Parking lot security decisions about being safe are initially our responsibility. Where, when, and how we choose to park our vehicle determines what our parking lot security crime risk will be.
- Parking lot security is using your vehicle as a personal safe room.
- Parking lot security is highest while safe inside your locked car.
- Parking lot security is most critical while walking outside of a car.
- Parking lot security is affected most by young male predators.
- Parking lot security is detecting predators looking for a victim.
- Parking lot security is being alert to the conditions and risks.
Podcast Time Stamps:
[01:00] – Customer confrontation questions about parking lot security.
[01:40] – Least amount of personal security and control is in a parking lot.
[03:00] – Compare the amount of personal security and control to your home.
[03:50] – Decisions about our family safety are initially your responsibility.
[05:00] – Locking your car doors and windows is the first step.
[05:30] – A locked vehicle is a significant barrier from personal assaults.
[06:10] – Select a parking space with line-of-sight to destination.
[06:40] – Parking lot predators are usually young males.
[08:15] – Only leave the safety of a locked car when deemed safe.
[08:30] – Conduct your own parking lot security experiment.
[09:40] – Watch how retail store customers behave in a parking lot.
[10:15] – Consider if this is how parking lot perpetrators view you.
[11:10] – Have a family meeting and make a parking lot security plan.
[11:50] – Make locking your vehicle doors fist part of your daily routine.
Parking Lot Security Decisions can make you safe
- If you think about it, we’re all strangers in a large parking lot making parking lot security difficult.
- We are taught to share the space and we give little thought others to walking nearby.
- Parking lot security is at the highest level while inside your locked vehicle.
- Pick a parking space with good visibility and line of sight to the store entrance.
- Only exit the safety of your locked vehicle after first scanning the area for potential threats.
- The most common parking lot security threat is a male standing or seated nearby watching you.
- The most critical parking lot security point is at the driver’s side door as you enter and exit the car.
- The crimes of robbery, purse snatch, carjacking, and abduction occur precisely at this point.
Test your own parking security experiment
- Next time you go to a large parking lot, stay seated inside your car and watch customer behavior for about 15 minutes.
- Imagine that you are a male parking lot predator looking for an easy victim to rob.
- Use a rating system between 1-5 to score the most likely and least likely victim to attack.
- Watch people walk to and from their cars totally consumed by their thoughts or talking on their cell phones.
- Watch people as they approach their car and fumble for their keys.
- Are they looking around to see if a potential predator is standing or sitting in a car nearby?
- Did any of these customers spot you sitting alone in your car watching them?
- Did they turn their backs and attention completely away from you to load their shopping bags into the car?
- Make note of how children and infants affect the timing of the transition in and out of the vehicle.
- Observe how easy it would be for you to approach and attack these inattentive customers.
- Develop your own parking lot security plan for your family based on these observations.
For more information on parking lot security
- Carjacking Robbery @ CrimeSchool.com/20
- Carjacking Facts @ CrimeDoctor.com
- Parking Lot Crime Prevention @ CrimeDoctor.com
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