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Car-Jacked in Houston and How to Avoid It

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Car-Jacked in Houston and How to Avoid It

Casey Hunt
November 12, 2009

Casey Hunt

Car-jackings are an unfortunate reality in modern times. They can have dire results including serious injuries to you and your passengers. They can even result in death. It happens to drivers of all ages and thieves are indiscriminate in their chosen 'profession.' Car jackings can happen anywhere. It may be a place you frequent or a place you've never been. If you don't know how to recognize and discourage it, it might even happen to you.

There are some things you can do to make the attempt a little harder on a would-be thief. Park in an area which is well-traveled, nearest to the entrance of the building you are going to. You should also always be aware of what is around you. Prior to entering your vehicle, take a moment to look in and around your vehicle for a would-be thief. If you feel uneasy, turn and go back into the building where you came out of. By all means, NEVER attempt to fight off a carjacker. At the end of the, if it looks like you won't be able to get away, give the thief your vehicle. It's better than giving them your life!

Alarms and locking devices can help to thwart off a would-be thief. Decals showing that your vehicle is equipped with anti-theft devices can make a would-be thief move on. Smart keys and various equipment which disable the vehicle can also deter a thief. As of recent, auto manufacturers have started to rollout sophisticated tracking systems into select vehicles. These systems can aid in the recovery of your stolen vehicle and the belongings held within. Those are few things that you can do to keep your vehicle from looking like a target and making it harder for a thief to view your vehicle as an easy target.

If you must travel alone, remember to lock your doors. Do as much of your driving in the daytime as possible. Stick to heavily-trafficked streets and be aware of your surroundings. If you don't know your way around Houston, you should invest in a global positioning system (GPS) that help you keep on the right routes. Always leave space between you and any other vehicles when coming to a stop. If you happen to come upon someone whose vehicle appears to be disabled, and you are by yourself, phone the local emergency system to report it before you attempt to stop and render aid. Deep down, you should always follow your "gut". It could save your life.

If your vehicle is stolen, report it to the police and then call your insurance company. If you have not done so already, make the call today to ensure your vehicle is properly insured and make sure you have comprehensive insurance coverage, as liability-only insurance will not cover vehicle theft.

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