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Aug 17, 2007
Parking lots provide a vital service, but they also pose significant risk to their patrons. Any person male or female walking alone in a parking lot is potential prey for assault and other crime. Parking lots are often dark and unsecured making them the perfect hangout for thugs, muggers and other would be criminals. Like most people you probably stroll through the parking lot without giving a second thought to safety. You casually walk with a cell phone to your ear totally unaware of your surroundings. When you enter a parking lot you become a subject of interest to all creeps that make parking lots their haven. You read about it all the time, someone being attacked or abducted in a parking lot. Criminals hate work, they always take the easiest road. You are chosen because you look like a good victim. Always be aware of the much vulnerability in parking lots and protect yourself at all times.

When possible, wear shoes and clothing that will not hinder an escape. Sneakers are best; shoes with low heels are your second best bet. Be suspicious of people approaching you in a parking lot, especially if you are alone. Criminals sometimes approach you in an innocent fashion by asking for a cigarette or the time to test your reaction. You do not have time for lengthy analysis, the best thing to do is promptly decline any questions and move on your way. If you get an uneasy feeling its probably for good reason and you should quickly leave the area. If you find you cannot leave immediately, making a loud noise is an effective way to scare off criminals. Always walk purposefully and look confident. Assertive body language can help prevent an attack. Do not slouch, keep your head up and look as though you would cause uproar if bothered.

When approaching your vehicle take quick notice of the area around the cars near yours. Perpetrators maybe parked nearby waiting for you. Take note of cars parked and running near yours a criminal could be preparing for a quick crime and a fast get away. Also look under your car from a distance a criminal might use this area to initiate a surprise attack. Another good idea is taking a glance in your back seat before you get inside your vehicle. All these measures will help you, but if you get caught off guard, law enforcement agencies suggest keeping mugger money of ten or fifteen dollars in your wallet or purse to satisfy money hungry thieves. Remember, you can choose to take precautions and make yourself safer.

If you park in a lighted area your chances of becoming a victim are reduced. Also keep your house keys separate from your car keys. No matter what your circumstances are you should never ever leave your kids or keys inside the vehicle. Always lock your car doors, even before buckling up, when driving and parked. Some people do not like corner parking spaces for fear of damage to their vehicle, but most of the time it is free from other vehicles on at least one side. This provides the necessary visibility to make sure your approach is safe. You do not have to park in the next county, just leave enough clearance to get a good visual. They seem like common sense but violation of these simple rules brings people in contact with the criminal element everyday.

Although sometimes a poor indicator, the type of car you park next to may offer a clue to who is in your surroundings. A good practice is to avoid parking next to vans; pick ups and other large vehicles. These large vehicles can hide your car and make it more difficult for others to observe someone breaking into your automobile. They can also provide a great hiding place for thieves or attackers. Parking decks are also full of bad surprises. We often visit a large establishment with a separate parking deck and we are always mindful of the employees talking about all the bad things that happen. However we never hear about them taking extra safety precautions. Most of them have cell phones, which are great for reporting after the fact, but it is of little use the moment a crime is being committed against you. When it comes to defending yourself you have two choices, you can make excuses or you can defend yourself but cannot do both.
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Johnny A. Jenkins, Distribution Director of Repeller Technology , provides self-defense and safety products, tips and advice to fit most situations. Make your surroundings safer for you and loved ones today at: Repeller Technology .
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