Crime Prevention Tip
First, some Carjacking facts:
- Carjackings take place very quickly. Most take only 15 to 20 seconds to complete.
- Carjackings can be violent. Drivers have been beaten and even murdered while being pulled out of their car.
- Carjackers are usually armed, either with a gun or knife.
- Carjackings may first involve a minor traffic accident. The victim's car is "bumped" at a stop sign, red light, or freeway off ramp. When the victim gets out of the car to check the damage, the suspect pulls a weapon and takes the car.
- Other carjackings occur at stop signs or lights - the suspect may approach you and pull a weapon on you ordering you out of the car; or as you are pulling into or out of a parking space - a second vehicle may block your path with a passenger from the suspect's vehicle getting out and pulling you out of your car; or as you are entering or exiting your car - the suspect may be standing close by, in a parked car, or hiding by other parked cars, buildings, etc.
- BE AWARE . This is very important! Giving the appearance of not paying attention and not being alert is what suspects look for in a victim.
- Look around and get a BIG PICTURE of your surroundings.
- At times you may want to be a little suspicious of a person or persons, ask yourself why is this person where they are? Some victims have seen the suspect but the victim thought the person looked "innocent," "he was just standing around," etc.
- Keep your house keys and car keys on separate key chains.
- When going to your car have your keys out and ready; look around for anyone "hanging" around your car or your path to your car.
- Don't hesitate to run back to where you came from to get help.
- LOOK AROUND one last time just before exiting your car. When you pull into a parking area look around for anyone "hanging" around, or someone who seems to "pace" their walk to arrive at your parking place as you are exiting your car. If you see someone like this move to another parking area or leave the area.
- If you do not see anyone around then park your car, and try to avoid parking next to large vehicles such as vans.
- BUT, by the time you are ready to exit your car several seconds have passed - there could now be someone in the area - SO, TAKE ONE LAST LOOK AROUND before exiting your car, keeping your car keys handy in case you need to get back in quickly.
- By keeping your keys in your hand you can quickly get back into your car if someone suddenly appears and approaches you.... GET BACK IN THE CAR - HONK THE HORN - START THE CAR - AND START THE CAR MOVING OUT OF THERE!
- In a minor "fender bender" type accident, if the location is secluded, instead of getting out immediately, you may want to drive to an open business, Police Station, Fire Station, etc. for your safety. Motion the other driver to follow you; you do not want to give the other driver the idea you are running away from an accident, even though the other driver caused the accident.
- Keep your car doors locked and windows rolled up.
- Keep packages, purse, etc. on the floor rather than on the seat where they are easier to see.
- Keep your car in good working order and with plenty of gas.
- Don't stop to assist a disabled motorist. Instead contact a service station or police.
- When stopped at a light, leave enough room between you and the car in front that you could make an escape.
- Be suspicious of anyone approaching the car with fliers, asking for change or directions. Be ready to leave carefully, even if it means running a red light or stop sign.
- If you're very suspicious, get the other vehicle's license number and drive to the nearest police station or a well-lighted area with lots of people.
- If you think you are being followed, drive immediately to an area with lots of lights and people. If possible, drive to the nearest law enforcement office.
- If you have car trouble keep your doors locked and windows up. If someone stops to help stay in the car and ask them to call the police or a service station which you have the phone number to and are aware the station stays open 24 hours.
- Obtain and use a cellular phone to call for help. In Missouri, dialing *55 anywhere in the state from a cellular phone will connect you with the nearest Missouri Highway Patrol station.
|UMKC Police Department |
|(816) 235-1515 |
|Crime Prevention Unit |
Officer Patrick Tedesco
UMKC Police Department
5005 Oak St.
Kansas City, MO 64110
Emergency Dial 9-1-1
Office hours: 24 hours per day
7 days per week
365 days per year.