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Village of Lemont
Friday January 29th, 2010 :: 03:45 p.m. CST


Carjacking: How to avoid being victimized

Where are you most at risk for a carjacking? Carjackers are most likely to attack motorists at a common stopping point, such as a traffic control device, gas station, parking lot, rest area, restaurant and fast food drive-ups. The riskiest time for this type of attack is between 7 PM and midnight and on weekends.

Your best defense is to keep your doors locked and windows up when driving. Watch for anyone loitering in an area where you will need to stop.

If someone tries to get you out of your vehicle, put it in gear and drive away, if it is safe to do so. It’s a good practice to leave ample space, such as the length of a car, between your vehicle and the one in front of you when you must stop in traffic. If you cannot speed away when someone attempts to get into your car, throw your keys out the window or at least into the back seat. Climb out the opposite side the attacker is trying to enter and run away while yelling for help.

If someone attempts to carjack you as you get in or out of your vehicle, throw your keys one direction and run the opposite direction. If the attacker comes after you, not the keys, you know this is a different kind of crime. Do whatever you can to prevent being abducted. If you are taken and forced to drive, consider crashing in an area that has bystanders near who can aid you or call 911.

Don’t argue with or attempt to chase the carjacker.

If you have any crime prevention questions, please contact Sergeant Therese Thompson at Lemont Police Department at 630-257-2229.

Village of Lemont
418 Main St
Lemont, IL 60439

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 630-257-1550

Sergeant Therese Thompson
Lemont Police Department

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