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In Your Car/Car Jacking
  • Check the inside and around your car before entering to ensure that no one is hiding there.
  • Check your surroundings before getting out of your car.
  • Don't pick up hitchhikers.
  • Keep doors locked and windows rolled up so that a hand can't reach in.
  • If a group of suspicious people approaches you when you are stopped at a red light at a deserted intersection, run the light if your intuition tells you that the situation could get dangerous.
  • Don't let gas indicator fall below 1/4.
  • Plan your route and check a map before you start out.
  • Park in well-lighted, heavily traveled areas if possible.
  • Try not to park next to a van, as you can be pulled in through the sliding door.
  • Whenever you have to stop your vehicle, leave enough room between your vehicle and other vehicles or things so you could drive off if any danger presented itself.
  • Don't leave valuables in plain sight inside your car.
  • If you think someone has run into your vehicle intentionally, keep your doors locked, activate your emergency lights and stay in your car until the police arrive.
  • If you think you are being followed, drive to an area that has a lot of people or drive to the closest law enforcement office.
  • Notify the appropriate law enforcement agency of any suspicious activity that you observe.
  • Give only the ignition key to an attendant.
  • If you see an accident or stranded motorist, report it from the nearest telephone instead of stopping.
  • Carry in your car:
    • Flashlight, flares, fix-a-flat, maps, comfortable warm clothing, first aid kit, empty gas can, white cloth to tie to antenna to signal distress, cellular phone.
  • Learn basic auto maintenance.