safety in a Parking Garage

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Have you noticed that the newer shopping malls now have parking garages instead of parking lots? That's because land is becoming scarce and costs a fortune to buy. So when a mall is built, a parking garage makes perfect sense because you can park more cars in less space.

However, there is a problem involved with a parking garage. The problem is personal safety, especially at night. We have a Whole Foods store in the Dallas area and they decided to put in 4 story parking garage. This is an excellent way to ensure that there is plenty of parking for their customers. But a woman alone, who has parked in a parking spot most far away from the store, can feel unsafe when it's dark and the parking garage is partially deserted.

Things to Look For When You Enter a Parking Garage
  • Is the area well lit?

  • Are there shrubs, concrete pillars, or greenery that could possibly make it easy for someone to hide behind?

  • Is it necessary to park far enough away that no one could hear a cry for help?

In a nutshell, you need to feel comfortable. If you find yourself feeling like you are not safe, pay attention to it, don't ignore it.

Safety Precaution After You Park
  • Pay attention to what's going on around you. That's especially important for senior citizens. I know because I am older and get easily distracted and I don't focus on things the way I should.

  • Always lock your car doors before going into the store. It's better if you have a car keyless entry system where you can lock and unlock your card door from the inside or outside.

  • If at all possible, ask assistance to get your groceries to the car. Even if you are young and perfectly able to do this it's best if you have help, especially at night.

  • If you do have to go to your car alone, try not to have too many bags or sacks of groceries.

  • Choose shoes that won't come off easily. A good choice would be shoes that you are able to run in easily and safely.

  • Plan so that you will be shopping during the daytime. Or take a friend with you.

  • When you get near your car, look at the cars that are parked beside you. Be especially aware of what type of cars they are. Remember a Van has a sliding door and provides an excellent opportunity for abduction or kidnapping. If you find you are parked by a Van, get in your car on the passenger side and move over to the driver's seat.

  • Before you get in your car, look in the front and back seats to make sure there is no one hiding. If you suspect that there is someone in your car, use your car alarm or a personal alarm to draw attention to you so that people around you knows there is a problem.

  • The minute you get in your car, don't fumble in your purse or fasten your seat belt, lock your car doors immediately with your keyless entry system if you have one. Then tend to the other things.

These are common sense precautions to take when you have to park in a parking garage. There's one more thing that can make you feel safe. Consider the Personal Alarm I mentioned or carry Pepper Spray. These are effective, non lethal and very affordable. If all else fails, you have Pepper Spray available to stop an attacker. Or a Personal Alarm to attract attention so that a potential assault or theft is nipped in the bud. Take your personal safety seriously, no matter where you are.

Don't be a Victim!


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