SPD shares ways to avoid, stay safe during carjackings

Two carjackings took place Monday morning in Shreveport
Angie Willhite gives tips on avoiding carjackings.
Angie Willhite gives tips on avoiding carjackings.(KSLA)
Published: Jul. 26, 2022 at 3:23 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - The City of Shreveport is no stranger to carjackings, with two happening on the morning of Monday, July 25 on the east and west sides of town.

The first incident occurred at around 7:11 a.m. on Penick Street in the Queensborough neighborhood. The other happened at around 8:27 a.m. on Fern Avenue.

The Shreveport Police Department says there are a few ways to try and avoid situations like these.

“Just because it’s seven o’clock in the morning and not one o’clock in the morning doesn’t mean there could not be dangers out there,” said Angie Willhite, public information officer with SPD. “Be alert as you’re approaching a red light or intersection. Look and see if there might be anybody that’s standing around, and if something doesn’t feel right. We all have intuition inside of us. If something doesn’t feel right, move away from it. Lock your car doors and always remember that no piece of property is worth your life.”

Willhite also said the last thing you want to do in a carjacking situation is resist, especially if the carjacker is armed.

”If someone approaches you rapidly with a weapon, surrender your vehicle to them. Be your own best witness. Get the best description that you can get. Take special notes about their movements, the way they walk, the way they smell, the way they talk. Let that car go away because no piece of property is worth a life.”

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