September 15, 2005

Today in Automotive History

1993 New Dangers On The Road

In response to a wave of carjackings, F.B.I. Director William S. Sessions promised a new national campaign to stem carjacking and other car-related crimes. The relatively new crime of carjacking, classified as everything from armed robbery to vandalism, had been on the rise since the late 1980s. Approximately 35,000 carjackings occurred in 1992, a year prior to the F.B.I. announcement, and although those carjackings accounted for only two percent of the total vehicle thefts, their possibility remained ever present in the public consciousness. Perhaps one reason that Americans found this new crime so alarming was that 77 percent of carjackers carried a weapon, usually a handgun.

Posted by Quality Weenie at September 15, 2005 08:14 AM | TrackBack

Yes, someone armed and jumping into my truck would ALARM me. A very apt word, Machelle, aka Q. Weenie.

Posted by: Utenzi at September 16, 2005 02:19 AM