Here are a few tips that can help employees stay safe in parking lots and garages, whether on your premises or off-site.
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According to security expert Michael Edward Loftus, Sr. (www.crime-safety-security.com), the best lessons about parking lot safety come from actual crime victims. He recommends carrying pepper spray and a personal alarm in full view. Constantly scan 360 degrees around you as well.
Loftus explains: "Parked cars provide hiding spots for a crouching stealthy predator to close in on you unless you're especially aware of your surroundings at all times.
That means no talking on the cell phone or listening to music with ear pods, because predators look for those who are distracted and unaware. They also target people who:
Loftus advises employees, especially women, to avoid using parking garage stairs and elevators. These locations permit a criminal to isolate a victim and muffle screams and the sound of an alarm. They also deprive a person of an escape route. Instead, walk in the middle of aisles and ramps.
Also, be alert for cruising vehicles. "Predators can suddenly stop and jump out to rob or kidnap you," Loftus warns.
Security risks aren't the only parking lot/garage hazards. There are any number of slip, trip, and fall hazards as well. For example:
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Fortunately, there's a lot you can do to make parking lots and garages safer and prevent falls. For example:
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