Chief of Police. Jason A. Simmons

Safety Tips

Preventing Car-Jacking Safety Tips

Before you enter your car:
  • Be alert to any activity near your car.
  • When approaching your car, have your keys in hand and check the interior and around the car before you get in.
  • If someone is loitering near your unoccupied car as you approach it, keep walking until the person leaves.
  • Be wary of people asking for directions or handing our flyers. Trust your instincts- if something makes you feel uneasy, get into your car quickly, lock the doors, and drive away.
In your car:
  • Keep doors and windows locked, no matter how short the distance or how "safe" the neighborhood.
  • Use extra precaution driving alone. Although it may not be possible at all times, but have someone with you, especially at night.
  • When you are coming to a stop, leave enough space to maneuver around other cars. If you sense trouble, this will allow you the room needed to get away.
  • If a suspicious looking person approaches your car, drive away carefully. In extreme situations, you might even consider going through a traffic light, as long as you can do so without causing an accident.
  • Drive in the inside (center) lane to make it more difficult for the would-be carjackers to approach your car.
  • Do not stop to assist a stranger whose car has broken down. Instead, help by using your cell phone and calling the police to help them.
  • If you are driving home and notice someone you don't recognize, drive around the block and come back after the person has left of if they haven't left, notify the police.
Getting out:
  • 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 if the car is locked. Put them in the trunk or somewhere out of site.
  • Try to park in a garage where there is an attendant. Use valet parking if available.
  • Even if you are rushed, look around before you get out and stay alert to your surroundings.
If it happens to you:
  • Don't Resist!!! If a carjacker threatens you with a gun or other weapon, give up your car. Don't argue. Your live is more important than a car.
  • If a carjacker tries to get you to go with them resist and refuse because your chances of survival diminish greatly when you go with them.
  • Get away from the area as quickly as possible.
  • Notice and remember what the carjacker looked like - sex, race, hair and eye color, special features, clothing and anything specific or unusual like an accent.
  • Report the crime immediately to the police.