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Safety Strategies: Theft of an Occupied Vehicle by Force or Intimidation (Carjacking)

How to Respond to a Carjacking Encounter

We wish to share the following information for safely responding to a carjacking encounter. DPS works in partnership with the Philadelphia Police Department to educate and protect the community about how to respond to these types of events.

Always remember – your vehicle can be replaced. You are irreplaceable!

Situations to be mindful about:

  • Getting in & out of a vehicle.
  • When parking your vehicle.
  • Gas stations.
  • Cars double parked or left running in the street.
  • Parking locations with poor lighting.
  • Faked car accidents.
  • If you are unsure about a situation, or concerned about your safety while driving, drive to a police station and seek help.

Safety Tips:

  • Be aware of your surroundings, including people and conditions in your area.
  • Start your car and drive away immediately.
  • Park in well-lit areas.
  • Keep your windows rolled up and doors locked.
  • Trust your instincts. If you feel unsafe, leave the area and call police.
  • Keep your cell phone in your pocket to call police easily.
  • Don’t stop for stranded motorists. Note their location and call 911 or 215-573-3333 in the Penn Patrol Zone to provide them with assistance.

If you are a victim of a carjacking:

  • Give up your car & leave the scene.
  • Avoid verbal and physical confrontations.
  • Make a mental note of suspect’s description.
  • Call Penn Police (215-573-3333) or 911 when it is safe to do so.

Your vehicle can be replaced. You are irreplaceable!