Not having enough security is a problem, especially in places like parking garages or other relatively low-light, empty areas. Many cases of physical attacks, fatal crimes and thefts happen when there is not enough security.

The Bureau of Justice Statistics states that over one in 10 property crimes take place in parking garages or parking lots. People who walk alone are often a potential target. If you are going to go into a parking garage in the evening, do you know what to do to stay safe? Do you know some of the best tips for avoiding harassment, attacks or other issues?

Fortunately, there are some tips you can follow to stay safe. Some include:

  • Paying attention to what’s going on around you. Don’t listen to music or be distracted by a phone call.
  • Taking your keys out. If you have your keys out, it’s easier for you to get into your vehicle and not be distracted by searching for them in your purse or pockets.
  • Making noise. If you are worried or believe you might be in trouble, set off a car alarm or use another loud noise to draw attention to you. This could help scare off anyone who could threaten you.

It’s hard to imagine being approached and harmed in a parking garage because most people just want to go about their normal daily business. Unfortunately, there are people who will do things to cause you harm, just as there are other hazards, like vehicles backing out, that could cause you to suffer from injuries.

Our website has more on safety and what you can do to make sure you are able to seek compensation when you’re hurt due to inadequate security.