How to avoid carjacking according to Madison police

MADISON, Wis. - Every year there is an average of 49,000 attempted and completed carjackings in the U.S., here are some tips from the Madison Police Department on how to avoid being a victim.

First, take note of when you are in a location that might be prone to carjackings such as:

  • Gas stations
  • Deserted intersections with stoplights
  • Parking garages
  • Residential driveways 
  • Highway exit ramps

Always take the following precautions wherever you are: 

  • Park in well-lit areas close to building entrances and exits
  • Always be aware of your surroundings
  • Keep valuables out of sight
  • Trust your instincts if you feel something is wrong
  • Minimize distractions
  • Lock your doors while driving
  • Avoid driving alone at night
  • Don't stop for apparently stranded strangers 
  • Don't argue with carjackers

Some common strategies criminals use in carjackings include using another vehicle to bump into a victim's car, causing them to pull over, stage accidents to lure Good Samaritans and following victims home. 

If you are the victim of a carjacking, try and remember any identifying characteristics to report to police. 


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