Just received a heads up from a LEO friend

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    Just received a heads up from a LEO friend

    I got an e mail from a police officer friend of mine about a new carjacking method. The 'jackers will stick a piece of paper on the rear window of your car at a shopping mall or store or wherever. When you back out of your parking spot it'll be situated so you can't help but see it while checking behind you. IGNORE IT! Most people will get out of the car to see what it is. That's when they'll pounce. Your car is running, ladies will have their purses in the car, all your purchases will be there, etc. In the purse they'll likely find house keys along with a drivers license with your address, credit cards, Social Security card, money. You might have a gun between the seats.

    The recommended action is to drive on, maybe all the way home or at least far enough away before you check what the paper says. Practice a heightened situation awareness & make sure nobody is following you. Call the local PD & let them know what you suspect.
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    Weird. Sounds a lot like that internet myth about the guys chalking the tires of cars parked at a gun show.

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    Huh. Thanks for sharing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kb2wji View Post
    Weird. Sounds a lot like that internet myth about the guys chalking the tires of cars parked at a gun show.
    Yeah, I thought that. Better to be aware and not need it than need it and not be aware, I always say. Well, I said it once.
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    Best thing to do is drive on like the OP stated.

    Another good practice is to NOT go to the mall @ night, that way you are able to see what is going on, what may look suspicious around your vehicle, etc, etc.

    Try to get all shopping done early on, like in Oct. Nov.
    That way you aren't rushed into scrambling at the last minute with your guard down.
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    Um, yeah. It'd be pretty hard to not spot it before I got in the car to begin with, and if they try to stick it on after I get in, they better have their go-go-gadget legs moving pretty quick!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stan6406 View Post
    Perhaps the bad guys read Snopes and though "Hey! Good idea!".
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    I throw the flyers on the ground before I get in. If the mall/shopping center doesn't like it, maybe they should prohibit the distribution of flyers.
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    This may be a "myth" but it sounds plausible to me. I'd probably see a paper on my back window before I got into the car but who knows...

    I will say that I realized how vulnerable I was while loading groceries into my trunk the other day. I was busy throwing bags in, thinking about what I needed to do next and the shopping cart guy came up behind me and asked me if he could take my cart back. He scared the heck out of me, I had NO idea anyone was behind me (and he wasn't even trying to be quiet). It was a real wake up call for me.

    Another very vulnerable time, for women especially, is when we're buckling kids into their car seats. Our backs are turned, we're busy, kids are talking etc. It would be so easy for someone to run past and grab our purse or worse.

    Last year we had a rash of people driving past elderly women in the Wal-Mart parking lot, the person on the passanger side would lean out the window and grab the woman's purse out of her hand or off her arm and the driver would speed off. It happened in the blink of an eye and they were hard to catch, although they finally were.
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    Just received a heads up from a LEO friend

    This is why I never look in my rearview.
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    Myth or not, the way I see it, it's just another tid bit of intel to file away in the back of your head for future reference.

    It may be nothing, but if it were ever to happen to my car, I now know to be on alert and ignore it until I'm out of the area. I try to always be in what I call an intelligence gathering mode wherever I'm at. Always taking things in, and filing it away for future reference.
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    My husband always gives me a hard time because I never put the top up when I go in a store, now I've got one more reason to give him! Usually it's "you could slash right through the top and gain access (or just make the rip bigger lol) or "she's in such bad shape who's going to want her"?! - dont get me wrong i love her, but i know her - shes got a good personality but she's not much to look at! Now it's going to be "if I don't have a rear window, no one can put a bogus flyer on it and trick me into stealing my running car!!"

    Even if I got fooled, they may get my purse but wouldn't get my gun, it's on my hip....

    It is something to be aware of - even if it's a myth on snopes now, some fool may decide to try it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by GH View Post
    IGNORE IT! Most people will get out of the car to see what it is. That's when they'll pounce. Your car is running ...
    Only if one is dumb enough to exit a running car and leaving the keys behind.

    Wouldn't occur to me to do anything other than pulling into another parking space, then checking. My keys and valuables (other than items in trunk) don't leave me, whether I exit the vehicle or not. And I don't exit a running vehicle. Who knows what others will do, but I've never seen the point of doing anything else. Among other things, for the reasons you've indicated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ccw9mm View Post
    Only if one is dumb enough to exit a running car and leaving the keys behind.

    Wouldn't occur to me to do anything other than pulling into another parking space, then checking. My keys and valuables (other than items in trunk) don't leave me, whether I exit the vehicle or not. And I don't exit a running vehicle. Who knows what others will do, but I've never seen the point of doing anything else. Among other things, for the reasons you've indicated.
    Dude, I do it all the time. I usually get the car moving pretty good before I hop out, but I've yet to have anyone actually try to take the car after I hop out. Most folks seem to to want to get pretty far away from it, actually.

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