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Carjacking - stealing a car by force - has captured headlines across the country. Statistically your chances of being a carjacking victim are very slim, and prevention actions can reduce the risk even more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is Carjacking?  (1 of 4)

Why is Carjacking a Problem?


No one knows for certain, but some explanations include:

 

It's a crime of opportunity - a thief searching for the most vulnerable prey. Sometimes it's the first step in another crime.

For some young people, carjacking may be a rite of passage, a status symbol, or just a thrill.
Cars, especially luxury ones, provide quick cash for drug users and other criminals.

Sophisticated alarms and improved locking devices make it harder for thieves to steal unoccupied cars.

More teens and adults commit crimes of violence than ever before.

Intense media interest may have created "copycat" carjackers.

Cars, especially luxury ones, provide quick cash for drug users and other criminals.