Survive carjacking

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Increasing the odds of surviving a "Carjacking".

The description of "Carjackings" can be found under "Why be prepared".

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Prelude

Surviving a carjacking event encompasses an array of variables that should be addressed if the aim is to increase the odds of success. Because the aspects associated with carjacking involve the theft of an occupied vehicle it will become important to implement increased measures and tactics for safety and awareness. Staying alert in susceptible regions and having an appropriate plan of action is advantageous in defense of such an event. Survival minded enthusiasts tend to inact a variety of tactics and practices known to detour becoming a victim of a carjacking crime. Some of these measures and practices are mild and unsuspecting while others are obvious deterrents designed to make a clear and concise statement. Back off!!! , .... or suffer the consequences. There are a variety of actions one can take to decrease to odds of a "carjacking." Mental adjustments and equipment preparedness are key to its prevention. The information provided here is intended to contribute to personal safety in and around our vehicles. We can never be too careful or prepared.

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The video below contains tips to consider when attempting to decrease the odds of becoming a victim of  a carjacking.

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The following are things to consider in the aim of reducing the risk of becoming a "carjacking" victim and to add confidence for those concerned.

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Awareness of our surroundings

The posture we convey while approaching our vehicle can have discouraging effects on potential attackers. Walking with confidence and purpose towards our vehicle is certainly a deterrent. It typically gives the appearance that we are completely aware and in control of our surroundings. Make a mental note of what is going on around you and pay attention to people in the area. Scan the environment inside and out of the car before getting in it. The criminally minded prefer to avoid people who display this type of demeanor or confidence as it may present a degree of resistance or threat to their mission. and goal of jacking your vehicle.

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Important communications

Knowing the direction we will be traveling and telling someone prior to departing can save lives. Communicate to others by leaving a note or message of any kind with family or friends indicating our plans, routes and time frames. Call to announce your arrival, or any changes in your plans. Any deviation from those plans without notifying others should prompt immediate inquiries and search procedures from those whom we communicated with. This is added insurance to being found or rescued. Make a plan when traveling out of town. Our plan should include maps with routes and destinations clearly marked. If the route which we plan to travel is known ahead of time than it will be easier to perform a little homework with the aim of familiarizing ourselves with the areas in our path. This will help to avoid known areas of potential crime as the sun goes down. It is much safer to travel on main roads during daylight hours.

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Hitchhiking strangers

Never pick up strangers, under any circumstances if decreasing the odds of becoming a carjacking victim is most important. Contact law enforcement immediately if someone requires help and use your best judgement if lending assistance seems UN-avoidable in emergency situations. If a stranger runs up to your car door abruptly and it feels threatening use a deterrent to warn them off. Using the horn abruptly can detour assailants from progressing further draw the attention of good Samaritans.

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Appearance and illusion

Our appearances and how assailants perceive us should be considered important when attempting to avoid unwanted attention. Wearing obvious and abundant jewelry for instance or displaying higher priced belongings can often draw further unwanted attention from the criminally minded. Keeping volumes low on those expensive stereos can aid in detouring unwanted attention in areas known for crime. Avoid broadcasting the lack of attention and pay attention to the  immediate surroundings. Additional measures of deterrence include applying a few tricks to change the appearance of our vehicle in the aim of discouraging such an attack. Some survival minded enthusiasts have been known to ride with more people or give the illusion as such by placing mannequins in the passenger seats. Other illusionary tactics include the application of bumper stickers indicating the protection by fire arms etc.  Whilst traveling through susceptible areas riding with a big dog is also advantageous. The more extreme survival minded will carry a fire arm which can be mounted close to the driver for immediate access and deployment.

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While driving

During the journey when stopped in traffic, leave sufficient space between your vehicle and any vehicle in front of yours. If someone approaches in a threatening manner, the space we leave will allow us to move forward or leave the location in a hurry if that is the only option.

It is better to avoid stopping directly along side a vehicle in an adjacent lane. If possible, stagger or offset the placement of your vehicle to avoid being profiled as a target by a suspect. Be aware of your surroundings and raise your level of attention to detail. Noticing vehicles suspected of hiding malicious intent is advantageous. This is a judgement call an specific to our comfort levels.

If your vehicle breaks down on the road, attempt to move it to a safe location and be cautious of those who offer help, .... especially while in desolate regions where traffic is less than sparse. Activate the emergency flashers and stay locked inside until help arrives. If someone stops to offer assistance, request that they summons help from an authorized emergency roadside service or law enforcement. Don't be fooled by assailants who make the attempt to hide their intent by pretending to be law enforcement. Exercise the full degree of caution upon the first few moments of contact to be sure the law officer is authentic. Don't be afraid to ask for credentials. If you feel that you are being followed by another vehicle other than law enforcement do not drive home. Go to the nearest police or fire station. If a law enforcement facility is not nearby, drive to an open business and honk your horn. This is one time where it is appropriate to use the cell phone while driving to call the police for assistance.

If you are involved in a traffic accident and suspect malicious activity, do not get out of your vehicle to inspect the damage, ... especially while in a remote area or on the freeway if you do not feel safe. Motion the other driver to follow you to the nearest police or fire station or open business to exchange information. Making note of the driver and vehicle description is a good habit to practice.

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Whilst transitioning to and from the vehicle

While leaving and returning to our vehicles it is an advantage to have our keys in hand and ready to unlock and enter the vehicle without delay. Be observant as you approach your vehicle. Check for any suspicious activity along the path. Look under the vehicle from a distance. Upon arriving at the vehicle look in the back seat area for any hidden intruder. If you have a two-door vehicle, leave the seat backs pushed forward so you can easily inspect the rear area. Most importantly, if you have suspicions and are uncomfortable walking alone to the vehicle feel free to request a security escort or walk with someone trustworthy to where the vehicle is parked. Walk together and keep an eye on each other until everyone is safely inside the vehicle.

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When parking

When parking in a garage it is important to making note as to the surroundings as we enter into  and traverse through a large parking garage. This type of structure can present a very high degree of risk to becoming a victim. The same applies for car ports located within crime infested regions. When it comes to your private garage make every observation to assure a secure feeling of being safe. Automatic door openers are recommended. Once the automatic garage door is closed, only then should you unlock the door and exit the vehicle.

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During an attack

If we are being attacked and do not have the advantage to put up a fight than it may be in the best interest to give up our vehicle and bail out if safe enough to do so. If an assailant has a weapon demanding our valuables or vehicle than give them what they ask for. Our property can be replaced or possibly recovered later. In some cases "carjackers" have taken their victims to areas where other crimes against them have been committed. Do your best to avoid being taken to any geographical location away from busy regions. The odds of finding carjacked victims decreases substantially as witnesses become fewer and less available in rural areas. These circumstances require in-depth mental preparedness and sharp reactions.

There is no absolute method in assuring an outcome during a carjacking of this magnitude. It is an advantage to having a little training in such skills like Krav Mega or weapons removal skills and training. In these situations, ... the abilities of the attacker against the skills of the victims may be all that stand in the way of such a crime to be completed successfully. Taking action is a personal decision. If pleading for your release and all other measures fail do everything within your power to escape. Once you and your attacker are in the vehicle the "carjacker" has the potential to obtain complete control. There is no way to accurately predict if the "carjacker" will harm you or not.

Another tactic to consider for surviving such an event is to drop straight to the ground before being forced to get in the car. This may require jumping out of the vehicle if an assailant happens to jump in next to you. The "carjacker" may not want to take the time to force you inside the vehicle.

An additional tactic that has been known to work is to go into an act as if you are having a seizure or other immediate medical condition which may detour the assailant from continuing the attack. If you are inside the vehicle and moving, ... this is the time to negotiate with the intent to raise the importance of your life by offering cash or other things of value. This may prolong or alter the plans if any of many would be Carjackers. If accepted, this may give you the opportunity to flee.

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Daring escapes

As seen on so many television shows, ... jumping out of a moving vehicle is often a last resort. Performing such an escape is better accomplished on slow corners or dirt area. Some survivors have been known to pull it off immediately following an act of deterrence or disruption such as with grabbing the steering wheel and forcing the vehicle into or over an obstacle.

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Things to have in a vehicle that could make a difference

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Fire arm

Car phone

Coded keys

Pepper spray

Special mirrors

Whistle or horn

Secret kill switch for the engine

Guard dog or large stuffed animal

Flame throwers for the extremists

Exterior speakers with gun fire noises as a deterrent

Extra coat and hat to place in the vehicle as a decoy or dummy

Decal or stickers announcing our affiliation with fire arms (protected by etc.)


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Watch this anti theft flame thrower in action

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More video references below

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GPS_tracking_unit

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=701788703262246&fref=nf

http://www.itstactical.com/intellicom/physical-security/lifesaving-tips-to-prevent-a-carjacking-and-not-become-a-victim/

Survive carjacking