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Shopping & Parking Lot Safety & Security

As You Shop

Personal safety is an issue that concerns everyone. To help you take charge of your own safety in malls and parking areas, remember these safety tips. Don't hesitate to report any suspicious people and/or situations to mall security officers immediately. They're there to help you.

  • Walk confidently and be alert
  • Keep shopping bags in your sight at all times
  • Don't burden yourself with too many bags or packages
  • Don't display large sums of cash
  • Use checks or credit cards whenever possible
  • Never leave your credit card on a store counter
  • Carry your handbag or purse close to your body with the clasp or flap toward you
  • Never leave your purse on a store counter, on the floor in a restroom, or in a dressing room
  • Don't carry your wallet in your back pocket
  • Shop with friends whenever possible
  • Report suspicious people or situation to mall security

Parking Lot Tips to Keep You and Your Valuables Safe

Pedestrians can make themselves easy targets in parking lots. Usually, they don't even realize it. The following tips can help make your use of parking lots safer:

  • Stay alert and walk briskly with your head up and your shoulders back. Criminals look for easy marks, such as people who are slouched over, preoccupied, or fumbling with packages
  • Look around the parking lot and your vehicle for suspicious people. If you notice odd behavior, inform security or the police immediately
  • Walk with others when possible
  • Walk in a well-lit area
  • Be aware of noises and movements
  • Avoid wearing visibly expensive jewelry
  • Have your keys in your hands and ready to open your vehicle
  • Look into you vehicle's front and rear seats before entering it
  • If someone approaches your vehicle inquiring about directions, do not open your door or roll your window down
  • If you are alone at night, ask security to escort you to your vehicle