Survive & Prevent being Carjacked
Although it doesn’t get as much media attention as some other crimes, carjacking has actually become one of the top crimes in the country.
- The Department of Justice reports that there are about 49,000 carjackings per year.
- Ninety-three percent occur in cities or the suburbs.
- 92% of carjackings are committed when the victim is alone in their car.
- 90% of carjackings involved the use of a weapon.
- Most happen near the victim’s home or work.
Staying Safe: Prevent becoming a Carjacking Victim.
Approaching your Vehicle:
When approaching your vehicle, awareness is your best weapon. It is the single most important thing you can do to prevent the crime.
- Stay alert: Stay alert to what’s going on around you, and watch out for anyone who looks out of place.
- Be Ready: Keep your keys ready when walking out to your car. Fumbling around for your keys can allow a criminal to get the upper-hand.
- Look & Listen: Check the inside of your vehicle before getting in; criminals can sometimes be waiting for unsuspecting victims.
- Know Who’s Lingering Nearby: Watch out for people who are loitering, asking for direction, looking for money or cigarettes, or handing out fliers. These are techniques that are often used by those looking for a quick and easy target.
- Trust your instincts: Don’t ever underestimate your gut feelings. If something seems out of place, turn around and go back to where you came from, or quickly get in your vehicle and lock the doors.
Your best line of defense when driving is to make it as hard as possible for criminals to enter your vehicle.
- Keep your doors locked, windows up, and sun roofs closed.
- When coming to a stop, leave enough room between you and the vehicle directly in front you, so you can quickly maneuver around the vehicle if trouble should arise.
- Driving in the center lane can make it harder for criminals to box you in, and can give you more avenues to escape.
When reaching your destination:
- Park in a well-lit area, near the building’s entrance. Make sure you park around other vehicles.
- Avoid parking near wooded areas, large vans and trucks, or anything that hides your visibility.
- Never leave valuables in plain view for anyone to see.
- Look around before you get out of your vehicle. It may also be a good idea to make a loop around the parking lot to check out the situation before parking.
If someone attempts to jack your car:
- Don’t Go With: Never get in the car with the criminal, it’s better to lose the car than to lose your life.
- If they have a gun… Run: Statistics show that if you run, you have somewhere around a 90% chance of being safe. If you get in the vehicle, you probably have a 100% chance of something bad happening.
- Crash: If you’re forced to drive, one option could be to buckle up and consider crashing your car near a busy intersection. Chances are the idiot carjacker didn’t take the time to buckle up, and will hopefully be hurt during the crash. When this happens, get out of the car and run like hell.