Over the past few weeks, there have been reports across the city of a particular flavor of carjacking.
According to Baltimore Police, an increasing number of incidents are resembling what they call a “Bump and Rob Crime Pattern,” in which the would-be car thief will get into a minor fender-bender with another car — that’s the bump — and then, when the person pulls over and gets out of the car, the thief hops in and drives away. In some cases, drivers have been beaten or threatened with a weapon. While a number of arrests have already been made, the incidents keep happening, the Sun reports; so far this year, carjackings are up 47 percent over 2015.
If bumped from behind, police recommend that you stay in your car, lock the doors, and try to catch the attention of a police officer.
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