Defense Against Crime

01/12/2011

Safely Parking While Shopping – Part 2: Traveling to your car

The madness of Black Friday is over and each year seems to get wilder and wilder. This year we got to see the how effective Pepper Spray is on shoppers in a LA Wal-Mart. I ever hear of police using a stun gun on a suspected shop lifter. The story I want to focus on fits in the theme we’ve been discussing which is parking lot safety. In the reported event a 55-year-old woman was shot and wounded during a robbery attempt while she was shopping on Black Friday at a Myrtle Beach store.

The robbery victim was shot in the foot after two men demanded her purse shortly after 1 a.m. Friday near a Wal-Mart store. I’ve heard of various means of robbery, but this is the first one where the robber shot the victim to get them to comply. I am not going to discuss what to do when confronting a robber with a gun, other than do what you need to do in order to live. While you are out shopping this holiday season, or any other time of the year, there is a good chance that if you’re a female between 18 and 35 or a senior citizen that you are being targeted. In large cities rapist prey on young ladies at shopping centers. They follow them to their car, and enter the passage side with a weapon just as soon as the owner gets in the cars.

While you are traveling to your car please follow these tips

  • Trust your instincts.
  • Try never to shop alone.
  • Never carry large sums of cash
  • Never expose the cash or valuable you have in the parking lot or while shopping.
  • Never leave your pet in the car while you are in the mall (even though a mean dog is a great deterrent)
  • NEVER, EVER leave your baby in the car especially a running car, while you make that quick dash in the store. I know of two local incidents where thieves stole the car with the child inside.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings when traveling to and from the car.
  • When have your key chain pepper spray in the ready to fire position.
  • When returning to your car try not to be loaded down with packages.
  • If you don’t feel right or see suspicious people in the parking lot, return to the store and see if you can get an escort.
  • Report all suspicious incidents to security personnel.
  • If your car sits high off the ground look under your car before you reach the car. It is common for criminals to grab victims ankles to attack them
  • Check the back seat of your car, if clear, get in your car quickly, lock the doors and drive away.
  • If your car won’t start and you are isolated, be cautious of strangers (again go with your gut). Some road side emergency kits have a NEED HELP or CALL POLICE banner you can put in your car window

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