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Car Jacked In “Chill Town” Jersey City – Give Up the Car or Give Up Your Life? [POLL]

So far, 25 car jackings have been reported in Jersey City in the past six months, compared with only 17 during this same stretch a year ago.

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So I’m guessing that if you’re driving a late model Audi or Lexus, your chances of getting jacked driving down Sip Ave are greater than if you’re driving a 25 year old Yugo.

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As recently as Sunday night, a man driving a 2008 BMW was ordered out of his car at gunpoint and told to leave his cellphone in the vehicle.

I probably would not have resisted such an attempt…especially since a gun is being pointed in my face.

The sudden rash of jackings has triggered formation of a task force comprised of Jersey City police and members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, noting the crime has proven fatal in two cases in recent months.

So the question is, besides the areas you avoid, do you think it pays to resist giving up your car if your life is at stake?

Twenty-five carjackings have been reported in Jersey City in the past six months, compared with only 17 during this same stretch a year ago, police said.

Since Christmas, there has been 11 carjackings in Jersey City.

As recently as Sunday night, a man driving a 2008 BMW was ordered out of his car at gunpoint and told to leave his cellphone in the vehicle.

As I mentioned up top, it’s mostly high-end vehicles being targeted, but Prosecutor Edward DeFazio said that is not true in all cases.

There are a number of ways it goes down.

In one scheme, the attacker bumps the victim’s vehicle and when the victim gets out to assess damage and exchange information, their vehicle is taken.

I’ve seen stories where this happens on 280 by the Stickle Drawbridge….so my advice is that if you’re on 280, and this happens to you, just keep going.

Sometimes the driver of the vehicle behind the victim gets the victim’s attention and indicates there is a problem with the victim’s car. The victim pulls over and their vehicle is taken. Motto of the story, don’t believe what they’re telling you.
Just keep going.

Finally, sometimes carjackers follow the victim and when the victim pulls into a driveway, the carjackers pull up, trap the vehicle and take it.

So go ahead and take the poll.

Is it best, in a carjacking attempt, to resist, or just give up the car?


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