Women on alert af­ter car­jack­ings

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - NATION - By WANG ZHENGHUA in Shang­hai wangzhenghua@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

Women have been warned to take ex­tra care af­ter a rise in crimes tar­get­ing fe­male driv­ers, in­clud­ing a re­cent car­jack­ing in Shang­hai, in which rob­bers attacked a woman as she left a su­per­mar­ket.

The woman, 42, sur­named Sun, was car­jacked by three men in a park­ing lot near the city’s Gao­qing Road and forcibly de­tained in her black Mercedes for hours on Mon­day.

The men forced Sun at knife point to hand over her bank cards and tell them the pin num­bers.

“One man seized my throat while another held a knife pointed at me,” she said. “I told them I have two kids that were wait­ing for me. But they told me to shut up and lis­ten, oth­er­wise I might never get home.”

The men also forced Sun to take sleep­ing pills, be­fore driv­ing about 20 kilo­me­ters and aban­don­ing the ve­hi­cle in Changn­ing dis­trict with her still in­side.

Three sus­pects, 24- yearold Li from Henan prov­ince, 37-year-old Sha from An­hui prov­ince and 24- year- old Su from Chongqing, were de­tained on Wed­nes­day in Kun­shan, a city in nearby Jiangsu prov­ince.

They told po­lice they knew each other through the In­ter­net and de­cided to con­duct a rob­bery be­cause they were short of money.

Na­tion­wide, there have been sev­eral re­cent re­ports of rob­beries and other crimes tar­get­ing mo­tor ve­hi­cles driven by women.

Ac­cord­ing to Shang­hai TV, Sun, a mother of two, was pre­par­ing to drive home af­ter shop­ping in Pudong New Area at about 7 pm on Mon­day, when the three men got into her car.

“I saw a man fol­low­ing me and I took no­tice. But he was faster than me and it was too late to shut the door,” she was quoted as say­ing.

The other two men dragged her into the back seat be­fore they drove away.

The trio forced her to swal­low the sleep­ing pills.

“They said if I didn’t take them, they would give me in­jec­tions,” she said.

Sun be­came sleepy af­ter swal­low­ing the pills. When she woke, she found she was in her car in a se­cluded part of Changn­ing dis­trict.

Sun said her cell­phone was also taken, so she strug­gled to drive home, ar­riv­ing around 3 am on Tues­day, and im­me­di­ately called the po­lice.

The rob­bery has put many fe­male driv­ers on alert.

Wang Bei, a mar­ket­ing spe­cial­ist, said, “I will try to park my car near the center of a park­ing lot and avoid us­ing re­mote ar­eas. Women are more likely to be tar­geted than men.”

Chen Wen­juan, who works in a for­eign trade busi­ness and has been driv­ing for six years, said she will take spe­cial care as the New Year and Spring Fes­ti­val draw near.

“For the most part, Shang­hai is still a very safe city but it is nec­es­sary to al­ways be aware of pro­tect­ing your­self,” she said.

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