Car Jacking Information
Carjack Prevention Tips
When was the last time you thought about your safety while driving to work or to the
store? Many people take it for granted that they will arrive safely at their destination
whenever they get behind the wheel. Although most trips go smoothly, there are times
when things don't go as planned.
It only takes a split second for something to happen. One momentary distraction or lapse of awareness can give a criminal the opportunity to take advantage of your vulnerability.
Take a simple shopping excursion, for example. After shopping, you walk back to your car with your arms full of groceries and forget to look around before unlocking the car door. As you place the groceries on the seat, someone walks up behind you and takes you completely by surprise. Are you alert enough to prevent such an occurrence?
Here are some safety precautions that may help you avoid trouble:
- Try to select safe times and locations to travel.
- Keep your car properly maintained to avoid breakdowns.
- Carry a cellular phone for emergency communications.
- Keep your car locked at all times. Don't leave windows rolled down far enough for people to reach inside.
- Whenever possible, have someone escort you to your car. As you approach your car, check the entire area for suspicious persons.
- If you don't like what you see, turn around and go back.
- Always check inside your car before you get in.
- Park in well-lighted areas close to the mall or business entrance.
- Avoid parking next to vans or high profile vehicles.
- Have your keys ready as you approach your car to avoid wasting precious seconds while entering. Lock all doors immediately.
- If a robber wants your car or other valuables, it is usually best to cooperate. Arguing or fighting may cause the robber to escalate to violence.
Plan for the unexpected and practice mental and physical responses to such situations. Your life may depend on it.