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How to Choose a Safe Parking Spot

You have a good chance of thwarting car theft and vandalism in parking lots by taking suitable precautions.


  • Step 1: Choose a highly visible location Park your car in a well-lit and highly visible location. Thieves and vandals are deterred by light and the presence of large volumes of traffic.
  • TIP: Lock your car doors and remove your valuables from plain sight. Set your car alarm, if you have one, and display car alarm stickers on your window.
  • Step 2: Avoid the most crowded parking areas Avoid the most crowded parking areas. This prevents your car from becoming hidden between other cars and reduces the chance that it will become a target for thieves.
  • Step 3: Do not leave your car unattended for long periods of time Do not leave your car in an unattended parking lot for an extended period of time. Most car thefts occur at street-level parking places that allow for quick getaways. Multi-level parking garages with pay booths offer better security. Valet parking lots are safest.
  • Step 4: Make a single trip to your car with purchased items Carry all purchased items to your car at the same time, even if you are shopping at several stores. You are more likely to attract attention if you make several trips to your car.
  • FACT: A vehicle is five times more likely to be stolen from an unattended parking lot than from the street or an attended lot.

You Will Need

  • A car
  • A parking lot
  • A parking garage
  • Valet parking lot

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