Vance Issues Tips to Reduce Risk of Being Carjacked During Summer Vacation Season

WASHINGTON, July 12 /PRNewswire/ — Vance, a global investigation and security firm, today released important travel safety tips for summer travel. The summer months include the busiest travel days of the year and consequently, summer is one of the worst seasons for travel security and safety. With thousands of cars on the road traveling to and from picnics, beaches and vacations, holiday travelers need to heighten their awareness to protect themselves against becoming victims of a carjacking. According to the latest statistics available from the U.S. Department of Justice, there are approximately 35,000 carjackings annually.

Statistically, a traveler’s chances of being a carjack victim are low; however, preventive actions can reduce risk even more. While it is impossible to completely guarantee safety in every situation, there are many steps that an individual can take to decrease the likelihood of becoming a victim of a carjacking. Staying alert and being aware of your surroundings during the holiday are the first steps to reduce risk. In addition, the following practical tips can help travelers enjoy a safe and secure holiday travel experience.

First, travelers need to be aware of areas used by carjackers: intersections controlled by lights or stop signs, garages and parking lots, self-service gas stations, ATMs, and highway exits and entry ramps. Travelers should also:

* Approach their cars with keys in hand and look inside before getting in
* Be cautious of people asking for directions
* Keep doors locked and windows rolled up
* Leave room for maneuvering around other cars when coming to a stop
* Drive in the center lane when possible
* Park in well-lighted areas and avoid parking next to dumpsters, wooded
areas, and large trucks
* Call for help instead of stopping to assist strangers whose vehicles
have broken down

Victims of a carjacking also should not argue. They should give up their cars, get away from the area as soon as possible and contact the police immediately.

Vance is the first choice of professionals who need dependable advice to manage risks. With more than 3,700 employees and highly specialized solutions, clients count on us to help them proceed in business and in life with confidence. Vance is one of the most trusted investigation and security consulting firms in the world, with operations in the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East. Vance was founded in 1984 near Washington, DC, and now unifies the complementary expertise of Vance International, Decision Strategies, and The Fairfax Group. For more information, visit

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