Carjacking Prevention and Self Defense
I'm sure you've heard of carjacking; some of you may know victims or have been one yourself. Carjacking is has become one of the fastest growing and most prevalent crimes in the world. Carjacking is robbery of a car or vehicle. It happens very quickly and the sole purpose of the crime is to steal your vehicle. Though it could happen to any of us at any time there are methods that you can learn and things to familiarize yourself with that can drastically reduce your chances. As with most crime prevention tips, the first and most important is awareness. Be alert and aware of your environment at all times. Realize some of the most likely places that carjackings take place.
- Does any of your daily routes take you through high crime areas
- Do you find yourself on rural or less traveled roads, especially at night
- Intersections where you must stop for relights or stop signs can be high risk
- Isolated areas such as parking lots can attract carjackers.
- Traffic jams or congested areas where you are stopped or moving very slow can be a potential hot spot
- Residential driveways, either on your way out or in, you can become a target.
- Take a resistive and confrontational approach to an attempted carjacking or
- Choose to be non-confrontational and compliant during an attempted attack
- Give up the vehicle freely.
- Listen carefully to all directions.
- Make no quick or sudden movements that the attacker could construe as a counter attack.
- Always keeps your hands in plain view. Tell the attacker of every move in advance.
- Make the attacker aware if children are present. The attacker may be focused only on the driver and not know children are in the car.
- The mental state of the attacker.
- Possible avenues of escape.
- The number of attackers; there is usually more than one.
- The use of weapons. (Weapons are used in the majority of carjacking situations.)
- In most instances, it is probably safest to give up your vehicle.