Suzanne Linturn, client services director at Peak Performance, was returning to her car at her local tube station one evening when she noticed a man lurking in the shadows.
She said: ‘I am always cautious returning to any car park in the dark and had my car keys ready in my hand.
‘I walked by briskly, noting that he was watching me. I very quickly got to my car, opened the door and literally jumped in and locked the doors. Thank goodness I did as he was in hot pursuit and trying to open my door.’
Linturn started the car and drove away, but is warning others to be vigilant.
She said: ‘I had my keys in my hand but could have so easily left them in my bag and fumbled around in the dark at the car.
‘I had reversed into the space so I could drive away quickly.’
She urged fleet managers to warn drivers to park in well-lit areas, reverse into parking spaces and have their car keys in their hand as they return to their vehicle.