A police spokeswoman confirmed the two attacks – one in Auburn early on Sunday morning, the other on Monday night in Ashfield – were unprovoked and unrelated, and in both cases the victims were driving with their doors unlocked.
The spokeswoman said in a Fairfax report that police were “certainly recommending” motorists should lock their doors when driving to reduce their susceptibility to carjacking.
Both carjacking victims suffered stab wounds to their backs and have since been discharged from hospital.
Many of today’s new cars come with an auto-lock function, which automatically locks the doors when you start driving. Some cars are also fitted with an auto-unlock function, which opens the doors if the system detects the car has been in a crash.
Driving with your car doors locked is a good idea. If your car is involved in a serious crash, often it will be structurally deformed to the point where the doors cannot be opened anyway. If the crash is severe enough to render all the internal door locks inoperable, it’s likely that one or more windows will be shattered, giving you another way to exit the vehicle.
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