Don't Park Your Safety at the Lot

Parking is something that many of us do every day. Take precautions to reduce
your risk and be safe when using parking lots.

How can something that we use almost every day be considered a dangerous place?
Depending on its location, design and the time of day, parking lots can present
a risk of workplace violence. Whether you park your vehicle conveniently close
to work or in the garage a few blocks away, your personal safety may be at risk
while walking to or from your workplace. Many people feel most vulnerable when
they are leaving or returning to their parked car when it is dark, particularly
at night.The good news is that there are some basic safety principles that you
can use to help keep you safer when traveling to and from your car.

Parking at the lot

  • Choose your parking spot wisely. Park as close as possible to your destination, in a highly visible and well-lit area. Avoid parking near shrubbery or on garage levels that are empty or rarely used. When you are in a parking garage, park near the parking attendant, close to the elevators, or near well-lit pedestrian exit traffic areas.

  • Back your vehicle into the parking space so that you are facing "out" when you get in or out of your vehicle. This gives you a better view of your surroundings and allows you to drive away more quickly if you are being approached by a stranger.

  • Take notice of where you parked so you don't have to wander around the parking lot to find your car upon your return.

  • Keep your valuables, including brief cases, purses, money or loose change, electronics (laptops, GPS), and anything with your name or address on it, secure and out of sight. Lock them in the trunk if you have to leave them in the car.

  • Keep your license, registration and insurance card with you.

  • Lock the doors and close the windows when you leave the vehicle.

  • Do not hide spare keys on your vehicle.

  • Vary your routine by parking in different spots at different times to avoid becoming an easy target.

Read more about

  • Walking from the car to work

  • Returning to your vehicle

  • If you are being followed

in an information of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety.

Further Information - Source: Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety