How to Not
Be a Carjacking Victim
by Levi Quinn
Always remember that a carjacker is going to look for an easy
victim. They want someone who is distracted, not paying attention, talking on
their phone, involved in other activities. They don't want someone who is going
to provide obstacles, make a scene, or be a challenge. Therefore, it is your
duty to always be a challenge. Outside of painting "don't mess with me" along
the side of the car, there are more subtle techniques that will help you The
idea of suffering at the hands of a criminal and becoming a victim of carjacking
is a truly terrifying idea to most people. Throw in the idea that you transport
your children, or your loved ones around in your car, and the prospect of harm
coming to any of them while you are in your car might be too much to stomach.
This is why you must learn to take precautionary measures
while driving not only in unfamiliar areas, but also when driving around places
you know. It is the vigilant person who does not become a victim, and that
grouping can include you if you know how to be savvy. protect yourself, your
family, and your vehicles from tragedy.
The first point to remember is that if you are confronted by a carjacker or
someone who wishes to do you harm, do not resist. Remember that your life and
the life of your loved ones are more important than any possession. Never fight
someone who is threatening you with a weapon. Do what they say and get out of
the car. Let the police chase them, don't be a hero.
Next, keep your doors locked when driving. Do not leave windows down when
driving through unfamiliar areas and do not ask suspicious looking people for
help, advice or directions. The moment you get out of your car and expose
yourself, especially if you leave your car running, is the moment you could run
Be aware that thieves use the "bump and rob" technique regularly. This is
when you get bumped or hit lightly by another car. The driver of the other car
hopes to lure you out of the car to check damage to your car. This is the moment
another person emerges from the assaulting vehicle, robs you, and takes your
car, leaving you stranded. If this happens to you, stay inside and keep your
windows rolled up and doors locked. Resist all attempts at communication with
the other driver and get to a police or fire station immediately, somewhere you
can be safe.
Finally, remember to be aware of your surroundings when you do have to stop.
While it might be convenient to stop at an ATM or a pay phone in an unfamiliar
area because you know you are going to be quick, realize that these areas are
monitored by thieves, hoping not only to score your car, but also take your
cash. If you do have to stop in one of these areas, be aware of people around
your car and if someone starts to approach you, roll the windows up and get out
of there. Remember, there is no errand so necessary it is worth risking your
safety. Realize that anyone can be made a victim in a split second and you have
to protect yourself at all times.