Only last week, a member of the diplomatic corp was confronted by a man in the middle of the street forcing him to stop the car while two other men jumped into the back seat and tried to overpower him.
A struggle ensued as the assailants attempted to make off with the vehicle.
In February a prominent architect was also carjacked with young men also jumping into the back seat demanding money and taking away his firearm. In this instant, the carjackers acquired his details and demanded he meet with them with a sum of money to recover said firearm.
The architect died subsequently from unrelated circumstances.
More recently, an elderly member of a prominent business family was carjacked in Jacks Hill where demands were made for money.
Again last month, three young women making their way home from a soca party stopped at a traffic light in the Holborn Road vicinity only for three men to jump into the back of the car and demand that the keys to the vehicle and money be given to them. The incident was reported to the police.
Back in January, a head of a prominent security company was carjacked on Old Hope Road. The trap set, saw him being distracted by a man stepping in front of the vehicle while two others jumping into the back seat demanding money and the keys to the car.
Speaking with Loop News about this spate of carjacking, former Deputy Police Commissioner and now Head of Shields Security, Mark Shield said: “This is of concern and motorists must be extra vigilant. I would have to confirm these cases but people must be cautious and take safety measures.”
He offered several useful tips to ensure Jamaicans and their loved ones remain safe on the roads.
“Try changing your driving route and habits. Do not talk on the phone or text while driving – it is distracting and gives carjackers an opportunity. If you see suspicious people or are carjacked, report it immediately to the police. Make people aware of incidents or potential incidents on social media – it creates greater awareness,” he asserted.
“Car share as much as possible – you significantly reduce the likelihood of being carjacked if you are not alone. Fit your vehicle with a tracking device or a panic button,” Shields added.
“You can also invest in personal tracking. Never get too close to a vehicle in traffic. Employ the ‘tires and tarmac ‘rule – that is, you have to see both the tires and tarmac of the vehicle next to you so that you can pull away quickly and are not hemmed in,” he noted.
Superintendent Jacqueline Green of Constant Spring Police Station, responsible for St Andrew North Division said: “We regard carjacking as a form of robbery and in most cases the criminals see something in the car that they want such as the driver’s fancy jewellery, a computer bag or high-end smartphone.
They tend to employ a technique whereby they bump into the victim’s vehicle and as the driver goes to investigate, he/she gets robbed.”
“If a driver should suspect a carjacking will take place, he or she should drive into a well-lit area or pull into the nearest police station. Always ensure that your car doors are locked and the windows are up; particularly the rear windows. Don’t display or leave valuables in your car. Look alert and be extra careful when pulling up or stopping at intersections and stoplights,” she said.
BY: LOOP NEWS