Carjacking reminds us all that danger exists
Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 19, 2000
It may not be merry, but crime is a very real threat during the holiday season. And, unfortunately, that danger was brought home again on Monday as a Vidalia, La., woman was reportedly carjacked at knifepoint in the parking lot of a Natchez retail store.
The attack happened in daylight … in a busy parking lot … in Natchez.
And, it serves as a reminder that no matter how safe our community — and make no doubt, Adams County and Concordia Parish do enjoy blessedly low crime rates — danger exists. And, the while we can’t eliminate those dangers, we can protect ourselves and lessen the chances of becoming a victim.
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To that point, Natchez Police Chief Willie Huff offers the following advice, good for the holiday season and any time of year:
— Always be aware of your surroundings.
— Park in a well-lighted area.
— Have car keys ready before leaving the store.
— Lock the doors once inside the vehicle and drive away.
— Have a plan and rehearse it.
— If an attacker approaches you, thrown your keys in one direction and run in the other.
— If you spot a suspicious person, go back into the store.
— If attacked or believe you are about to be attacked, blow your car horn, scream, anything to attract attention to yourself.
— Don’t allow yourself to be driven away from the parking lot. Your chances are much better in a public place.
— Use common sense!