Critical Tips to Avoid a Carjacking
Most carjackings only take 15 to 20 seconds to complete, giving people very little time to react. Would you know what to do if someone demanded your vehicle? Because this type of crime happens so fast, having a plan ahead of time is a good idea.
Here are some tips from security professionals on steps you can take to avoid being carjacked.
1. Always drive with your doors locked. Many vehicles these days automatically lock once the vehicle reaches a certain speed, which is a great feature. One feature to be careful of is having your doors automatically unlock when you put the vehicle in park. In the photo above, it looks as if the doors were unlocked, which gave the carjacker an easy way to open the door.
2. Always leave enough room between your vehicle and the one in front of you. If you are stopped in a parking lot or at an intersection, make sure you can see the back tires of the car in front of you. This will give you enough room to prevent being boxed in and will enable you to maneuver your vehicle to the left or right if you need to exit the area quickly.
3. When stopped, use your rear and side view mirrors to stay aware of your surroundings. This increases your safety and makes it more difficult for an attacker to surprise you.
4. Stay off your phone. Are you checking Facebook while you’re at a stop light? Maybe replying to a text? Most carjackers are looking for an easy target. Someone who is staring at their phone and has no idea what is going on around them can be a perfect target.
5. Beware of $20 tricks. If you get into your vehicle, start the engine and then look up to see a $20 tucked under your windshield wiper, most people would stop and get out of their vehicle to investigate. That’s exactly what a carjacker is counting on as they slide into your open vehicle and take off with your car.