ZACHARY, La. (BRPROUD) – Carjackings are on the rise, according to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office.
The Zachary Police Department shared what the carjackers are looking for, how they are going about the carjackings and what you can do to prevent it.
Details can be found below:
The EBRSO Armed Robbery and Burglary Divsion would like to inform the public that surrounding areas outside of East Baton Rouge Parish are seeing an increase in carjackings.
The suspects are targeting late model cars with push-button start and confronting individuals at gunpoint while they are approaching their vehicles or sitting in vehicles.
EBRSO is asking residents to be cautious and aware of their surroundings when walking to and entering their vehicles.
When getting into your car:
- Walk with purpose and stay alert.
- Approach your car with the keys in hand. Look around and inside the car before getting in.
- Be wary of people loitering in the area.
- Trust your instincts; if something makes you feel uneasy, get into the car quickly, lock the doors and drive away.
While on the road:
- Keep your doors locked and windows rolled up (at least part-way), no matter how short the distance you will be walking or how safe the neighborhood.
- Be especially alert when stopped at intersections, gas stations, ATMs and convenience stores.
- When you are coming to a stop, leave enough room to maneuver around other cars, especially if you sense trouble and need to get away. You should be able to see the rear tires of the car ahead of you.
- Drive in the center lane to make it harder for would-be carjackers to approach the car.
- Avoid driving alone, especially at night.
- Do not stop to assist a stranger whose car is broken down. Instead, help by calling law enforcement for help.
- Keep your cell phone in your pocket. If your vehicle is stolen, you will have a way of contacting 911. If your cell phone is left inside the vehicle, you will be stranded without a way to call for help.
When getting out of your car:
- Park in well-lighted areas, near sidewalks or walkways. Avoid parking near dumpsters, woods, large vans or trucks, or anything else that limits your visibility.
- Never leave valuables in plain sight; lock your car and take the keys.
- Even if you are rushed, look around before you exit your vehicle and stay alert to your surroundings.
If carjacking happens to you…
- If the carjacker threatens you with a gun or other weapon, give up your car. Do not argue. Your life is worth more than your car. Get away from the area as quickly as possible.
- Try to remember what the carjacker looked like: sex, race, age, hair and eye color, special features, clothes. Also remember the description of any vehicles involved – color, make, model, license plate.
- Report the crime immediately to law enforcement.
Residents in New Orleans are frustrated with the spike in carjackings in 2021.