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Defensive Countermeasures

While parking your car and walking to and from the store, scan the area for
    suspicious persons. If you notice something out of the ordinary, choose a
    different area to park in and notify mall security.

 • Avoid parking by large vans. If there is a van parked next to your car when
    you return, enter your car from the passenger side.

 • Conceal all valuable items in your vehicle such as: cell phones, mp3 players, l
    laptops, radar detectors, jewelry, etc. Lock your valuables in the trunk and
    out of plain sight.

 • When entering and exiting your vehicle, do it quickly. Avoid having your back
    turned while putting bags away in your car.

 • Be cautious of strangers asking for questions as you walk to or from your car.

 • Familiarize yourself with exits around the parking lot.

 • Always lock your doors and roll the windows all the way up, even if you are
    just running in the store for a minute.

 • Have your keys ready before you get to your vehicle. Searching for or
    fumbling through your purse to get your keys leaves you vulnerable to   
    attackers.

 • Remember where you parked your car. When there are no row numbers
    provided, look around the parking lot for landmarks such as trees or light
    posts.

 • Look under, in front of, and all around your car before you get in.

 • Once you get in your car, leave! Many women sit in their car, preoccupied by
    other things such as: making a list, balancing your checkbook, fixing makeup;
    which makes you an easy target for a predator.

 • Always be aware of your surroundings – this is your best defense!

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