Though carjacking can happen anywhere, police say the most likely locations are:
- High crime areas
- Lesser-travelled roads, including those in rural areas
- Intersections that require you to stop
- Isolated areas in parking lots
- Residential driveways and gates, and
- Traffic jams or congested areas
Carjacking can happen regardless of whether or not you’re inside it, and in order to keep you and your car safe police suggest you:
- stay alert at all times and be aware of your surroundings
- avoid driving alone, especially at night
- drive in well-lit areas and on main roads at night
- keep all doors locked and windows up when driving
- keep valuables out of sight
- don’t get out of the vehicle unless you have to when making deliveries, and always shut the car off and lock the doors
- when stopped at traffic lights, leave enough space between vehicles to allow you to maneuver around vehicles
Police also say if you’re meeting someone through a social networking, dating, or buy-and-sell site, make a point of meeting them in a public place where other people are around.
If you do find yourself in a carjacking incident, police said no matter what — don’t put yourself in danger. Get away as fast as you can and call 911, and do your best to remember what the carjacker looked like.
To report or prevent a crime from happening, you can visit Winnipeg.ca/TakeAction.