Written by a Guest Blogger
You never think it will happen to you – carjacking. Sure, people get their cars stolen from them all the time, but not in your city, right? Not so fast. The stats don’t lie. Carjacking is on the rise, and it happens in the most unlikely of places. Here’s what you need to do to heighten your awareness, prevent it from happening, and what to do if you find yourself in an unthinkable position.
Don’t Travel The Road Not Taken
Don’t travel down unfamiliar roads in a big city at night. Likewise, don’t think you’re safe in more rural areas. A lot of carjackings take place on lesser-traveled roads. Don’t stop to help a stranger who looks like their vehicle is broken down. It might seem cynical, but there’s always a risk that this person is feigning an accident so that they can jack your vehicle.
Don’t Park In Isolated Parking Lots
Do not park in isolated parking lots away from other people. This makes you a prime target for a carjacking. When possible, park in well-lit areas and try to leave a venue or area before most of the other people do. So, for example, if you’re going to a state fair, try to leave with the bulk of the people that leave when the park closes or when rides start shutting down.
If your car is parked far from work, get a friend to walk with you and then drive them to their car. Many work premises also offer compensation for their employees for taking a taxi to their car from the workplace, and this can be something an employer can claim against tax expenses.
Keep Your Eyes Open When You’re At Home
Always keep your eyes peeled when you’re at home. It’s a weird thing to be on the defensive all of the time, but you shouldn’t be completely oblivious either. Carjackings often happen in residential areas – people aren’t expecting it as much. When possible, park your vehicle in a garage or protected area.
Keep Your Eyes Open When In A Traffic Jam or Congested Area
Keep your eyes open when in a traffic jam. Believe it or not, crooks will steal your vehicle when you’re waiting at a red light. Make use of automatic door locks, and keep your windows shut, especially when in unknown neighborhoods.
Always Approach Your Vehicle With Your Keys Out
Always be ready to get into your vehicle, especially if you’re coming out of a mall or building at night. Have your keys out and unlock the door when you’re close. Get in and immediately lock the vehicle.
If you’re caught unexpected, let the crook have your vehicle. There is nothing heroic about defending your car. You can always call the police and make an insurance claim. Find out how to file a report properly so as to increase your chances of recovering your belongings and property and any victim compensation.
Never Leave Valuables In Plain Sight
Never leave valuables in the vehicle in plain sight. This just incentivizes crooks, and it makes their job easier.
About the Blogger
Keith Kofsky, Esq. is an Attorneys at Law at a personal injury law firm in Philadelphia, PA. Mr. Kofsky is the sponsor of Philly Car Accident Guys. He enjoys sharing his legal ideas and insights through blogging.