Aside from the home, the most common place
for an assault to occur is in a vehicle because it provides the
assailant two key elements:
As often as possible, do your shopping during
If you suspect you are being followed, go to
the nearest well-lit public place. From there you can summon
If you are shopping in a mall and making
several trips to your vehicle, store your purchases in the
trunk; not on the car seats where they will be visible to
When going shopping, pack a purse with only
what you will need. Do not take all of your credit cards
with you. Maintain control of your purse so that the strap
cannot be snipped or someone cannot quickly approach you and
snatch it and run with it.
Keep a few dollars secreted in the car for
Lock gas caps and hood releases to deter
Learn how to change a flat tire so you donít
need to rely on others or be stranded. If a flat occurs in an
unsafe place, drive slowly on it until you reach a lighted area.
If you car breaks down, stay in the car.
Call for assistance.
If you donít have a cell phone or canít
get service where you are AND no one is around, quickly get
out of the car and tie a white rag or bag to the antenna or
raise the hood. Write "Call the Police" on a piece of paper
or whatever you can find and display it in your window.
Donít get out of your car to speak with
someone who stops to help you. If they want to wait in their
car until someone comes to help you, that would be very
thoughtful of them.
If you shop at night, park your car in a well
Direct your attention solely to getting home
When you exit a store, make sure your car
keys are in your hands - never in your purse or pocket, where
you have to spend precious time fumbling for them.
Keep your cell phone in an inside pocket; not
your purse. You may need to call for help if you are separated
from your purse.
Even if your car is locked, glance inside it
before you enter it. The new electronic keys illuminate the
interior of your car before you enter it.
If someone is seated in a car or van parked
next to your driverís side door, do not venture toward your car
No matter what happens in the parking lot,
once you are safely in your vehicle, do not exit your vehicle.
If someone seems to be noticing you, and you
are around other people, look them in the face without emotion.
Once you have taken a good look at their face, they often leave