- Watch Where You Park. Well lit and highly visible areas, close to the entrance or exit are best. Make sure to take a picture or note of where you parked so you won’t have to worry and spend time wandering around the parking garage when it’s time to leave. If possible, park on the on the first floor or a level connected to a sky bridge. Stay away from elevators and stairs as they make great hiding places for potential assailants.
- Stay Alert! Walk with your head up and be free from distractions such as texting, phone calls and headphones. Be aware of your surroundings and pay close attention to the people that are around you. If you see someone suspicious hanging around, leave the garage and notify the parking attendant or police.
- Be Organized. Whether leaving your car or entering the parking garage, keep your keys in your hand and your phone, wallet and personal safety device within close reach.
- Make Noise. If you begin to feel uncomfortable, make some noise! Even setting off your car alarm will work. Loud noises often bring attention which can scare off would-be assailants.
How to Stay Safe in a Parking Garage
They are a daily necessity for many people, whether at the mall, the workplace or on campus. Follow these tips to keep alert and aware of your surroundings.