Safety in Casino Parking Garages is the first critical step to a successful trip to the casino. So, planning your parking experience is essential, even though you can’t wait to park and get gambling. And, so many people leave the casino unaware of their surroundings.
Remember, wherever you park, you have to be aware. People walking through the parking lot don’t pay as much attention as they used to. So, when parking in a casino parking garage, treat it as a day of Holiday shopping filled with busy travelers and a few people with bad intentions. Take a picture of the parking and elevator levels before entering the casino.
1) Be choosy where you park – finding a populated area is usually not a problem (but a good idea) in a casino parking garage. Make sure it’s well-lit. Safety in Casino Parking Garages suggests you plan your parking concerning all of these above and leaving time.
2) Put money, devices, and credit cards out of sight before you get out of the car. And take a quick look around before getting out of the car. For example, in Casino Parking Garages, you will see people in their cars taking a break, sleeping, or even checking out who is coming and going.
3) Lock & Stow – Many parking lot thefts occur because drivers neglect to perform the most straightforward task: locking the car and closing the windows. Don’t allow your car to be an easy target for thieves. Instead, hide valuables such as GPS devices, cell phones, laptops, and iPods. Trunks are great places to hide things of value.
4) Stay Focused – Instead of checking e-mail or making calls, look to your front, side, and rear when walking to and from the casino. Make your call or text once you get in the car.
5) Be sure to WRITE DOWN the floor level and accessory indicators (e.g., 3 A, B, or C, etc.) as you leave the parked vehicle or take a ticket of what floor you have parked on. Take a picture of the elevator floor before you get in.
6) If you win anything substantial in the casino, you must know someone has seen it. Casino security will always be happy to escort you to your car and see you off to be sure you’re safe as you leave. Don’t feel guilty for asking, and don’t hesitate if you are concerned. It’s their job to make sure you’re safe.
7) Don’t “dilly-dally” – yes, you know, wandering around, even if you don’t know where your car is. You might as well yell, “I’m Lost, Come and Get Me!” ( sarcasm, don’t yell that, really). Have your car key in hand, lock the doors immediately, and drive off.
8) Optional Idea – Valet Parking is much safer (especially at night), plus you’ll feel like a VIP. This approach is worth a $2-$5 tip vs. a potential problem or worry. If you are arriving with a large bankroll, use the valet. Safer getting in and safer getting out.
Even if you have to pay for Valet Parking, it’s still not bad outside New England since paid self-parking seems the norm nowadays.
So, before I give anyone any cause to be paranoid when parking their car, use basic common sense. Be aware and careful out there.