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Parking Garage Safety Tips

If you drive into Philly multiple times a week for work, there’s a chance you park your vehicle in a garage. Since safety is always a top priority for us at our AutoParks, we wanted to give you a brief rundown on some safety tips. Although most of these tips may seem self-explanatory, it’s important to remind ourselves of these cautionary measures before we enter any parking facility.

Before You Exit Your Vehicle:

  • Make sure you park in a well-lit area.
  • Make sure items are hidden from plain view before exiting your vehicle. Lock up all valuables.

Walking In The Garage:

  • As soon as you exit your vehicle, lock it right away. Don’t take any chances.
  • Walk with purpose and be aware of all surroundings.
  • Avoid looking down at your phone to/from your car. This is a huge distraction and a sign of vulnerability. In other words, check your texts later.
  • Be alert when using stairs or elevators.

Returning To The Vehicle:

  • Hold your keys in your hand to avoid fumbling through your pockets/ purse.
  • Lock the doors as soon as you get back in your car, even before putting on your seatbelt. Spending extra time with the vehicle’s GPS or radio is not advised.
  • Don’t linger in your car. Exit the garage quickly, but remember to check your mirrors for traffic and pedestrians.

All in All:

  • Prepare for the worst—consider carrying a personal noisemaker or personal defense device.
  • Trust your instincts. Always go with your gut feeling.
  • Report suspicious activity right away by calling 911.

If you ever feel the slightest amount of discomfort in a parking garage, do not hesitate to report and react to the situation at hand.

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