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Don't Be a Victim to Carjacking!

You’ve most likely heard reports about carjacking incidents in Plymouth and all over MA. At Cape Auto Collision, we know it's a concern for car owners nationwide. There’s no doubt that it can be a violent crime and can seriously hurt or even kill someone. It’s scary to think of an attacker taking away your vehicle, especially if they have a gun or knife. 

According to the U.S. Department of State, the most common places for carjackings to occur include areas where there is high crime, on less traveled roads, at intersections where you must stop, isolated parts of parking lots, in residential driveways and during traffic jams.

Here are some tips to help prevent a carjacking.

Be aware of your surroundings, especially at gas stations, ATMs and places where people are entering and exiting their cars.

Refrain from talking to someone who is asking directions or claims to have car problems.

Park in a well-lit, open area that is away from any large vehicles, the woods or something else that might limit visibility.

Hide your valuables in the trunk.

Make sure to roll up the windows and use the air-conditioning instead.

Drive in the center lane so it’s more difficult for others to reach your vehicle.

Whenever possible, try not to drive alone, especially in the evening.

When you’re walking to your vehicle, have your key ready and look around before getting inside. Then lock your doors and start driving away.

Always carry your cell phone and use your best judgment.

The U.S. Department of State recommends being aware of the most common types of attack plans, which include:

The Bump: Your vehicle is hit from behind; when you step outside to check the damage, the carjacker takes your vehicle.

Good Samaritan: The attacker makes it seem like there is an accident or injury. When you stop to help, your vehicle is stolen.

The Ruse: The carjacker indicates there is a problem with your car. Once you pull over, the attacker takes your vehicle.

The Trap: You are followed home using surveillance. After you arrive, your car is blocked by the carjacker.

If you are ever a victim of carjacking, try to stay calm and let the attacker take your vehicle. Contact the police immediately and provide as much detail about the person as possible. Help spread the word to others about how to prevent carjackings through neighborhood watch groups, automobile clubs, and to family members. Stay safe!

Sources: AOL, USA Today and AAA

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