Recommended Carjacking Precautions

by : Bill Wallmuller

The carjacking of parked vehicles or those on the road which come to a stop depends on the car owner being inattentive to their surroundings. Carjackers, like street robbers, prefer the element of surprise. Most victims say they never saw the carjacker until they appeared at their car door.

There are some recommendations to reduce your risk of being carjacked; we have listed some of those common sense recommendations below:

&bull Always park in well-lighted areas, if you plan to arrive/leave after dark.

&bull Don't park in isolated or visually obstructed areas near walls or heavy foliage.

&bull Use valet parking or an attended garage, especially if you're a woman driving alone.

&bull As you walk to your car be alert to suspicious persons sitting in cars.

&bull Ask for a security escort if you are alone at a shopping center. Do not be too shy to make the request.

&bull Watch out for young males loitering in the area (handing out flyers, etc.)

&bull If someone tries to approach, change direction or run to a busy store.

&bull Follow your instincts if they tell you to walk/run away to a busy place.

&bull As you approach your vehicle, look under, around, and inside your car.

&bull If safe, open the door, enter quickly, and lock the doors.

&bull Don't be a target by turning your back while loading packages into the car.

&bull Make it your habit to always start your car and drive away immediately. Don't hang a round using your cell phone etc, leave as soon as you get into your car.

&bull Teach and practice with your children to enter and exit the car quickly.

&bull In the city, always drive with your car doors locked and windows rolled up.

&bull When stopped in traffic leave enough room to maneuver and escape if necessary.

&bull If you are bumped in traffic, by young males, be suspicious of the accident.

&bull Wave to follow, and drive to a gas station or busy place before getting out.

&bull If you are ever confronted by an armed carjacker don't resist.

&bull Give up your keys or money if demanded without resistance.

&bull Don't argue, fight or chase the robber. You can be seriously injured.

&bull Never agree to be kidnapped. Drop the cars keys and run and scream for help.

&bull If you are forced to drive, consider crashing your car near a busy intersection so bystanders can come to your aid and call the police.

&bull Call the police immediately to report the crime and provide detailed information.

Do these recommendations sound too hard to put into effect everyday? You are correct if you answer "no". The alternative could be both dangerous and costly. Take action today.