6 tips to prevent carjackings, according to Glendale police

GLENDALE, AZ - Terrifying scenes, like Colorado's recent police chase, have many people wondering how to react if a carjacker approaches them.

Glendale Police Officer Tracey Breeden says the number one rule -- don't fight the carjacker.

"You're more important than your car," said Breeden.

The number one way to prevent carjackings, is to be aware of your surroundings.

As soon as you get in your car, lock your doors and roll up your windows.

Second, know when you're most at risk.

Breeden says most carjackings happen as you slow down or come to a stop.

"Carjackers are looking for that person who's looking around and not looking at their surroundings," said Breeden.

If someone knocks at your window, don't roll it down. Instead, talk to the person through the glass.

However, if the suspect shows a weapon, comply with their demand.

"Don't argue with them, just get out of your car because again you are more important than your vehicle."

If you have kids in the back, tell the carjacker as you're getting out of the car, that there's a child in the back.

"Most carjackers aren't kidnappers and they don't want a vehicle with anybody in it," said Breeden.

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