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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Who's following you?

   Not to make anyone paranoid or anything, but you really should be looking over your shoulder -- especially when pulling into your garage or walking to your car.
   Robbers have been on the prowl the past few days, preying on people in parking lots and those who have just arrived home.
   We asked Capt. Rich Lockhart of the Kansas City Police Department for some tips on how to keep from being a victim. Here's what he said:

  • Be aware of your surroundings. If you think you're being followed, make four right turns. If the same vehicle is still behind you -- and it shouldn't be, because you're right back where you started -- drive to the nearest police station or to a public area where there are lots of people.
  • When pulling into your garage, look in the mirrors to make sure no one has followed you. Then shut off your car and immediately close the garage door before going inside.
  • What if someone rushes into your garage before you can put the door down?
  • "Put it in reverse and run over them," Lockhart said. "But seriously, back out as quickly as you can and drive away. You're safer in the car than out of the car."
  • If threatened with a gun outside your car, Lockhart said, be as calm as you can and follow instructions, trying not to upset the gunman.
  • Don't start your car to warm it up, then go inside and leave it running with the keys inside. Same  goes for leaving it running outside a convenience store. "Now that the weather's getting colder, we're seeing more car thefts because of that," Lockhart said.

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