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How to Stay Alert When Walking Through a Parking Garage at Night

April 11, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 143

It's common knowledge that parking garages are favorite "hunting grounds" of criminals. It's easy to see why this is the case. Parking garages usually don't have a lot of people. Sometimes, they don't even have security guards. At night, they're dark which provides perfect cover for criminals. Worst of all, no one's going to protect you. You didn't really expect that huge escalator to protect you, right?

There is someone who can protect you - yourself. It's up to you to make sure that you're not going to fall victim to a crime. First of all, you need to use your common sense. Common sense will tell you that you're most vulnerable while you're walking to your car. This is the time when you should be very alert.

Here are some tips on how to stay alert when walking through a parking garage at night:

1. Understand that there are potential dangers.

If you understand that there are potential dangers, there's a better chance of you staying alert. You're not going to put your guard down because you know that someone may be watching your every move. Complacency is your enemy. Combat that with vigilance.

2. Don't use your phone while walking.

Using your phone is not a very good idea because it takes all your attention. This is why it's not a good idea to use your phone while driving, right? If you're texting while you're walking, you won't notice that somebody's already creeping up on you. Besides, flashing your new phone can attract robbers.

3. Make sure you already have your car keys in hand before you enter the parking garage.

Don't rummage through your purse for your keys while walking through a parking garage. Your entire focus will be on finding the keys and that's not being alert. You'll lose track of what's happening in your surroundings. Next thing you know, someone already grabbed you from behind.

4. Walk along lighted parts.

It's easier to stay alert if you see everything near you. Besides, there's lesser chance of you getting grabbed if you're in a lighted area. Make sure that the immediate area around you is lighted. Even if someone gets out of the shadows from several feet away, it will give you a chance to run or scream for help.

Stay alert with these tips and you can avoid falling victim to a crime in a parking garage.

Rocco Sarracino is married and living with his wife and family in Helendale, CA. He is a martial arts instructor and self-defense expert with over 30 years experience teaching individuals and businesses to be more aware and protected from crime. He is the founder of Family Safe Defense;

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