Orlando Locksmith is committed with your security, our commitment involves providing top of the line car security services such as car key replacement, ignition repair, and replacement among other services.
As responsible locksmiths, we are also committed to your overall car security, and that is why we are devoting this article to provide tips to avoid carjacking.
What Is Carjacking?
Carjacking is the crime of stealing a car while someone is in it by using physical force or threats. According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, an estimated 765,484 thefts of motor vehicles occurred nationwide in 2016. In addition to this terrifying figure, the offense data details include the type of weapon used in the crime, the value of items stolen and the familiar places where these assaults took place.
Avoiding carjacking is possible if you are aware of potentials risks and follow simple tips.
Always Keep Your Doors Locked!
Keeping your door locked may seem like an obvious thing to do; however, many car jack reports occur due to unlocked doors. Criminals usually enter through an open passenger door while armed, forcing passengers to drive away of the crime scene to commit felonies.
A potential scenario where you can get car jacked is while pumping gas and this scenario can only worsen if you have a baby on board.
A useful tip to prevent a carjacking is to put several old and unneeded keys attached to your real keychain.
Make a habit of detaching the old keys from your keychain when you get out of your vehicle to pump gas. If you were to be confronted by a carjacker, throw the old keys as far as possible hoping to distract the criminal while you jump into your car, lock the doors, and drive away.
Alert mode on
When you approach your parked car, always be on the lookout for suspicious people lurking nearby and if anything appears odd, return to the store you were at and seek for assistance. If you are inside your car, always keep your vehicle ready for a quick getaway.
Most carjackers avoid drivers who are on guard; instead, they choose easy targets they can surprise, often they are on the lookout for cars with the windows down or passengers who are distracted talking on the phone or texting. That’s why you should always stay alert and checking your mirrors to scan possible loiterers.
A stopped car is a potential risk
If you need to stop your engine due to a traffic light, or you are parked at a drive through, stay at least 10 feet away from the car in front of you, that way if you see someone suspicious coming towards you, you will be ready for a fast possible getaway also, to lessen the danger at a traffic light, try to take a right turn into cross- traffic.
Door lock tampering, find out if your lock has tampered with
Figuring out if a criminal has been tampering your lock is a hard one because in many cases the signs are not visible, and you will feel like you are chasing your tail. It is essential to examine the lock the moment you suspect it does look right or call your locksmith for them to examine the lock.
Locksmith Orlando brings you the most common types of lock tampering you should pay attention to.
Burglars usually use a driller a hand saw or another picking tool to break in; they also can kick down the door. Forced break-ins are by far the most obvious method because it will leave behind signs such as paint scratches around the frame, also bent deadbolts, warped doors and debris of wood, if you have a wooden door.
If you see one or many of these signs on your door, it means that someone most likely attempted to break in your home and you should report it to the police as soon as possible.
Lock Picking Is Used Often By Car Thieves
Lockpicking is the preferred method by burglars because it does not leave any sign of forced entry. Criminals use small tools like screwdrivers to pick the lock, turn the bolt and rake the pin tumblers.
If can find tiny visible scratch marks on the shiny metal around the keyhole, it is very likely that your lock has been picked, keep in mind that these scratches are finer than the ones made by a key.
Lock bumping is one of the easiest and fastest ways for burglars to break in plus it does not require special equipment. However, this process is noisy, and it can draw a neighbor’s attention.
To recognize if your lock has been a victim of lock bumping you need to check for nicks around the keyhole or scratches in the shiny metal.
Orlando Locksmith recommends you installing a bump-resistant lock to protect you from this type of break-in.
Having a bump-resistant lock can protect you from this type of break-in, so it’s worth considering when you decide or need to change your door lock.