since I'm involved in the industry and do play some part in the policy making and regulations of the industry, the following is some contribution and ideas for you guys to follow. Nothing is wrong if it contributs to the safety of oneself.....
Car Park Safety Tips
Please note that all these guidelines are mostly general and might not be a help in time of need due to various crime methods and perseverance of the perpetrators. As such, always exercise caution at all cost and most importantly, do not let overconfidence rules you.
· Drivers should choose their car parks carefully - Opt for ones that are well lit, have plenty of traffic and are monitored by CCTV or security personnel.
· Drivers shouldn’t leave anything on the back seat of the car while parked in a car park that might attract unwanted attention. Female motorists in particular, should inspect their car for tell tales signs that their car is driven by a woman. Any giveaway items should be placed in the car boot.
· Drivers should consider parking their car as close as possible to the car park lift area as there’ll be more people circulating in this area of the car park.
· Drivers should also where possible, choose a well-lit car parking space.
· Drivers should take note of where they park their vehicle to avoid needlessly wandering around the car park when they return.
· Drivers returning to their car should keep both hands free amalgamating everything into a shoulder bag if possible before entering the car park. Drivers juggling bags are an easier target for attackers.
· Drivers should always have their car keys to hand before entering the car park.
· Drivers who feel unsafe should ask the car park security guard to walk them to their vehicle.
· Drivers should check around and under their car followed by the vehicle’s back seats before getting in.
· If feeling intimidated drivers should get into their car as quickly as possible, lock the car doors and exit the car park without delay.
· If vans with side sliding door parked on the driver’s side of their vehicle, drivers should consider entering their car from the passenger side just in case.
· Drivers should think twice before responding to another motorist who is looking for assistance in a car park. If you have any reservations refer them to the car park security guard.
· Drivers who find you have a flat tyre or your vehicle won’t start in a car park shouldn’t hang around the car park. Go to a public place and call the Auto Assist (of your choice) for breakdown assistance or a local garage.
· Drivers who find their vehicle has been broken into should immediately go to the car park security guard for help, call the Guards and inform the car park management. Don’t hang around the car park alone waiting for them to arrive.