How to Prevent A Carjacking
"Carjacking" is stealing a car by threat or use of force. Here are some helpful tips to deter car theft.
Walking to Your Car
Have your keys in your hand so you are ready to enter your car.
Walk confidently and with a purpose. Pay attention.
If possible, walk with someone else.
When approaching your car, be aware of your surroundings. If suspicious persons are near your car, walk past and go back to a safe area.
Check the exterior of your car, look inside the car and look for anyone near your car.
Check to see if the doors are ajar or windows open. If so, don't enter but move away and call for help.
Once in your car, IMMEDIATELY lock all doors and close all windows.
WHN Tip: If approached by a stranger after you are in your car, do not open a door or window – simply drive away. Feel free to sound your horn if you feel threatened.
REMEMBER: Anybody can be a target. Carjackers look for targets of opportunity.
Try not to travel alone.
Plan your route ahead of time and avoid areas that concern you.
Keep your car in good repair and full of gas. If you need to refuel, do it in a well-populated area.
Put all packages and bags in your trunk or on the floor, out of sight.
Lock your doors and windows.
Check all your mirrors often while driving.
Stay alert especially when stopped.
Carjackings often happen at stoplights and stop signs. When stopped in traffic, allow enough room to maneuver between you and the vehicle in front of you.
Do not open car doors or windows for strangers.
WHN Tip: If someone attempts to stop you, or "bumps" your car and causes an accident or if you believe you are being followed, DON'T STOP. Drive to a well- populated area, such as an occupied gas station, shopping mall entrance, restaurant, police station, etc. Call the police if necessary.
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