Trident Shield Safety Tip: Getting To Your Car
Most of us think of walking to our vehicles as a normal and uneventful part of our daily lives. It usually involves digging for our car keys, thumbing out a quick text or two, and keeping tabs on any kids in tow. However, parking lots are notorious for havens for violent crime. They're often noisy, unfamiliar to us, and filled with physical and visual obstructions like vehicles, bushes, pillars, walls, etc.
Thankfully, there are some very simple things you can incorporate into your daily routine that will make you and your family safer each and every time. Get in the habit of doing this each time you get into your vehicle:
- Close your door
- Make sure all vehicle doors are locked
- Start your vehicle
- Put your vehicle in gear
Do each of these BEFORE doing anything else like putting on your seat belt or looking at your phone. That way, should a would-be assailant manage to surprise you at your driver window with a weapon, you can hold your hands up (pretending to comply) while your foot steps on the gas allowing you to escape the situation. (Bonus points awarded if you can hit the assailant with your care on the way out!)
This is just one of many tips out there to keep you safe while walking to and from your vehicle. Below is a brief clip from our Online Workplace Violence/Active Assailant Readiness Program that covers how to safely walk to your vehicle after work. Give it a look and let us know what you think by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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