Vehicle Safety

When parking your car

  • Park in well-lit, well-traveled areas of the parking structure or lot.
  • Use a “club” and/or car alarm. They make theft more difficult for the criminal, and less enticing.
  • Do not keep valuables in your car. If you must, keep them in the trunk where they are out of sight. If you have an internal trunk lock, use it.
  • Lock your doors and roll up your windows every time you exit your vehicle, even if it’s
    just for a minute.
  • Do not mark your keys with your name, address and/or license plate number in case they are lost or stolen.
  • Take your pullout/removable face stereo with you. Do not put it under the seats, in the glove compartment, or in the trunk, as this is always the first place criminals check.
  • Report suspicious persons to UAPS at 780-492-5050

Walking to your car

  • Carry your keys in your hands. You’ll be able to get into your car faster and the keys may be used as a weapon if necessary.
  • Avoid blind corners. Take wide turns so that you have room to react to what’s ahead.
  • Walk in the center of the aisles when safe to do so. You’ll have more reaction time if someone leaps out from behind a car.
  • Walk with confidence. Criminals can often sense when you feel vulnerable, and this may entice them.
  • Check your backseats before getting into your car.
  • Call Safewalk or UAPS for a safety escort to your car.

If you are followed by another vehicle

  • Do not go home. Dial 9-1-1 if you feel you are in danger.
  • Drive to the nearest police station, open business, or to the UAPS office.
  • Do not try and outrun or perform any dangerous maneuvers to get away from the other vehicle.
  • If the vehicle manages to force you to the side of the road don’t exit your vehicle and keep the doors locked.
  • Get the license plate number or as much description about the driver and vehicle as possible and report it immediately to either UAPS or the Police.

If your car breaks down

  • Activate emergency flashing lights.
  • If safe to do so raise the hood.
  • Sit inside the car with the doors locked until help arrives.
  • Leave the window partially down while you talk to whoever comes near.
  • Stay in your car and let any strangers that approach offering assistance to go for help.
  • Consider investing in an emergency supply kit for your vehicle.
  • Keep a charger for your cellphone in your vehicle.