Police are asking you to exercise caution, as theft from cars is on the rise. Bowling Green Police are reporting a 35 percent increase over last year.
From Sept. 1 – Oct. 22, 2002, police have responded to 100 cases. Thieves have gotten away with tires, tools, purses, stereos, compact discs and cell phones. Officer Tom Forte says "unlocked" cars ordinarily fall prey.
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How to Prevent a Carjacking
- Keep doors locked and windows shut.
- 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.
- While driving, if struck from behind or in any suspicious way, stay in your vehicle with the doors locked and windows closed until the police arrive. Activate your vehicle's emergency flashers.
- 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.
- Obtain and use a cellular phone to call for help.
Source: http://www.almostheaven-lv.com/safety/carjack.html(Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office).