Recent Auto thefts and Carjackings in the 2nd Precinct
The 2nd Precinct has seen an ongoing pattern of auto thefts and carjackings. Anyone can be a victim of an auto theft or carjacking and they can happen anywhere. So, it is important that we take the opportunity away from the bad guys by knowing that there is a threat out there; by always being aware of our surroundings and knowing what to look for; and that we have a plan on how we would react to each situation.
The Minneapolis Police Department/2nd Precinct recommends the following:
Auto theft prevention – take the opportunity away from the bad guy stealing your car
DO NOT leave your keys/key fobs in your car
DO NOT leave your car idling even if it is just for a couple of minutes
Remember the bad guys are watching you and looking for the right opportunity to strike
Carjacking prevention – know the threat, be aware of your surroundings and have a plan
Know that recent car jackings have involved 1 – 4 suspects (male and female)
Know that the suspect(s) have used physical force, mace and/or displayed a handgun
Know where the car jackings are happening
Use the MPD Home Page and MPD crime maps
Be aware of your surroundings always, especially 50 feet around you
Be alert and avoid as many distractions as possible
Recent car jackings have happened as the victim is getting in or out of the car; or as they are loading items into their car
No matter what you are doing be present and aware of what is happening around you
Notice any suspicious behavior of individuals or groups within that zone
Pay attention to behavior
What are they looking at? Are they watching you?
What is their body language?
Are they relaxed, nervous or tense?
Where are their hands? Are they holding anything?
What is your plan? How will you react based on certain behavior?
Talk about these incidents with family members, block clubs and at neighborhood meetings and help each other come up with a plan
Does your auto insurance cover a stolen vehicle?
Do you have a tracking system for your car? If so, how do you access that system
Do not put yourself in harm’s way
Know your strengths and weakness
Walk with confidence and presence
How do you react in stressful situations?
If you are approached, what would you do?
Know your response before it happens
Practice your response
Everyone reacts to stress/fear in different ways so there is not just one response
Can you change direction or route to see the reaction of the suspicious individual(s)?
What are the ways you can call 911 from your phone, watch or another device?
If you carry pepper spray or other personal safety devices are you prepared to use it?
Lock your car doors immediately upon entering the car and be prepared to drive off
If you are at a stop sign/light, leave enough space between you and other cars to take evasive action if someone comes up to your car and tries to get into your car