Parking Lot Safety Tips

Two women in Eastern Carolina were carjacked within days of each other last week. The suspects in both cases are still on the run.

With the holiday shopping season getting into full swing soon, parking lot safety will become more important. Here are some tips from ADT Security Services to help you stay safe.

To help keep you from being a victim of a carjacking or parking lot crime always remember to park in well-lit areas with security patrols and/or cameras. Try not to park in spots that are dark or secluded, such as a corner area of a structure that might provide a hiding place for a criminal.

Try to avoid parking next to large vehicles such as trucks or vans that have sliding doors which can allow assailants to easily pull people inside.

Be aware of your surroundings, scan the parking lot and try to locate suspicious people or things. Do this as you park your car and when you are returning to it. If something suspicious presents itself then return to the store or do not exit your car and call the police.

Look inside your vehicle before you get in to make sure there is no one hiding inside or underneath. A small flashlight on your key chain would be good to help you see any possible threats.

When you are in your car, start your engine and leave the parking lot immediately.

Don’t leave valuable items in plain sight in your vehicle, instead put them in the trunk or hide them in your car.

Finally, choose parking spots near security cameras; they act as a deterrent. Also look for cameras in tunnels and near walkways that connect parking areas to buildings.

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  • by LW Location: Greenville on Nov 3, 2009 at 04:15 AM
    Another TIP. Get a permit and carry a gun. Get trained, And protect yourself at any cost! It,s your life the polticians or to PC to get REAL!
  • by stephanie Location: greenville on Nov 2, 2009 at 10:12 AM
    ALWAYS-ALWAYS have your keys in hand before leaving store. That's when most people get hit-looking for car keys
  • by B Location: Gville on Nov 2, 2009 at 09:41 AM
    This is a joke, right? Advising people, "always remember to park in well-lit areas with security patrols and/or cameras" while putting a picture of Walmart as the caption on the story-LOL!!! Walmart has absolutely no security. They have dummy cameras set up that aren't monitored or recorded and have no security for their parking lots. Why aren't these big businesses, that can easily afford security, required to provide it for their customers? That is exactly why I NEVER go to Walmart in Greenville. That's one way you can stay safe everyone; don't go to Walmart, especially the one in Greenville!
  • by Kev Location: Greenville on Nov 2, 2009 at 09:19 AM
    I don't like to shop, but my wife does so I drop her off at the door and stay in my truck with my 45. When she comes out of the door of the store I pick her up at the curb. The only problem is if I have to defend myself and my wife I WILL BE IN TROUBLE. Honest people have no rights
  • by jerry Location: kinston on Nov 2, 2009 at 07:37 AM
    leslie's right just stay home walmart just dragging the little guys down anyway and the way the economy is it wont hurt to buy a whole lot less or give to the people who really need it
  • by Leslie on Nov 2, 2009 at 05:40 AM
    Or you could just stay home and buy on line.
  • by ANNOYMOUS Location: CHOCO on Nov 2, 2009 at 03:19 AM
    Buy some mase and a stung gun!! Someone tried to make me roll down my window about 4 months ago at walmart at 11am and I just backed right up in his face! There was no telling what he was going to do to us! I had my 2 children with me and I was scared to death. If he didnt move, he was going to get ran over!! Be aware and dont tote pocket books! Put cash and debit cards in your pocket, coat, bra...ect!!

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