We all hear about carjackings, but what does the crime really entail?
In Florida, carjacking means the taking of a car from the person or custody of another with the intent to permanently or temporarily deprive that person of the car and in the course of the taking there is the use of force, violence, assault, or putting in fear. If a gun or other deadly weapon is used while committing the carjacking, the crime is considered a first degree felony punishable by up to life in prison. If no gun, deadly weapon, or other weapon is used during the commission of the carjacking, the crime is considered a first degree felony, but is punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
Needless to say, carjackings are taken very seriously in Florida and are punished accordingly.
Police suggest several tips to prevent a carjacking. They suggest you stay away from dangerous areas, be aware of your surroundings at all times, lock your doors and windows, use your mirrors, always have a way to escape, and keep your cell phone near you.