D.C Authorities Offer Advice to Avoid Carjacking: 'Give Up Your Car'
One tip was 'Don’t argue”'in the event of a carjacker issuing a threat
Authorities in Washington, DC, have given residents a list of tips as carjackings soar in the city.
One piece of advice was to “drive in the center lane to make it harder for potential carjackers to approach the car."
The other was to “GIVE UP YOUR CAR” without argument in the event of being threatened with a weapon.
“Unfortunately, we have been seeing a rash of these recently in the D.C. area,” 7News reported on Monday, referencing “violent” carjackings that resulted in one man shot and another held at gunpoint last week.
The 7News provided a number of tips taken “directly from D.C. Police.”
One tip was “Don’t argue” in the event of a carjacker issuing a threat with a weapon.
Police have also urged people not to roll down their windows “no matter how short the distance” of the destination.
Police are also urging people to “drive in the center lane to make it harder for potential carjackers to approach the car” and “avoid driving alone."
Authorities also said people should think ahead and “leave enough room to maneuver around other cars, especially if you sense trouble and need to get away."
Other tips include:
- Always drive with the doors locked. If a thief can’t get in your vehicle, you stand a better chance of leaving with it.
- DON’T stop to assist a stranger whose car has broken down. You can help instead by driving to the nearest phone (or using your cell phone) to call the police for help.
- Park in well-lit areas, near sidewalks or walkways. Avoid parking near dumpsters, large vans or trucks, woods, or anything else that limits your visibility.
- Never leave valuables out in plain view, even if the car is locked. Always put them in the trunk or out of sight.
- Try to park in a garage with an attendant. Leave only the ignition key, with no identification.
- Even if you’re rushed, look around before you get out and stay alert to the surroundings.
- Always trust your instincts. If the situation doesn’t “feel right,” get away Officials also warned not to stop for stranded vehicles on the side of the road as it could be someone waiting to carjack another vehicle. Instead, police said to call 9-1-1 and note the location of the car.
The Biden White House continues to largely attribute the nationwide crime wave to the pandemic.
🚨 BREAKING 🚨 @RepJamesComer and Oversight Republicans sent a letter to @MayorBowser relaying concerns over the historic rise of crime and homelessness in Washington D.C.— Oversight Committee Republicans (@GOPoversight) October 1, 2021
It's no coincidence this is occurring while funding plummets for @DCPoliceDept.https://t.co/Tk6294DodF
Psaki said last week:
“One of the root reasons of crime in communities is guns and gun violence."
"We’ve seen that statistically around the country."
She concluded that the pandemic is a “root cause” of criminal acts “in a lot of communities.”