Detroit Motorists Under Siege in ‘Carjack City’

Breitbart, May 23, 2014

When they pull up to a gas station these days, Detroit drivers are looking beyond the price per gallon at a far more threatening concern: carjackers.

The armed auto thieves have become so common here that parts of the bankrupt metropolis are referred to as “Carjack City,” and many motorists fear getting out of their vehicles even for a few moments to fill a tank.

So gas stations are taking steps to protect customers, and the city has formed a special police team to go after suspects. Convicted carjackers will even get their faces and prison sentences plastered onto billboards.


Authorities blame many of the carjackings, ironically, on improvements in vehicle security. Anti-theft equipment, GPS systems and advanced locks now prevent many vehicles from being driven without a key in the ignition.

That makes it difficult or impossible for thieves to steal parked cars, leading them to target vehicles that are occupied, said Jonathan Parnell, of Detroit’s auto-theft squad.

Also contributing to the thefts is a strong demand for stolen wheels and tires, police said.

Bazzi’s station displays pale-green decals depicting a lighthouse–a sign that his business has joined the city’s anti-carjacking effort. To be part of the program, stations must have security cameras, good lighting, be open 24 hours and have clerks willing to help motorists and provide a phone for emergency calls.

“There is a waiting list,” Sgt. Michael Woody said. “We have so many gas stations that want to become a lighthouse. You get better protection with that big sticker in the window that tells criminals there is proper equipment that will help police investigate these crimes.”

Detroit police reported 720 carjackings last year in the city of fewer than 700,000 people. That’s down from nearly 850 in 2011 and 1,231 in 2008.

The decline may partly be due to Detroit’s freefalling population, but the thefts still exceed the carjackings in some comparably sized U.S. cities.

Sharlonda Buckman, executive director of a Detroit nonprofit, was at a gas station on an October morning when she ran inside for aspirin. Back inside her SUV, she was just closing the door when she saw a carjacker shove his gun inside.

She screamed and jumped out of the vehicle. The carjacker jumped in and drove off. Three other customers gave chase in their vehicles. One caught up to the SUV and got shot in the leg by the carjacker, who was later arrested.

Now, Buckman said, she tries not to pump gas at all.

“If the night catches me, I won’t pump gas in the city,” she said. “Or I’ll call somebody to meet me.”

It’s difficult to know how Detroit’s carjackings rank nationally because many police agencies lump carjackings with all armed robberies in annual reports to the FBI.

Newark, New Jersey, with a population of 280,000, had 382 carjackings last year, giving it a per capita rate that is actually higher than Detroit’s. Memphis, Tennessee, with a population of 655,000, had slightly more than 400 carjackings over three years from 2011 through 2013. El Paso, a rapidly growing western Texas city of 670,000, reported only 15 carjackings last year and 18 in 2012.


To avoid becoming a victim, security guard Greg Champion wears a handgun on his hip whenever he’s pumping gas.

“I don’t want to surprise you,” Champion said. “I want you to know I’m armed, and I want you to know I can defend myself, and I want you to go somewhere else.”

Christine Reed takes the opposite approach. The 27-year-old mother of two won’t stop for gas in Detroit. She lives north of the city in Warren and works four days a week cleaning offices downtown.

If she’s in a bad section of town, Reed said, she passes through red lights because it’s tougher to carjack a moving target.

“It’s not a safe place anymore,” Reed said. “It’s dangerous.”



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  • Alexandra1973

    My dad told me that if you’re driving through a slum area, and you see kids out playing, do not stop at stop signs or they may carjack you or break a window.

    • Oil Can Harry

      They give similar advice to drivers in South Africa.

      Let’s see, why are there so many carjackings in South Africa, Detroit, Newark and Memphis?

      I mean, do those places have anything in common? Something similar linking them?

      Wow, I’m stumped…

      • Ike Eichenberg

        White privilege?

        • Kenner

          Excellent, Ike! If we had an honor roll you’d be on it, but we’ve decided it might impact our program to re-distribute self-esteem, so no.

      • Grantland

        The creatures always devolve to primal savagery, their natural state. They cannot be educated or improved. Mogadishu or Haiti is their model society.

    • r j p

      Push down harder on gas pedal.

  • Evette Coutier

    I miss living in Detroit. It was just like playing GTA for real.

    • JohnEngelman

      It must have been exciting living there. There was never a boring moment.

      • Evette Coutier

        It was a freak show.

      • Triarius

        It wasn’t. But metro Detroit is the most racially segregated area in the country. The suburbs are fantastic. I went to one of the best high schools in the country just 10 miles from Detroit and had 0 blacks at the school. Coincidence?

        • JohnEngelman

          Many who post on American Renaissance have reason to envy your good fortune.

          I grew up in a safe suburb of Washington, DC. The black population in the public schools I attended was under five percent. That gave me an unrealistic image of the Negro race.

          • HamletsGhost

            Now if we could only fix your unrealistic image of the Jews and Asians, we’d get somewhere.

          • JohnEngelman

            What unrealistic about these posts?


            Richard Lynn, The Chosen People: A Study of Jewish Intelligence
            and Achievement, Washington Summit Publishers, 2011, 408 pp. soft cover $39.00,
            hard cover $60.00.

            Prof. Lynn writes:

            [Jews] arrived as penniless refugees unable to speak the languages of their new countries; they were the “huddled masses” from the most backward region of Europe. Yet by the middle decades of the 20th century, the children and grandchildren of these immigrants were doing far better than their Gentile hosts on all indices of socioeconomic status and earnings and outperforming them by several orders of magnitude in obtaining elite academic distinction . .
            . .

            The development of IQ tests confirmed the impression that Jews were unusually intelligent, and Professor Lynn’s extensive review of the literature indicates that Jews in the US have an average IQ of 110 compared to 100 for other Europeans. This would help account for their outstanding
            performance in a variety of fields. Though Jews are only about 0.2 percent of the world population, half the world’s chess grandmasters, for example, and 16 percent of Nobel Prize winners for science have been Jews. For Professor Lynn,
            the purpose of his book “is to document and explain such achievements.”

            – Byron M. Roth, American Renaissance, November 2011


            Wherever you look, Asians outperform whites academically and financially…

            we have this very, very well-established difference in average IQ of one standard deviation, and no one, no one has come
            up with some kind of environmental intervention that will narrow that gap. At the same time, we have a considerably less than one standard deviation difference between Asian IQ — North Asian IQ — and white IQ. I think that, too, is a result of genetics, and I think that that is what explains the dominance
            of Asians in certain fields, and their lower rates of illegitimacy compared to whites, their lower crime rates, their better achievement in school, their higher average incomes…

            Asians have by and large done very well in contact with whites…

            I think Asians are objectively superior to whites by just about any measure that you can come up with in terms of what are
            the ingredients for a successful society.

            – Jared Taylor, from an interview with Carol M.Swain

          • HamletsGhost

            Go to Israel (as I have) and see for yourself what a Jewish society looks like. Many Israelis cannot stand to live with their own super-brained countrymen. I doubt you’d do any better.
            Likewise, if the Chinese are so wonderful and superior, why is China trying mightily to catch up with the West? If they were truly superior, they would have reached a position of unassailable superiority long ago.

          • JohnEngelman

            China is surpassing the West. The following comment was posted by SlizzardAjeosshi Bob Dole


            I will answer your question to what is now currently the
            biggest Asian achievement.

            First let me put things in contest: I work for a financial
            group involved in private equity deals with several Chinese manufacturing companies. I’m not saying this to brag about what kind of hotshot I am, I’m just saying I may have the pulse of the situation a little bit.

            The area where currently North East Asia hold a world
            leadership so immense the West is not even perceived as a serious contender is robotics, with all the ancillary technologies attached to it (A.I., nano, innovative materials etc.)

            Japan used to be the world leader, now the dominant player
            is S. Korea from where 1 robot out of 6 in this world comes, Taiwan is also there while China is taking off rapidly.

            Robotics is on the cusp of pretty much redefining entire
            economic sectors: manufacturing, healthcare (Korean nanobot surgery is widely recognized as the best in the world for certain tumors), personal services, learning, logistics & transportation, entertainment, financial services etc.

            This is akin to a fourth industrial revolution the West is
            entirely missing. As i said every time i board a plane to Europe when I arrive I feel (even in the Northern rim) like all of
            a sudden I’ve been teleported to a black and white TV world.

            This giant leap forward has the purpose of keeping afloat
            the growth rate of countries with an aging and, in some cases, shrinking population (N. E. Asians have the lowest birthrate in the world) through a massive leap in robotic productivity.

          • HamletsGhost

            You didn’t answer my question:
            How did they fall behind in the first place?

          • JohnEngelman

            In 1367 the Chinese defeated the Mongolians who had conquered them earlier, and established the Ming Dynasty.

            Under the Ming Dynasty the Chinese indulged in their version of American exceptionalism. They decided that that were the Middle Kingdom, surrounded by inferior people’s and civilizations, and that they did not need to learn from others.

            While this was happening the West was entering into the Renaissance.

          • The Mongol Yuan Dynasty collapsed pretty much due to inept rule, and the Chinese didn’t “conquer” the Mongols; they simply drove them out. The Ming Dynasty lasted only until 1644 after it was replaced by the Manchu Qing Dynasty.

            Thanks for playing!

    • Alexandra1973

      I’ve lived in the inner city, and in the suburbs of Oak Park and Ferndale. I was born in Southfield.

      My dad was always packing heat if he had to go to or through Detroit.

      After all Detroit’s action, this little hick town in Ohio is pretty nice….

      • Evette Coutier

        Did you ever hit Four Greefields in Royal Oak or The Comedy Castle. I used to go see Mike Ridley play. I started off downtown, but eventually moved out to Plymouth. Going to Cobo or the Masonic for a concert was always an adventure. I had a relative who lived near Hammtramic. I visited him one night, and a couple of bros tried to steal his truck. He took his shot gun, went outside and shot their car with buckshot. They ran off. No one even bothered to call the police. He shot their car, came back into the house, and that was the end of it. The good old days.

        • Alexandra1973

          Nope. I moved to Ohio a few weeks before my 20th birthday, back in 1993. I remember Royal Oak being a place for “punkers” to hang out, though.

          I remember when Hamtramck used to be a Polish enclave.

          • Evette Coutier

            Hamtramck sure was a Polish enclave. The good old days. I knew a guy exactly like the guy, Kowalski, that Eastwood played in Grand Torino.

        • Triarius

          I love Plymouth. I always said if I move back to MI I would only live in Plymouth, St. Clair Shores, or Grosse Ile, depending on job location.

      • Triarius

        Bad news, all three of those cities are completely f*ucked now. Glad to here there are more metro Detroiters on here than I realized. Of all the people I have met, I think we are the most racially aware group, as a whole, than any other large area of whites In the US.

    • Triarius

      I don’t miss living in Detroit. Stil have family in the area and a brother in Berkley. I know a guy that was attempted to be carjacked. Bad news for the 30 year old “youths” that he was carrying and shot 2 dead. One of their mother’s tried suing saying her son was just trying to help this guy into his car. Not joking.

      We always said red lights are optional in Detroit and a I have ran them in front of cops. Not that I condone it. I have even raced Detroit cops on my bike, they are usually the nicest, most realist people. Have a good friend that is a Wayne County sheriff.

      • Evette Coutier

        Detroit is an experience best avoided, but if you can’t avoid it at least you survived it. Pass on your experiences to help save other whites from the realities of the black experience.

      • Alexandra1973

        My mom still lives in Ferndale, just a few blocks north of 8 Mile. A family friend once had his car stolen out of her driveway, it was recovered in Detroit.

        I have an uncle in Hazel Park, lives there with his wife and daughter. They have security cameras up around their house. One time someone tried to steal their car and my aunt pulled out a gun and convinced them it wasn’t a good idea.

        I keep telling her, come down to Ohio and live here, you can see your grandson more often. My sister (whom she has guardianship of) doesn’t want to leave Michigan, and my dad’s buried in Beverly Hills, so she keeps saying no. I just hope her shotgun’s enough.

  • D.B. Cooper

    I’ll admit it. I’ve been known to go through a red light in order to…

    • Laura Dilworth

      when men approach my car to wash my windshield at intersections, I turn the wipers on @ the max level

  • I take this to mean that Hispanics aren’t that big into carjacking.

    • MBlanc46

      El Paso.

      • Ed

        El Paso has been named the safest big city by the FBI for like 5 years in a row now. What’s odd is that it also has the highest food stamp usage rates of any large city as well.

        You never really hear about El Paso in the national press because it blows up one of the libs dearly held canards, high poverty equals high crime.

        • Rhialto

          A canard dearly held by those who do not distinguish between cause and correlation.

          In my 7th grade class a Black gal, had the highest IQ, 124, of any female, and there were many non-Eskimo females in the class.

          Outliers shall always be with us.

        • MBlanc46

          And Ciudad Juarez is right across the border and it’s one of the murder and kidnapping centers of Mexico.

  • Tarczan

    “Authorities blame many of the carjackings, ironically, on improvements in vehicle security. Anti-theft equipment, GPS systems and advanced locks now prevent many vehicles from being driven without a key in the ignition.

    That makes it difficult or impossible for thieves to steal parked cars, leading them to target vehicles that are occupied, said Jonathan Parnell, of Detroit’s auto-theft squad.”

    See, if the evil white man hadn’t invented these anti-theft devices, poor working class darkies would be enjoying a solid standard of living stealing cars without having to resort to violence.

    • Ike Eichenberg

      Another example of the white man keeping blacks down.

    • Rhialto

      White Devils stole the anti-cartheft technology from African wizards in 1904 B.C.

      • bilderbuster

        The White Devils stole the wheel from them 10,000 years ago and they never recovered.

    • Tim_in_Indiana

      I wonder what’s going to happen with carjacking as technology continues to advance. For example, GPS technology could eventually allow carjacked vehicles to be tracked down to the carjacker or the chop shop where they are taken, making the whole exercise rather pointless–at least if the police actually enforce the law.

      There’s a new, poker chip sized device that can be hidden in anything you want to track that allows you to pinpoint its location using your smartphone. ( tiletogether [dot] tumblr [dot] com )

      But then I suppose whatever safeguards are put in place, the blacks will continue to find new types of crimes to commit.

      • Rhialto

        You demean African ingenuity. What Blacks will do is kidnap the car driver when carjacking. This will prevent the (stolen African) GPS technology from being used against them.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    Well, those poor carjackers! You can’t really blame them, deprived as they have been by the almost total loss of economic opportunities in their city. And the reason they were all deprived is because of those wicked old white people, who fled the city out of sheer racism, taking all their cash and economic opportunity with them.

    <–Typical liberal thinking.

  • JohnEngelman

    This reminds me of road signs in South Africa that say, “Warning. Car Jacking Ahead.”

    • Look up the “Trojan Horse Massacre” on YouTube.

      It was in South Africa, and the darkies thought that was just another flatbed truck.

  • Ike Eichenberg

    I look more like Bill Goldberg than Bill Gates and I do not stop at gas stations anywhere near negro areas.

    • Alexandra1973

      You just don’t want to be NEXT. 🙂

    • Johnny Clay

      And if you do, stay near the pump handle and spray them with gas if you feel threatened.

      • model1911

        What I would spray would not be ‘unleaded’.

      • Alexandra1973

        And make sure your doors are locked, ’cause they’ll sneak into your vehicle from the opposite side and swipe stuff.

  • Adolf Verloc

    Thirty years ago, my ex-sister-in-law was an ER nurse at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Her insurance agent told her never to stop after an accident if her car was drivable, but to head straight for a police station.

  • Tom Thumb

    Every day that goes by, many cities all across our nation sink further into this type of hell. The blacks who inhabit these places need to prey on anyone they can who has anything to subsist. There’s nothing really to be gained by preying on their own. When they do kill each other, it’s probably only having to do with their natural quarrelsome natures.

  • r j p

    Well it’s not like they can get a cab, drivers won’t stop for them or drive to the ghetto.

  • IstvanIN

    Detroit can easily be economically saved by red light cameras to photo and fine all those red-light running scofflaws.

    • r j p

      Yes, but a side effect would be that it would disparately impact carjackers.

      • IstvanIN

        No because the fine has to be paid by the registered owner of the car.

        • r j p

          Carjackers couldn’t jack or would be photographed jacking.
          So the carjackers that could but wouldn’t jack would turn to other professions, and those that continue to jack would end up in prison.
          Red light cams effect success in their profession.
          Disparate impact.

          • IstvanIN

            You are not understanding me. The red light cameras photograph the rear license plate of the car in question and sends the ticket to the car’s legal owner who would have to pay the ticket. No ill effect on the entrepreneur-jacker.

          • r j p

            They photograph the whole car in Chicago.

          • IstvanIN

            Oh, OK, here in NJ it the back of the car photographed to capture the plate. Still I would imagine it would be the owner who would be responsible for the fine. In NJ you can get out of the ticket only if you go to court and can prove that it was not the owner who was driving but someone else. Most people pay the ticket. Our Republican governor is a big supporter of this fund raising method.

          • Illegal here in Colorado.

          • IstvanIN

            Interesting tid-bit: The Delaware River joint toll bridge commission photographs the front license plate of EVERY car that goes through one of their toll booths, regardless of how you pay (cash or EZ pass), not just toll cheats.

          • Use Colorado plates.

            The cops have to serve you the citation in person; they can not mail it.

  • Puggg

    “Bankrupt metropolis”

    What does Detroit being bankrupt have to do with its people taking a liking to carjacking? A lot of non bankrupt cities have carjacking problems. I know the St. Louis Mayor’s niece was cjed not too long ago.

    And it’s not the whole metropolitan area of Detroit that’s bankrupt, it’s just the city of Detroit.

  • The Final Solution

    I always carry a double-barrel sawed off shotgun when I pass through the wasteland – New Africa, Michigan.

    • Evette Coutier

      You’re under armed.

      • DNA Explains It All

        Yeah an AR15 with a couple taped up mags should be standard MINIMUM.

        • Penetration is minimal with the 5.56mm. Best use an M-14 or an FN-FAL.

          • Zaporizhian Sich

            Or use ammunition loaded with 62-grain SS-109 bullets, the ones with a steel insert to enhance penetration of Russian body armor and helmets. Indeed, using heavier bullets with .223’s enhances penetration. Bullet penetration is always best as medium range, which for a .223 is 200 yards. Otherwise, I agree, use a .308 to knock ’em down and keep ’em down.

          • Against anyone in body armor, I would prefer my old G-43, with the 179-grain “Stahlkern” load.

          • Grantland

            Then you can’t use full auto. – 6.5mm Grendel is a nice compromise, methinks. AK or AR.

          • It is a good cartridge. The 6.8mm SOCOM round is also a good one. I think the 7.92 X 57 cartridge is probably the best in history, however.

          • Grantland

            But not for full-auto – eg clearing a room/trench. And 6.8mm doesn’t have the range.

          • For cleaning rooms, I used hand grenades. I am still a bit hard of hearing.

  • Michigan Patriot

    It is racist to resist the perps.Throw the book at the intended victim !

  • Ahnenerbe ᛟ

    I really don’t know what to say, America really is a sick joke nowadays.

  • Howard W. Campbell

    Anarcho-Tyranny is on the march again. After we brought all of those MRAP’s back from Iraq & Afghanistan, why are they being deployed to places like Podunk Falls, Iowa, instead of Detroit, Gary, etc? Podunk Falls had their last murder in 1938. However Police Chief Fife must really be concerned about elderly widows buying 3 boxes of Sudafed in a 2 month period.

    There was a story recently on the Economic Collapse Blog about the Chinese who are buying up properties in Detroit. I wonder if this is an end run to start removing the groids. The MSM doesn’t seem to know what to do when Hispanics (read Mexican Indians) start ethnically cleansing Watts & Compton. Yes, the Chinese bring a set of headaches, but give it a few years, and Detroit may no longer be the laughing stock of America.

    There might be a real television show opportunity here. Imagine “Bait Car – Detroit edition’ the car is equipped with cameras and when the subject is car jacked, he has a hidden switch in his sock to kill and seal the car. However, I would imagine that AG Holder or President Obama would sic the entire government on TruTV for that stunt.

  • LHathaway

    I wanted to give an upvote to the article. .then realized you can’t do that.

  • Sloppo

    Perhaps that’s a good idea for Detroit commuters.

  • The companies are doing the CYA drill on their liability insurance policies.

  • El Paso is also in Texas, and they reliably execute murderers there.

  • Glad you’re back!

  • Zaporizhian Sich

    A couple of black thugs tried to carjack me over ten years ago. When I saw one had a gun in his coat pocket, I aimed my Honda at him and floored it, I nearly hit him but he ended up in the dirt as I veered onto the road and then floored it again to get out of range. I wasn’t going to find out if he had a .22 or a 9mm, which is far more likely to kill me. I agree, the only way these attacks are going to stop are law-abiding people shooting these thugs faces off and leaving their dead bodies for all to see.

    • I always dropped it a gear and floored it, and then steered straight into them.

      To the best of my knowledge, nobody has committed a car-jacking in northern Colorado Springs in 15 years.

  • Zaporizhian Sich

    Before you know it. rich non-blacks worldwide will be in armored vehicles armed with a remotely operated heavy machine gun on the roof, just for the black mobs. They won’t stick around for long when a .50 caliber starts roaring.

  • I get a feeling like “told you so” when these places become so crime ridden
    that, why not build walls around them and turn them into internment camps ..

  • Alexandra1973

    I don’t.

    My dad was trying to show my stepsister where he used to live in Detroit (had me and our mutual half-sister along) and she was driving. Apparently things had changed in Detroit over the past couple of decades…where my mom used to live on Vermont Street as a child is now a parking lot, for example.

    But he told us three girls about not stopping at stop signs.

    If I’m driving somewhere and I get a bad feeling, I get out of there as quickly as I can. I’ve always made it a practice to lock my doors, even though I now live in a predominantly White town.

    • Who Me?

      Always keep your car doors locked, and keep the windows rolled up. Always carry protection and don’t drive in bad parts of town. WOW! Awful isn’t it,? Sounds like advice that used to be given to travelers going to war-torn third world countries, now it’s advice dispensed to American women going to the the local grocery store. God help us all.

  • Quitthevictimhood

    American Africans doing what they do best…..committing crime!

  • none of your business

    Has Bill O’Reilly pontificated on how the car jacking epidemic is caused by:

    (1) The United Auto Workers Union
    (2) A family living wage for auto workers
    (3) The 40 hour work week and overtime
    (4) Pensions and employer provided medical insurance
    (5) Workplace safety regulations


    • JohnEngelman

      Establishment conservatives like to blame the Democratic Party, the labor movement, and liberalism in general for black social pathology.

      Liberals have been complicit in various ways. Nevertheless, black social pathology is innate.

      • The alphabet soup of liberal “Great Society” programs has acted as an enabler of black social pathology by insulating them from the consequences of their disastrously poor decision making. Forcing white taxpayers to support ever-increasing generations of welfare mothers has enlarged the problem, rather than diminishing it.

        • JohnEngelman

          What you say correlates with what I said. When the War on Poverty made welfare programs more generous and easier to qualify for several million blacks in low wage jobs quit their jobs, and went on welfare. Whites are less likely to behave this way.

          Race wrecked liberalism.

  • It looked clean to me. Don’t shoot at truck drivers.

  • “It’s not a safe place anymore,” Reed said. “It’s dangerous.”

    Well golly, gee, Christine. Who do you suppose made it dangerous?

  • Saggin Gin

    lol…carjacking. The perp woops out some KY and begins stroking your cars antenna. Missing an eye? Well that would be a one-eyed-carjacker.

  • Mrfinoni

    Anti-theft devices are too blame! LOL….what about the fact that Blacks are intrinsic criminals.

    • I wonder if the author would care to consider the reason those anti-theft devices were installed in the first place.

  • I would further want the “kill” command to automatically lock the power door locks and turn the stereo on full volume. This would (1) prevent the car jackers from escaping, (2) make the vehicles conspicuous to police because of the noise, and (3) cause permanent hearing loss to car jackers.

    • TonyWestfield

      Yes, Michael, and if the very loud music is Mozart or Bach, or perhaps the soundtrack from “Carousel”…there’s a fair chance the perpetrator will shoot himself in the head before police arrive on the scene. Otherwise, if the perp is still alive, he may likely extend his arms (like a baby who wants to get picked up off the floor) and thank the police for coming to the rescue.

      • The whole score from “The Sound of Music”. It’s my family’s favorite musical.

        …How do you solve a problem like Maria…

  • The device was called “Blaster” and only a few hundred were sold before the inventor, Charl Fourie gave up and took the item off the market. Flame throwers are not restricted items in South Africa.

    Picture of South African warning sign below: