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By request I was asked by a reader to re-address this topic.  In order to avoid being carjacked, it is worthwhile to understand the methods that carjackers use.

  • Carjackers will bump your vehicle from behind and when you get out to exchange insurance information or inspect the damage they will steal your vehicle.
  • Carjackers will stage an accident with fake injuries and when you stop and get out to assist, your vehicle will be stolen.
  • Carjackers will follow you to your home or office and when you park they will pull up behind you so you can’t escape then steal your car and leave with both vehicles.
  • Carjackers will flash lights to get your attention then when you pull over your vehicle will be taken.
  • Carjackers will pose as police officers and when you pull over they will then take your vehicle.

So how can you prepare yourself.  Try the following.  Stay away from dangerous areas. Be situationally aware of your surroundings, if something feels wrong then get out of there.  Keep your doors locked and your windows rolled up.  Maintain sufficient distance between vehicles so that you have an avenue of escape if a carjacking starts.  If you cannot see the rear tires of the vehicle in front of you then you are too close to that vehicle.  Your vehicle is thousands of pounds of raw power, use it effectively.  Make sure to keep a fully charged cellphone number handy with your emergency phone numbers pre-stored.

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In these troubled times, criminals are becoming bolder and more aggressive with each passing day.  When out in public such as shopping malls, movie theaters, etc., the following are some important things to pay attention to when entering and exiting your vehicle.

  • Pay attention to your surroundings when entering a parking area.  If you get a gut feeling that something is wrong then drive away immediately.  Gut feelings should never be ignored.
  • When parking, scan 360 degrees around your vehicle before shutting the ignition off.
  • Keep your car doors locked at all times.
  • Scan between the rows of cars when walking to and from your car to avoid a potential mugging from thugs who may be hiding there.
  • When walking to and from your car try and keep your hands free.  If you carry concealed your gun hand should always be free.
  • Do not text, use a cell phone, listen to an Ipod, etc., when walking to and from your car as it significantly reduces situational awareness.
  • At night make sure you park in well lit, well traveled locations that are easily visible.  Avoid parking far away in poorly lit areas.
  • Look under your vehicle and inside your vehicle including the front and backseat areas before entering your vehicle.

If the SHTF and you are not at your safe location (for many people their safe location will be their primary residence), you need to be aware of the following when planning and driving to a secure and safe place.

  • You must have pre-planned alternate routes to get you to safety.  Your primary route may be blocked due to unsafe road conditions, traffic jams, downed trees or power lines, etc.
  • Know where it is safe to turn your vehicle around.  You do not want to be stuck due to obstructions like guard rails or fences or find yourself in a dead end alley and blocked in.
  • Practice going to work and coming home taking alternate routes in case you ever need to use them and familiarize yourself with the side streets near your workplace and near your home.
  • If you use GPS don’t rely too heavily on it.  Your judgement is always better than GPS coordinates in a dangerous situation.
  • Have available road maps of your local area and use them when needed.
  • Have a workable survival plan.

Best road sign ever 🙂

 

Never ask the person who designed this sign for directions.