SAFETY ALERT: Increased Incidents of Carjackings in Cleveland
Over the past several weeks there have been increased incidents of carjackings in the Cleveland area.
In most of the recent cases, the victims were women driving alone. Recent incidents in Beachwood and other areas involved the “Bump and Rob” tactic. This method used by carjackers involves a car, usually with a driver and at least one passenger, bumping the rear of your car. When you stop and exit your vehicle to check for damage and exchange information, the driver or one of the passengers of the other vehicle will enter your car and drive away.
If you are rear-ended, observe the occupants of the other vehicle with care before exiting your vehicle. Call 911 as soon as it is safe for you to do so. If the other occupants look suspicious or make you feel uneasy, drive away and to a populated area. If possible, write down the other car’s license plate number and description (make, model, color). Signal the other driver to follow you. Do not pull over to the side of the road unless there are many people (witnesses) in the area. Drive to the nearest police station, firehouse, patrol car or a busy, well-lit gas station or shopping area. If you get out of your car to exchange information, assess damage, etc., take your keys (purse or wallet if you have one) and stay alert.
The U.S. State Department has compiled a guide on carjackings, available here.