Car parks are common hazards for drivers and vehicles alike. Slips, falls, car accidents, theft, harassment and assaults are just some of the risks individuals face while using car parks.
Even the car parks and garages at your place of employment can be dangerous. Thankfully, there are simple precautions drivers can take to protect themselves and their vehicles:
- Park in a well-lit area, preferably one with surveillance cameras and security patrol services.
- Avoid parking near shrubbery or other areas that could conceal attackers.
- Park as close to an exit as possible when using garages.
- Lock your doors when leaving your vehicle.
- Have your car keys ready when you are near your vehicle.
- Remain vigilant, and notify security or the authorities if you notice any suspicious behaviour.
- Lock all of you valuable items in your boot and out of sight. Avoid leaving purses or wallets in your vehicle.
- Walk confidently when leaving or returning to your vehicle. If you notice a potential threat, proceed to a safe place, like a public building or shop.
- Use the buddy system, and always try to walk to your car with a co-worker.
- Choose a spot near other vehicles- isolating your vehicle makes it easier for thieves to operate without being seen.
Staying safe in car parks can be simple as long as you are cautious and mindful of your surroundings.