By Kellene Bishop
Yesterday there was a rare occurrence of a car jacking in the State of Utah. I realized that carjackins are a much more rampant crime elsewhere in the nation and thus should be properly addressed to ensure maximum safety. Fortunately there are several simple ways you can protect yourself from being a carjacking statistic.
1st Way to Protect Yourself from a Carjacking: Your safety boils down to being aware. You can’t afford to be oblivious. If someone is coming towards your car, you need to notice them ahead of time. Make use of your rearview and side mirrors when you are stopped or in a parking lot.
2nd Way to Protect Yourself from a Carjacking: Never stop at a traffic light or stop sign directly behind another car. At the risk of sounding paranoid, I always give myself an “escape route” when I’m stopped at a light or caught in traffic, even on the freeway. If someone is coming towards my car, the first thing you should do is step on the gas and have somewhere to go.
3rd Way to Protect Yourself from a Carjacking: Keep your purse and your firearm nearby. In the truck, I have a firearm just under the dash in a holster that I can easily and discreetly grab if I am held up at gun point. I also have a gun on my person in the event I’m grabbed just prior to getting into the car or getting out of it.
4th Way to Protect Yourself from a Carjacking: Park under a lit area. When I’m in a parking lot, I don’t necessarily look for a spot closest to the door. I look for a spot that’s well lit first and foremost.
5th Way to Protect Yourself from a Carjacking: Look around before you get in your car and before you get out of your car. Your errands are never so important that you don’t have three seconds to evaluate your surroundings. I always look in my rearview mirror and in my two side mirrors before I exit my car. And I always look around me as I walk to my car as well. Even if I’m only taking out two light grocery bags, I still use the shopping cart in order that my hands are “free” to pull my gun if necessary (or your pepper spray, mace, or your panic button).
6th Way to Protect Yourself from a Carjacking: Always have your cell phone handy. You should have 9-1-1 on a one button speed dial on your phone. Don’t rely on your fine motor skills to dial in the midst of an emergency—even if you think it’s only 3 numbers.
7th Way to Protect Yourself from a Carjacking: Lastly, be sure you lock your doors as soon as you get in the car and that YOU control when your doors are unlocked when you park the car. Don’t have your car’s automatic settings to unlock the doors when you put the car in park. There are many criminals that are familiar with this feature and will use it to their advantage. They will also use the innocence of children in the back seat who may eagerly open their own car door to their advantage as well. Program your locks so that the kids get out only after you’ve given the all clear.
Copyright 2009 Kellene Bishop. All rights reserved. You are welcome to repost this information so long as it is credited to Kellene Bishop.
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