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Parking in a Common Gated Garage

Many apartment and condo developments have common gated garages for their residents. Although attacks in these garages are rare, you can do the following to minimize this risk especially late at night.

  • Keep your vehicle doors and windows locked when you approach the garage gate
  • Look to see if anyone is near the gate. Don’t open it if someone might follow you in on foot.
  • If someone does follow you in on foot, turn around and leave the garage, and call 911.
  • Turn on your high beams when you enter the garage so you can see better down the aisles.
  • Stop inside the gate and let it close behind you to prevent another vehicle from tailgating, i.e., entering behind you before the gate closes.
  • Drive out of the garage if you see anyone who doesn’t belong in it. Don’t park and get out of your vehicle. Call 911 for help.
  • If you have a good friend in the building call him or her when you get to the gate and ask your friend to come down to the garage to escort you to your unit.
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