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Driving Tips: Parking Safety

Safety is important to safeguard you, your vehicle and your most important possessions:

  • Always lock your vehicle.
  • Keep your windows completely closed.
  • If parking during the evening, find a spot in the most well-lit area of the parking lot.
  • ALways consider your path of travel to and from your vehicle and park in an area that will allow you to walk to your destination along the most well traveled and well lit sidewalks.
  • Do not park in isolated locations or behind obstructions that block you from the view of others.
  • Consider the time when you will return to your vehicle when choosing a parking location. It may be dark when you return. It is often advisable to relocate your vehicle before dark to a closer parking space for your return after dark.
  • Be aware! As you approach your vehicle, observe everything and look for things out of the ordinary. Also, check inside both front and back seat before you get inside.
  • Have your keys in hand as you approach your vehicle. Don't linger, get right in and then immediately lock your car.
  • Trust your instincts and seek help at the first sign of danger.
  • If possible, ask a friend to accompany you to your vehicle.
  • Carry small loads, and keep your hands free.
  • Avoid parking beside large vehicles such as trucks or vans which can provide a convenient shield from eye-witnesses.
  • Never leave your mail visible within your vehicle, your address will provide a clue as to whether you are mail or female, and give anyone information as to your home address.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Walk with confidence and purpose. When a criminal selects a victim, in many cases they're looking for someone who appears vulnerable or out of place.
  • Do not leave tempting valuables or property visible inside your vehicle. Lock these items out of sight in your trunk or leave them at home.

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