Are You Safe from Crime in the Mall Parking Lot?
It’s the holiday season and the stores are crowded with shoppers. That means that the parking lots are full as well.
I’m sure we don’t have to tell you that the parking lot is an ideal location for a crime scene. In this story, a woman was robbed of her purse, but imagine coming out of Best Buy or the mall with bags of gifts, and having not only your purse or wallet snatched, but all of your purchases as well!
Watch out for strangers asking for information or offering help. Please assume that people approaching you in a place like the parking lot are up to no good. If someone needs help, they should be able to find it inside the store or office building that the parking lot serves. Police call this interaction – when someone approaches you in a place with not many people around and the light is low – the “interview.” It’s a way that someone who wants to hurt you can get within your boundary.
Don’t Interact With Strangers
My rule is: It is absolutely, positively, totally inappropriate for anyone who you don’t know to approach you in the parking lot, a deserted street, or anywhere where there are few people who would be able to help you if you got into trouble.
Be Aware, Loud, and Confident!
What do you do? First, pay attention to your surroundings. Keep an eye out. Notice where people are around you can alert you to what is normal (people going to and from their cars, about their own business) and what is not (someone approaching you). So, when you see someone heading toward you that shouldn’t be, loop around and go back into the building. Ask for some company to walk you out.
If you don’t have time, practicing standing strong and loudly use commands to tell them to leave you be.
Most importantly, remember that you are more valuable than anything you carry. Give up your stuff, your purse, your packages if it means that you can get out of there safely.
You can keep yourself safe during the holidays, and all year round!