How to Reduce
of Being Carjacked
How to approach
- Always walk with your head up in a direct line to your vehicle.
- Always choose your parking place, being closest to the store
front for the shortest walk isn't always the safest place to park.
Mini-van, handi-cap access vehicles normally park closer to store
fronts. These vehicles do not give you a 'good-view' of your
surroundings. Park a little further out away from the other vehicles
... you will have good visibility, reduce your chance of a door
ding, and get some exercise.
Walk in the center of the path or roadway, not
close to the sides.
Walk with purpose and stay alert.
Approach your car with the key in hand.
Hold your keys with your strongest
hand and hold the car key only with your thumb and pointer finger.
Grasp your keychain in your palm.
Your keys are a pretty good weapon. If you are
attacked, go for the eyes with your car key.
Look around and inside the car before getting
Lock the doors immediately; anytime you are
anywhere, vehicle locking the door just makes good sense to avoid an
unwanted person getting in and to help keep the door closed during a
roll over collision.
How to drive on the road
- Keep your doors locked and windows rolled up, no matter how
short the distance or how safe the area. The locked
doors will keep the doors closed during a roll over collision...in
case the door handle catches the pavement.
Look around constantly, especially at places
where you slow down or stop, such as garages, parking
lots, intersections, and self-serve gas stations.
In areas you know are dangerous that you can
not avoid, try not to stop at stop lights. Instead, slow
down before you reach an intersection with a red light already
showing or where cars are stopped. When the light changes,
speed up and clear the intersection. This manuver is so popular in
the LA area that it has a name - it's called the
When you are rolling to a stop, leave enough
room to maneuver around other cars, especially if you
sense trouble and might possibly need to get away
Avoid driving alone. Travel with someone if
possible, especially at night.
Do NOT stop to assist a stranger whose car is
broken down. Help instead by driving to the nearest phone
and calling police to help. Even better, have a cell
phone handy to call for assistance. All cell
phones, if charged, can call 911 whether you have paid service or
not. Wave your cell phone at the stranger so that he or she knows
help is on the way.
If somebody stands in front of your car, as you
are stopped at a light for example, rev the engine. If
they do not move quickly, drive around them.
If many people quickly run to your car, try to put their
hands inside or show a weapon to make you stop -
ACCELERATE AND LEAVE THE AREA. If they refuse to move - RUN THEM
You have the right to protect yourself. The best scenario is
they just steal your car, but think about it. If you have
been forced from a car, and you are now standing alone
with no lifelines, among people who are bold enough to
steal a car, you are in grave danger.
You have a 3000 pound weapon at your disposal. Use
How to get out of your car
Why do people
Often carjacking is the first step in another crime. Criminals
need an untraceable random vehicle to do an armed robbery. This
explains why some "beater" cars are carjacked at almost
the same rate as luxury models.
For some young people, carjacking may be a rite
of passage, a status symbol, or a thrill.
Cars, especially high end models, provide quick
cash for drug users.