JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) – The Jackson Police Department released several safety tips for citizens Monday.
“We can never be too careful, too prepared, or too conscientious,” the department said.
JPD highlighted a tactic some criminals use, called ‘hit and run’.
The department says the carjackers and an accomplice will intentionally ram their vehicle into the rear of the victim’s car.
“Thinking he or she has been involved in a fender flare, the victim will get out of their car to assess the damage and exchange insurance information,” JPD said. “That’s when the car thief threatens the victim and steals her car. The car thief drives away in his vehicle, his accomplice drives away in hers, and the victim is stranded.”
According to JPD, if you are hit from behind, stop your car in a well-lit, populated area. However, if there isn’t a good place to stop, the department says to keep driving with your flashers on, so if the person who hit you is an average citizen, they know you won’t stop until you find one.
The department offered these tips if you are driving:
JPD encourages all citizens to stay safe. If you see a crime being committed, dial 9-1-1. For non-emergency situations, call the Jackson Police Department at (601) 960-1234.
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