Why are carjackings on the rise? Police say thieves are looking for fast transportation

4:33 p.m. | Wednesday, June 22, 2022

The northwest suburb of Twin Cities has seen an increase in carjackings this year. There have been nine cases in Brooklyn Park, five in Golden Valley, five in Brooklyn Center, three in Plymouth and one in Robbinsdale.

The latest armed carjacking happened in Brooklyn Park. City police were called to the Speedway gas station near Jolly Lane North around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.

“He reported that his car was taken at gunpoint by a lone male wearing a white ski mask and white sweater,” Brooklyn Deputy Park Chief Mark Bruley said.

The crime happened in seconds.

“The victim was pumping gas and sat in his car and was then approached by the man who pointed a gun at him, dragged him out of his vehicle,” Bruley said.

No one was hurt. Police found the stolen vehicle shortly after at Brooklyn Center. Officials say the recent increase in carjackings is an extension of the violent crime wave across the metro area.

Golden Valley police have issued prevention advice after five cases of carjackings in that city.

Carjacking Prevention Tips

    • Drive with the doors locked. If a thief can’t get into your vehicle, you’re more likely to walk away with it.
    • Park in well-lit areas
    • Be aware of your surroundings
    • Do not linger in your car, even if the doors are locked

Some law enforcement officials also recommend that drivers travel in the center lane on streets, making it harder for potential thieves to approach your car.

Police say if a carjacker threatens you with a gun or other weapons, immediately give up your ride.

“It’s just a car. It’s never worth anyone getting hurt or killed. So give them what they ask for,” Bruley said.

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