Reducing Your Vulnerability to Carjacking
is a crime of opportunity - a thief searching for the most vulnerable prey.
Sometimes it's the first step in another crime.
Though carjacking can occur anytime, most often occurring during the
after dark and in the late night hours. Carjacking is a problem in that
exists regardless of population density, occurring in large cities, suburbs,
small towns, and rural areas. Carjackers look for opportunity. They don't
choose victims by sex, race, or age.
with purpose and stay alert.
your car with the key in hand.
inside the car before getting in.
wary of people asking for directions or handing out fliers.
your INSTINCTS! If something makes you feel
uneasy, get into the car quickly, lock the doors, and drive away.
your doors locked and windows rolled up, at least partway, no matter how
short the distance or how safe the neighborhood.
sure that passengers, especially children, have their doors locked as well.
you come to a stop, leave enough room to maneuver around other cars.
in the left lane if more than one lane is available to make it harder for
would-be carjackers to approach the car.
stop to assist a stranger whose car is broken down. Help instead by driving
to the nearest phone and calling police to help.
in well-lighted areas, near sidewalks or walkways. Avoid parking near
dumpsters, large vans or trucks, or anything else that limits your
leave valuables in plain view, even if the car is locked. Put them in the
trunk or out of sight.
to park in a garage with an attendant. When using valet parking leave only
the ignition key.
if you are in a hurry, look around before you get out of your car and stay
alert to your surroundings.
a Carjacking Happens to You...
the carjacker threatens you with a gun or other weapon, give up your car.
Don't argue. Your life is worth more than a car.
away from the area as quickly as possible.
to remember what the carjacker looked like - sex, race, age, hair and eye
color, special features, clothes.
the crime immediately to the police.