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.