Car safety for mall or underground parking facilities

1. If a robber asks for your wallet and/or purse, DO NOT HAND IT TO THEM Toss it far away from you. Chances are they are more interested in your wallet or purse than you, and they will go for the wallet/purse. Run in what you believe to be a safe direction!

2. If ever thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out the back tail lights and stick your arm, foot or other object out the hole and start waving like crazy. The driver won’t see you, but hopefully others will.

3. Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating, working, etc., and just sit doing things for a few minutes. DON’T DO THIS! A predator can be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side, threaten you with a knife or gun, and tell you where to go. As soon as you are in your car, lock the door/s and leave, even if it is to just another location nearby. If someone is in the car threatening you with a gun or other weapon, do not drive off the lot! Fasten your seat belt, gun the engine and speed into anything, wrecking the car. Your Air Bag will help prevent injuries. If the person is in the back seat they will get the worst of it. As soon as the car crashes, bail out and run. A wrecked car is better than having them find your body in a remote location.

4. A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot, or parking garage:

A.) If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door. Many serial killers etc. attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars.
B.) Be aware: Before getting into your car, look around you, look into your car, at the passenger side floor and in the back seat.
C.) Look at the car parked on the driver’s side of your vehicle, and their passenger side. If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard/policeman to walk you back out. It is always better to be safe than sorry. (And better paranoid than dead.)
D.) As there can be a person crouched between the cars parked around your vehicle, try approaching your car from a distance or angle so you can see if anyone is hiding between the parked cars. A person may hide on your passenger side and come around from the rear of your car when you are opening the driver side door. If you are suspicious of activity or notice someone, use the car horn alarm on your keychain and find assistance. If you do not have a vehicle alarm, we highly recommend you have one installed in your car.

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