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More and more news stories are featuring individuals who have been attacked or injured while walking to or trying to get into their car in a parking lot. Though you may be surrounded by other cars in a public space, it does mean you can turn your guard off. Below are some parking lot safety tips that can be very helpful:

  • Always try to park in well-lit, populated areas.

  • Avoid parking next to people waiting in parked cars or large, unmarked vans.

  • Stay alert to your surroundings, and avoid any distractions like texting or listening to music with earbuds.

  • If you feel uncomfortable or in danger, be sure to seek out security officers.

  • Continue to scan the area whenever you leave or renter your vehicle.

  • If you feel like someone is trying to force you into a vehicle, make a scene and fight as much as possible.

  • Always check to see if you are being followed and make sure your doors haven't been broken into or unlocked.

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