CHARLOTTE, N.C. (July 27, 2018) – Following a recent carjacking in Yadkin County and a separate robbery at a vehicle in Greensboro, AAA Carolinas is providing the public with a few precautionary tips in hopes of preventing these types of attacks in the future.
“While there is no way to be fully prepared for these terrible situations, we are hoping to give motorists a few tips to keep in mind in an effort to lower their chances of falling victim to them,” said Tiffany Wright, AAA Carolinas Foundation for Traffic Safety president.
A dangerous chase took place between police and a man who carjacked a vehicle in southern Winston-Salem using a firearm on July 25. In the neighboring town of Greensboro on July 17, a woman was robbed and assaulted by a man outside of her car in a busy shopping center.
Carjacking safety tips include:
- Avoid poorly lit, isolated areas.
- Approach your car with the key in hand.
- Consider arming yourself with mace or a device used for alerts – such as a whistle.
- Lock your doors and keep your windows rolled up, especially in stopped traffic.
- Drive in the center lane to make it harder for would-be carjackers to approach the car.
- Carry a fully-charged mobile phone for emergencies.
- When traveling:
- Stay on main roads and highways.
- If you are bumped from behind, motion to the other driver and go to a police station, 24-hour store, hospital or firehouse.
- When coming to a stop, leave enough room to maneuver around other cars.
- Follow your instincts. If you feel threatened in any way, trust your intuition and get out of harms way or call the police.
If you become the victim of a carjacking:
- Never get in the car with the carjacker. If you are threatened, give them your keys and do not argue.
- Get away from the area as quickly as possible.
- Try to remember details about the carjacker – sex, race, age, hair, eye color, special features and clothes.
- Call the police immediately.
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