Complacency check: Lock your car doors

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    AuntBee
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    When I lived in cities, I always always always locked my car door the second I got in the car. Since I moved to a suburban area, I got careless. The electronic lock system automatically locks the door once you start moving above 5 mph (I think), which doesn’t do you any good if you’re still in the parking space. Today I had a near brush with a car jacker. A man in his 30s, I’m guessing, opened my door and tried to yank me out of the car. He might have succeeded if I hadn’t already buckled up. I have a lifehammer gadget, which was enough to get him to let go. And I am fortunate that another man chased him off.

    So, even in a small suburb, in an open parking lot, in broad daylight, lock yer doors the minute you get in your vehicle. This experience really rattled me. I don’t know if this was a case of someone who was desperate and angry, or a drug addict, but the point is it seems like you can’t take your safe neighborhood for granted any more.

    Aunt Bee

    #65225
    old_code
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    Glad that this didn’t become more of a situation for you; that would be an incident to certainly stick in your mind.

    Locking your car doors, immediately is a great idea, regardless of how mundane the parking lot may look.

    Years ago, when carjacking was a really big thing in So. Cal., we also learned not to stop too closely to the car in front of us, especially on freeway ramps. Seemed that that location was a favorite for quick armed robberies to occur, where you’re locked up in bumper-to-bumper traffic, unaware.

    At least you, might, be able to pull out of the lane to evade the robbery.

    #69917
    Illini Warrior
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    At least you, might, be able to pull out of the lane to evade the robbery.

    what you learn in urban driving is to stay back and gap a minimum of a 1/2 car length at stop lights >>> be ready to drive away – into any lane available and even up onto the sidewalk if necessary ….

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