Car jacking has become extremely prevalent in certain metropolitan areas. Turn on your local news station and you are bound to hear of at least one in a weeks time
What is carjacking ? the action of violently stealing an occupied vehicle (car, van, or truck).
Yes, I said VIOLENTLY. This usually means the assailant will approach you with a weapon. The weapon most widely used in a carjacking crime is a gun. Guns don’t kill people. People kill people with guns. Most criminals use deadily force of a gun because they need a vehicle to get away quickly. It’s quicker to take a car that’s already occupied than to steal a car with no occupant. It’s a lazy man’s crime. People that carjack have no remorse. They can and will shoot you faster because they need a quick get away and they don’t need anyone getting in their way.
5 ways to help prevent become the victim of a carjacking:
- Stay alert ! Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
- Don’t sit in your car looking at your cell phone. Stay alert.
- Park in well lit high traffic areas.
- Keep keys in hand and fingers on the panic button while walking to ypur car.
- Keep ALL doors locked at all times.
Don’t give the thief any extra reason to hurt or kill you. If you are caught in the crossfire of a carjacking, think and move fast because these criminals are serious. They are criminals with a previous record and are looking for a way to get quickly down the road. Stay safe and be smart. You can always get another car. You can’t get another you.