She was leaving a store and headed toward her car in the parking lot out front. This scenario isn’t anything new for most of us who frequent various parking lots every day. However, with a few common mistakes, this woman became an instant target for a creep hidden in plain sight. Fortunately, the scene is just a reenactment of the kinds of crimes that happen all too often. As you watch the following video by Pretty Loaded, ask yourself, are you being mindful as you walk to your car?
Parking lots are ideal places where criminals can crouch in between cars or even wait in their own vehicles for victims. These predators seek out those who are distracted and look unaware of their environment so that they can sneak up on them before they are able to fight back or call for help.
Here’s how you can protect yourself according to the video. Walk quickly and with a purpose. Pay attention to your surroundings. If someone is making you uncomfortable, making eye contact will send the message that you’re not afraid and will indicate that you can identify them to the police. Have your keys out and ready to use. Lastly, always keep your dominant hand free and available.
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