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Follow these tips to help reduce your chances of being a victim.

  • Walk with purpose, and stay alert.
  • Approach your car with the key in hand. Look around and inside the car before getting in. 
  • Park in well-lighted areas, near sidewalks or walkways. Avoid parking near dumpsters, woods, large vans or trucks, or anything else that limits your visibility. 
  • Never leave valuables in plain view, even when the car is locked. Put them out of sight in the trunk. 
  • Keep doors locked and windows rolled up, no matter how short the distance or how safe the area. 
  • Look around, especially at places where you slow down or stop, such as garages and parking lots, intersections, self-service gas stations, and car washes, highway entry and exit ramps, and ATMs. 
  • When coming to a stop, leave enough room to maneuver around other cars, especially if you sense trouble and need to get away. 
  • Don't stop to assist a stranger whose car has broken down. Help instead by driving to the nearest phone and calling police for help. 

If it happens to you

  • If a car jacker threatens you with a gun or other weapon, give up your car. Don't argue. Your life is worth more than a car.
  • Get away as quickly as possible. 
  • Contact the police immediately.