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Suggestions on the best way to mitigate carjacking incidents

Suggestions on the best way to mitigate carjacking incidents


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  • 1. !! ! Call us now 01432 818999! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Email admin@initiativetraininggroup.com   Carjacking  NotesRecent  reports  in  the  Tripoli  Herald  have  highlighted  the  growing  trend  of  criminal  a7acks  against  the  expatriate  community  living  in  Tripoli.  Many  are  falling  vic>m  to  armed  criminals  targe>ng  them  for  their  vehicles  and  valuables  at  gunpoint  o@en  during  daylight  hours.  One  company  claims  to  have  had  three  members  of  staff  targeted  in  as  many  months.In  a  recent  a7ack  outside  the  home  of  one  of  the  expat  workers,  two  young  men  approached  the  resident  who  had  arrived  outside  his  house  and  was  in  the  process  of  placing  the  car  in  the  garage.  The  engine  was  running  and  the  doors  were  open.  One  of  the  young  men  greeted  the  resident  and  then  pointed  a  pistol  at  his  head.  The  resident  backed  off  as  the  two  young  men  stole  his  car.An  earlier  incident  targeted  a  European  manager  at  a  local  park  popular  with  walkers  and  runners.  Having  just  got  into  his  car  a@er  a  run,  2  men  approached  him  with  a  gun,  mo>oning  him  to  move  into  the  passenger  seat.  He  believed  that  their  inten>on  was  to  take  both  him  and  the  car.  Instead  he  got  out  of  the  vehicle,  locked  it  and  walked  away.The  most  recent  incident  occurred  at  a  roundabout  in  the  centre  of  Tripoli.  A  4x4  vehicle  pulled  up  in  front  of  his  vehicle.  2  men  with  Kalashnikov  assault  rifles  got  out  and  walked  towards  him  with  the  inten>on  of  stealing  his  vehicle.  He  reacted  quickly,  backing  up  and  speeding  towards  his  office  where  armed  security  guards  were  present.Why  is  car-­‐jacking  on  the  increase?At  the  moment,  Libya  is  in  the  process  of  migra>ng  towards  a  full  democra>c  process.  However,  un>l  a  new  government  is  in  place  everything  is  being  conducted  within  the  current  fragile  framework.  Limited  resources  and  capability  to  respond  to  incidents  has  resulted  in  an  increase  in  opportunist  crime  par>cularly  carjacking.Carjacking  is  a  crime  of  opportunity  where  a  thief  searches  for  the  most  vulnerable  prey.  Carjackers  find  it  easier  to  steal  a  car  while  the  keys  are  in  the  igni>on  and  the  engine  is  running  than  to  break  into  a  car,  especially  if  the  car  has  a  sophis>cated  built-­‐in  alarm  system.  Cars,  especially  luxury  models  provide  quick  cash  for  criminals.
  • 2. !! ! Call us now 01432 818999! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Email admin@initiativetraininggroup.comAreas  of  opportunity• Intersec>ons/junc>on  is  controlled  by  traffic  lights  or  stop  signs  including  roundabouts.• Parking  areas,  shopping  areas  and  supermarkets.• Gas/petrol  sta>ons  and  car  washes• Residen>al  driveways  and  streets  as  people  get  into  and  out  of  cars.• Highway/motorway  entry  and  exit  ramps  or  other  areas  where  traffic  is  slowed  or  stopped.Carjacking  techniquesCommandeering–the  a7ackers  approach  the  vehicle  while  it  has  stoppedThe  Bump–a7ackers  ‘bump’  the  vic>ms  vehicle  from  behind.  When  the  vic>m  exits  the  vehicle  to  assess  the  damage  and  exchange  informa>on,  the  vehicle  is  taken.Good  Samaritan–the  a7acker  stage  what  appears  to  be  an  accident.  They  may  simulate  an  injury.  The  vic>m  stops  to  assist  in  the  vehicle  is  taken.The  Ruse–flashes  its  lights  or  the  driver  waves  to  get  the  vic>ms  a7en>on.The  Trap–the  a7ackers  use  surveillance  on  or  around  the  vic>ms  home  or  their  place  of  work.The  Roadblock–technique  usually  used  in  isolated  areas.The  Moving  Roadblock–a7ackers  use  their  vehicles  in  front  and  behind  the  target  vehicle.Animal  aEack–in  the  hot  weather  a7ackers  target  vic>ms  with  their  windows  open  throwing  in  rats  or  false  hornets.  The  vic>m  immediately  jumps  out  of  the  car.Puncture–one  of  the  tyres  is  let  down  in  a  parking  area.  The  a7acker  offers  to  assist  and  steals  the  car  once  the  tyre  is  re-­‐inflated.AvoidanceBefore  you  enter  your  car• Be  alert  to  any  ac>vity  near  your  car  and  pay  a7en>on  to  your  surroundings.• When  approaching  your  car  have  your  key  in  your  hand,  and  check  the  back  seat  before   geng  in.• If  someone  is  loitering  near  your  unoccupied  car  as  you  approach  it,  keep  walking  un>l  the   person  leaves.
  • 3. !! ! Call us now 01432 818999! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Email admin@initiativetraininggroup.com• Be  wary  of  people  making  conversa>on.  Trust  your  ins>ncts,  if  something  makes  you  feel   uneasy,  get  into  the  car  quickly,  lock  the  doors  and  drive  away.• Always  reverse  the  car  into  a  parking  space,  it  means  it  can  be  driven  away  without   manoeuvring.• If  the  vehicle  has  a  puncture  and  you  are  isolated,  get  into  the  car  lock  the  doors  and  drive  to   a  place  with  more  people.Once  in  the  Car• Be  aware  of  the  methods  used  by  carjackers.• Always  be  a7en>ve  to  what  is  happening  around  you  as  you  drive.  Scan  100  to  200  m  ahead   of  where  you  are  going.• Try  to  avoid  areas  where  carjacking  has  taken  place  recently.  Know  where  you  are  and  avoid   no-­‐go  areas.• Ensure  that  all  doors  are  locked,  valuables  hidden  out  of  sight  and  windows  closed  no  ma7er   how  ‘safe’  the  neighbourhood.• Demonstrate  heightened  awareness  around  poten>al  danger  areas;  junc>ons,  roundabouts,   traffic  lights,  exits  from  motorways  and  departure/rival  points  at  residents  and  office   loca>ons.• Reduce  your  speed  as  you  approach  any  traffic  lights  to  minimise  your  >me  sing  at  the   lights.• If  a  suspicious-­‐looking  person  approaches  your  car,  drive  away  carefully.  In  extreme   situa>ons,  you  might  even  consider  going  through  a  traffic  light,  as  long  as  you  can  do  so   without  causing  an  accident.  • Drive  in  the  inside  (center)  lane  to  make  it  more  difficult  for  would-­‐be  carjackers  to  approach   your  car.• Avoid  driving  alone  if  possible  par>cularly  at  night• Do  not  allow  yourself  to  become  distracted  by  talking  on  mobile  phones/with  your   passengers  or  listening  to  the  car  radio.• Always  increase  awareness  on  the  last  100  m  to  any  loca>on.
  • 4. !! ! Call us now 01432 818999! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Email admin@initiativetraininggroup.com• If  youre  driving  home  and  no>ce  someone  you  dont  recognise,  drive  around  the  block  and   come  back  a@er  the  person  has  le@.  • Call  ahead  to  ensure  that  gates  are  opened  to  minimise  wai>ng  >meIf  you  are  Carjacked• If  hijacked  be  passive  do  not  try  to  be  clever• Look  down  avoid  eye  contact  to  criminals  do  not  think  you  are  trying  to  avoid  them• Tell  the  carjackers  what  you  are  doing  when  you  take  seat  belt  of  and  get  out  of  vehicle• Move  slowly  out  of  vehicle  and  keep  hands  raised  and  visible  but  only  at  chest  height  to   avoid  carjackers  thinking  you  are  signalling.• carjackers  ask  you  where  things  are  in  the  vehicle  tell  them• If  carjackers  start  to  focus  on  the  vehicle  and  you  think  you  can  get  away  run  off.• No>ce  and  remember  what  the  carjacker  looked  like-­‐sex,  race,  age,  hair  and  eye  color,   special  features,  clothes  and  anything  specific  or  unusual  like  an  accent.  • When  forced  to  drive  with  a  hijacker,  be  observant  without  making  direct  eye  contact  and   try  to  memorise  as  many  details  as  possible  • If  about  to  be  shot  turn  to  the  side,  reducing  the  target  you  present  by  a  third.  Li@  your   shoulders  and  pull  your  neck  in.  Do  not  turn  your  back  -­‐  the  front  of  your  body  has  more   bone  and  rib-­‐cage  to  protect  your  internal  organs• Report  the  crime  immediately  to  the  police.  Other  recommended  acIons• Provide  a  security  awareness  brief  to  members  of  staff  and  their  families• Offer  defensive  driving/an>-­‐carjack  instruc>on  to  members  of  staff  and  drivers• Consider  the  use  of  vehicle  tracking  systems  and  individual  trackers  including  a  suitable   response  package