Thousands of unsuspecting motorists are carjacked every year. To minimize the danger of being carjacked:
- Don’t stop at isolated pay phones, cash machines or newspaper machines where you could become a carjacking victim.
- Stay alert to people lurking near or moving toward your parked car.
- Always keep the windows of your car shut and doors locked, whether you’re in or out of your car.
- Park only in well-lit areas.
To prevent your car from being stolen:
- Keep your registration card in your wallet instead of your glove compartment.
- Use paint or an indelible marker to put the vehicle identification number (VIN) under the engine hood and trunk lid and on the battery. This number is usually found on the dashboard on the driver’s side of the car.
- If you have to leave personal property in your car, leave it in the trunk.
- Keep your car in a garage and lock the garage door.
- Use a security device like a steering wheel lock or a gear shift column lock.