Parking lot safety is an important topic. Here are some tips to remember when alone in a parking lot:
- Park close to the parking attendant, if there is one, or near a well-lit exit in an underground lot.
- Use the main building entrance -- avoid rear or secluded exits.
- Keep your valuables, including purses and recent purchases, out of sight. Always lock them in the trunk if you have to leave them in the car.
- Lock the doors and roll up windows once you are in the vehicle.
- Have a plan ahead of time. Know where you can go for safety and how to call for help.
- Do not use more than one parking spot as it may anger another person.
- Do not park next to large vans, trucks or other vehicles, as they will block your sight.
- Do not have a personal identification tag on your key ring. If your keys are lost or stolen, a thief will be able to find your car or house.
- Do not approach someone if they are loitering near your vehicle. Walk to a safe place such as a lighted store, house or building. Call the police.
It is equally important to remember how to behave when walking to and from the car after dark or in a high-risk neighborhood. Here are more tips:
Always try to walk with a friend, co-worker, or a security officer. Give your escort a ride back to the main entrance so they do not have to walk back alone.
If you have to walk alone:
- Have a co-worker watch you from a window.
- Wave to them on the way to your vehicle.
- Wave even if no one is watching to give the illusion that someone is watching you.
- Stay on well-lit streets, and in the centre of the sidewalk. Stay away from hiding spots such as bushes, doorways, alleys and parked cars. Cross the road if necessary.
- Always be alert to your surroundings. Walk with confidence. Keep your head up and look around. Look directly at people but do not stare at them. Trust your instincts when you feel something is not right.
- Do not dig in your purse or bag.
- Do not wear headphones or be distracted by a cell phone conversation.
- Do not carry heavy briefcases or bags that may get in the way.
What should you do as you approach your car?
Be prepared when you leave your business, or when you leave the car for work.
- Your keys to unlock the vehicle.
- Your keys or cardkey to unlock building doors.
- A whistle or other personal alarm.
Have the keys ready to unlock the door as you get near the vehicle or door. As you approach your car, look around, inside, and even glance underneath for people who may be present. If you are suspicious, walk away. Go to a safe place and call for help.
Report suspicious behavior to the parking lot attendant, security or the police.
- Mary Kate
Mary Kate is the social media analyst for Mace Security International
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With spring coming, it’s important to be aware of bears. Bears emerge from hibernation in the spring and treat this time as hunting season. Due to regulated hunting and more habitat, there has been a pretty dramatic increase in the bear population of North America. If you’re out fishing, hunting, or camping, here are a few tips to prevent you from having an unpleasant bear encounter:
- Bears have a strong sense of personal space. If you do encounter a bear, remain calm, leave as much room as possible, and have your Mace bear pepper spray ready. Also try from a safe distance to determine if the bear has cubs, as they will defend much more aggressively in that case.
- Staying calm is one of the most important things to do if you encounter a bear. Remember that most bears do not want to attack you; they usually just want to be left alone. Bears may bluff their way out of an encounter by charging and then turning away at the last second. Bears may also react defensively by wooﬁng, yawning, salivating, growling, snapping their jaws, and laying their ears back. Continue to talk to the bear in low tones; this will help you stay calmer, and it won't be threatening to the bear. A scream or sudden movement may trigger an attack. Never imitate bear sounds or make a high-pitched squeal.
- Know your bears! North America is home to the black bear, the brown bear, and the polar bear. Scientists say that brown bears are known to be the most dangerous of the three. In the United States, however, we are most likely to encounter the safer black bear.
- Walk don’t run! When you encounter a bear, identify yourself in a calm voice and walk in the direction from which you came. Bears will react to intensity and therefore it’s imperative that you act in a calm and calculated manner.
- Mother bears and bears defending food are the most dangerous as they’re either protecting cubs or a food source. If you encounter a bear on a carcass, get as far away from the bear’s area as possible. The same advice applies if you notice cubs around the bear.
- Bears have a stronger sense of smell than dogs and love food. Try to minimize the scent of food and attractants. Do not let a bear have access to your food, as this will only encourage the bear to return.
- Travel in groups! Exploring the wilderness alone is not advised and it’s encouraged that you travel with a group of 3 or more. Bears are much more inclined to attack one person than they are a group.
- If you encounter an aggressive bear, always play dead. Lay face down on the ground with your hands wrapped around your neck protecting your vitals. According to Yellowstone National Park, people who played dead survived with only minor injuries 75% of the time as compared with people who fought back and emerged with severe injuries 80% of the time.
- According to the National Parks Service, you are best to move away slowly and sideways from a bear that is stationary. This allows you to keep an eye on the bear and avoid tripping. Moving sideways is also non-threatening to bears.
- The most important thing is to carry your bear pepper spray. Attacks on humans are in fact rare, but in such an event your best defense is bear spray.
- Mary Kate
Mary Kate is the social media analyst for Mace Security Internationa