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CARJACKING SURVEY: 25 U.S. POLICE DEPARTMENTS REVEAL WHO IS AT RISK, DANGER ZONES, AND HOW TO BEAT THE ODDS

 ENCINO, Calif., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Are you a sitting duck for a carjacker? In the first nine months of 1992, there were over 5,000 carjackings in Los Angeles, 2,600 in Chicago and 1,000 in New York City. Police authorities say the picture will be just as grim throughout the United States by year end. What can we do to protect ourselves? A survey of 25 police departments conducted by Quick Safety Signal warning triangle, reveals their Top 10 anti-carjacking tips.
 -- Drive in the center lane, so you can't be approached from the curb. At stoplights, leave room between you and the vehicle in front. Watch the car behind you. Make sure you aren't being followed.
 -- Know where to find help -- police, sheriff or fire departments along the frequently traveled routes. If followed, go to one of these locations.
 -- Beware of "Bump & Rob" artists. If your car is hit from behind, stay in the car, signal the other driver to follow you, and go to the nearest police or fire station, busy gas station or shopping mall.
 -- Plan your route. Keep to the main thoroughfares, know where you are going and how to get there.
 -- Stay alert. Carjackers catch victims off guard at traffic stops, parking lots, self-serve gas stations and drive-through tellers or restaurants.
 -- Keep your car in shape and the gas tank filled. If you have road trouble, pull over and wait inside your vehicle for help. To avoid a collision, use an emergency signal. If you want to signal for help, the Quick Safety Signal has eight attachable signs indicating police, SOS, gas, etc., and can be placed in the window without leaving the car.
 -- Don't tailgate ... you could be trapped between a pair of carjackers using two vehicles to force their victims off the road. Always leave enough room for an escape route.
 -- Keep doors locked and windows closed. On a hot day, crack windows just enough for ventilation but not enough for someone to reach into the vehicle.
 -- Be vigilant in parking lots. Select well-lit spots near your destination. When returning, have your keys ready. Scan the area -- if you see anything suspicious, ask a parking attendant or a security guard to accompany you.
 -- If confronted by a carjacker, cooperate. Don't reach for a purse or wallet. The perpetrator may think you're going for a weapon. Leave the area as soon as it's safe and call the police.
 For a free brochure with more tips on staying safe behind the wheel, send a SASE to Quick Safety Signal, P.O. Box 7538, Fremont, CA 94537. For more information call 800-228-5090.
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 /CONTACT: Cheryl Hirsch, 818-905-1917/


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