Ladina Caluori from Skyline Parking AG already asked herself the question a while ago: Why are parking garages the location of so many scary scenes in movies?
Parking garages aren’t exactly the place you want to be when it’s dark outside and you’re all alone. Is it because of the dark, scary corners? Or is it the echo of your shoes on the cold concrete floor that make the hair in the back of your neck stand up when you’re trying to find your car as quickly as possible?
People should feel safe to leave their car unattended for a certain amount of time and not be afraid someone will damage or try to steal it. Also, people should feel protected against crime and feel comfortable in your parking garage.
In some areas are special parking garages just for women – no men allowed. This is supposed to enhance the woman’s sense of safety. Also the presence of (visible) CCTV cameras and/or security guards can provide a feeling of safety – People know that there’s someone who can see them when something goes wrong. Keeping the area well lit will get rid of the scary dark corners and a good ‘Find Your Car’-system will help people find their car faster.
Parking garages rank second when it comes to violent crimes. How often do you hear that someone got attacked in a parking garage? Well... A lot of times.
Here are some parking garage safety tips for drivers:
- When entering the garage, look where the exits are. If possible, park close to an exit, or in a well-lit area.
- When parked, check if you locked the doors and rolled up your windows. Never leave anything valuable in plain view – that’s an invitation to criminals
- If you notice anyone suspicious, tell somebody. This person may leave you, but could always attack someone else(s property)
- When you return to your vehicle already hold your car keys in your hand to avoid having to look for them. Walk up straight and don’t let anyone make you nervous. Instead it might be even better to make the other person nervous by staring back as much as they stare at you
- Scan the area around your car, be alert and aware of your surrounding
- And last but not least: Trust your instincts! If you don’t trust something or don’t feel comfortable, turn around and ask a security guard to walk you to your car. To prevent is always better than to cure.