There have been a rash of car jackings the past week or two in St. Louis. Most notably this has happened to drivers who were hit from behind which naturally caused them to get out and look at the damage. At that point they were held up at gunpoint while a passenger in the second car got in the victim's car and drove it away.
This is scary stuff. How do we know know if getting hit from behind is a legitimate accident or another car theft attempt? Do we get out and see what happened or drive away fast? If it is a true accident, by leaving we lose our chance to exchange insurance information. If we stay, we may be looking at getting our car and valuables taken. I've mulled this over quite a few times and have no idea what I would do.
A story the other day gave some advice from local police which was to stay in the car and call the police. He said police are used to responding to crashes so they'd come no matter what the situation. Well, that may not help if it is a car jacking at gunpoint. The incident would be long over before a squad car arrived.
I just don't know what the best thing to do would be. Last night there was another one. Be aware out there.
There has also been a huge jump in car break-ins in this area, 33 that we know of Sunday night in Clayton Brentwood, including 7 on our campus. The frigid temperatures seem to be bringing more of these thieves out at night when you would least expect them.