Safely Entering and Exiting your Vehicle

Posted: October 16, 2012 in Tactics
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In these troubled times, criminals are becoming bolder and more aggressive with each passing day.  When out in public such as shopping malls, movie theaters, etc., the following are some important things to pay attention to when entering and exiting your vehicle.

  • Pay attention to your surroundings when entering a parking area.  If you get a gut feeling that something is wrong then drive away immediately.  Gut feelings should never be ignored.
  • When parking, scan 360 degrees around your vehicle before shutting the ignition off.
  • Keep your car doors locked at all times.
  • Scan between the rows of cars when walking to and from your car to avoid a potential mugging from thugs who may be hiding there.
  • When walking to and from your car try and keep your hands free.  If you carry concealed your gun hand should always be free.
  • Do not text, use a cell phone, listen to an Ipod, etc., when walking to and from your car as it significantly reduces situational awareness.
  • At night make sure you park in well lit, well traveled locations that are easily visible.  Avoid parking far away in poorly lit areas.
  • Look under your vehicle and inside your vehicle including the front and backseat areas before entering your vehicle.

  1. FullOfSMyLES says:

    What about holding keys? I always thought they could be useful as a weapon if need be…

  2. 1stminstrel says:

    I would only add that including the scan between cars rows as you are walking, keep a safe distance from the vehicles, never walk directly next to the rear or front of the vehicles….this places you at a safe distance so you are not grabbed unexpectedly and increases your vision of the areas as you approach and pass by. Police officers do not walk next to a building when passing a door or window area for the same reason….

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