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I have just received this email at work and thought i would pass it on so we can all be safe this festive season and beyond!!!


There is stuff about this on BBC news page



Be aware of new car-jacking scheme. For staff info.


You walk across the car park, unlock your car and get inside.


Then you lock all your doors, start the engine and shift or put into reverse.


You look into the rear-view mirror to back out of your parking space and you notice a piece of paper stuck to the middle of the rear window.


So, you shift the gear stick back into park or neutral, unlock your doors and jump out of your car 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 car-jackers appear out of nowhere, jump into your car and take off!!


Your engine was running and therefore dependent on your Policy you are not probably covered by your insurance...


You would have left your purse/handbag in the car and they practically mow you down as they speed off in your car.





Just drive away and remove the paper later! It is stuck to your window and be thankful that you have read this email.


I hope you will forward this to friends and family especially to



A purse contains all identification, and you certainly do NOT want someone getting your home address. They already HAVE your keys!!!




Brian Molloy

Detective Constable

Force Intelligence Bureau

Strathclyde Police

0141 532 5867

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Used to have a "friend" who was a police officer. Couldn't stand her...but that is another story...


Anyway...the only sensible thing I ever heard her say was that you should always (esp if a woman) reverse into a parking space, so that you can get away quickly if you are worried, think you have been followed etc.


I always reverse into a space now.


Used to be hopeless at it (remember the Reginald Molehusband thread) but not too bad now. No longer attract crowds.


Just thought I'd add it to your useful warning, theherd123.

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Yes, I reverse in too as it's easier to get out. A friend in America sent me similar information a while ago as it's a huge problem over there plus a whole lot more which, although unlikely to happen over here, you never know.


This is what she sent to me........


Because of recent abductions in daylight hours, refresh yourself of these things to do in an emergency situation...


1 .. Tip from Tae Kwon Do : The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you are close enough to use it, do!


2. Learned this from a tourist guide in New Orleans . If a robber asks for your wallet and/or purse, DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM ..Toss it away from you....chances are that he is more interested in your wallet and/or purse than you, and he will go for the wallet/purse. RUN LIKE MAD IN THE OTHER DIRECTION!


3. If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out the back tail lights

and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy. The driver won't see you, but everybody else will. This has saved lives.


4. Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping,

eating, working, etc., and just sit (doing their checkbook, or making a list, etc. DON'T DO THIS! The predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side, put a gun to your head, and tell you where to go. AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR , LOCK THE DOORS AND LEAVE.


a. If someone is in the car with a gun to your head DO NOT DRIVE OFF,

repeat: DO NOT DRIVE OFF! Instead gun the engine and speed into anything, wrecking the car. Your Air Bag will save you. If the person is in the back seat they will get the worst of it . As soon as the car crashes bail out and run. It is better than having them find your body in a remote location.


5 .. A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot, or parking garage:


A.) Be aware: look around you, look into your car, at the passenger side floor , and in the back seat


B..) If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door . Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars.


C..) Look at the car parked on the driver's side

of your vehicle, and the passenger side. If a male is sitting alone

in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work and get a guard/policeman to walk you back out.


IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. (And better paranoid than dead.)


6. ALWAYS take the elevator

instead of the stairs. (Stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot. This is especially true at NIGHT!)


7. If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ALWAYS RUN! The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times;

And even then, it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ. RUN, Preferably in a zig -zag pattern!


8. As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: STOP ..

It may get you raped, or killed. Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a good-looking, well educated man, who ALWAYS played on the sympathies of unsuspecting women. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often asked "for help" into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim.




All a bit scary, I know and I hope it's the sort of information none of us will ever have to use.

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Hubby had a strange encounter just over a week ago. He'd been called into work (on the day of the Omlet meet at Jimmy's) and was up in London until late. On his way home he stopped for petrol. Literally as he got into the car a scruffy looking guy approached him and started saying to him to wind down the window as he wanted to talk to him. Hubby took one glance, thought "I don't want to talk to you mate" and drove off.... FAST :shock: He was concerned that had he wound down the window the next thing could have been a knife and threats, strangely he wasn't willing to take that chance. It did make me wonder if I would have been quite so on the ball though, I'm never as suspicious of people as he is.

I'm another one who always reverses into parking spaces.... I simply wouldn't dream of driving nose in, ever since as a very novice driver around about 20 years ago now I was getting ready to reverse out of a supermarket parking space when a toddler went dashing behind me. He was a real little one, and shorter than the back of my car, so thank heavens I saw him. I was really ready to move off when somehow his movement caught my eye, and obviously there was no problem. But the experience really shook me up. Reversing out into a busy area frequented by pedestrians is a dangerous manouevre I think, especially because you can never predict how those pedestrians will behave.

I've never thought of it terms of my personal safety as well, but that really does make great sense. I'll be remaining a committed reverse-in parker :shock::lol::lol::lol:

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