Staying Safe at Theatres and Other Public Places (Part II)

Be mindful of where you park your car.

Park your car in a well-lit space close to the theater door. Regardless if it’s light outside or not, the less time you’re in a parking lot getting to your vehicle, the better. Don’t park in isolated areas where you have to pass trees, alleys, and bushes that are hiding places for someone desiring to do you harm. 

Avoid parking garages, particularly ones with bad lighting. Another bit of advice: keep your car keys in your hand, with the keys between your fingers and pointing out. If you have to punch someone, they’ll get a fist full of sharp keys in their face.

Use common sense. Regardless if you’re in a public space or the theater, there’s no need to provide a thief with any extra incentive. Don’t wear pricey jewelry. Wear a cross-body strap purse. Don’t go to ATM machines at night. And lose the headphones while out and about.

Create an escape route. If someone comes towards you in the parking lot, either driving or walking, put some distance between yourself and them.

Increase your distance from the shooter. If you find yourself in a dire situation with an armed crook, get as far away from her or him as you can. If you can’t, hide under a seat. If there is a locked door, put it between you and the shooter, all the better.

Divert their attention. If you can’t hide, run away, and you’re in fear for your life, throw something (a shoe, cup, bottle, etc.) at them or even try to hit them. While you might be not sure if you can bring yourself to attack a person threatening your life with a knife, gun, or any other weapon, you have to jump on the idea of distracting them enough to getaway.

Staying Safe at Theatres and Other Public Places (Part I)

Sitting in the back allows you to have a clear view of everyone and the movie.

You don’t like to believe it will happen where you reside. Yet, it can happen anywhere. It only takes one unhinged individual to create tragedy and havoc.

Below are some tips for staying safe in the theater and other public places:

Sit in the back row, possibly on one side or the other. This not only offers you a clear view of everything and everyone in the theater, but it also provides you with easy access to the door. While you don’t want to be paranoid, it’s good to be prepared in case something does occur.

Stay alert. No need to check out everyone up close and personal but being mindful of the possibilities is not a bad thing. Keep your eyes open, but still, enjoy the movie at the same time.

Use the buddy system. Sometimes you have to or want to go to the movies alone. For the casual moviegoer, you’ll most likely go with a friend. That’s a good idea since more eyes mean more alertness of the room and folks. Additionally, it’s a better time to see a movie with a BFF.

Go to the movies early in the day. There’s no telling when a bad person may open fire in a theatre, but safe to say it’s a bigger chance it will occur at a midnight screening than an early morning matinee. Also, being out and about in the daylight may make you feel better and reduce some anxiety.

Keep your cell phone handy. It’s good manners to stay off your cell phone during a movie. No one enjoys seeing that flash of a blue screen in a dark theater. However, keep your phone on and handy, in case you have to make an emergency call. Just keep the volume down so an incoming call doesn’t disrupt moviegoers.