People are very cautious when they are at home. They lock the doors and windows when they go out and retire for the evening. The take precautions with their children by teaching them to cross the street the right way as well as following the rules when riding their bicycles. Concentration is installed into each of us when driving a motor vehicle and being aware of other vehicles in other lanes and people walking about.
Those same precautions seem to go out the window when you park your car at the mall or grocery store. Even when the parking lots are full there is a chance there is someone lurking in the shadows you are unaware of. It is time to put some added caution to the wind before you enter your vehicle that was left out in the lot for hours on end before getting in as well as looking at the area around your vehicle.
Here are some tips that should be taken into consideration to protect you against carjackers:
- Always park your car in an area that is well lit so that you and your vehicle are very visible.
- Try to park close to the front of the store lot and not way in the back. Don’t hide your vehicle behind an barriers such as cart returns, dumpsters or on the side of the store away from the main parking lot.
- Always lock your car doors and keep the windows rolled up. On really hot summer days the heat builds up in a vehicle and leaving a little less than ¼ of an inch opening is feasible to let some of the heat escape.
- Watch where you are walking and who is walking around you. Check out your car as you approach it. Look under the car from a distance and as you get closer check to see if anyone is just hanging out around your vehicle. If you feel unsafe then just turn around and go back into the store.
- When you load your vehicle with packages or grocery bags stand at an angle and look around you as you place each bag in the car. Doing this keeps you alert to who is walking about and no one can sneak up behind you that you didn’t see walking towards you.
- If someone seems to be in trouble or says they have car trouble that you do not know apologize and say you don’t know anything about cars and get into your car and go. You can always call the police once you are away from the stranger to say they are in need of assistance but had an uneasy feeling in the parking lot when you were asked to help. They will come and check out the situation. If they were indeed having car trouble they’ll call for assistance and if not will monitor the parking lot to prevent anything suspicious from occurring to anyone else.
- If you have to drive at night take a friend or family member with you at all times. Having someone with you will deter the criminal.
- When you do get in your vehicle, first lock all the doors right away before moving on to your next destination.
Keep safety on your mind at all times!
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