Will YOU Be Able To Defend Yourself From A Carjacking?
Carjackings can take place any time you are near your vehicle. There has been reports of people jacking cars when the victim is approaching the car, sitting in the car and when the victim was driving down the street.
A driver with awareness of their surroundings that takes extra care while parking can greatly reduce their risk. People who jack cars, like street robbers, prefer to use the element of surprise. In most cases, victims say they never noticed the carjacker until it was too late and they appeared at their car door. Reduce your risk of becoming the next victim by considering some of the tips below.
1. Always park in areas that are well lit even if you don't plan to arrive or leave after dark.
2. Don't park in areas that are out of the way, isolated or visually obstructed areas that are around heavy foliage or walls.
3. If possible take advantage of valet parking or an attended garage.
4. When walking to your vehicle be alert to suspicious people sitting in other vehicles.
5. Ask customer service for a security escort if you are alone at a shopping center and need to reach your vehicle after dark.
6. Keep an eye out for people loitering in and around parking areas (handing out flyers, etc)
7. If someone attempts to approach you, change direction or run to a busy location
8. As you approach your vehicle, take a look under, around, and inside your car. If safe, get in the car quickly and lock the doors.
9. Don't become a target by turning your back while loading packages into your vehicle.
10. Make it a habit to always start the vehicle and pull away immediately. Sitting in your car makes you a target.
11. Teach and practice with your kids to get in and out of the car quickly.
12. In the city or slow moving traffic, always drive with your car doors locked and windows rolled closed.
13. If in an accident, wave to have the other party follow and drive to a gas station or busy place before getting out.
14. If you are ever confronted by an armed person don't resist.
15. If you keys or money are demanded, give them up without resistance.
16. Don't take a confrontational approach when being carjacked. This can result in seriously injury or death.
17. Don't agree to be taken and kidnapped. Drop the cars keys where you stand, run and scream for help.
18. If you are forced to drive - wear a seat belt and consider crashing your car near a busy intersection so bystanders can come to your aid and call the police.
19. Call the police immediately to report any crime and be prepared to provide detailed information
These tips will help you in most vehicle jacking situations. Every possibility is not considered above and you must think what would be best to do in your situation. There is no technique that will work in every situation. Your best bet is to be prepared and do your best to avoid becoming a victim.
Here is a good article I found relating to carjacking
Carjacking-How To Recognize Methods And Scams Used Most By Carjackers
Carjacking is one of the most prevalent crimes in many parts of the world. Just as car technology has evolved so have the methods of carjacking. Hot wiring cars is not a viable method of car theft. With today’s car alarms and electronic ignitions the best technique is to steal a car that is already running. The most common scams are:
The thief bumps the victims vehicle with his from behind. When the victim gets out to access the damage and exchange information the car is stolen.
The Good Samaritan
An accident is staged in a remote area. Perhaps an injury is simulated. The victim stops to assist and the vehicle is stolen.
Another vehicle flashes lights or waves at the victim to get her attention to indicate a problem with the victims car. The victim pulls over and the vehicle is stolen.
The victim, living in a gated community, is followed by the carjackers into the driveway and while waiting for the gate to open the thieves pull in behind him, blocking him.
When bumped from behind or responding to another driver’s attempt to alert you, always drive to a safe public place before getting out of your car. When living in a gated community call ahead for the gates to be open and/or wait until the gates open to pull up to them. Before stopping to help at an accident, it may be best to call authorities and report the accident rather than stop. Never leave your car running with the keys in it. Carjacking can be a crime of opportunity. Many thoughtless people leave their car running with the keys in it to run in an convenience store or in their own driveways. In Florida it is against the law to leave your vehicle with the keys in the ignition. This would place some responsibility on the car owner as well. To help reduce the possibility of carjacking practice these prevention tips:
Keeps windows and doors locked while driving
When stopping allow at last one car length between you and the car in front of you for maneuvering space
Don’t stop at isolated phones or ATM machines
Watch for strangers approaching your car. Drive away if you are in the car. Walk away if you’re not.
Keep purse and valuables out of sight in car
If you can’t drive away from a threatening situation honk you horn to call attention to yourself.
About the Author
Su Ericksen is a first degree TaeKwonDo black belt and has taught self defense workshops. She lives in the Midwest with her family and works at a large medical center in the cardiology clinic. To read more on this subject please visit her website: Self Defense-4-Women.com You may contact her through her website.