Detroit Police Department Chief James Craig created a stir in the city when he admitted that he perceived that he was almost a victim of an attempted carjacking while sitting in police car. The disclosure was made at a "Carjacking Awareness" presentation to members of the public who were present.
Within the presentation was some alarming carjacking statistics that I, as a Firearms Instructor, feel need to highlighted.
First, as of that day - Monday of last week - there had been 582 carjackings in the city of Detroit. By using a Julian calendar, I did the calculation to determine that exactly 1.97 - roughly two - carjackings happen, on average, every single day in Detroit. If you extrapolate at the current rate, there will be about 719 carjackings in the city for the year.
Other interesting tidbits of trivia included the fact that most carjackings in Detroit happen between dusk and dawn, usually occur on the weekend (Friday through Sunday), and reached their zenith in terms of the number occurrences during the month of December.
Another startling bit of info that was disclosed included an eye-opening stat: A carjacker who aims a firearm will discharge it 85 percent of the time. If more people knew that, it would encourage them, in my opinion, to go out and get Michigan Concealed Pistol Licenses (CPL).
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