How to Avoid a Carjacking
Written by: Mirah Lucas
How do you avoid a car jacking? It’s a scary notion for many, but it’s important to think about these things beforehand so that you can act accordingly if you’re ever caught in a situation.
If you’ve read the news headlines, you’ll see that carjacking seems increasingly commonplace. Sad, but true – and even more reason for you to know how to deal with it should the situation arise:
- A man robbed at gunpoint by a woman who got out of a van that pulled up behind his car.
- A college student was abducted by two men who bumped her car from behind. When she got out to check for damage, the men abducted her.
- A young mother dragged to her death when a carjacker pulled her from her car at gunpoint and drove off before she could disentangle herself from her seatbelt.
Tips to Avoid Becoming a Victim
Avoid becoming a victim and take a new approach to your personal safety. Below are some rules to help discourage those who seek to do harm:
- Don’t roll your windows down for a stranger. Approaching you may be their attempt to gain entry to your vehicle.
- If you are stopped by a law enforcement officer, ask for proper identification if the situation feels the least bit suspicious.
- Don’t open your car door without first checking to see if anyone is hiding in your vehicle.
- Try to keep some distance between your car and other cars at a traffic signal or stop sign. If a stranger approaches your car and you feel uncomfortable, do what is needed to get out of the area.
- Don’t get out of your car in a strange neighborhood to inspect damage if someone bumps into your car. Instead, drive to the nearest well-lit store or service station. Then, get out of your car.
- Beware suspicious activity on overpasses. If you suspect foul play, slow down, speed up, or change lanes.
- Make sure that the windows are up and the doors are locked before you start your car.
- Don’t panic. If you find yourself in a scary situation, a clear head is likely to get you out of trouble.
Above all, be careful and use good judgment. Ensure your personal safety by developing and implement your own “defensive driving” techniques. To learn more, contact Pop-A-Lock Jackonsville today at 904-354-8566.