Automobile Crime Safety
Automobile crime takes many different forms, but statistics show that police impersonation, carjacking, and stalking are all on the rise. The chances of being victimized by auto crime may seem slim, but unaware and unsuspecting drivers are the easiest targets for would-be thieves and attackers. Develop your street-smarts so you can stay safe on the road.
Elude an Impostor
- Pay attention to any vehicle that attempts to pull you over. Since the majority of traffic stops are made by officers in
marked vehicles, be wary of any unmarked vehicle that pursues you, especially one with lights arranged on the dashboard or inside headlights.
- Look for uniformed police officers who show identification while approaching your vehicle.
- Only pull over in well-lit areas — a legitimate law enforcement officer will not attempt to stop you in an unsafe location. If an unmarked vehicle attempts to pull you over, turn on your hazard lights to acknowledge the vehicle, and drive slowly until you are able to stop in a safe location like a police station, public mall, hospital, or a facility protected by uniformed security officers.
- Always call 9-1-1 if you are alarmed by the vehicle pulling you over. Describe your location and the appearance of the suspected impostor to the dispatcher, who will be able to verify whether you are being stopped for a violation or not.
Counter a Carjacker
- Check your gas tank before heading out to ensure you have enough fuel to get to your destination. Keep your tires fully inflated to avoid being stranded in a dangerous area.
- Always make sure that your car is locked and the windows are rolled up while you
- Stay alert while your vehicle is stopped. If you are at a traffic light, keep the windows rolled up and doors locked. If someone you suspect may be a carjacker is directly approaching your vehicle or trying to speak to you, don't roll down or even crack your windows. Drive carefully away, and call 9-1-1.
- Avoid parking in deserted or poorly lit parking lots, and always lock your vehicle and roll up your windows when you get out of the car.
- Walk with a friend, co-worker, or security officer to your car; many public facilities have security service employees who provide vehicle escorts. Have your keys ready as you approach your car so that you can get into it quickly.
- If you suspect you are being followed, take four right or left turns in a row. If you are on the highway, exit and get back on. If the vehicle is still following you after these maneuvers, call 9-1-1 immediately and describe the car following you.
- Never pull over or try to confront a stalker yourself. If you don't have a cell phone available, drive to the nearest police or fire station. Do not go home or to the home of a friend or family member; you don't want a stalker to know where you, your friends, or your family live.
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