1. Have your keys ready in one hand before you enter the parking lot, have pepper spray held high and ready in your other hand, and warily watch all around. Get in your car, instantly lock the doors, and drive away immediately.
2. Keep your keys handy and do not fumble in your purse for them.
3. Look underneath your car before approaching it in a parking garage or lot at night.
4. Try to park in well-lighted areas with good visibility and close to footpaths, stores, and people.
5. If you return to your car and see that a van is parked right next to the driver's side, enter through the passenger side. Predators can use vans and will disguise it as a family car.
6. Suppose you return to your car and it has a flat tire, back away. Return to wherever you came from (restaurant, store, etc) and call for help. Once assistance arrives, approach your car. If someone comes up to you and wants to offer help, politely say, "No thank you." If a man, he could be a predator. If a woman, she could be the lurer.
7. When leaving the mall late at night, ask a security guard to walk you to your car. Do not go up to just any security guard. Go directly to the kiosk and ask for them to assign an officer to escort you. Predators sometimes dress up like men of the law.
8. Don’t leave your purse in plain site in your car. Hide it under the seat. Car jackings/burglaries do happen, and many times it’s just a hit and run - knock out the glass, reach in to grab a purse and run.
9. Lock the door after getting into the car immediately.
10. When having your car serviced, do not give the attendant the car keys, as they have key duplicators readily available, and they generally have your address, etc. in the garage records.