Parking Lot Safety and Security

Why do parking lots scare many of us when it comes to violent crime? It starts with the fact that similarly to hotel hallways, they often seem to be void of people, especially at night. Combined with the other fact that many high-rise garage parking lots are designed with security-unfriendly areas such as walls, pillars and elevation changes (where people may be lurking) and we begin to see the reason why our common sense makes us apprehensive. Even large open parking lots like the ones attached to shopping malls can offer a thief or violent predator great visibility to watch for security patrols, escape routes and potential victims.

Types of Crime

The most common parking lot crime is vandalism or theft. In regards to violent crime, the most common are purse snatching, robbery, carjacking and abductions.

The design, lack of people, and horror stories we’ve all heard about all combine with our natural instincts to bring forth apprehension around certain lots and garages. And don’t be mistaken, this is a good thing.

Without normal apprehension we’d be walking off cliffs, walking into traffic, and in short, doing some real stupid, dangerous things. Of course, I’m simplifying a bit about the positives of our natural common sense; however, our natural instincts are real and useful.

You do not need to feel foolish if you find yourself nervous in circumstances where common sense dictates apprehension. The key for you is to not become over apprehensive. Calm, awareness of dangerous possibilities is what’s needed.

Tips

There are certain things we can do to lesson our chances of being victims of violent crime in and around lots. Here are some important tips:

Park in well-lighted areas–well lit means you can see 100 feet at night

Go out of your way and spend the extra time to park in well-traveled, busier areas

If you are alone, come and go with groups of people who may be walking your way

Lock your vehicle doors when you leave your car

If available, and you feel uncomfortable, ask for a security officer to walk you to your car

Do not walk with your mind consumed by thoughts such as what you need to purchase or other tasks you may have to attend to later. Be aware about what is going on around you NOW. Are there suspicious people in the area or near your car? Is there a van parked next to your vehicle that wasn’t there before? Be aware of present dangers and act accordingly.

Get in your car as quickly as possible. Most abduction’s occur when people are getting into or loading up their vehicles

Immediately, lock your doors. This should become second nature, like putting your seat belt on whenever you get into your car

If available, and you can afford it, use valet parking

You can also choose to carry self-defense weapons such as Pepper-Spray or other legal items for your safety and security. If you chose this option, remember to become truly knowledgeable in their use and have it close and ready at hand.

Calm, realistic awareness is the beginning step you need. In addition to your awareness, stay mindful of the tips mentioned, along with trusting your common sense and you’ll be much better off going to and from your parking lot destinations.

Be Prepared For More Than Just Dictation: Ultimate Office Safety and Security Kit

In a small town in Oklahoma, an unprecedented string of events in the country have affected people to the point that many have applied for gun permits under the Self-Defense Act. The year’s not yet over and already more than 200 licenses have been issued. Imagine living and working in the bigger cities where crime is a daily occurrence and threats continue to hover over every individual. And this isn’t a situation exclusive to developed countries like the US; it’s happening all over the world. Does this mean everyone should start carrying a gun? What about at work? Is there any other way to protect ourselves?

Office safety and security is not just a term for avoiding accidents anymore. It’s not about making sure anyone get injured working with the equipment or climbing slippery stairs. Today and in the past few years, it has also become about survival. For this reason, the Ultimate Office Safety and Security Kit has become a staple office item for many women and men who have stay late at work or come in during weekends.

One does not have to arm himself because this kit has self-defense items you can use to disarm or distract an attacker or intruder long enough to get away safely. In fact, an office manager or business owner would be right in conducting a security lecture with a professional coming to show the staff some basic tricks on how to use the items found in a useful kit such as this, as well some moves on how to get away safely.

By learning some basic maneuvers and arming employees with standard self-defense equipment like a Taser, stun guns, and surveillance cameras, a business owner is openly admitting to concern about employee safety while working.

Some of the recommended actions that can be done when there is a hostile intruder in the office would be to lock the staff safely in one room before calling the authorities. One should never set off the alarm unless it is a silent alarm, because this will cause the intruder to panic and put everyone inside the office in even greater risk.

It would be good, but unrealistic, to expect everyone to remain calm. This is why the security and safety kits can be used to relax anyone on the verge of screaming. The items in the kit are not going to kill anyone so it should be safe to hand over to an agitated employee.

If the intruder starts to fire a gun or yield a weapon, you could either run (just don’t run in a straight line) or play dead. If you get caught, avoid fighting back. Your best option would be to follow the instructions of the intruder.

Sometimes, none of these actions will be necessary if you know how to use the objects found inside the kit. But first you have to get the kit and have some practice sessions as a group. Just as you all work as a team in the company, you have to learn to come together when danger is present. The Ultimate Office Safety Kit is one of the best ways to survive a hostile attack.

Personal Care, Safety, and Security – Awareness

Most people do not usually think about personal care, safety, and security items. However, when a significant event occurs such as a flu pandemic or a personal injury, everyone’s mind begins to focus on the personal care, safety, and security items needed to combat the crisis. This article lists the most needed personal care, safety, and security items that everyone should be aware.

Personal Care Items – Among the top personal care items are feminine hygiene products and personal amenities such as mouthwash, toothpaste, and soap. When the flu is in season, personal respirator masks become very popular along with hand sanitizers. While these top items should be of no surprise to most people not everyone is as diligent in keeping them in stock because of the following issues:

  1. Feminine hygiene products – Because of the woman’s need for discretion and availability during travel, feminine hygiene products are the number one personal care item most often missing when they are needed. For this reason, modern facilities around the world have provided feminine hygiene vending dispensers and sanitary napkin disposal containers in most public restrooms for women. In addition, many discrete carrying cases are available for feminine hygiene products.
  2. Personal amenities – While mouthwash, soap and toothpaste are very affordable and available in developed countries, they are often not found in public restrooms except for the most pricy facilities like country clubs and high class hotels. The pocket size instant hand sanitizers have become a modern day solution by many people to combat germs along with other pocket size toiletries.
  3. Respirator masks/hand sanitizers – A mask with a rating of N95 or better along with hand sanitizers became the personal care necessity for people concerned about contracting the H1N1 virus. Supply shortages occurred all over the world as people rushed to purchase all available stock. While in theory the mask filters the virus, proper handling of the mask is essential. Any live virus on the outside of the mask can be transmitted during removal or reuse of the mask if a hand sanitizer is not used.

Personal Safety Items – Among the top three personal safety items are first aid kits, fire protection equipment and body protection devices such as eye, mouth, ear, back, knee etc. protection. Each of these items is discussed below:

  1. First aid kits – Because of the need to be prepared in the case of an emergency, first aid kits are the number one personal safety item in a home, office, auto, boat or public transport vehicle. Many people put together their own first aid kits in lieu of purchasing one. Typical contents include supplies and equipment to stop bleeding, administer CPR, and dress wounds. Often some medicines are also included in the first aid kits.
  2. Fire protection equipment – Fire extinguishers and smoke detectors top the list in this category. Fire extinguishers are present most frequently in a home, office, auto, boat, and public transport vehicles to fight a fire before it spreads. Smoke detectors are present to detect a fire before it gets started and to wake people when they are sleeping.
  3. Body protection devices – Safety glasses / goggles are used more than any other devices to protect people from personal injury. Hard hats, safety shoes, back supports, and coveralls are added to safety glasses when working on construction sites. Unique environments on the jobs may require the use of ear plugs & ear muffs, knee pads, respirators & masks, and/or safety vests.

Personal security items – Weapons are by far the number one item that comes to mind for personal security. Next in order of awareness are security locks and systems. Finally, when large public facilities think of security, they consider the need for crowd management.

  1. Weapons – While mentioned first for personal security, weapons should only be used by the trained professional (police, National Guard, or private security professional). Most security guards do not carry weapons, choosing to carry two way radios and crowd control batons.
  2. Security locks and systems – A lock to keep out the uninvited guest is the second most popular device. Locks can range from the simple combination lock to complete security systems with visitor chimes and burglar alarms.
  3. Crowd management – Security is often simply the act of maintenance of order. Crowd control post and roping may be the only thing necessary to provide personal security for the people working in an office.

The top three personal care, safety, and security items listed above are by no means the complete list of what people believe they need. Not everything listed above is appropriate for everyone but the awareness that these needs exist is important for everyone.