In-Depth: What should you do if you or someone near you is carjacked?

Updated: April 08, 2021 05:48 PM
Created: April 08, 2021 04:54 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — News10NBC is taking an in-depth look at the recent rash of carjackings in the greater Rochester area.

Many have asked us what they should do if it happens to them, or to someone else on the road near them.

Monroe County Sheriff's Deputy Brendan Hurley joined News10NBC Thursday night to answer those questions.

One tactic that law enforcement agencies say the carjackers are using is staging a rear-end crash so they can take the car when the victim gets out. But real rear-end crashes are common, so what should people do right now if they are rear-ended?

We heard from Gates Police Chief James VanBrederode Wednesday, who advised people to give up their cars if they're carjacked because their life isn't worth it. But personal safety experts have advised people to keep some type of weapon in their car. So, is there a situation where Hurley would suggest that someone confront their attacker?

If something does happen, remember to call 911. A special tipline for the carjackings has also been set up at (585) 429-8275.

News10NBC found carjacking numbers have dramatically risen across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic and haven't let up.

National Public Radio reports that cities like New Orleans, Kansas City and Washington D.C. have all been hit hard.

In Minneapolis, there were 405 carjackings in 2020, which is more than triple the amount the city saw in 2019.

The number of young car thieves is up according to NPR, with state data showing many of the thieves are as young as 12 or 13.

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