How to Prevent Carjacking, Abduction and Other Crimes

For us women it is very it is very risky to drive alone most especially at night. Carjacking, abduction and failing prey to a police impersonator are hazards for women who are more apt to be a target by sexual predators. According to the president of International Association of Chiefs of Police Ron Ruecker most crimes involving women drivers occur when they are heading to or away from their cars, particularly in parking lots, where thieves are tempted to steal both cars and property. So for women to be tough and always prepared here are 10 ways to stay safe when traveling solo.

  1. Be careful where you park. Experts propose that finding a well-lit spot or lot, whether it’s indoors or out is best way to prevent hazards.

· Avoid spots where few other vehicles are parked.

· Steer clear of vans, especially commercial models that lack glass side panels, where wrongdoers can hide.

· Lock your car, and memorize or jot down its location.

· Pay lots with attendants are less likely to play host to criminals. Also let the attendant know where you parked your car as you return He’ll know something’s wrong if you don’t come through the pay window shortly,

  1. Have your keys handy. Looking for keys in a handbag can give a criminal the time that he needs to pull off an assault, abduction or carjacking. Consider attaching a canister of pepper spray to your keychain. Make sure the car is locked once you are in. also program your key fob to open only the driver-side door for safety purposes.
  2. Pay attention to vehicles near yours. As you are heading back to your vehicle, observe its surroundings. Is someone sitting in another vehicle’s passenger side, next to where you’ll be getting in? Is the vehicle pulling out, or just idling? If it’s the latter, back off. This could be trouble.
  3. Avoid playing Good Samaritan. Since women are soft-hearted most often, they always offer help. However, you should avoid doing it most especially if you’re waved down by a lone man in a remote location whose car seems to have broken. BEST THING TO DO: Use your cell phone to call his location in to the highway patrol or police. They can help him out. Most 911 operators can also connect you quickly to a non-emergency line.
  4. Think twice about pulling over for an unmarked police car. If you don’t think you’ve done anything wrong or think the “officer” looks suspicious, call 911 and ask for the local police authority. Ruecker said that if you are not sure, turn on your dome light and wave to acknowledge that you see them. Then drive slowly to a well-lit and populated area before pulling to a stop. REMEMBER: Don’t leave your car or roll down the window. Make the officer show his official identification card. Don’t settle for a badge or an official-looking hat. And make sure he’s in uniform and that the uniform parts match. Police departments use unmarked cars but rarely staff them with plainclothes officers for traffic patrols, added by Ruecker.
  5. Know where you’re going at all times. Have directions handy whenever you’re going somewhere new. Keep a GPS device in your car if it doesn’t have a navigation system with this, you always keep tract to where you are heading. Potable navigation system is available in the market for less than $200. The device will allow you to be tracked and to call in your precise location if you become lost or just aren’t good at reading maps.

Source: Edmund.com

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