Monday, October 24, 2011

Car Jackings are UP--Pass It On

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:



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.

Stay in Your Car

Men are not immune to carjacking.  Women carjackers may appear beside their apparently disabled car dressed in sexy attire or these women can walk up to the car like they need help. Open that door and you will have a gang driving off your car within less than five minutes. Some carjackers have even staged dead or stuffed animals in the roadway, complete with crying children, so that people stop, thinking they ran over the family animal.

Your Belongings or Your Life

Give up your car, your keys, your purse, your jewelry or anything they want. AVOID getting in the car with the carjackers. If you do, there is a good chance you will be killed. Stay aware for opportunities to bail out of the car and run for your life. 

Children in the Car

One aspect I did not cover is what to do if you have a child or children with you.  It is best to think how you would best handle this type of situation: drive away, call the police or On Star and like services, use teargas, gun, stun gun . . . Think it through BEFORE it happens. Nothing will make a parent crazier than a child in danger,  Have your plan mapped out before it happens.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings | Do Not Enter Space that Feels Wrong | Call Security Guard to Escort You | Do Not Shop at Night | Park Close to Building | Shop in Groups | Leave the Kids with Babysitter | Bring the Dog with You

1 comment:

jennylyn said...

Well all know that car jackers are around looking for those good cars to get their hands on. I think the best way is to keep simple as possible. I know that there is a lot of good and expensive cars you can find and can afford to buy. But I think it is not wise to just hand them to them. So keep the simple profile. Since these things just devaluate and does not increase its value over time.

Jennylyn from armoire pas cher 


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