First, some Carjacking facts:
take place very quickly. Most take only 15 to 20 seconds to complete.
can be violent. Drivers have been beaten and even murdered while being
pulled out of their car.
are usually armed. Either with a gun or knife.
may first involve a minor traffic accident. The victim's car is
"bumped" at a stop sign, red light, or freeway off ramp. When the
victim gets out of the car to check the damage the suspect pulls a weapon
and takes the car.
carjacking occur at stop signs or lights - the suspect may approach you and
pull a weapon on you ordering you out of the car; or as you are pulling into
or out of a parking space - a second vehicle may block your path with a
passenger from the suspect's vehicle getting out and pulling you out of your
car; or as you are entering or exiting your car - the suspect may be
standing close by, in a parked car, or hiding by other parked cars,
- BE AWARE.
This is very important! Giving the appearance of not paying attention and
not being alert is what suspects look for in a victim.
around and get a BIG PICTURE of your surroundings.
- At times
you may want to be a little suspicious of a person or persons, ask yourself
why is this person where they are? Some victims have seen the suspect but
the victim thought the person looked "innocent," "he was just
standing around," etc.
- Keep your
house keys and car keys on separate key chains.
- When going
to your car have your keys out and ready; look around for anyone
"hanging" around your car or your path to your car.
hesitate to run back to where you came from to get help.
- LOOK AROUND
one last time just before exiting your car. When you pull into a parking
area look around for anyone "hanging" around, or someone who seems
to "pace" their walk to arrive at your parking place as you are
exiting your car. If you see someone like this move to another parking area
or leave the area.
you do not see anyone around then park your car, and try to avoid parking next
to large vehicles such as vans.
by the time you are ready to exit your car several seconds have passed - there
could now be someone in the area - SO, TAKE ONE LAST LOOK AROUND before exiting
your car, keeping your car keys handy in case you need to get back in quickly.
keeping your keys in your hand you can quickly get back into your car if someone
suddenly appears and approaches you....GET BACK IN THE CAR - HONK THE HORN -
START THE CAR - AND START THE CAR MOVING OUT OF THERE!
you have car trouble keep your doors locked and windows up. If someone stops to
help stay in the car and ask them to call the police or a service station which
you have the phone number to and are aware the station stays open 24 hours.
- In a minor
"fender bender" type accident, if the location is secluded,
instead of getting out immediately, you may want to drive to an open
business, Police Station, Fire Station, etc. for your safety. Motion the
other driver to follow you; you do not want to give the other driver the
idea you are running away from an accident, even though the other driver
caused the accident.
- Keep your
car doors locked and windows rolled up.
packages, purse, etc. on the floor rather than on the seat where they are
easier to see.
- Keep your
car in good working order and with plenty of gas.