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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