A big thank you to Ray McGury for calling into the show to talk about this. He has over 30 years of experience in law enforcement.
Car Jackings have increased by 100% in Chicago, and 4 separate car jackings we’re reported in the suburbs over this past weekend. There is more good information available on this, but the following are good steps/practice(s) to increase your safety:
Where do they typically occur:
* Self-serve gas stations
* Desolate intersections with stop lights
* Parking garages
* Residential driveways
* Highway exit ramps (people asking for money…real or not)?
What do you do to stay safe?
* GIVE THEM THE CAR IF CONFRONTED…NO FIGHTING WITH THEM UNLESS YOU FEEL YOU’RE ABOUT TO BE PHYSICALLY INJURED/KILLED BY YOUR ASSAILANT.
* Park in well-lit areas
* HAVE YOUR KEYS ready when approaching your car. Always look inside your car before entering.
* Leave at least a half to full car length between you and the car in front of you for an escape route should suspects approach your car..
* Always be hyper-aware of your surroundings..Situational Awareness!
* Equip your car with an anti-theft device
* Lock your doors while driving
* Avoid driving alone at night when possible
* Don’t stop for apparently stranded strangers along the road. Note their location and pull over in a safe place to alert the police.
One common carjacking strategy is to bump your car from behind to make a minor fender bender appear like an accident. The carjacking occurs when the driver pulls over and gets out to assess the damage. Carjackers have also been known to stage other types of accidents to take advantage of Good Samaritan drivers. Two other common scenarios involve a carjacker flashing their lights behind you in order to signal a maintenance problem, or following you to your home and attacking when you pull in the driveway.