BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Attorney General Jeff Landry warns Louisiana drivers of an increase in carjackings and advises how to take precautions in a news release on Monday.
“Crime is on the rise and carjackings are plaguing our State,” said Landry. “All drivers here must remain vigilant in protecting our families and personal belongings.”
The New Orleans’ City Council Crime Dashboard, cited in the news release, says carjackings have greatly increased to 120.6% when compared to data from 2020.
The news release states that within the first five months of 2021, there were 120 reported carjackings in New Orleans — an increase from the 62 reported during the same time in the previous year.
Landry warns drivers to be aware of their surroundings and provides safety tips in the event of a carjacking, such as:
- Approach car with phone stored and keys in hand. Look around and inside the car before entering.
- Park in well-lit areas clearly visible to public. If possible, keep car in garage and always lock the garage door to home.
- Never leave valuables in plain sight. If possible, leave all personal property in the trunk of car.
- Trust instincts. Lock the doors immediately upon entering vehicle and be wary of people approaching car.
As for victims of carjackings, Landry suggests the following actions:
- Make all efforts to get kid(s) out of car. If child(ren) in vehicle, inform the carjacker and attempt to get kid(s) out of car.
- Forfeit the vehicle and leave the scene. Do not get back into the carjacked car.
- Try to escape immediately if forced in trunk. Use inside latch to open trunk or kick through backseat.
- Report the crime to law enforcement as soon as possible. Provide as many details as possible about the carjacker (sex, race, age, hair style, eye color, clothes) and any vehicles involved (color, make, model, license plate).