Detroit Police Chief Cracks Down on Carjacking – and Nearly Becomes a Victim

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You know your city has a serious problem when your police chief is nearly a victim of a crime.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig was stopped at a red light a few weeks ago when someone ran up to the passenger side of his unmarked car.

He shared his experience at an anti-carjacking seminar on Monday night:

“There are certain cars each suspect tends to (be attracted) to, and I guess they liked my police car — a police car with lights,” Craig said. “And one suspect jumped out and began running toward the passenger side of my vehicle … As soon as I saw the suspect running to my car, I accelerated out of harm’s way.

“And then, candidly, I got angry … I said, ‘I can’t believe this just almost happened.’”

As of Monday, there have been 582 carjackings in Detroit, a 1 percent decrease compared the same period in 2012, according to Detroit police spokeswoman Kelly Miner.

Chief Craig called the carjackings “a crisis.”  “We have to ask ourselves why this happens in Detroit, and are we going to continue to accept that,” said Craig, who added that carjackings in Detroit have been going on “too long.” “We can talk about shootings and homicide but this is the one crime that drives fear in this city,” Craig said.

In August, the Detroit Police Department and HEAT (Help Eliminate Auto Theft) presented their anti-carjacking “Heatwave Initiative” to residents, community leaders and business owners.

According to Detroit police Detective Brian Fountain, red lights, train crossings, fast food and other drive-throughs, and parking lots, especially vehicles parked farther from the store, offer the most attractive spots for carjackers to look for victims.  It usually only takes about 7 seconds for a carjacker to size up a target.

Police added that when a carjacker has a gun, there is an 85% chance they’ll use it.

Craig, who joined the Detroit police force in July, said carjacking is “almost like a way of life in Detroit.”

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  • buttcrackofdoom

    it won’t be long until we will HAVE to carry to keep from being victims. just think if we were all armed, what a polite society we would have.

    • Jean

      It will be illegal to us proles to be armed. Armed citizens don’t NEED government “protectors” (who get away with murder.)

  • Jean

    Let’s just see if some of this passes the “sniff test”:

    This was a CRUISER, with lights on top, visible.
    Someone tried to CARJACK a KNOWN COP?

    I don’t buy it.

    I think the intended crime was murder.

    I also note that if a mere mundane had done THE EXACT SAME TACTIC, a nearby cop would’ve pulled that person over for traffic violations….

    • D

      It said unmarked, lights aren’t on top, lights are in back windows that won’t be seen considering the unmarked cars are black, also there aren’t any street lights through the majority of the city that work so if it was night or early am, wouldn’t have noticed. Furthermore, for all those who talk about shtf, go to Detroit, it already has and these clowns target police, fire, and emts for thrill. You are obviously not very familiar with Detroit.

    • D

      And no, very rarely does DPD give traffic tickets for yielding at red lights, as they know this is a defense mechanism for the citizens. Again, I don’t think you are very familiar with Detroit.