Something Evil This Way Comes
Last Friday night we parked in a public parking area in Galveston. As we drove away I noticed something sticking to the rear window of the car. Luckily, my husband told me not to stop. He warned that someone could be waiting for us to get out of the car. When I took the tag off after I got home, I realized it was a cash receipt for gas. Puzzling, but nothing frightening! Then we received this email yesterday:
WARNING FROM POLICE * APPLIES TO WOMEN AND MEN * BEWARE OF PAPER LEFT ON BACK WINDOW OF YOUR VEHICLE * NEW WAY TO CARJACK
New Form of Car Jacking
Here is what can happen to you. You walk across the parking lot, unlock your car and slide inside and lock your doors. You start the engine and check your mirrors. When you look into the rear view mirror, you notice a piece of paper stuck to the middle of the rear window. So, you shift into Park, unlock your doors, and jump out of your car to remove that paper.
Stay in Your Car
When you reach the back of your car, that is when the carjackers appear out of nowhere, jump into your car and drive off with your purse, your keys, your driver's license, checkbook, credit cards, insurance documents and any other personal items you may have had in the car. Your home and identity are now compromised! So, if you see a piece of paper stuck to your back window, just leave it.
Other Forms of Carjacking
You do not have to be in a parking lot to be carjacked. Below is a graphic detailing many other ways you may lose your car. Someone can run into your car at a red light or stop sign to get you to exit the vehicle. Do not exit.
Call the police and ask them what you should do. Insist that they come to the scene of the accident or tell them you are driving your car the police station. If something is hinky, get out of there. You can go to the police department within 24 hours to report the accident with penalty.