After another carjacking, security expert urges vigilance

Updated: Jan. 14, 2021 at 4:45 PM CST
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - After several recent brazen attacks of women, the NOPD is investigating another violent carjacking. This time, it happened early Thursday morning, just after midnight on Jan. 14, on Cadiz Street in Uptown New Orleans.

Police say the victim was parking her car when an armed gunman demanded she get out. He then was able to get away with her car which was later recovered in another location.

People who live in the area say the neighborhood is normally pretty safe.

“Most of these people are at home all the time, retired, all the neighbors, we try to look out for one another, if we see anything, hear anything, we all have each other’s phone number, that’s about the best thing we can do right now,” an unidentified resident said.

Security consultant and former NOPD Deputy Superintendent, Marlon Defillo, says it’s critically important that everyone pay attention.

“Stop what you are doing on your cell phone, stop being preoccupied, focus on where you are, make sure you lock the doors of your vehicle, take the keys out of your car, move with a purpose, those are critical things that will reduce your chances of becoming a victim,” said Defillo.

According to city calls for service, carjackings are up 140% this year compared to the same time last year.

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