Parking lots and crime often go hand in hand. Something about a closed off parking garage or the wide open spaces of a parking lot give criminals the idea that they are going to be protected in their evil doing.
After a shopper was killed in a carjacking attempt at a New Jersey mall, management there are adding security to their garage.
“The safety and security of our shoppers, retail tenants and employees is our top priority,” Newport Centre Mall management said in a statement. “We take ongoing and special precautions during this busy time of year to protect everyone in the mall community.
“Those efforts include working closely with federal, state and local authorities to take appropriate security measures that provide a safe environment at our mall.”
I think criminals need to know they are being watched. Many parking areas are monitored by camera, and those that are not can easily be outfitted with some cheap, fake cameras installed next to a big sign that says “Your activities are being recorded.”
Take the anonymity out of parking lot crime, and I bet the rates go down swiftly.