With the spate of carnapping incidents around BF Paranaque in the past two days, we are reprinting anti-carnapping tips provided by the PNP.

Here they are and please feel free to share this post to your Facebook and Twitter friends:

QUEZON CITY, Jan.20 ((PIA) – After a trail of carjacking/carnapping incidents, the Philippine National Police posted online tips on how to avoid being victimized.

According to the PNP, carjacking or carnapping is the act of stealing a car by force. It is a crime of opportunity wherein a thief or criminal syndicates searches for vulnerable prey. Luxury cars provide quick cash for drug use and even fund criminal activities.

However, for some young people, stealing cars is a thrilling experience, a status symbol or may be a rite of passage to a group. Now, more people especially young ones commit more violent crimes than in the past.

Although carjacking can occur anytime, a sizeable share takes place during the late night hours or early morning. The PNP also added that carjacking is not just a problem in big cities – it can also happen inside villages and even in rural areas.

What do carjackers look for? Carjackers first look for prospective victims especially along intersections controlled by stop lights or signs; garages and parking lots for mass transit; shopping malls and grocery stores; self-serve gas stations and car washes; automated teller machines; residential driveways and streets as people get into and out of cars; and highway exit and entry ramps, or any place where drivers slow down or stop.

The PNP said one of the most common methods used by carjackers is the “Bump and Rob.” Carjacker bumps the victim’s vehicle from behind in traffic.

The victim normally gets out to check the damage and subsequently exchange information. Either the driver or one of the passengers jumps in your car and drives off.

To prevent being victimized, take notice of the following:

If you’re bumped by another car, look around before you get out.

Make sure there are other cars around, check out the car that rear-ended you and who’s in it.

If the situation makes you uneasy, memorize or jot down the car’s tag number and description; signal the other car to follow you. Drive to the nearest police station or to a busy, well-lighted area. If you do get out of the car, take your keys (and purse or wallet if you have one) with you and stay alert.

Reduce your risk:

Walk with purpose and stay alert. Approach your car with the key in hand. Look around and inside the car before getting in.

Be wary of people asking for directions or handing out fliers.

Trust your instincts – if something makes you feel uneasy, get into the car quickly, lock the doors, and drive away.

While on the road: Keep your doors locked and windows rolled up (at least part-way, if it’s hot and you don’t have air conditioning), no matter how short the distance or how safe the neighborhood.

When you’re coming to a stop, leave enough room to maneuver around other cars, especially if you sense trouble and need to get away.

Drive in the center lane to make it harder for would-be carjackers to approach the car.

Avoid driving alone. Go with someone whenever possible, especially at night.

Don’t stop to assist a stranger whose car is broken down. Help instead by driving to the nearest phone and calling police to help.

Before getting out of your vehicle:

Park in well-lighted areas, near sidewalks or walkways. Avoid parking near dumpsters, woods, large vans or trucks, or anything else that limits your visibility.

Never leave valuables in plain view, even if the car is locked. Put them in the trunk or out of sight.

Try to park in a garage with an attendant. Leave only the ignition key, without identification. Even if you’re rushed, look around before you get out and stay alert to the surroundings.

If you become a victim:

If the carjacker threatens you with a gun or other weapon, give up your car. Don’t argue. Your life is worth more than a car.

Get away from the area as quickly as possible.

Try to remember what the carjacker looked like – sex, race, age, hair, eye color, special features, and clothes.

Report the crime immediately to the police.

Take action:

Work with Barangay or Community Watch groups, law enforcers, automobile clubs, and other concerned groups to get the word out about carjacking prevention.

Try a special flier, a community forum, and posters. Make sure that driver education classes talk to teens about preventing carjacking and other auto theft.

Call the radio station and ask the manager to air carjacking prevention tips during airing hours.

Ask your insurance agent or company to put carjacking and other auto theft prevention information in notices and bills.

Enlist parking lot owners, shopping mall security, and transit authorities and distribute educational materials with carjacking prevention tips.

Place carjacking prevention fliers or brochures in the waiting rooms of dealer service departments, auto repair shops and gas stations.

Ask your Motor Vehicle Sellers to display carjacking and auto theft prevention advice – posters, handouts, etc.- in its offices and distribute prevention tips in all mailings or in their official websites.

Taking precautionary measures also minimizes the chance of becoming a car theft victim.

Here are some additional tips to avoid being the victim of car thieves:

Never leave your car unlocked, or running, even to dash into a business shop for just a second.

Never leave keys in the car or ignition, inside a locked garage, or in hide-a-key boxes.

Always roll up your windows and lock the car, even if it is parked in front of your home.

Never leave valuables in plain view, even if your car is locked. Put them in the trunk out-of-sight. Always park in high-traffic, well-lighted areas, when possible.

Install a mechanical device that locks the steering wheel, column, or brakes.

Investigate the purchase of a vehicle theft tracking/security system, especially if you own one of the frequently stolen vehicles.

Never leave personal identification documents, vehicle ownership title, or credit cards in your vehicle.

If you must leave your key with a valet, attendant, or mechanic, leave only the ignition key. Make sure you are dealing with a reputable firm.

In high theft areas the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) should be etched on windows, doors, fenders and trunk lid. This makes it difficult for a thief to market your stolen car parts.

Copy your license plate and vehicle information (VIN) numbers on a card and keep them with you. If your vehicle is stolen, the police will need this information to take a report.

Many vehicles today come with some type of security system from the factory. Normally there are upgraded systems available if you ask. The best choices are systems that shut off the fuel supply so that a car can’t be started or driven.

If your vehicle is stolen, report it to the police immediately. (PNP/PIA-NCR/Jell E. Guzman)

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We heard unconfirmed reports that a woman was victimized by carnappers yesterday in ATC and the driver was left in SLEX?

Anyway, here are some tips so you can avoid being a victim.

We’ll update you on this situation.

QUEZON CITY, Jan.20 ((PIA) – After a trail of carjacking/carnapping incidents, the Philippine National Police posted online tips on how to avoid being victimized. According to the PNP, carjacking or carnapping is the act of stealing a car by force.

It is a crime of opportunity wherein a thief or criminal syndicates searches for vulnerable prey. Luxury cars provide quick cash for drug use and even fund criminal activities.

However, for some young people, stealing cars is a thrilling experience, a status symbol or may be a rite of passage to a group. Now, more people especially young ones commit more violent crimes than in the past. Although carjacking can occur anytime, a sizeable share takes place during the late night hours or early morning.

The PNP also added that carjacking is not just a problem in big cities – it can also happen inside villages and even in rural areas. What do carjackers look for?

Carjackers first look for prospective victims especially along intersections controlled by stop lights or signs; garages and parking lots for mass transit; shopping malls and grocery stores; self-serve gas stations and car washes; automated teller machines; residential driveways and streets as people get into and out of cars; and highway exit and entry ramps, or any place where drivers slow down or stop.

The PNP said one of the most common methods used by carjackers is the “Bump and Rob.” Carjacker bumps the victim’s vehicle from behind in traffic. The victim normally gets out to check the damage and subsequently exchange information. Either the driver or one of the passengers jumps in your car and drives off.

To prevent being victimized, take notice of the following:

If you’re bumped by another car, look around before you get out. Make sure there are other cars around, check out the car that rear-ended you and who’s in it. If the situation makes you uneasy, memorize or jot down the car’s tag number and description; signal the other car to follow you. Drive to the nearest police station or to a busy, well-lighted area.

If you do get out of the car, take your keys (and purse or wallet if you have one) with you and stay alert. Reduce your risk: Walk with purpose and stay alert. Approach your car with the key in hand. Look around and inside the car before getting in. Be wary of people asking for directions or handing out fliers.

Trust your instincts – if something makes you feel uneasy, get into the car quickly, lock the doors, and drive away. While on the road: Keep your doors locked and windows rolled up (at least part-way, if it’s hot and you don’t have air conditioning), no matter how short the distance or how safe the neighborhood. When you’re coming to a stop, leave enough room to maneuver around other cars, especially if you sense trouble and need to get away. Drive in the center lane to make it harder for would-be carjackers to approach the car.

Avoid driving alone. Go with someone whenever possible, especially at night.

Don’t stop to assist a stranger whose car is broken down. Help instead by driving to the nearest phone and calling police to help.

Before getting out of your vehicle: Park in well-lighted areas, near sidewalks or walkways. Avoid parking near dumpsters, woods, large vans or trucks, or anything else that limits your visibility. Never leave valuables in plain view, even if the car is locked. Put them in the trunk or out of sight.

Try to park in a garage with an attendant. Leave only the ignition key, without identification. Even if you’re rushed, look around before you get out and stay alert to the surroundings. If you become a victim: If the carjacker threatens you with a gun or other weapon, give up your car. Don’t argue. Your life is worth more than a car. Get away from the area as quickly as possible. Try to remember what the carjacker looked like – sex, race, age, hair, eye color, special features, and clothes.

Report the crime immediately to the police. Take action: Work with Barangay or Community Watch groups, law enforcers, automobile clubs, and other concerned groups to get the word out about carjacking prevention. Try a special flier, a community forum, and posters. Make sure that driver education classes talk to teens about preventing carjacking and other auto theft. Call the radio station and ask the manager to air carjacking prevention tips during airing hours. Ask your insurance agent or company to put carjacking and other auto theft prevention information in notices and bills.

Enlist parking lot owners, shopping mall security, and transit authorities and distribute educational materials with carjacking prevention tips. Place carjacking prevention fliers or brochures in the waiting rooms of dealer service departments, auto repair shops and gas stations.

Ask your Motor Vehicle Sellers to display carjacking and auto theft prevention advice – posters, handouts, etc.- in its offices and distribute prevention tips in all mailings or in their official websites.

Taking precautionary measures also minimizes the chance of becoming a car theft victim.

Here are some additional tips to avoid being the victim of car thieves:

Never leave your car unlocked, or running, even to dash into a business shop for just a second.

Never leave keys in the car or ignition, inside a locked garage, or in hide-a-key boxes.

Always roll up your windows and lock the car, even if it is parked in front of your home.

Never leave valuables in plain view, even if your car is locked.

Put them in the trunk out-of-sight.

Always park in high-traffic, well-lighted areas, when possible.

Install a mechanical device that locks the steering wheel, column, or brakes.

Investigate the purchase of a vehicle theft tracking/security system, especially if you own one of the frequently stolen vehicles. Never leave personal identification documents, vehicle ownership title, or credit cards in your vehicle.

If you must leave your key with a valet, attendant, or mechanic, leave only the ignition key. Make sure you are dealing with a reputable firm.

In high theft areas the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) should be etched on windows, doors, fenders and trunk lid. This makes it difficult for a thief to market your stolen car parts. Copy your license plate and vehicle information (VIN) numbers on a card and keep them with you. If your vehicle is stolen, the police will need this information to take a report.

Many vehicles today come with some type of security system from the factory. Normally there are upgraded systems available if you ask. The best choices are systems that shut off the fuel supply so that a car can’t be started or driven.

If your vehicle is stolen, report it to the police immediately. (PNP/PIA-NCR/Jell E. Guzman)

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Here is a news item we found about a carnapping incident that occurred in Las Pinas a month ago. We feel that this is very significant to everyone and we also took the liberty of researching ways on how we can protect our vehicles.

Negosyante, tinangayan ng sasakyan sa Las Piñas
May 07, 2010

(6:26 AM) LUHAANG dumulog sa pulisya ang isang kuwarenta’y sinco anyos na negosyante matapos na sapilitang tangayin ng limang kalalakihan ang kaniyang sasakyan sa Las Piñas City kagabi.

Ayon sa biktimang si Roberto Catayong ng Sta. Mesa, Maynila, minamaneho niya noon ang kaniyang kulay puting Vios na may plakang ZKT-774 kung saan binabagtas niya ang kahabaan ng Casimiro St. sa Las Piñas.

Aniya, laking gulat na lamang niya nang banggain ng isang Mitsubihi Lancer ang likurang bahagi ng kaniyang sasakyan kung saan tatlo sa mga suspek ang bumaba sa sasakyan at nagpakilalang pulis.

Dito ay tinutukan ang biktima ng baril, piniringan ang mata at sapilitang pina-upo sa likurang bahagi ng kaniyang sasakyan.

Kaagad namang minaneho ng mga suspek ang sasakyan ng biktima at ibinaba ito sa tapat ng Japanese Embassy sa Roxas Boulevard.

Here are some of the modus operandi syndicates or individuals employ when stealing cars:

The following are some methods of operation or ?modus operandi? which were found out to be deliberately or unwittingly adopted by the syndicates during each carnapping incident.

1. The group preys on wealthy victims who reside in posh subdivisions/villages in Metro Manila. They conduct casing/surveillance on probable targets before executing plans. They strike their victims with force when the victims are about to get out/in of their gates.
2. Forcibly take at gunpoint prospective targets usually at commercial parking areas.
3. Pretend as police/military personnel in staging carnapping activities.
4. The carnapping syndicates usually operate using carnapped vehicles.
5. Face lifting or repainting is immediately done after the carnapping incident.
6. Sells stolen vehicles to unsuspecting buyers by providing spurious LTO documents.
7. Carnappers disguise themselves as hitchhikers
8. Syndicate usually flags down their would-be victims and at gunpoint hold their prey.
9. They utilize assorted instruments to forcibly open the door of target vehicles.

PREVENTIVE TIPS FOR THE MOTOR VEHICLES (MV) OWNERS (c/o the Philippine National Police)

1. Always lock all car windows and doors before leaving your car in the parking area.
2. Always park your car in lighted areas during nighttime.
3. Park your motor vehicle in secured places.
4. Check the area where you parked against suspicious looking people.
5. Avoid displaying valuables inside your car when parking to avoid temptations.
6. Remove vital parts like ?ROTOR? if possible before leaving your car .
7. Install alarm and safety devices when possible.
8. Install hidden master switch.
9. Avoid using the street near your residence as your parking area.
10. Always lock your car windows and doors when traveling in congested areas.
11. Never entrust your car key to strangers to avoid duplicating it.
12. As much as possible, park your car inside the garage and the garage gate must always be secured and locked.
13. Never leave your car unattended while the engine is on and the doors are unlocked.
14. When somebody hit or bumped your car don’t alight from your car immediately. Analyze the situation.
15. Avoid hitchhikers especially beautiful women.
16. When waiting for someone don’t wait inside the car.
17. Investigate and require driver applicants to submit Police and NBI Clearances.
18. Never entrust to prospective buyers the car you are selling for testing purposes without escort.
19. Never entrust your car key to anybody except to the management when turning over your car for repair.
20. For PUVs, don’t bite for huge sum that the passengers are offering to bring them in certain areas unless you know personally the one offering.
21. Take note of the plate numbers of the suspected vehicles tailing that hit you. Then report it immediately to the Police.

We hope that with these tips, everyone will be more vigilant in protecting their vehicles. If these criminals cannot find easy targets then we can eliminate them. Let us all be more careful.

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