Parking is a task that drivers must perform every day, and unfortunately it can come with many risks. Chew on these parking lot stats, for example: The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that 20 percent of vehicle accidents and more than half of all back-over injuries occur in parking lots.

If that wasn’t enough to worry about already, parking areas can also be prone to crime. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 1 in 10 property crimes occurred in a parking lot or parking garage. That’s alarming.

All this said, we thought it’d be helpful to provide you with a resource guide on how to maintain one’s personal safety, and the safety of others, when parking.

Keeping Yourself Safe

Know that location is key. Whether you’re in a parking lot or a parking garage, where you decide to park can add to your security. In parking lots, the Reading Parking Authority suggests parking where your car can be clearly seen from many vantage points. They note that many parking garages are monitored by security cameras and suggest parking near the walls of the garage, where your car may be more visibility from the street.

This is definetly the safest parking lot you ever seen!

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