Saturday 26 May, 2018

Police warn of new carjacking scheme being practised by criminals

The police are warning motorists about a new scheme that criminals are using to target unsuspecting persons on the nation’s roads.

The scheme involves criminals targeting vehicle owners as they head to their vehicles in parking lots.

The police said how the scheme works is that criminals place stickers or pieces of paper on the rear window of the vehicles.

The aim is to get motorists who are about to drive out of parking lots to stop and exit the vehicles to inspect the items which are placed one per vehicle in a strategic position that blocks the view of the respective motorists in their attempts to reverse from their parking spots.

As the motorist places the vehicle into park, exits and attempts to remove the item, criminals carry out their attack or enter the vehicle, which in most cases would have been left open as the driver goes to check the item on the back window.

A female driver from a corporate company told Loop News that she almost fell victim to the illegal act.

“Just last weekend on Friday night, we parked in a public parking area.  As we drove away, I noticed a sticker on the rear window of the car. When I got home and took it off, it was a receipt for gas.  Luckily my friend had told me not to stop, as it could be someone waiting for me to get out of the car,” the motorist said.

The driver said minutes after arriving home, she received an email warning from local authorities about the scheme.

 The female driver said the warning urged motorists to beware of the scheme in which criminals place a piece of paper on the back of your vehicle.

Police sources told Loop News that the method works in the following ways, after a motorists walks across the parking lot, unlocks a vehicle and gets inside the unit:

“You start the engine and shifts into reverse.  When you look into the rear view mirror to back out of your parking space, you notice a piece of paper stuck to the middle of the rear window.  So, you shift back into park, unlock your doors, and jump out of your car to remove that paper that is obstructing your view.  When you reach the back of your car that is when the carjackers appear out of nowhere, jump into your car and take off.

“They sometimes even mow down the vehicle owners as they speed off in your car that most times have the victims’ personal belongings, including purses and keys to their homes.”