How to stay safe in public car parks

Some simple tips on how to remain safe in public car parks…

How to stay safe in public car parks

There is no doubt one of the most unsafe places you could leave a car, especially at night, is a public car park.

Often dark and quiet and with lots of hiding spots, exercising caution in public car parks is a sensible idea.

The team at recently conducted a study that found 38% of respondents said they had felt unsafe in a car park, with the figure increasing to over half (51%) of female drivers.

Safety tips for using public car parks:

  • Park somewhere that is well lit – Increased lighting levels in dark areas can reduce the fear of crime and opportunities to commit offences. If you’re in a car park try to park under lights.
  • Opt for a space with traffic and surveillance – If parking in a car park, make sure it’s monitored by CCTV or security personnel.
  • Find a space in advance – Aim to park somewhere that you’re familiar with. If you have to park in an area that you don’t know, check out parking options beforehand to save driving around looking for a space in the dark.
  • Don’t leave anything on display – Lock all items out of sight in the boot, even an old coat may be enough to tempt an opportunist thief. Take all valuables with you, as well as any personal correspondence.
  • Familiarise yourself – If parking in a car park, familiarise yourself with the car park layout and exits, pedestrian and vehicle routes and closing times.
  • Stay alert – Be aware of what is going on around you, and don’t get caught up with listening to music, checking emails or texting when walking to and from your vehicle.
  • Keep your keys to hand – Have your car keys to hand so that you’re not searching for them by your car when you return.
  • Report concerns – If you have any safety concerns or return to find that your car has been broken into, go immediately to security for help and inform the car park management.

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