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Car Jacking Prevention Tips
  • As you approach your vehicle, pay attention to your surroundings. If you see suspicious persons or vehicles, do not go to your vehicle. Instead walk to a safe place and call the police. Don't confront suspicious persons or vehicles, let the police do it for you.
  • Always have your keys or remote ready to unlock your vehicle. Don't spend time fumbling for your keys. The more time you take, the greater your risk of being carjacked. When shopping for a car alarm or remote unlock system, consider a system that unlocks the driver door only on the first button push, and the rest of the doors on the second push.
  • Always drive with your doors locked and window up.
  • Keep your vehicle well maintained and full of gas. Not only will it minimize break downs, but it will likely perform better during an emergency.
  • Plan your trip ahead of time, so you know which route to take, and avoid high crime areas.
  • If you have a cellular phone, make sure the batteries are charged and take it with you.
  • Pay attention to other vehicles which are following you. If you think you're being followed, drive into and out of high-traffic parking lots (shopping centers and shopping malls), drive to a police station, or use your cellular phone to ask for help.
  • Avoid driving in the far right lane. This lane is most vulnerable to carjackings.
  • Always leave room between the car in front of you. Not only can you see more, but you will also have room to drive away in an emergency.
  • If approached by a stranger, drive away. Sound your horn to draw attention or help.
  • Do not stop for hitch-hikers or prostitutes. Carjackers could be hiding nearby.
  • Carjackers often lightly rear-end ("tap") their targeted victims, hoping the victims will immediately get out and inspect the damage ... and walk right into the hands of the waiting carjackers. If you've been lightly rear-ended, and you do not feel safe where you are, then turn on your emergency flashers and drive carefully to a gas station or police station or where you feel safe.
  • Carjackers may try to get you to stop by tricking you into believing you have a flat tire or other mechanical problem. If you do not feel safe, then drive carefully to a gas station or other high-traffic area.
  • When selling a vehicle, obtain the potential buyer's name and driver license number before offering a test drive, and do not go on a test drive alone with a potential buyer.
  • If you are carjacked, do not resist. Immediately abandon your vehicle, run, and call 9-1-1.