Carjacking (using Sticker on Rear Car Window) Prevention and Snopes

Warning!

Every now and then I receive an email that is supposed to be a warning about one thing or another – we all receive these kinds of emails. I received one just the other day. It began like this,

“WARNING FROM POLICE – NOT A JOKE

THIS PERTAINS TO EVERYONE – MEN INCLUDED.”

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1940 Ford Deluxe | Source

So it had my attention. This email went on to admonish its readers, “Warning..!!!! Warning….!!!! Just last weekend on Friday night we parked in a public parking area. As we drove away I noticed a sticker on the rear window of my car. When I took it off after I got home, it was a receipt for gas. Luckily my friend told me not to stop as it could have been placed there by someone waiting for me to get out of the car.”

Carjacking in Progress
Carjacking in Progress | Source

The email then went on to share how the day after this occurrence, they received this same email that I referenced which also began with the same series of warnings.

It then continued with: “BEWARE OF PAPER ON THE BACK WINDOW OF YOUR VEHICLE-- NEW WAY TO DO CARJACKINGS (THIS IS NOT A JOKE)
Heads up everyone! Please, keep reading . . .

“You walk across the parking lot …notice a piece of paper stuck to the middle of the rear window. So, you shift into ‘Park’, unlock your doors, and jump out to remove that paper (or whatever it is) that is obstructing your view. When you reach the back of your car … that is when the carjackers appear out of nowhere, jump into your car and take off. They practically mow you down as they speed off in your car. And guess what, ladies? I bet your purse is still in the car.”

Okay, I can picture all of this possibly happening. And they’re right, if, and that’s a big “if”, I had gotten out of my car to check and remove the paper, I would have left my purse in my car. I would have also left my cell phone, so now I would be stranded … without my car … without my purse … and without my cell phone … pretty scary.

Even scarier is the thought that the carjacker, may not have settled for the above … they could have also decided to kidnap me … and that’s the scariest scenario of all.

What's in your wallet?
What's in your wallet? | Source

The email continues, “So now the carjacker has your car, your home address, your money, and your keys. Your home and your whole identity are now compromised!”

What a hassle! Not only will you have to report your car stolen (whenever you get to a phone, because they also took your cell phone that was in the car), but also your credit cards will also have to be reported stolen.

And you will have to go through the hassle of replacing your driver’s license and all membership cards that you carry. Hopefully you don’t carry your social security card, but if you do, then you will also have to get that replaced. You’ll have to deal with getting your cell phone shut down and then getting a new one also. You’ll have to get all your locks changed on your house, etc. The hassles go on and on.

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What does Snopes have to say about this?

So I decided to check this out on Snopes. When I did, I found a couple interesting things.

Snopes stated that this email had been making the rounds of email in-boxes since 2004. They further stated that they have been monitoring news reports for this type of carjacking being perpetrated or attempted, and have not found an instance.

Snopes shared that they had spoken with law enforcement agencies, and this scenario would not be typical of most carjacking instances. Most carjackings are crimes of opportunity, such as at stop signs and convenience stores where people would typically make stops and/or get out of their car. Most carjackers need quick cash, or are in it for the thrills, or are performing a rite of passage such as an initiation into a gang.

Sticking flyers or sticky notes on back windows of cars would require forethought and planning, which is not the typical behavior of carjackers.

Snopes did go on to acknowledge, however, that with improvements being seen in car alarms, locking devices, and anti-theft systems, car thieves were having to resort to alternate methods of thievery such as the one described in the email that I received.

Some Validity Given to Scenario

Snopes also reported that this email received some validity when a police officer forwarded the email he had received to his daughters. Having done this from his place of employment, it had his signature as a police officer. When his daughter forwarded it to others, who forwarded it to others, it looked official. So it began spreading as gospel.

Whether it was meant to be officially legitimized or not, if an officer thought it worthy enough to send to his daughters, it might be something that we all need to take notice of.

And when emails like this go around, I often wonder if they don’t give would be carjackers ideas …

So just to be safe, if you see a paper stuck on your back window, don’t get out of your car to take it off. Get to where you’re going and are safe, and then remove it there. Better safe than sorry.



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Comments: "Carjacking (using Sticker on Rear Car Window) Prevention and Snopes" 22 comments

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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Great advice homesteadbound, we can't be too careful these days.

Cloverleaf.


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

You are right, cloverleaf. I like to be careful. Better safe than sorry, I say.


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Interesting to read about this and good to think "safety first."


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

RTalloni - I'm glad that you found this interesting. I thought so myself. And safety first is indeed important. We definitely agree there! Thanks for stopping by!


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Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

Well, I tend to just delete stuff like this when I get it mainly because, as you noted at the start of the Snopes fact-checking, some of this stuff has been around for years. I think if you just use common sense you'll be ok.


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

Danette-That is so true. That's why in the article I said, "If -- and that's a big if... I were to get out of the car..." But as a precaution, it is highly unlikely that I would have gotten out of the car. Thank you for you comment and for stopping by.


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ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

hi homestead...

I got carjacked in Oakland back in 1998...they did it the old fashion way though...jumped in an open door pulled a gun...the rest was a brief hospital stay and a police report. We got the car back about two weeks later.

You are absolutely correct, however...the worst part was the after effect...they know where you live...have your keys... I can't help but think that a burglary based on getting keys from a car jacking...would be like criminal version of an upgrade.

Great information as always!

Thanks,

Thomas


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

Thomas - how very scary! I have not ever met anyone who was carjacked! I have been held at gunpoint and know that that is scary. I'm glad everything turned out okay. I'm assuming you had your locks changed. I know I would, but if someone wants to get into your home, nothing will stop them. Glass just isn't much of a deterent.

Thanks for stopping by!


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davenmidtown 5 years ago from Sacramento, California

Another brilliant public service HSB! This reminded me about horse thieving back in the day....it seems crime evolves with society. what was the punishment for stealing a horse? what is the punishment for Jacking a Car? Voted up and tweeting!


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

davenmidtown - carjacking ... uhummmm ... a hangin' crime.... hummmm ... could be just desserts just for scaring someone so bad .... thanks for the votes and for visitin'


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davenmidtown 5 years ago from Sacramento, California

I thyink there are crimes that go beyond their basic deed. You have touched on this briefly... but what about the worry that continues after such a crime ... these people know where you live, the expense of having locks changed. A home loses its feeling of security and peace after someone does this. Those aspects of crime should be taken into consideration and applied towards the punishment.


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

I agree with crimes that go beyond their basic deed. With the active imagination that I have, I try not to think about it too much... it's the things that causes nightmares and I have too many of them already. I agree with these things should be considered when the punishment is considered!

This crime should have more than a slap on the wrist!


5 years ago

It's certainly a problem ...


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

f, thank you so much for stopping by! These types of emails cause unnecessary fear for many people.


5 years ago

YW.

I just delete any email that doesn't have a genuine ring to it.


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

Hi, f! It makes sense to delete those emails. But in this case, checking into it further allowed me to create a nice little article from it. I am always on the look out for articles, everywhere I turn.

Thanks for stopping by again!


5 years ago

YW. Well, yes, it was a good idea to write it. In the past I have sent a few obviously fraudulent emails to the authorities; but only occasionally have they gotten in touch about them. I tend just to delete them now.


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

f - most of the time I do also. Thanks again!


5 years ago

YW. Oh okay.


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

No prob!


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Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

Great advice and something to be aware of no matter where you are. Enjoyed the read as always.

Back at it again so you can send me your links and be more more than happy to get back into promoting for you.

Hugs


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

I am pleased that you enjoyed this one, Rolly! It is always good to see you. I have sent you my links. Only 7 more to go and I will be finished with the 30/30. I really appreciate all that you have done.

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