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How to Prevent a Carjacking

Stay Clear of Dangerous Situations

Carjacking is an often violent, crime of opportunity that threatens a person’s individual safety. Carjacking is both serious and traumatic and can escalate beyond just the theft of your vehicle. Always be aware of your surroundings, especially when driving at slower speeds or stopped or parked at:

  • Stoplights or stop signs.
  • Garages or commuter parking lots.
  • Car washes and self-service gas stations.
  • Drive-through banks.
  • Driveways and streets.
  • Freeway exits and off ramps.

If You Feel You are in Danger, Follow Your Instincts

  • Stay calm.
  • If the carjacker is armed, just give up your car. Don’t argue.
  • Get away from the area as soon as possible.
  • If you can’t drive away, honk your horn or yell.
  • Make note of the carjacker’s physical appearance. This will be important to give to the police.
  • Immediately report the carjacking to the police.

Use these Precautions to Minimize the Risk of Being Carjacked:

  • Keep your car doors locked and your windows up when driving.
  • Don’t have any valuables in sight.
  • Make sure that your vehicle is in good working condition.
  • Try not to travel alone in unfamiliar or remote areas.
  • Keep to well-lit streets when night driving.
  • If traffic stops, leave enough room between you and the car in front to allow to move forward.
  • Don’t park next to vehicles that could possibly conceal a carjacker, such as vans.
  • Drive to the nearest police station if you feel you are being followed by another vehicle. Don’t drive to your home.
  • Don’t pull over if a suspicious person tries to flag you down.
  • If you feel that someone hit you intentionally or are involved in a minor accident, indicate to the other driver to follow you to the nearest open business or police station.
  • If you’re in an accident, take your wallet or purse and keys with you when you get out of the car.