Monday, December 20, 2010

How to stop a carjacking ...

Last week was deadly and violent in Newark. Nine carjackings, nine shootings and three attempted carjackings. One of the attempted carjackings was an off-duty Essex County Sheriff. The officer fired at the suspects, who fled in a Jeep that was used in an earlier carjacking.

This begs the question, how many of the nine successful carjackings would have failed if the car owners had been armed and able to defend themselves? How many fewer ATTEMPTS would have been made if the CRIMINALS were not sure which VICTIMS were armed and would resist?

These statistics show that 67% of all victims of non-fatal carjackings resisted their attacker even though 74% of all victims faced an ARMED attacker. The statistics are from 2002 and are the most recent I could find. They also do not differentiate HOW the victim resisted.

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