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Carjacking of vehicles 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. To reduce your risk of being carjacked, listed
below are some common sense safety tips to help you and your family
not become a victim of a carjacking.

  • Don't park in isolated or visually obstructed areas near walls or heavy

  • Always park in well lighted areas if you plan to arrive/leave after dark

  • Use valet parking or an attended garage if you're a woman driving

  • As you walk to your car be alert to suspicious persons sitting in cars

  • Ask for a security escort if you are alone at a shopping center

  • Watch out for young males loitering in the area

  • If someone tries to approach, change direction or run to a busy store

  • Follow your instincts if they tell you to walk/run away to a busy place

  • As you approach your vehicle, look under, around and inside your car

  • If safe open the door, enter quickly and lock the doors

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

  • Make it your habit to always start your car and drive away immediately

  • Teach and practice with your children to enter and exit the car quickly

  • In the city, always drive with your car doors locked and windows
    rolled up

  • When stopped in traffic, leave room ahead to maneuver and escape,
    if necessary

  • If you are bumped in traffic, especially by young males, be suspicious
    of the accident and move to a public place

  • Beware of the Good Samaritan who offers to repair your car or a flat
    tire.  It's okay to get help, just be alert

  • If you are ever confronted by an armed carjacker, don't resist!

  • Give up your keys or money if demanded without resistance

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

  • Never agree to be kidnapped.  Drop the car keys and run and scream
    for help

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

  • Once safe, call the police immediately to report the crime and provide
    detailed information