Where are you most at risk for a Carjacking?
- Intersections controlled by traffic lights or stop signs.
- Parking garages, shopping malls and grocery stores.
- Self-service gas stations and car washes.
- Automated teller machines (ATM’s)
- Residential driveways and streets as people get in and out of their cars.
- Highway exit and entry ramps, or other places where drivers slow down or stop.
- It is often a crime of opportunity – a thief searching for the most vulnerable prey. Sometimes it’s part of another crime.
- Car thieves may find it easier to steal a car while the owner is there – with the keys in the ignition – than to break into a car, especially if the car has an alarm.
- Cars equipped with sophisticated, built-in alarm systems and theft-deterrent devices are becoming harder to steal.
- Cars, especially luxury models, provide quick cash for drug users and other criminals.
- Carjacking may be a rite of passage, an initiation act, or just a thrill for some.
There were NO Incident Reports taken by IITPSD for 2/26/2013.
ATM Safety Tips
- Always be aware of suspicious persons or vehicles in the area of the ATM. Trust your gut feeling. If things don’t feel right, avoid that ATM.
- Have ATM card out of your wallet or purse before approaching the ATM.
- Don’t write your ATM personal identification number on your card or keep the number in your wallet.
- When entering your personal identification number, try to keep the numbers from the view of others.
- Don’t withdraw large amounts of cash.
- Secure your money at the ATM. Don’t walk away with money in hand.
- If a robber demands your money, don’t argue or fight with the suspect. Note the robber’s description and give the robber the money.
There were NO Incident Reports taken by IITPSD for 2/20/2013.
Don’t Be a Target
Keep your packages and shopping bags out of view. Place them inside your Trunk.
Don’t keep purses, radar detectors or GPS devices in plain view.
Check your back seat before getting in to your car.
Never pick up hitchhikers.
If a car bumps you from behind, be careful. Stay in your car and wait for the other person to get out. If you sense suspicious behavior, pull away and call the police immediately.
If your car breaks down, raise the hood and if possible, stay inside. If someone offers to help, do not open the window or door. Ask them to call the police or Roadside assistance for you. Never accept a ride.
There were NO Incident Reports taken by IITPSD for 2/18/2013.
Traveling on the Bus or Train?
Don’t Fall Asleep.
Keep your belongings in your lap.
Know the Schedules and the routes of your destinations.
Travel during peak periods if you can.
Well, another week for the record books.
I guess we really can’t complain about the weather.
Please remember to be aware of your surroundings when traveling around campus and to report any suspicious activity to Public Safety 8-6363.
Thank you and have a safe weekend/